Sivananda Gita – 1

I was born of P.S. Vengu Aiyar and Parvathiammal on 8th September 1887 at Pattamadai, Tirunelvely District, S. India, in the line of Appayya Dixit. My star is Bharani. I was extremely mischievous in my boyhood. I studied in the S.P.G. College, Trichy. I was a Doctor in Malaya States for 10 years. I took…

Importance of Om

Brahman is the highest of all. Om is his name. Om is also your real name. It covers the three fold experiences of man. From Om this sense world has been projected. The world exists in Om and dissolves in Om. Om is the greatest of all mantras (mystic formula). Om bestows direct liberation. All…

Exercises in Meditation

Keep a picture of Lord Krishna with a flute in his hand. Sit in your meditative pose and gently concentrate on this picture until you shed tears. Think of his feet, adorned with anklets. Think of his yellow silken garment. Think of the ornaments around his neck. Think of the long garland of beautiful flowers…

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Listen to the Mystic Sound

Sit in padma asana or siddha asana. Practice your mudra by closing the ears with the thumbs. Hear the internal sound through the right ear. The sound which you will hear will make you deaf to all external sounds. Having overcome all obstacles you will enter the turiya state within fifteen days. In the beginning…

Self-effort and Grace in Meditation

You need a calm, clear, pure, subtle, steady, sharp one-pointed buddhi (intellect) to understand the reality of Brahman. Only then is realization possible. Only a trained mind which utterly controls the body, can inquire and meditate as long as life remains, never losing sight of the object of its search and never letting it be…

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The Secret of Mediation

Meditation is the road to the attainment of salvation (moksha). Meditation kills all pains, sufferings, the three kinds of tapas (fevers), and the five klesas (sorrows). Meditation gives the vision of unity. Meditation produces a sense of oneness. Meditation is the airplane that helps the aspirant to soar high in the realms of eternal bliss…

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Meditation

If you want to get rid of the pains and afflictions of this samsara (worldly life) you must practise meditation. Meditation is the pathway to divinity. It is the royal road to the kingdom of Brahman. It is a mysterious ladder which reaches from error to truth, from darkness to light, from pain to bliss,…

Live Only to Serve

It is not possible for others to take advantage of one who serves selflessly. It could appear that way at times. But even if others seem to be taking advantage of you, that is to your advantage, because you are acting with a pure heart. You are doing whatever you can do to serve selflessly.…

Hearticulture

You must have a pure mind if you want to realise the self. Unless the mind is set free, unless the mind casts away all desire, craving, worry, delusion, pride, lust, attachment, likes and dislikes, it cannot enter the domain of supreme peace. Mind is compared to a garden. Just as you can cultivate good…

Develop Your Perceptions

Organs deteriorate if you do not use them properly – just as hands and legs are atrophied by disuse and are developed by muscular exercise, etc. There is intimate connection between sight and memory, and between hearing and memory. He who has acute sight, keen perception, good powers of observation and hearing – he will…