Human beings have a threefold nature: human beings have an animal nature, human nature and divine nature. Swami Atmaswarupananda from Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh speaks about these three aspects of your nature – and how to become more aware of your divine nature. He mentions especially: Dedicate your life to the welfare of others. Inquire: who am I? Treat others the way you want to be treated. Practice the presence of God. Develop respect for everything in this universe. Dedicate all your actions to God. More talks of Swami Atmaswarupananda: http://www.radiantatman.org/
Swami Vimalananda, direct disciple of Swami Sivananda and Swami Chidananda, reads from a book of Swami Sivananda and tells the Story of the Three Skulls, which is an analogy for an important truth: Practice makes perfect. One ounce of practice is better than tons of theories. Learn the Yoga techniques. Listen to the teachings of great Masters. Then practice – and realize the Highest Truth. Recording from a live Satsang in Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh http://www.sivanandaonline.org
Yoga in its deepest sense means Union. Yoga is the inner transformation to see God everywhere. All yoga techniques, including meditation, Self inquiry, Self study, selfless service, help to bring about this inner transformation. These techniques bring about an evolution – and a purification. When your mind is purified, you see things as they are. Develop the longing for the truth. Renounce all illusions and all falsehood to realize the truth. Go beyond ego, beyond separation, beyond pain.
Wisdom includes knowledge and practical experience and goes beyond both. What is the highest wisdom? How can you reach the highest wisdom? How to become a wise person? What are the characteristics of a wise person? These are some of the themes that Swami Atmaswarupananda covers in this early morning talk at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh. http://www.sivanandaonline.orghttp://my.yoga-vidya.org
In this very clear recording about Karma Yoga, the yoga of action or selfless service, Swami Sivananda tells us that Karma Yoga is selfless service to humanity. Your duty is to work but not to expect the fruits thereof. This is the central teaching of the Bhagavad Gita. God is the Inner Ruler. Learn more about Karma Yoga by listening to this recording about one of the classical yoga paths to moksha.
Swami Atmaswarupananda from Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh talks about the foundation of Swami Sivananda’s teachings: God alone is. Swami Sivananda taught differently to different disciples. Swami Sivananda’s disciples have different characters and follow different Sadhanas. But there is something in common: The deep conviction that God alone is. The heart of Gurudev’s teaching is the same everywhere: God alone is without a second.
This lecture is given through kirtan, with Swami Sivananda describing many of the saintly qualities that all sadhakas should aspire to. Some parts of the audio are difficult to understand, but the prana and the inspiration shine through.
Yoga Master Swami Sivananda reminded us again and again: the Goal of Life is God Realization. What does this mean? What does God realization mean for you? Is it a faith, a conviction, a point of view? Ideally, God realization is something which transforms your thinking and action. God realization means: God becomes real for you. Self realization means: Your true Self becomes real for you. God is your true Self.
Recording of a live morning talk by Swami Atmaswarupananda at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh, February, 2014. This recording will help you get interesting insights in how to make God real in your life. You don’t need to wait until you get full God Realization. Make God a reality in your life – now.
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Full of Bhakti, Swami Sivananda chants first to Krishna. Then Chidananda Om, Hare Rama, Hare Krishna. His chanting reminds us that the Divine Name and remembrance of our True Self is the greatest wisdom.
Reverence to God, to the Scriptures, to the the tradition, and to God is good. It also helps for experiencing pleasure, to have a good feeling, a feeling of protection and of being blessed. But the main purpose of a Guru is to help to overcome the ego of the disciple. The disciple must understand this – and agree to it. Only then a Guru-disciple-relationship is possible. Devotion to Guru and God is important – but to put the spiritual teachings into practice is most important. Allow God and Guru to work through your body and mind – allow God and Guru to mould you.
This is the essence of this talk by Swami Atmaswarupananda at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh February 2014. http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://www.yoga-vidya.org
Knowledge from the Upanishads destroys ignorance and ends the wheel of samsara (cycle of births and deaths). Behind the names and forms is the eternal Satchidananda Brahman. Learn more deep vedantic truths by listening to this lecture from Swami Sivananda.
Purity in thought, word and deed, control of not only the reproductive indriyas, but also all the other indriyas – that is the definition of brahmacharya in a broad sense. There are two parts, the physical and the mental. Control of the body and control of the thoughts. Find out more about this often misunderstood concept in this lecture from Swami Sivananda.
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.
Mind is Atma Shakti. Mind is how Brahman manifests in the world. It is nothing but a collection of samskaras and impressions – nothing but a bundle of habits. It consists of vasanas, or subtle desires. Egosim is a seed of the tree of mind. Learn more about the mind in this very informative lecture from Swami Sivananda.