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Autobiography of Swami Sivananda

Autobiography of Swami Sivananda

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MorethantostrivetoreachaHeavenafterthislife,thefollowersoftheDivineLifetryto
makeconditionsofHeavenprevailuponearth.ThetenetsoftheDivineLifeSocietyareperfectly
non-sectariananduniversallyapplicable.ThebasisofthisMovementisadherencetothetriple
idealoftruth,non-violenceandpurity—thecommonfundamentaltenetsofallthereligions
throughouttheworld.ThereforetheDivineLifeMovementhasthewillingcooperationofthe
peoplesofallfaithsandcultures,aPlanofLifeandaGoalthatiscommonandacceptabletoall
uponearth,whowishtoriseabovesorrowandobtainlastingBliss.This,then,istheDivineLife
Movement.

No Secret Doctrines

ThePathofDivineLifeSadhanaisnootherthantheessenceofallYogasandthemain
essentialsofallreligions.Hereeveryonefindsthefeaturessuitableandunoffendingtohisownfaith
orbelief.ThegreatneedforavigorousandintenseworkingofitsIdealsismorethaneverpatent
today,becausethemostrecentdevelopmentsinthefieldsofscience,politicsandsociologyhave
tendedtobringmankindnearerthanevertothebrinkofthedangerousprecipiceoftotal
agnosticismandviolentself-destruction.Hatredandviolence,untruthanddeceit,viceandimpurity
are fast becoming the order of the day.

Astrongcounter-forcealonecanpossiblybalancetosomeextentthisdownwardtrend.
Thustocounteractthesebanefulinfluencesthatarerampanttodayandtocheckman’swhirling
rushtowardsruin,theDivineLifeSocietywasestablished.Icarrythemessageofpeace,goodwill,
spiritualfraternityandtherealisationoftheonenessofSpirit.Thereareneitherpettydogmasnor
secretdoctrinesnoresotericsectionsinthisDivineLifeMovement.LoversofTruthrealiseits
fullness,infinitebeauty,majestyandsplendour.Itgivesroomandshelterforall.Itenablesoneto
realise the religion of the heart, the religion of oneness.

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MY RELIGION, ITS TECHNIQUE AND DISSEMINATION

What Is True Religion

Notbymereargumentordiscussioncanreligionbetaught.Notbypreceptsormoralcanons
alonecanyouconvertapersontobereligious.Notbypointingtoyourloadsofsacredliteratureor
themiraclesofyourChiefcananaspirantbewonover.Practisereligionandliveuptoitsteachings
ifyouwanttoevolveandattaintheGoalofLife.Whateverbeyourreligion,whosoeveryour
prophet,whicheverbeyourlanguageandcountry,whateverbeyourageorsex,youcaneasilygrow
ifyouknowthewaytocrushtheego,todestroythelowernatureofthemindandtohavemastery
overyourbody,sensesandmind.ThisiswhatIhavefoundouttobethewayforrealPeaceandbliss
eternal. Therefore I do not try to convince people by heated debates and arguments.

RealReligionistheReligionoftheheart.Theheartmustbepurifiedfirst.Truth,loveand
purityarethebasisofrealreligion.Conquestofthelowernatureofman,controlofmind,
cultivationofvirtues,serviceofhumanity,goodwill,fellowshipandmutualamity,constitutethe
fundamentalsoftruereligion.TheseidealsareincludedinthemottoesoftheDivineLifeSociety.I
am very particular in propagating these ideals on a wide scale.

Idonotwastetimeinfindingoutsuitableauthoritativestatementsfromscripturestosatisfy
thecuriosityofaspirants.Ileadapracticallifeandtrytobeanexampletothestudentsformoulding
theirlives.Knowthattruereligionbeginswhenyougoabovebody-consciousness.Theessenceof
theteachingsofallsagesandsaints,thefundamentalsofallreligionsandcults,arethesame.People
needlessly fight over non-essentials and miss the Goal.

MaytheDivineLifeMovement,theharbingerofpeace,harmonyandexaltedlifeshedits
lustre and glory throughout the world!

Gospel of Divine Life

Theworldofunrealityisbesetwithmanydifficultiesateverystepthatwetaketoattainthe
Goal—Nirvana—whichtheLordBuddhaattainedafteryearsofdeterminedandsteadystruggle.
ThemodernthinkerhasneithertherequisitetimenorthepatiencetoperformrigorousTapasand
austerereligiouspractices;andsomeoftheseareevenbeingrelegatedtothesuperstitiouslevel.In
ordertogivethepresentgenerationthebenefitthatwillresultfromreligiouspractices,torevealto
themtheirrealsignificanceandalsotoconvincethemthoroughlyoftheirefficacyandusefulness,I
taughtmygospelofDIVINELIFE,whichisasystemofreligiouslifesuitedtooneandall,which
couldbepractisedbythecommonoffice-goeraswellastheobscurelabourerwithoutundue
interferenceintheperformanceoftheirdailyroundofduties.Thebeautyin“DivineLife”isits
simplicityandpracticalapplicabilitytoeverydayaffairsoftheordinaryman.Whilefollowingthe
teachingsofhisownreligion,amancanattainquickspiritualevolutionbyfollowingtheprinciples
of Divine Life.

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