The Benefits of Ahimsa

Ahimsa is not causing pain. Some authors translate it as non-killing, but it is not that. Himsa means to cause pain; ahimsa, not to cause pain. Killing is different from causing pain. Causing pain can be even more harmful than killing. Even by your words, even by your thoughts, you can cause pain. When the…

Sit in Silence

I am neither male nor female; I am neither dvaita (dualism) nor advaita (non-dualism); I am neither sagu a (with qualities) nor nirgu a (without qualities); I am neither seer nor hearer; I am neither body nor mind; I am neither far nor near; I am neither black nor red; I am neither thin nor…

Work, Work, Work

Do not talk of vedānta and Brahman, Work, work, work. There is too much talk and vedāntic gossiping, Enough of tall talk and gossiping. Give up lecturing and pedantry, Become a practical vedāntin. Be good to others, even at the point of a bayonet. Show your strength and courage now. Develop a soft heart, That…

My Auspicious Day

I celebrated this auspicious day, With great eclat and pomp, With illumination and joyful songs. My wish has been fulfilled. I have met my Beloved. How shall I find words, For the beauty of my Beloved? He is brilliant like millions of suns, He has enthroned himself in my heart. The lamp of love burns…

In a traditional Indian Ashram, what is the normal relationship of nearby householders to the Ashram?

In your question you assume that an Indian Ashram means all the sannyasis, swamis, not householders. The sannyasis are there to pray for the householders: they don’t live for themselves, they don’t pray for themselves, they pray for everybody, the entire globe.  That’s why at the end of our programs we say, “Sarveshaam Swasthir Bhavathu,…

We Are All Walking Temples

Worshiping God does not mean that God is in front of you and you worship God directly. Serving people is worshipping God; doing things for people is doing things for God. The great saint Thirumular said, “If you worship in the stationary temple, it only reaches God there; it won’t reach God in the walking…

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,…