Cry to your Mother Syama with a real cry, O mind!
And how can she hold herself from you?
How can Syama stay away?
How can your mother, Kali hold herself away?
O mind if you are in earnest, bring her an offering
Of bel-leaves and hibiscus flowers;
Lay at her feet your offering
And with it mingle the fragrant sandal-paste of Love. – Ramakrishna Parmahamsa
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526 – Kali’s gift of Atma shakti to all women
Today it’s International Women’s Day. #EmbraceEquity
Fearlessness the greatest gift bestowed to all women by Kali. As females we are told from the time of our birth to take care of ourselves and to look after others. However, what we must try to be is to be brave and fear free. Kali empowers us to develop Atma shakti. Continue reading
507 – The release of prana in powerful words
What happens to us when we say potent words aloud?
Love, our face lights up. We have a warm feeling inside us.
Joy is an expression of delight and jubilation. We smile.
Friendship, when we have affection and respect for someone. We are included.
Compassion being sensitive to others.
Empathy when we relate to others’ problems.
Hate and anger are intense emotions. They result in an adrenalin rush. We frown, look cross and add lines to our face.
Fear triggers another release, when we say that we are afraid, it reduces our level of fear, or it can further exaggerate it. Continue reading
476 – Great gurus say: love, serve and give
It is a very powerful sentence. Love automatically refers to one being kind and generous to the loved one. Serve means that one is happy to serve a loved one. Lastly giving one’s loved one makes one happy. The answer here is that to love, serve and give completely to all.
Do everything in love. – Corinthian 16:14
462 – Pure love
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is what you give of yourself that you truly give. – Khalil Gibran
It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out. The value of man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. – Albert Einstein
No one has ever become poorer by giving. – Anne Frank
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. – Pablo Picasso
Love, serve, give. – Swami Sivananda
451 – Bliss and love
“Another name for God is bliss. No ego, no me, no you, no office. Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram.”
Life itself is a yogic sadhana.
Bliss is of two kinds; one is the bliss of worldly pleasures and the other is the bliss of Brahma, Brahmananda, which manifests and awakens from within, or of the self, atmananda. Worldly bliss is the result of external experiences and this bliss which is obtained from worldly objects is perishable and a womb of sorrow. Continue reading
292 – Have you ever thought of love and affection in quotas?
What is the meaning of quota? It means an allocation, share or allowance. How often have we felt that we have been receivers of unrequited love? And we have not realized that we never shared our love. Continue reading
262 – Mother Ganga
A couple of days ago I attended the Ganga arati in Varanasi. It was an experience of a lifetime. Nobody was pushing and every one’s eyes were open with avid adoration and devotion. Hands joined in the prayer pose (Namaste). Of course, hands unjoined to take photos with their phones. There was no chatter, we all watched with love and fervor for Ma Ganga, the river which washes our karmas away. Continue reading
227 – My soul
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. Continue reading
225 – Daily Spiritual Practices
In order to practice a spiritual life and enjoy the fruit of the sadhana, it must become a part of us. Easter is upon us and we associate it with the material things like gifts and chocolates. Easter is a time of new beginnings and renewal. However it is not only when Easter is approaching that we should think that we should renew ourselves spiritually.
Let us see what we can incorporate in our daily life:
- Become observant and observe the spiritual glow of people, places, and things. It is a sign of rebirth.
- Give your undivided attention to whatever you are doing and be aware of the constant renewal of life around you.
- Become aware of God’s mercy in the past and his discretion in the future. Live in the present, giving it your undivided attention.
- Practice compassion, sensitivity and be aware of the pain and suffering of others.
- When you become aware, neutral and detached you are connected to the universe.
- Prayers are an essential part of our lives.
- Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
- Hope and gratitude go hand in hand. Hope is very powerful and being empathetic to the needs of others, we gift them hope. Gratitude is that never take anything for granted.
- Love and nurture yourself and listen to the voice of the cosmos.
It is not difficult to include these practices. Even if we start with one, we are on the path to welcome Easter and it becomes a way of life for us.
“Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sun rises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colors of promise in your word. Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always.”
Aim Hrim Klim
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216 – Enchantment of the Mother
“The most powerful method of obtaining God’s grace is worship of the Divine Mother. She is the embodiment of compassion and kindness, the pure image of mother love. She is the ocean of forgiveness. Whether it is the Divine Mother or my mother, wherever there is mother’s energy, it is always in the image of love and kindness. Her real form is forgiveness, no matter how naughty her children maybe.”
Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Continue reading
199 – Love, Serve and Give
Swami Sivananda’s favourite quote to his disciples was “Love, serve and give.” They in turn said it to their disciples and all of us also repeat it to our students. What does it mean? Continue reading
163 – What is love
How do we become capable of love? Osho explains it very beautifully. Love is spontaneous. It cannot be controlled. We cannot make love; we cannot do anything about it. And the more we do, the more we will miss it. We have to allow it to happen. We are not needed for it. We cannot absent ourselves and therefore, we have become incapable of love. Continue reading
097 – True love
The message that Rama sent to Sita through Hanuman, breaks your heart. He said “Since you have gone, the rain that falls is boiling, the birds that sing prick my heart.” Rama said, Continue reading
078 – Two Shlokas
“Under the shade of the Banyan tree, the old guru and the young disciple are seated. The Guru is not saying anything, but the questions and doubts of the disciple are getting cleared one by one.” Swami Satyananda said that when he sat with Swami Sivanananda this happened to him. The questions ceased and the intellect eased. A man who is really great does not know he is great. He is humble because he is practicing or acting with humility. Continue reading