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

442 – Our eternal question to Gurus

Can enlightenment come at any time?

Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s answer.

“Enlightenment can come at any time. It may at first seem like a flash from time to time, until it finally stabilizes itself. It is not predestined. It is not one’s will. It is not an outcome of one’s sadhana, which means purity, tapasya or vairagya. It comes unannounced, it can come to a person on the street and bypass a saint who has been meditating for a long time. Continue reading

441 – What are Siddhis?

We are all interested to know more about Siddhis, and many of us are very keen to acquire them. What are Siddhis? Siddhis are supernatural accomplishments which control the mind and prana. There are eight paranormal powers obtained by Yogis as a result of sustained practice, which are considered to be obstacles on the path to realization because they maintain interest in samsaras (cycle of birth, death and rebirth; illusory world).

What are the eight Siddhis?

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424 – Attainment of serenity and equilibrium

“When serenity and equilibrium prevail,
Not only ideas but dreams come true
And sleep is converted into samadhi.
Generally, the mind is dull and dissipated,
Sometimes it goes in for higher things
But then returns to its lower field.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati.1960.

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422 – Chant Aum constantly

“Make Aum your name. Aum is Atman, the soul, Aum is the Brahman (ultimate reality). Aum is absolute existence, knowledge, and bliss. Aum is your centre, your silence, your refuge and shelter Aum is your heart (hridaya). Do Aum japa, feel Aum, live in Aum. Aum is everywhere, in everything, hum Aum, live in truth, feel Aum everywhere in the ether, flowers, trees, stones, inanimate and animate objects. Rejoice in the light of truth, knowledge and bliss. There is a vast ocean of bliss and knowledge at the back of the mind. Drive the mind into that source.” Swami Sivananda Saraswati.

Aum reminds us of our identity with the supreme soul. Aum blows out our false ego. Continue reading

421 – Freedom from Vrittis

“We can live freely within the essence of nature
Or stay in the confines of individual consciousness.
Our mind is modified by right and wrong knowledge,
Fancy, sleep, and memory.
Neither right nor wrong knowledge brings wisdom.
Fancy is not based on reality.
Sleep fails to release awareness.
Memory clings, giving no freedom.
Some of these things are painful,
Some are not painful
But burn them all together and find peace.” Swami Satyananda Saraswati

How can we control the mind?

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419 – Visualization

Become Still.
Becoming whole and still.
You can reflect
The world within your own self,
And like the mountain lake, spontaneously reveal
The beauty of snow-capped peaks, the sun and moon,
Yet still be filled with the living waters of bliss
Though saints are born in samadhi
All can work towards this goal
With faith, strong will, intelligence. Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

If you take this extract line by line, each one is a powerful visualization. Continue reading

412 – Truth and Morality

Our parents, our teachers and our elders elucidated never tell an untruth. I did not attach any importance to it as I never lied to my mother. My father was very strict and so in self-defense or to protect a sibling one lied. Morality was a word also used a great deal and one thought that it was associated with character. When I had my own children, I realized how important it was to tell the truth, and what was the actual meaning of morality. Continue reading

410 – Above awareness is Samadhi

Do we understand the meaning of this word? It is used so liberally and also in fun. In India, while growing up, as children we would describe an inattentive person as being in samadhi. The actual meaning is the culmination of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Continue reading

336 – Can I evaluate my personality?

When one thinks of oneself then one assesses oneself as being either a very good person or that one is a rude person. It is not possible to evaluate one’s personality according to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. One never looks at one face in the mirror objectively. One may think that one is hideous or drop dead beautiful. It is never possible to see oneself as one is. Continue reading

306 – Understanding Tantra

Tantra is a very important part of the Hindu way of worship. In the course of history, it was divided into three main branches, Shakta, Shaiva, Vaishnava. Its sources are the Vedas. Every branch of Tantra has its own agamas. Agamas are believed to be the words which came out of God’s mouth. They were the pearls of wisdom emanating from Devi, Shiva, and Vishnu. Continue reading

303 – The central teaching of all the saints

It is our dharma, our faith to serve humanity. We must give love to those who need love. We must help those who are poor and neglected. Our resources must be utilized for the welfare of others. Our strength, intelligence, mind, heart, soul, money, knowledge, power, and friends should be used for the benefit of others. Enjoyment and happiness comes from giving and sharing with the needy and the unhappy. These are the teachings of Jesus Christ, Saint Francis, Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Mahatama Gandhi and every enlightened human being. Continue reading

299 – What is our purpose in our life?

According to Tantra we should be honest and true to ourselves. We can be anybody, a sage, or a criminal. This does not disbar us from seeking a spiritual life. What does this mean? The questions asked are what is a spiritual life? What reward do we get by its pursuit? What is the purpose of our life? Why are we here? Continue reading

291 – Our Guru’s golden words

“You may go to temples and discharge all religious obligations as taught by your tradition, but that alone will not help you to unlock the secret chambers. However much you may sit for puja, please note that lack of concentration will render all your efforts futile. It is always best to aim first and then shoot. There is practically no use of shooting in the air.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati Continue reading