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DAILY MEDITATIONS
BY SWAMI SIVANANDA

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DAILY MEDITATIONS
BY SWAMI SIVANANDA

RENOUNCE MENTALLY – 1
Practice detachment. The greatest Sadhana for the householder is to remain in the world as a lotus leaf in water. Insure yourself against worldly attachments by first getting firmly grounded in mental renunciation and detachment. Train the mind to stay unshaken by worldly afflictions auld troubles. Use common sense and discrimination. Work efficiently, wholeheartedly and with devotion. Be unaffected by the results of your actions, by success and failure. Keep your mind always steady. Exert and persevere. Plod on steadily. Aspire zealously.

BEHOLD HIM IN ALL – 2
It is necessary to practice the positive virtue of probing into the hearts of those who suffer silently and offer aid to them inoffensively, with the fullest conviction that they are God Himself who, in His infinite mercy, has given you an opportunity to purify your heart. With such conviction you should dedicate the whole of your life to the service of others. To be conscious of the Divine, to feel always the Divine Presence everywhere, is verily to live a life of fullness and divine perfection even while on earth.

CHECK Y OUR TENDENCIES – 3
It is the natural tendency of the mind to run towards worldly objects because it is directly or indirectly attached to some of the pleasing features of the objects. This is due to the negative impressions in the mind. When the Sattwic impressions become powerful, the mind is no more affected by the negative impressions. They become powerless.

MANIPULATE AND C ONTROL THE MIND – 4
Always entertain sublime, divine thoughts. Study carefully the workings of the mind. Fins out your defects and mould yourself properly by cultivating the opposite qualities. Never allow the mind to dissipate its energy in vain worry, imagination and tear. Practice intense concentration. Fix the mind on one object or idea. Withdraw it again and again from external objects. Thus, by manipulating the mind you will be able to bring it under your control. The repetition of the Divine Name is a great aid in getting control of the mind.

WAY TO HAPPINESS – 5
A thorough and detailed knowledge of the ways and habits of the mind and its operations, the laws of the mind and the methods of mind-control, is very necessary if you wish to enjoy real happiness and peace and bliss of an unruffled and abiding nature. You cannot get perennial joy in the world of the senses. This restless and mischievous monkey-mind plays havoc in a variety of

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DAILY MEDITATIONS
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ways and causes cares, worries and anxieties. Money, property, the opposite sex and children cannot give permanent satisfaction.

UNFOLD THE DIVINITY – 6
If you really aspire to untold the tuner Divinity, if you really want to get rid of the miseries of this worldly existence, you must know the principles and techniques of thought-control. You must understand the way of right living, right thought and right speech. You should practice the five rules of Yama or right conduct. You should know how to withdraw the mind from the external objects and fix it on one point. You should know the right method of concentration and meditation.

DISCRIMINATE AND BECOME WISE – 7
The pleasure derived from sensual objects gives pain to the man who discriminates. Worldlyminded people, who have lost tile faculty of discrimination, rejoice in sense-objects. People without discrimination weep in old age. We weep when we are born; we weep when we are about to die; we weep in the interval also. Where then is pleasure ill the world? Learn to discriminate. Become a Yogi, for Yoga puts an end to all pains.

FRUIT OF REALIZATION – 8
Place before the mind the fruit of Self-realization or a life in Brahman. This is a life of immortality, eternal bliss, supreme peace and infinite knowledge. If you remember these points always, the mind will be weaned from craving for sensual pleasure. Then dispassion and discrimination will dawn. You should seriously look into the detects of sensual life and the unreal nature of worldly life.

INTERNAL WARFARE – 9
By increasing the Sattwic modifications of the mind, such as love, mercy, magnanimity, generosity, truthfulness, celibacy and courage, you can destroy the Rajasic and Tamasic mental thought-waves. An internal fight is always going on among the three Gunas of Rajas, Tamas and Sattwa. There is always a war between the good thoughts and the evil ones. You have to squeeze out all Rajas from this body-tube and fill it with Sattwa.

THOU ART THAT – 1O
This self-effulgent Atman, which is distinct from the five sheaths, which is the silent witness of the three states, which is unchanging, pure, indivisible, eternal, changeless, all-full and self-

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contained, which is an embodiment of peace, bliss and knowledge, is to be realized as one's own Self. That which is of the same nature and is not affected by anything during the three periods of time, is Existence. Existence only was prior to the creation of the universe. When darkness was rolling over darkness during cosmic dissolution, Existence alone was. Knowledge is that which knows Itself and also knows others. Ananda is pure bliss. So Brahman is Sat-Chit-Ananda existence Absolute, knowledge Absolute, bliss Absolute.

