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Daily Readings Swami Sivananda (Calender)

Daily Readings Swami Sivananda (Calender)

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Swami Sivananda's Daily readings. Daily readings from Rishikesh. (1 page)
Swami Sivananda's Daily readings. Daily readings from Rishikesh. (1 page)

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Atman is Brahman or absolute or infinite or supreme being. It is existence
absolute, knowledge absolute and bliss absolute. It is eternal, perfect, pure, self-
luminous. It is self-delight and self-knowledge. It is bodiless, formless (nirakara) and
attributeless (guna-less). It is all-pervading, all-full, imperishable. It has neither
beginning nor end. It exists in the present, the past and the future. It is svayambhu
(self-existent). It is the source for the body and the mind, prana (life), indriyas (senses),
vedas and the universe. No one can deny it because it is the self of all beings.

Selfishness retards spiritual progress. If anyone can destroy his selfishness, half
of his spiritual sadhana (practice) is over. No samadhi or meditation is possible without
the eradication of this undesirable, negative quality. Aspirants should direct their whole
attention in the beginning towards the removal of this dire malady by protracted,
selfless, disinterested service.

Never say 'my body', 'my wife', 'my son', 'my house'. Attachment is the root cause
for the miseries and sufferings of this world. Discipline the mind carefully. The old habits
will creep in - destroy them at the very root. Lead the life of mental non-attachment. This
is the master-key to open the realm of Brahmic bliss. Nonattachment is dispassion or
indifference to sensual enjoyments.

It is the mind that creates the ideas of 'I-ness' and 'mine-ness'. It is the mind that
links the body and the jiva (soul) and creates intense deha adhyasa
(body-consciousness) and the man thinks, "I am the body". If the binding link in the
mind is destroyed you can remain wherever you like - you can roam peacefully, in any
part of the world, unattached like water on the lotus leaf. Nothing can bind you. The
whole mischief is wrought by the mind.

Introspect. Look within. Try to remove your defects. This is real sadhana
(practice) - you will have to do it at any cost. Intellectual development is nothing. But the
former needs a great deal of struggle for many years as many vicious habits have to be
rent asunder.

Keep up the unbroken current of meditation. Avoid mixing. You will soon get over
body-consciousness. A little more drastic sadhana is needed for a month - unbroken
silence. Do not allow inertia or laziness to overpower you.

Sivananda Daily Readings


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