Thursday is the day of the Guru? I asked myself this question, as must so many of you, “Who was Swami Sivananda’s Guru?” Swami Sivananda received mantra diksha from Parmahamsa Viswananda Saraswati, on the banks of the Ganga on 1st June 1924. Swami Sivananda was in quest of a Guru. Continue reading
We all have to join together and rid the universe of evil and destruction. In the Shastras it is written that the easiest way to experience God in these troubled and turbulent times is by worship. We need not go into a complicated philosophical discussion. All we have to do is to bow our heads before the deity, who is greater than any other power of the world. Aradhana (prayer) starts from this act and progresses gradually towards bliss and love. Begin with the deity, one loves and adores (it can be the elements, chakras, and yantras), and one rises progressively above the form and merges into the supreme atman. Continue reading
Owls are loved by so many of us. We associate them with wisdom and solitude. Continue reading
Swami Nityananda gives a message to sincere Yoga aspirants. Swami Nityananda is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. He is over 90 years old. His mind is very clear – filled with inspiration. For the Recording of this Podcast, he was sitting in his bed – and radiating wisdom. Recording by Sukadev of Yoga Vidya during his visit to Rishikesh and Delhi in February 2011.