Recipe for Success

Carelessness and forgetfulness are two evil qualities that stand in the way of success for a man. A careless man cannot do any action in a proper manner. These qualities are born of tamas (inertia). Application and tenacity are unknown to a man of carelessness. His superiors soon get displeased with a man who is…

Don’t Be Weak

Shyness is a great hindrance in life. It is a form of timidity or low fear. Almost all boys have got this weakness – and yet this is a feminine quality. Shyness manifests when one is in the wrong path. Every woman knows that the goal of life is God-realisation, and yet she engages herself…

Imaginary Obstacles

Many people develop worries by falsely imagining that they are inferior to others. The idea of inferiority or superiority brings trouble and worries. Ideas of superiority and inferiority are mental creations only—they are illusory. Differences are unreal. Never think that you are inferior to anybody. Never think that you are superior to anybody. You will…

Be Courageous

Man creates trouble and misery for himself. Give up all sorts of fears. Stand up like a lion. Draw courage from within. There are many people who are so timid that they will not move around at night. Even when they see a cat at night, they tremble. What a shame. They are embodiments of…

Fear

Fear is a great human curse. It is your worst enemy. Fear assumes many forms and blights many lives. But a calm mind brings courage. Then you will face the trials and difficulties of the spiritual path without fear. Fearlessness is a divine quality. What is fear? It is an imaginary zero; it is maya’s…

Observe Silence

Use measured words in talking. Do not talk much. Try to finish a conversation within a few minutes. Understand the nature of the man rightly. When he enters your office or house for an interview speak politely and with great respect for the man. Then send him away immediately and conserve your energy. Do not…

Discipline of Speech

Tame your tongue – it is an unruly devil. Sacrifice, gift, austerity, the study of sacred scriptures, truthfulness – all these will help you to develop virtuous conduct. Practise austerity of speech. Whatever you speak must be truthful and beneficial. Do not utter anything that will give annoyance to anybody. A thoughtless man who has…

Man of Self-Control

Men of self-control become sinless and fearless. They acquire great results. Every sort of excitement is effortlessly controlled by self- control. The enemies of the self-controlled man are seen by him – they are lust, anger, desire – as if they dwell in a separate body. The self-controlled man becomes desirous of liberation. He quietly…

Self Reliance

Pure reason urges a man to do what is the best. The asuric (lower) nature of man fights and struggles against the higher nature of the man. The impulses of a man who has not undergone the ethical disciplines, run counter to his reason. All advice, all rebuke and exhortation, all admonition found in the…

Control Your Desires

In this ocean of samsara (worldly existence) desires are like crocodiles. Kill them as soon as they arise on the surface of the mind. Do not yield to them, do not become despondent about all the trials that beset you. Make friends with the pure (satvic) mind and destroy the impure mind with the help…

Avoid Extremes

The mind always want to be doing something. When it attaches itself to the objects it cherishes, the mind feels amused and happy. There can be attraction without attachment. You can be attracted to a beautiful rose, but you are not attached to it. Attachment comes after possession and enjoyment. Attachment, love, ananda (bliss), all…

Analects of Sivananda

Solitude is the soul’s best friend. Silence is better than argument. He is really blessed who can suit his temper to any circumstances. Grief destroys strength, health, intellect and wisdom. Conquer grief through discrimination, enquiry, and the meditation on the atman (self). Worry is a waste. Avoid it. Rather sing, pray, meditate, enquire, cogitate and…