Swami Sivananda recommends we live wisely: Physical beauty is nothing – it is superficial, illusory and fleeting. External appearance is maya. Brahman is beyond speech, time and causation. It is limitless, it shines with equal effulgence in all bodies. It is pure consciousness, satchidananda. Identify yourself with supreme peace, eternal bliss. Live the divine life, share with others, and melt the mind in the supreme Self. More wise advice can be heard in this inspiring lecture.
The kingdom of peace is beyond thought – it is not merely the absence of noise, etc. It is a positive state of spiritual attainment. Listen to Swami Sivananda as he talks more about this topic and how to achieve everlasting peace. Historical recording of Swami Sivananda, 1887-1963, one of the greatest yoga masters of modern India. To find out more about Swami Sivananda: http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://my.yoga-vidya.org . Copyright the Divine Life Society .
Behind this world show of physical phenomenon and names and forms, behind feelings, thoughts and emotions, there is the immortal unchanging Self. Swami Sivananda goes on to explain how to understand the Self and the goal of human life. Historical recording of Swami Sivananda, 1887-1963, one of the greatest yoga masters of modern India. To find out more about Swami Sivananda: http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://my.yoga-vidya.org . Copyright the Divine Life Society .
Self-examination is indispensable for removing your defects. We should do daily introspection and self-analysis and eradicate our defects through suitable methods. Swami Sivananda explains various methods we can use to eradicate our defects.
A Sadhaka is a spiritual aspirant. In this lecture, Swami Sivananda instructs sadhakas to reduce their wants to the barest minimum, to share what they have, to have sakshi bhav (the witness attitude), and more. The spiritual path is difficult, like the edge of a razor. Patience and perseverance is needed. This lecture is a great motivator for all sadhakas. Historical recording of Swami Sivananda, 1887-1963, one of the greatest yoga masters of modern India. To find out more about Swami Sivananda: http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://my.yoga-vidya.org . Copyright the Divine Life Society .
O Children of Immortality! Vicharana, or right inquiry into the nature of Brahman, and contentment are two qualities necessary for vedantic inquiry. On the path, all doubts will vanish. The slayer of the Atman is the mind. Excellent lecture on the nature of the mind.
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.
Identification with the perishable body is the greatest obstacle to Self-Knowledge, says Swami Sivananda in this very detailed synopsis of some of the most important points of yoga and vedanta. He discusses the 3 bodies, the 5 sheaths, the 3 states of waking/dream/deep sleep, the 6 changes the body goes through, the tattvas, indriyas, 5 pranas, the antakharana, and much more. A lecture not to be missed.
Swami Sivananda begins by recommending we meditate on Soham, and Aham Brahmasmi. He explains that the Brahmakara vritti is the form taken by the mind when it is about to lose itself in Brahman, and that it is not like ordinary vrittis of the mind. Find out more in this amazing lecture.
Swami Sivananda instructs us on the 7 stages of Jnana, also known as the 7 Bhumikas. He recommends we keep the Brahmakara vritti, the thought of Brahman, at all times – while walking, talking, eating… Meditate ceaselessly. Then you will ascend the 7 stages known as Subecha, Vicharana, Tanumanasi, Sattvapatti, Asamshakti, Padartha Bhavana, Turiya. He goes into some detail to explain these different stages. An excellent lecture.