Swami Sivananda talks about God in this letter to an aspirant in 1955. Some parts of the recording are difficult to understand, but you can feel the love that Swami Sivananda had for each of his devotees.
Immortal Self! God is the creator and indweller of your heart. He is the dispenser of karma and of the results of your actions. Behold God in all objects. God is everything – learn how you can live in God, realize this, and be free – lecture by Swami Sivananda.
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.
The highest truth says: Brahman alone is – without a second. There is nothing but Brahman. Swami Atmaswarupananda talks about this Eternal and simple Truth. You might look for bliss, for peace, for knowledge. You are this bliss, this peace, this knowledge. You are this One without a second. Understand this philosophy. Practice Sadhana. Experience bliss and happiness. Then experience one-ness in meditation. But go beyond experience. Realize: You are this happiness, this bliss. Reduce your ego a little bit everyday. Slowly you will realize the Highest.
Live recording of an early morning talk at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh. http://www.sivanandaonline.org http://my.yoga-vidya.org
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.