Samadhi

Still the waves of the mind and hold it steady in nirvikalpa samadhi (unconditioned state of superconsciousness). This needs constant, protracted practice of meditation. There may be breaks in the meditation in the beginning but practice makes you perfect. Later you will be able to remain absorbed in meditation for long periods. You can merge…

Yoga of Meditation

O beloved Ram! You are within a strong fortress now. A spiritual fortress where no temptation can influence you. You are absolutely safe. Now you can do vigorous sadhana (spiritual practice) without fear. Kill the foe – the mind. Wear the spiritual laurels of peace, equal-vision and contentment. You are already shining with Brahmic bliss.…

On Seclusion

As the will power in many persons has become very weak, as they had no religious discipline or training in schools and colleges when they were young, and as they are under the sway of materialistic influences, it is necessary for them to go in for seclusion for some weeks, months or years, to practise…

Instructions in Meditation

Just as the light is burning within the hurricane lamp, so also the divine flame is burning from time immemorial in the lamp of your heart. Close your eyes. Merge yourself within the divine flame. Plunge deep into the chambers of your heart. Meditate on this divine flame and become one with the flame of…

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 – 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.…