That this book has already run into eight editions is in itself the best tribute that can be paidto this, one of the first books written by Sri Swamiji Maharaj.About the book and its author, we cannot do better than to quote from the Publisher’s Noteto the first edition of this book, in which Sri Em. Airi writes:“His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati needs scarcely any introduction to the vastmultitudes of reading public that pants for spiritual unfoldment and Self-Realisation. The reveredYogi belongs to the ages and ranks amongst the blessed souls who have had the good fortune totaste the Nectar of Cosmic Consciousness. In clear, simple and impressive style the Swamiaddresses the young and yet inexperienced spiritual aspirants and lays down before them thefundamentals of spirituality and the various means essentially requisite for Divine Wisdom.”“This book is a message from the great Yogi of the Himalayas to the helpless andbewildered seekers of Truth. This inspiring and soul-stirring little volume will, we venture to say,undoubtedly contribute its mite to the moral and spiritual perfection of the human race in generaland the aspirants in particular. As we wish to present this volume in a popular and a presentablestyle, it is printed on good paper and got up excellently well. If this book appeals to thebroad-minded and expanded hearts amongst the religious reformers and also aspirants, thePublishers’ labours will have been sufficiently recompensed.”We reiterate Sri Airi’s pious wish as we offer this priceless treasure to the blessedaspirant-world.
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
Man wants happiness. He shuns pain. He makes various sorts of efforts (Pravritti) to gethappiness from objects and gets himself entangled in the meshes or snares of Maya. As theseobjectsareperishable,finiteandconditionedintime,spaceandcausation,hefailstogetthedesiredhappiness from the objects. This world is Apurna (imperfect) and there is uncertainty of life. Abarrister talks at the telephone, ascends the staircase to take his meals upstairs and dies on thestaircase.There is not an iota of happiness in objects and they are Jada (insentient). Even the sensualpleasure is a reflection of Atmic Bliss only. Just as a dog which sucks a dry bone in the streetsimagines foolishly that the blood comes from the dry bone, whereas, it really oozes from its ownpalate,soalsoworldly-mindedpersonsfoolishlyimaginethatthehappinesstheyenjoycomesfromthe objects only.There is a mental uneasiness, dissatisfaction, discontent and restlessness even inmulti-millionairesandkings.Somekindofsorrow,miseryorpainisalwayspresentevenwhenyou