God is Your Sole Refuge

The name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop, shelter and abode. Name is divine nectar. Name and form are inseparable. Keep a picture of the Lord and concentrate on it. Concentrate on the face or feet or the whole picture. Then visualise this in your heart or in the space…

Benefits of Japa

Japa (repetition of the mantra) checks the force of the thought current moving towards objects. It forces the mind to move towards God, towards the attainment of eternal bliss. Eventually it helps us to have the darsana (vision) of God. The mantra-power is hidden in every mantra. Whenever the spiritual aspirant shows lack of vigour…

Mantra Yoga

Mantra yoga is a great science. “Manana trayate iti mantrah” – “By manana (constant thinking or recollection) one is protected or released from the round of birth and death – that is mantra.” That is called mantra, by meditating on which the jlva or soul attains freedom from sin, enjoyment in heaven and final liberation.…

The Power of Sound

The subtler the element, the more powerful it is. Water is more powerful than earth because it is more subtle. Water removes earth away. Fire is more powerful than water because it is subtler than water. Fire dries up water. Air is more powerful than fire because it is more subtle than fire. Air blows…

Human Nature into Divine Nature

God is a mystery. Mind is a mystery. The world is a mystery. How sanklrtan transmutes human nature into divine nature, how it overhauls the old vicious habits, how it changes the mental substance, how it transforms or metamorphoses the impure nature into pure nature, and how it brings the devotee face to face with…

The Saving Grace

Japa is the best of all spiritual practices in this modern age. It is the easiest too. The divine name alone will give you all success and bestow on you the highest spiritual attainments. The seeker after truth reaches the highest goal by japa or recitation of the Lord’s name (or mantra) alone. This is…

Aids to Bhakti

People put the question: “How can we love God whom we have not seen?” Live in the company of saints and hear of the divine sport of God, study the sacred scriptures. Worship Him first in His several forms as manifested in the world. Worship any image or picture of the Lord or the guru.…

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda

  (September 8, 1887 – July 14, 1963) One of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda, is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The teachings of Master Sivananda are summarized in these six words: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize. His Early Life Born in 1887 in Pattamadai, Tamil…

The Importance of Guru Bhakti

Here is bhakti yoga in a nutshell. Select an ishta devata (a favourite deity) – either Siva, Rama, Krishna, Vishnu, Dattatreya, Gayatri or Sakti – according to the advice of your guru, or your own inclination. Get the proper mantra (a mystic formula). Then keep a picture of that particular deity in front of you…