Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Absolute Subdual Of The Mind
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Mind, through ignorance and indiscrimination, considers its false personality to be true and thinks it is the doer of all Karmas and thus becomes egoistic. It imagines that it is in bondage. It identifies itself with the Jivatma; it becomes Jivatma itself and takes the responsibility upon itself for doing good or bad Karmas and enjoying or suffering from their fruits. Hence is mind the doer of Karmas (action), and responsibility for the Karmas, therefore, rests with it.
Mind is the stealer of Atman. It is a thief. Mind drags the Jivatma into Vishaya (sensual enjoyments). Jivatma is the Abhasa of Chaitanya or reflected intelligence in mind. Mind and Jivatma always live together. They cannot be separated. Slay the mind, the stealer of Atman, through Vichara, Manana and Nididhyasana (constant and profound meditation) on Brahman.
Mind has the potency of creating or undoing the whole world in the twinkling of an eye. Therefore, slay this mind the slayer of Atman, whether through the destruction of Vasana (latent, subtle desires) or Vakya Chintana. The best means of disposing of the great danger of Maya, involving all in pains, is the destruction of mind. With the destruction of the mind, all the three periods of time vanish into nothingness. With the destruction of mind, Atmajnana begins to dawn.
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The Nature Of The True Religious Life
by Sri Swami Krishnananda
This book consists of a series of illuminating discourses that Param Pujya Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj gave to the students of the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy from March to May in the year 1981. Through these thought-provoking discourses, Worshipful Sri Swamiji Maharaj provides an in-depth analysis and a comprehensive exposition on some intricate spiritual themes such as the nature of God, the foundation of religious philosophy, the meaning of religion, actual renunciation versus the common misconception of it, the application of yoga in our lives, and various other topics pertaining to the subject. This is a masterly treatise on these complex themes, to be read again and again until one’s individual understanding transforms into Universal Awareness.
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RESPECT BRILLIANCE: The Master enquired of Swami Sangeetananda, “How many ragas do you know, one hundred or two hundred?”
“Two hundred and twenty-five or so,” he replied.
The Master immediately folded his palms in reverence and asked others also to do so.
“It is not easy to know so many ragas. It is only the result of Mother Saraswathi’s Grace,” the Master said.
“Worldly relations are transient, imperfect and impermanent. It is when we identify ourselves with these changing and evanescent relations that we feel miserable and restless. Our saints and sages who had the knowledge of the three periods of time–past, present and future–during their superconscious state realised the Truth and subsequently declared that God alone is eternal, pure, everlasting and perfect. It is only by knowing Him that one can have supreme peace and bliss. This is the only purpose of human life.” – Swami Chidananda
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