101 – Change the quality of your mind

Swami Satyanananda Saraswati visited Mount Kailash, when he was still in Tibet. Lake Mansarover is at the foot of the mountain. There was no sign of life there. No chanting, no prayers, just total silence. Since eternity it had been like this. He was the only soul present thereon that day. His pony and his Tibetan guide were with him. He took his bath in the clear, blue freezing water. After his bath, he thought to himself what do I do next. His mind stopped functioning. Continue reading

089 – Need of a Guru

“In 1943, my Guru Swami Sivananda gave me a mantra and told me to practice five malas every day. The practice took me no longer than three minutes in all. I practiced five malas regularly every day and during this period the most important link in my life was formed in those three minutes. Had I renounced my link with the mantra, I would never have achieved what I have today. These five malas saved me so today I can stand firmly as a swami, holding the torch of a spiritual culture.” Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

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083 – Recognise your problems and attain equanimity

Swami Satyanananda Saraswati said acknowledging one’s difficulties will lead one on a neutral path. Having no rancor, will enable one to see the solution. All the problems that one has in life, all the ups and downs are really the means to one’s personal development. Everything that one faces in life, whether pleasant or unpleasant, is really the means to higher awareness. They really help one, though they seem to hinder one from a limited and personal viewpoint at this stage, they are really the tests, the means to one’s eventual transcendence and total understanding of reality. Continue reading

082 – Discover the mind

Both Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyanananda were clear that if you want peace of mind, balance and want to follow the spiritual path, you have to tame your mind. Swamiji said that if you have a quarrel with your partner or family, you may sleep in a separate room but your mind cannot be put in another room. It will sleep with you, it will play with your thoughts, give you dreams and wake you up the next morning not rested but more upset. So how does one quieten this mind. Swamiji has laid emphasis on the mind. Swami Sivananda has emphasised on developing positive qualities of the mind and eradicating the negative and restrictive qualities of the mind. 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

076 – Ajapa Japa

Ajapa Japa is chanting from the heart. It is the spontaneous repetition of the Mantra Soham for developing awareness of the psychic breath in the psychic passages of the body. The meaning of psychic is spiritual in the Yogic sense and Ajapa Japa sadhana enables the flow of prana. Continue reading

074 – Silence

Silence exists within oneself. We can be in a forest and have a clamour of thoughts within us. The first ashram of the Bihar School of Yoga was near a railway track in Munger. The track has goods trains running on it, and they had steam engines. It was noisy and every hour the quiet would be pierced with a shrieking engine whistle. Continue reading

067 – Why the emphasis on the Ajna Chakra

“In Yoga there is a lot of emphasis on Ajna Chakra. It has been seen that when one is absolutely relaxed in deep sleep, then one practices Shambhavi mudra, where both pupils are concentrated in the mid-eyebrow centre.

When a healthy child is sleeping, first of all the breath becomes sonorous, it becomes ujjayi pranayama. Secondly, when one lifts the eyelids, one will find that both pupils are centralized in the mid-eyebrow centre.

These two symptoms indicate absolute relaxation.”

Swami Satyanananda Saraswati. Continue reading

065 – How do we learn to love

Love is a beautiful word. It makes us think of all the wonderful things in the world. Our heart becomes large and we glow with the thought. We love so many things in our life. When we speak about love, our expression changes and we glow. When we speak about anger, we scowl. Continue reading