Sivananda Gita – 3

I love nature, music, art, poetry, philosophy, beauty, goodness, solitude, meditation, yoga and vedanta. I am humble and simple. I am frank and straightforward. I am perfectly tolerant and catholic. I am merciful and sympathetic. I have spontaneous and unrestrained generosity. I am bold and cheerful. I am patient. I can bear insult and injury.…

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…

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Gurudev’s Prayer

Question: Could you suggest a prayer that would strengthen one’s spirit when facing the difficulties of daily living? Answer: Would you like to know my prayer? My prayer is very simple. “God, I know that it is all Your form. It’s all Your name. It’s all Your deed. And it’s all for good.” You are…

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.…

Let Us Play Our Roles Well

Peace, contentment, not running after anything is what you call the kingdom of God. Once you achieve that kingdom of God, what will happen? Everything else will be running after you. Know that by knowing which everything else is known. Instead of running after things, let things run after you. Just be contented in your…

The Whole World Is an Altar

Question: What did Jesus mean when he said, “Take, eat; this is my body which was given for you.” Answer: When he says, “It’s my body,” that means the bread itself is the manifestation of that spirit. Whatever you eat, eat it with the feeling that, “It is the spirit that has manifested as this…

Memory Culture

Take up memory culture. Take to any exercise that suits you best and put it into daily practice. Keep a daily record – this is very important. Mere skipping over the pages will not do. You will not be benefitted. If you really want rapid improvement, if you want to become a real man, put…

Develop Your Sight

Whenever you meet a person, look at his figure carefully from top to bottom. Mentally note his peculiar features – the condition of his eyes, eyebrows, teeth, arms etc., the sort of dress he is wearing, what kind of cap he wears, whether he has a moustache or not. Notice his behaviour, his looks, his…

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini shakti is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies all organic and inorganic matter. It is the primordial energy that lies at the basal centre (muladhara chakra) in a dormant, potential state. Kundalini yoga treats of Kundalini shakti, the seven chakras (centres of spiritual energy), and the arousing of this sleeping kundalini. Nadis…

You Are Given a Script

Question: You say we are all actors. If we see someone in trouble, should we just say, “That is some act!” or even worse, “That’s his or her karma?” Where do compassion and responsibility come in? Where does action come in? Answer: If you feel that you are an actor, it cannot just be theoretical.…