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Daily Sayings December

Daily Sayings December

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Published by Gregg Hill
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Gregg Hill's Reflexology and Japanese Massage Institute presents:
D
AILY
M
EDITATIONS
 
B
Y
S
WAMI
S
IVANANDA
 
M
EDITATIONS FOR 
 
D
ECEMBER 
 
 
Gregg Hill's Reflexology and Japanese Massage Institute presents:
D
AILY
M
EDITATIONS
 
B
Y
S
WAMI
S
IVANANDA
 
B
E OF
S
TRONG
N
ERVES
 – 1
An aspirant should be sensitive and yet have the body and nerves completely under
control
.The greater the sensitiveness, tile more difficult is the task. There are many sounds that passunheeded by ail ordinary person but which are torture to one who is very sensitive.Neophytes on the spiritual path often mistake their own impulses and imagination for theinner voice or divine command or intuition. Only when the mind is Sattwic will you get flashes orglimpses of intuition.
L
IVE IN THE
P
RESENT
 – 2
Concern yourself with the present only. Do not look back upon the past or worry about thefuture. Then alone will you be really happy. You will be free from cares and anxieties. You willhave long life.Exercise discrimination in all that you do. Do not think of the past or the future. The past days of boyhood, your days of studentship - all these are dreams when you are over forty. You have
to
deal with the present only. The present is most important.
N
ECESSITY OF
S
ECLUSION
 – 3
Eknath, Raja Janaka and others realized God by practicing spiritual Sadhana while remainingin the world. The central teaching of the
 Bhagavad Gita
is to realize in and through the world.These great sages were really Yoga Brashtas (fallen in Yoga in their previous births). To followtheir example is impossible for the vast majority.Lord Jesus was missing for eighteen years. Lord Buddha went into seclusion for eight years mthe Uruvala forest. You can make a beginning in the world but when you have made someprogress, you should go into solitude for advanced practices.
P
RACTICE
D
ETACHMENT
 – 4
A householder with Yogic tendency and spiritual inclination can practice meditation in asolitary and quiet room in his own home, or in any solitary place on the banks of a holy riverduring holidays. If he is a whole-time aspirant, or if he has retired from service, he can practice insuch places throughout the year.
If you are a householder with spiritual thirst and capacity for intense Sadhana, yon cannot all of asudden sever your connection with the family. Stay in seclusion for a week or a month to beginwith.
Then gradually prolong the period. In this way you will not feel in the least the pangs of separation.
B
RAHMACHARYA IS
I
NDISPENSABLE
 – 5
The semen or Veerva tones the nerves and brain and gives energy to the system. He whopreserves this vital force through the vow of Brahmacharya and sublimates it into Ojas Shakti,can practice deep and steady meditation for a long period. He can ascend the ladder of Yogawithout difficulty.
 
Gregg Hill's Reflexology and Japanese Massage Institute presents:
D
AILY
M
EDITATIONS
 
B
Y
S
WAMI
S
IVANANDA
 
Without Brahmacharya no spiritual progress is possible, it is the very foundation on which thesuperstructure of meditation and Samadhi are to be built up. Many people waste the vital energy.This is indeed a great spiritual loss. They become blind and lose their power of reason undersexual excitement. Pitiable indeed is their lot! They cannot make any substantial progress inYoga.
T
RANSFORM THE
S
UBCONSCIOUS
M
IND
 – 6
Meditation on the immortal Self will act like a dynamite and blow up all thoughts andmemories in the subconscious mind. If thoughts trouble you very much, do not suppress them byforce. Be a silent witness, as in a cinema show. They will gradually subside. Then root them outthrough regular meditation.The practice of meditation must be constant. Then only can one attain Self-realization surelyand quickly. He who practices meditation by fits and for a few minutes daily will not be able toachieve any tangible results in Yoga.
A
LL
P
OTENTIALITIES ARE
W
ITHIN
 – 7
In all man's struggles and attempts at achieving any desired object, there is in reality nonecessity at all for him to go in quest of external forces to aid him. Man has within himself vastresources and inherent powers lying untapped or else only partially made use of.It is because he has allowed his faculties to get scattered on a hundred different things that hefails to achieve anything substantial, despite his inherent potentialities. If he regulates and applieshis potentialities intelligently, quick and concrete results will accrue.
C
ONCENTRATION FO
P
OWER 
 – 8
To learn to rationally and effectively use existing forces, man need not wait for any kind of striking new methods to be invented for his guidance.Since early creation nature herself abounds in instructive examples and lessons to aid man inevery walk of his life. Observation tells us that every force in nature, when it is allowed to flowfreely over a wide area, moves slowly and with comparatively less power than it would do if gathered together in one mass and directed through a single, restricted outlet. The concentratedapplication of a force makes for maximum results with a minimum of effort and time.
H
OW TO
D
EVELOP
C
ONCENTRATION
 – 9
The powers of the mind are always scattered and resist attempts at concentration. Thisoscillatory tendency is an innate characteristic of the mind-stuff. Of the various methodsemployed to curtail and arrest this tossing of the mind, those using the medium of sound and sightstand prominent, since these two have a peculiar knack of catching the attention and stilling themind.Therefore, in the course of spiritual discipline also, the methods of developing concentrationtake the form of repeating a Mantra, or gazing steadily at a dot or a symbol of Om or the figure of the chosen Deity.

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