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A Guide to Noble Living

A Guide to Noble Living

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A Guide To Noble Living
 By
Sri Swami Chidananda
Sri Swami SivanandaFounder of The Divine Life SocietySERVE, LOVE, GIVE,PURIFY, MEDITATE,REALIZESo SaysSri Swami SivanandaSri Swami ChidanandaA DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION
 
First Edition:1973Second Edition:1991(3,000 Copies)World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 1999WWW site: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
© The Divine Life Trust Society
ISBN 81-7052-083-7
Published By
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETYP.O. S
HIVANANDANAGAR
—249 192Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,Himalayas, India.
 
PUBLISHERS’ PREFACE
A spiritual treatise may or may not satisfy the habits of the intellect, but, doubtless, it has tocater to the needs and the demands of the soul and the intuition. As such, the words of a saint, amessenger of the Spirit, speak to us during the calm and splendid durations we have with our soulwithin. H.H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj voices silently to the inmost core of the thinkingman. His talks do more intimately appeal directly to the hearts of aspirants.This publication commands a position in the field of spiritual literature almost akin to theone that Bhakti-Yoga occupies among the group of Yogic paths leading to the emancipation of theindividual. Bhakti-Yoga is like a highway train picking up passengers from the different stationsthey happen to come from. It sees no distinction of social status and rank and qualification but onlyagenuinezealtogetintoandtreadtheway.Everyone,withoutdistinction,canhaveaccessintothisgate; all can enter into this temple of this unique Yoga. Mundane distinctions disappear before themansion of the Supreme Friend and Lover of man. All can find their equal right before God; for theDivine Spirit is no respecter of social differences and man-made restrictions. This small book of this Life Spiritual, in the same wise, greets a novice to answer his query as to what the real purposeof life is, what the meaning of true Yoga is, what the spirit of true renunciation is, and how to startwith virtue, pass through holiness and culminate in Godliness. The advanced seeker in the midst of the high pitch of conflict and struggle finds here and there spot-lights to remove his darkness of doubtanddilemmaandsuddenlycomesacrosssolutionstohisconflictingproblemsinthesplitofasecond. And the more perfected soul would be delighted at heart because the literature deals withmattersconcerningdivineliving,aboundswithtalksonthegloryofGod,liberation,blissandpeaceand narrates the exemplary ideals of great devotees like Sri Hanuman of the Ramayana fame, andthe brilliant inspiring life and example of saints who lived up to the modern context of time.The book is universally inspiring and guiding. Being mostly general in treatment andslightlyabstractincharacter,anyapproachtoitwithamotiveoffindingtheparticularintheformof details of techniques and practices of various systems of Yoga would be misplaced. The work maysimply be taken most reverently as the message of a saint on the path of 
Nivritti
(renunciation) and
Yoga.
At the same time, the value of the book is no less than the usual text-books on Yoga andVedanta; the latter deal specifically with particular aspects and systems of Yoga; they concern theneed and purpose and aim of their chosen trainees and students of the more rigid systems. On thecontrary,theneedforatreatiseofthiskindisfirstandforemostinrespectofthegeneralreadersandthe Sadhakas; for it couches life in all its peripheries. The general principle always comes first andthe particular later.TheworkisacollectionofSwamiji’swritingsandspeecheswhichareintheformofessays,articles and short discourses delivered on different occasions. The first five articles have beenadaptedfromSwamiji’sinspiringaddressesattheSatsangasintheAshramattheHeadquartersandthey serve as a clarion-call to those who are in a slumber as yet to the life of the Spirit on account of ignorance of the true meaning and purpose of life; and after awakening them, infuse new strength,courage, hope and vigour into their lives by reorienting their movement towards God. Then comesthe discussion of the basic principles of Yoga, and the primary requirements it calls for from itsstudents. The juvenile curiosity which looks upon Yogic life as a rosy path has been cautioned andthe possible obstacles that beset the path have been pointed out. The norm of conduct of a Yoga
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