Avoid Extremes

The mind always want to be doing something. When it attaches itself to the objects it cherishes, the mind feels amused and happy. There can be attraction without attachment. You can be attracted to a beautiful rose, but you are not attached to it. Attachment comes after possession and enjoyment. Attachment, love, ananda (bliss), all…

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Try This Yourself

The aim behind all the Hatha Yoga postures is to be able to sit in one steady, comfortable position for meditation. It is only in a steady posture that you can have a good meditation. A body filled with toxins, weak muscles and jumpy nerves will not be able to stay quiet for any length…

Analects of Sivananda

Solitude is the soul’s best friend. Silence is better than argument. He is really blessed who can suit his temper to any circumstances. Grief destroys strength, health, intellect and wisdom. Conquer grief through discrimination, enquiry, and the meditation on the atman (self). Worry is a waste. Avoid it. Rather sing, pray, meditate, enquire, cogitate and…

Become Dynamic

If a man feels even a little bit for his present deplorable condition; if he attempts even to show a slight improvement; if there is a little receptive attitude; then he can be corrected and he can make progress on the path of yoga. If he is obstinate and pigheaded, if he is absolutely self-…

Presence of Mind

Just reflect for a while when you have failed in an attempt. Try to be more careful in the next attempt. Try to remove those factors that led you to fail previously. Fortify yourself now. Be careful and vigilant. Be active and nimble as the squirrel. Be quick and at the same time be capable…

Moksha Gita, 7

He who thinks, “I am the body….. This body is mine… She is my wife… He is my son….. I am a brahmar:a …. I am fact…. I am black … I am a pandit,” is an ignorant man. He is bound. He who thinks, “I am not the body: I am all-pervading, changeless, immortal,…

Moksha Gita, 4

The mind has the power of creating or undoing the whole universe in the twinkling of an eye. Slay this mind through vicara (enquiry), destruction of vasanas (psychological impressions or conditioning) and control of its fluctuation. Mind is a bundle of vasanas (subtle desires). Through vasanas bondage is caused. Destruction of vasanas will bring freedom.…

Find out the Secret

The first and foremost reason not to have jealousy is that it affects the person himself or herself. If you are jealous, it affects you physically and mentally. It in no way helps you or anyone else. So at least for your own sake, it’s advisable not to have that. Every time you feel that…