S HARPEN THE MIND – 11
The Self is hidden in all beings like butter in milk. It is seen by advanced seers who are endowed with a pure, sharp and subtle intellect, and who practice constant, deep meditation. The minds of worldly-minded persons are gross. They are unfit for concentration and introspection. A Sattwic mind is calm, sharp and subtle. The Rajasic mind is restless and turbulent. You have to purify and sharpen the mind through the practice of daily meditation.

THE FOUR O BSTACLES – 12
Laya, Vikshepa, Kashya and Rasaswada are the four important obstacles that stand in the way of attainment of Self-realization. Laya is sleep. The aspirant should try to fix the mind on the Self by not allowing it to pass into the state of sleep. Vikshepa is tossing of the mind. He should withdraw the mind repeatedly from sensual objects through discrimination and deep enquiry. Kashya is building castles in the air. It is due to external attachment. You can remove Kashya by adopting the same methods used for eradicating Vikshepa. As soon as Vikshepa is removed, the bliss of Savikalpa Samadhi manifests. This is Rasaswada or enjoyment of conditioned bliss. It is also an obstacle to the attainment of eternal and absolute bliss.

WHAT IS M OKSHA? – 13
Moksha or liberation or freedom is nothing but the destruction of the impurities of the mind. The mind becomes pure when all desires and fears have been annihilated . Moksha is independence or perfection. Desire is an enemy of Moksha. It binds man to the worldly wheel of births and deaths. It is the root cause of human pains, sorrows and sufferings. You should annihilate all desires and reach that incomparable seat where all illusions of pleasure and pain vanish.

ATMAN IS EVER UNTAINTED – 14
The ether in the jar is not in any way affected by the smell of garlic merely through its connection with the jar. Even so, the pure, eternal Atman is not at all affected through its connection with limiting adjuncts and by the properties thereof.

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Pleasure and pain are two kinds of modifications of the mind. They are mental creations. They are relative terms. That which gives pleasure to one gives pain to another. The wise sage, who identifies himself with tile imperishable Self and stands as a spectator of all his mental modifications, enjoys supreme peace and infinite bliss, lie does not seek happiness in the objects of the world because he knows that the objects are unreal and bring pain and suffering.

ELIMINATE THE FIVE SHEATHS – 15
Discriminate between the Self and the non-Self. Eliminate the five sheaths. Just as yon separate a stalk of grass from its enveloping sheath, so also separate the Self from the five sheaths, identify yourself with this all-pervading, self-effulgent Self. Now rest peacefully and blissfully in your own everlasting glory. The physical body is superimposed on the Self. This superimposition is the root cause of rebirth and its consequent miseries.

WHO IS A JIVANMUKTA? – 16
A Jivanmukta is one who is neither elated by worship nor depressed by abuse, he neither gets agitated at the thought of impending death nor does he welcome the prospect of a longer life. He is not perturbed or disturbed under ally condition. He is undistracted amidst distractions. To a liberated sage who is free from the sense of "I"-ness, "mine"-ness and desires, where is delusion and sorrow? What has he to renounce? What has he to acquire? He is perfectly satisfied in the eternal Self.

PLAY OF SUPERIMPOSITION – 17
This entire world of names and forms is a mere appearance. It is not an independent existence that is apart from Brahman. Just as a snake is superimposed on the rope, in a similar manner this world and body are superimposed on Brahman. This phenomenal world is a relative plane. It is projected through the illusory, power of Maya, the inherent power of Brahman. It is a superimposition. It is a mere imagination or mental creation.

Y OGA A SANAS AND S PIRITUALITY – 18
A Vedantin is afraid to do Asanas and Pranayama on the supposition that these practices will intensify the body-idea and thus hamper his practice of dispassion. Though the two paths Hatha Yoga and Vedanta-are different, yet a Vedantin should have a broad vision and practice Asanas and Pranayama in order to keep the body in a sound state to achieve the goal of life. There are Vedantins in a sickly condition, with very poor physique and dilapidated constitution. They can hardly do any Sadhana. The body is closely related to the mind. In other words, a weak, sickly body means a weak

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DAILY MEDITATIONS
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mind also. Therefore, keep your body strong through regular practice of Hatha Yoga and reach the other shore of peace and plenty.

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DAILY MEDITATIONS
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WISDOM LIGHT – 19
Have holy aspiration. Grow in purity. Discipline the senses and the mind. Meditate seriously. You will soon become one with the Infinite. To speak the truth at all costs, to speak sweetly with love, to practice non-violence and celibacy, to behold the Lord in all forms, is divine life. Come out of this cage of flesh. Rend asunder this little veil of ignorance. Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Fight bravely in this battle of life. Arm yourself with the shield of discrimination and the sword of dispassion. March forward courageously. Yield not to temptations. Take refuge in the Lord and in his all-powerful Name.

THE SYMBOL OF BRAHMAN – 20
Om is the symbol of Brahman. It is the word of power. From Om the whole world is projected, in Om it exists, and in Om it dissolves. Om is the essence of the four Vedas. Those who do Japa of Om constantly will get tremendous power. They will have luster in their eyes and face. All sounds and languages emanate from Omkara.

