Nirvikalpa Samadhi

The state of samadhi is beyond the reach of mind and speech. Even in worldly experience, you cannot express taste. You cannot express the taste of an apple to one who has not tasted it, nor can you explain the nature of colour to a blind man. The state of samadhi is all joy bliss…

The Liberated Sage

If the vasanas (tendencies) and the attachment to objects of the world vanish entirely, and if you are in that immovable state, then you have become a jivanmukta (liberated sage). You will abide in your own self. You will rest in that non-dual, supreme seat. The jnana-vision will arise in you, the light of wisdom…

Samadhi – True or Fake

Do not mistake deep sleep for samadhi. The glory of the state of turiya is ineffable. Its splendour is indescribable. If the body is light, if the mind is clear, it there is cheerfulness, know that you are meditating. If the body is heavy, the mind dull, know that you are sleeping while meditating. There…

This Is a Cosmic Mission

If you simply put your trust completely in that great force, all your burdens will be lifted. You will be led to perform your mission. You should know that you have been sent here for a purpose. It’s not that you decided one fine morning, “Let me go and take birth in America or on…

Samadhi

Still the waves of the mind and hold it steady in nirvikalpa samadhi (unconditioned state of superconsciousness). This needs constant, protracted practice of meditation. There may be breaks in the meditation in the beginning but practice makes you perfect. Later you will be able to remain absorbed in meditation for long periods. You can merge…

Yoga of Meditation

O beloved Ram! You are within a strong fortress now. A spiritual fortress where no temptation can influence you. You are absolutely safe. Now you can do vigorous sadhana (spiritual practice) without fear. Kill the foe – the mind. Wear the spiritual laurels of peace, equal-vision and contentment. You are already shining with Brahmic bliss.…

On Seclusion

As the will power in many persons has become very weak, as they had no religious discipline or training in schools and colleges when they were young, and as they are under the sway of materialistic influences, it is necessary for them to go in for seclusion for some weeks, months or years, to practise…

The Glimpse and the Goal

When you get a flash of illumination, do not be frightened. It will be a new experience of immense joy. Do not turn back. Do not give up meditation. Do not stop there. You will have to advance still further. This is only a glimpse of truth. This is not the whole experience. This is…

Instructions in Meditation

Just as the light is burning within the hurricane lamp, so also the divine flame is burning from time immemorial in the lamp of your heart. Close your eyes. Merge yourself within the divine flame. Plunge deep into the chambers of your heart. Meditate on this divine flame and become one with the flame of…

Philosophy of Om

The sound produced in the flowing of the river Ganges, the sound that is heard at a distance, the sound that proceeds from the bustle of the market, that is produced by the fly-wheel when it is set in motion, that is caused when it rains, or there is a conflagration, or thunder – it…

Sivananda Gita – 5

I constantly meditate on the following: Prajnanam Brahman, aham brahmasmi, tat tvam asi, ayam atma brahman. Satyam jnanam anantam brahman, santam sivam advaitam. Aham         atma      Gudakesa.        Aham      atma      nirvikarah       sarvavyapi svabhavatah. Brahma satyam jagan mitya jivo brahmaiva na parah. Akarta, abhokta, asanga, saksi, ajo nityah sasvatoyam purano. Jyotisamapi tat jyotih. To raise the fallen, to…

Sivananda Gita – 4

I respect all saints and prophets of all religions. I respect all religions, all cults, all faiths and all creeds. I serve all, love all, mix with all and see the Lord in all. I stick to my promises. I serve the poor. This is my delight. I do mental prostrations to asses, dogs, trees,…