Prayer Also Is a Sort of Novocaine

The dentist who administers Novocaine is not taking away the pain. He or she is just temporarily keeping it away. Afterwards, you still feel the pain. In the same way, prayer also is a sort of Novocaine. When you pray you feel comforted, but you still have to go through the operation. So the operation…

The Guru and the Broomstick

At a satsang in August of 1999, a group of new graduates from the Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher’s Training (TT) program took the opportunity to ask Swami Satchidananda some questions about himself and the role of the Guru in the life of a spiritual seeker. We find this an appropriate satsang to reprint as we…

You Can Enjoy the Same

For one month live a totally surrendered life. Try that life for a while. For a sample week, or a sample month. Just say, “Let God take care of me. And let me do my duty. Whatever God has given me to do, let me fulfill it.” That means wherever you are, God has placed…

True Love

Love is a feeling. You cannot even put it in words. You will know what love is if you really want to know. Wanting to love itself is the beginning. And then if you want to love you should know how to love. Now, what is the meaning of love? It’s not just attachment. Real…

Lessons from the Yoga Sutras: Viveka

Patanjali once beautifully said, “Dukham evam sarvaam vivekinaha.” For a viveki, a person with discriminative knowledge, everything is painful. When you realize that everything is painful you cease to develop attachments toward those things. In fact, it is to relieve you from the attachment that everything becomes painful. Truly, if we read just that one…

Integral Yoga

It was May 7, 1966, and Narayana Kiekens, President of Yoga Vedanta introduced Swami Satchidananda with the following words: “Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji has sown in our hearts a little spiritual seed. May your presence, Swamiji, be the sunshine and the shower to make it grow into many beautiful flowers.” Here is an excerpt from…

How to Live Yoga

Yoga is something that you live. If you want to be a Yogi you should be a Yogi always, not just while you are standing on your head. If you are a Yogi only when you stand on your head, then what are you when you walk on your feet? If you are a Yoga…

Depression and Devotion

Every aspirant in the spiritual path becomes a victim to the mood of depression in the beginning. You have to overcome this mood through discrimination, reflection, singing God’s name, prayer, etc. This mood is like a passing cloud. It will pass off if you are vigilant. Do not mistake emotion for devotion. Whenever you get…