Swami Sivananda gives us advice in this lecture: do not spoil your health in the name of austerities, do constant repetition of mantras, have vairagya, spiritual growth is gradual so you need not be in a feverish hurry, ascend the ladder of yoga step by step, the world is the best teacher… He continues with more practical advice.
You are divine. Realize your divine nature. Every difficulty is an opportunity for you to develop your will and power of endurance. Grow strong, conquer difficulties one by one. Swami Sivananda gives us these important instructions and many more in this inspirational lecture.
Chidananda Rupam Sivoham Sivoham, Ananda Rupam Soham Sivoham. Through song Swami Sivananda tells us our true nature, and that of Brahman, is eternal, free, pure, that all is the atman, all is Brahman, all is His own Self, Immortal Atman.
I am the All, the light of lights, the origin, middle, and end. Swami Sivananda instructs us through the vedantic kirtan Bhajo Radhe Krishna Bhajo Radhe Shyama Soham Sivoham Om, that He is the cosmic consciousness.
This lecture by Swami Sivananda begins by chanting some of the Shantih mantras, followed by a discussion of the nature of the Self. The Knowledge of the Atman, or supreme Self, is subtle and cannot be realized by our own doing. He discusses many topics such as: the individual soul is identical with Brahman, the importance of a guru, the sreya marga and preya marga, avidya, and more.
Swami Sivananda talks about the Kena Upanishad, also called the Kenopanishad, in which is revealed the Truth of Brahman and how it relates to man. Everything is possible by the power of Brahman. Brahman shines by his own light, and everything shines as a reflection of this. Therefore, we should meditate on Brahman until we Know Brahman as pure Self consciousness, not as an object.
Brahmavidya is the science of Brahman, the Knowledge of the Absolute, and here Swami Sivananda talks a great deal about what this means. He explains who a person with Brahmavidya is and their qualifications. He also covers many topics related to Knowledge of the Self and how to obtain it – some of the topics are Om, the Atman, the aspirant, self-control, discrimination, intellect, Purusha, and more. A wonderful lecture not to be missed.
Narayani and Nalini answer the question: How did you continue with your Yoga Practice for so many years? Narayani lives in London, Nalini in Delhi. These two female Yoga Masters are teaching regularly in Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany http://my.yoga-vidya.org
Swami Bodhichitananda talks about his experiences with Swami Chidananda. He talks about what was special about this great Master, how he was trained by him. It is always inspiring to hear and watch aspirants talk about their experiences with their Guru. Swami Chidananda was one of the greatest Masters of the 20th Century. When Swami Bodhichitananda talks about him, his presence can be felt. Swami Bodhichitananda teaches Seminars at Yoga Vidya Germany.
A true Yoga Master teaches in many unexpected ways. Swami Vishnu-devananda, 1927-1993, was one such Master: Swami Vishnu was very unconventional, supremely understandy, demanding and loving. Shanmuga, one of his closest disciples tells a few stories about Swami Vishnu-devananda. You can find this and many other talks from Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany on http://my.yoga-vidya.org/video