ATTAIN THE BHUMO – 21
The impurities of the mind are lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride and egoism. One should remove these impurities through protracted and constant selfless service, worship, Japa, concentration on an object and Pranayama. Through careful, diligent, protracted and intense practice of meditation, ascend gradually the spiritual steps or planes. Do not relax the effort till you attain the Bhuma, the unconditioned Brahman.

BE CHEERFUL – 22
A cheerful person is a true public benefactor. He gladdens the hearts of all. There is no friend like cheer. The contagion of cheer has wonderful effects. It transforms depression into brightness, sickness into health. A cheery word gives joy to others. Cheerfulness is a habit of mind. Gaiety is an occasional excitement of the mundane spirit. Mirth or merriment is loud gaiety. A cheerful man smiles, a merry man laughs, a sprightly man dances, a gay man seeks pleasure.

D O N OT SPARE THE R OD – 23
You must not give leniency to the mind. If you allow it to take one luxury today, it will demand two tomorrow. The luxuries will then increase daily. The mind will become like an

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overfondled child. "'Spare the rod and spoil the cheild." This applies to the mind also. It is worse than a child. You have to punish it by lasting if it commits serious mistakes. Gandhiji did so and made his will pure, strong and irresistible. Keep a careful eye over your defects and they are sure to vanish sooner or later. Destroy the impurities one by one, little by little. Finally, destroy them completely to the very root.

BE AMIABLE ALWAYS – 24
Amiability is the quality of radiating love. A person of amiability has a sweet disposition. He radiates so much mental sunshine, love and joy that he is reflected in all appreciative hearts. Amiability is the constant desire to please and love others. It is sweetness of disposition. It is the quality of lovableness. A mall of amiability has an agreeable mood and social qualities that please and make friends. He is friendly or pleasing in his disposition, tie is genial, kind-hearted and gracious, he has a good nature. He is free from irritation and possesses sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness and a lovable disposition. Kindly smiles and a courteous attitude pay high dividends.

THE OMNIPOTENT JNANI – 25
A Jnani gets anything he likes through the power of his pure thoughts. A Jnani wills and everything comes into being. A Jnani has tremendous power. In the lower form such willing is desire. In the higher form it is will. A Jnani may or may not exhibit his powers or Siddhis. That is a different question. But he has immense power.

MARKS OF A JIVANMUKTA – 26
The distinguishing marks of a Jivanmukta are: knowledge of the past, present and future, absolute fearlessness, absolute desirelessness, equal vision absolute freedom from pain, and balance of mind. '[he Jivanmukta or sage has perfect contentment unruffled peace of mind, deep, abiding joy and bliss possession of super-sensual spiritual knowledge, and ability to clear any kind of doubt of aspirants. His heart is always full of bliss.

A SAGE I S EVER HAPPY – 27
A wise man, having understood that the body, senses, mind and intellect are entirely distinct from the imperishable Brahman, roams about happily. He is ever peaceful. The sage who rests in the Self, having eliminated all the illusory vehicles, is ever happy. He knows the illusory nature of these products of ignorance. He also knows that Brahman, which is pure and eternal, is entirely distinct from these false superimpositions. He knows that he is none other than the eternal Self or Atman.

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START THE PILGRIMAGE NOW – 28
Be honest, be sincere, be truthful, be alert, be diligent, be vigilant, be bold, be of good character. Success and glory will be yours. Develop a correct value of life here. It is not full. It is not perfect. There is always a sense of want. Soak your life with the remembrance of the Lord. Dedicate your all unto Him. See Him in all. Sing the Name of the Lord. Be an instrument in His hands. You are sure to attain eternal bliss and peace here and now. O traveler on this earthplane, start the pilgrimage right now. Pray fervently. Constantly remember the Lord. You will surely reach the eternal abode of the Lord.

PRAY AND MEDITATE – 29
May He, the Lord of all, pre-eminent in the Vedas and superior to tile nectar that tile gods partake of, bless me with wisdom! May I be adorned with knowledge of Brahman that leads to immortality! May my body become strong and vigorous! May my tongue always utter delightful words! May I hear a lot of good with my ears! Thou art the scabbard of Brahman, which is hidden by worldly taints. May I never forget that which I have learned! Om peace, peace, peace!

WHO IS A REAL P OTENTATE? – 30
The sage in whom clinging to sensual life and thirst for sense enjoyments have vanished through knowledge of their real nature, is a mighty potentate of this whole world. His joy knows no bounds. He must be adorned as visible Brahman on earth. Through right enquiry one should differentiate himself as separate from objects, with the feeling that the "I" does not belong to the objects or the objects to the "I." His mind should give up all desires and perform all actions as if in sport. Then only will one become a real potentate of this universe.

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