Karma Yoga Karma Yoga

Haft-hearted service is no service at all. Give your whole heart, mind and soul when you serve. This is very important when you practise Karma Yoga. Some people have their body in one place, mind in another place, and soul in another place. That is the reason why they do not realise any substantial progress in the path. Forget not the goal of life amidst selfish activities. The goal of life is Self-realisation. Are you attempting to reach the end and aim of life Are you doing Japa, Pranayama...

Control Of Mind

It is through mind only that Brahman or the Supreme Self manifests as the differentiated universe with heterogeneous objects. Mind is nothing but a collection of Samskaras or impressions. It is nothing but a bundle of habits. The true nature of the mind consists in the Vasanas or subtle desires. The idea of 'I' or egoism is the seed of the tree of mind. The sprout which springs up from this seed egoism is Buddhi or intellect. From this sprout the ramifying branches called...

Purpose Of Life

The life of man is an indication of what is beyond him and what determines the course of his thoughts, feelings and actions. The wider life is invisible, and the visible is a shadow cast by the invisible which is the real. The shadow gives an idea of the substance, and one can pursue the path to the true substance by the perception of the shadow. Human existence, by the fact of its limitations, wants and various forms of restlessness, discontent and sorrow, points to a higher desired end,...

Mind And Its Mysteries

Just as a busy officer works alone in a room by closing all the doors, so also the busy mind works alone in a dream by shutting out all the doors of the senses. Mind is a power born of the soul. It is through mind that the Lord manifests Himself as the differentiated universe with heterogeneous objects. Mind is merely a bundle of thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought 'I' is the root. Therefore, mind is only the thought I. Mind is nothing but a collection of Samskaras or impressions. It is...

Prayer For A Karma Yogin

(By Sri Sankaracharya) Atma tvam girija mitih sahacharah pranah sareeram griham. Puja te vishyopabhogarachana nidra samadhisthitih, Sancharah padoyoh pradakshinavidhih stotrani sarva giro Yadyat karma karomi tat tad akhilam sambhotavaradhanam. Repeat the Sloka at the end of your meditation. Thou art Atma Buddhi is thy consort, Parvati (who is born of mountain) the Pranas are thy attendants this body is thy house the action of sensual enjoyment is thy worship deep sleep is the establishment of...

Yoga Asanas

Health is indeed a covetable possession. Good health is a valuable asset to one and all. It can be achieved by the regular practice of Yoga Asanas. The practice of Asanas controls the emotions, produces mental peace, distributes Prana evenly throughout the body and different systems, helps in maintaining healthy functioning of the internal organs, gives internal massage to the various abdominal organs. Physical exercises draw the Prana (energy) out but the Asanas send the...

Sri Swami Sivananda

SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURffV, MEDITATE, REALIZE Thirteenth Edition 1988 5000 Copies World Wide Web WWW Edition 1998 WWW site This WWW reprint is for free distribution Published By THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY P.O. Shivanandanagar 249 192 Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh, Himalayas, India.

Message Of Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya is purity in thought, word and deed. Brahmacharya includes the control of not only the sex or reproductive Indriya but also other Indriyas. This is the definition of Brahmacharya in a broad sense. Brahmacharya is of two kinds viz., physical and mental. Physical is control of the body and mental is the control of evil thoughts. In mental Brahmacharya even a lustful thought will never enter the mind. Freedom from all sexual thoughts in waking as well as dreaming states is strict...

Messages Of Vairagya

There is not even an iota of bliss in this world. Every thing is illusory in this universe. All worldly things are generative of pain only and fraught with all dangers. This life is ephemeral. There is nothing so baneful as this life which is perishable in its nature. What beauty is there to be enjoyed in this body which is composed of blood and flesh and which has a tendency to rot Even the most virulent poison is no poison but the sensual object is truly so. The former kills only one body,...

Jivanmukta

A Jivanmukta or liberated sage is absolutely free from desires, fear, selfishness, egoism, mineness, attachment, greed and hatred. He is full of pure love, compassion and mercy. He has mastery over the mind and senses. He does not identify himself with the body. He always dwells in his own Inner Self. He is ever contented and happy. He does not offend anybody in thought, word and deed. He is not hurt even a bit by taunts, censures, insults and persecutions. He keeps equanimity of mind in...

Nada Yoga

Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Close the ears with the thumbs. This is Shanmukhi Mudra or Vaishnavi Mudra. Hear the music of Anahata sounds. You will have wonderful concentration. Do Japa Ajapa Japa of Soham with breath or Japa of any Mantra. Practise Pranayama for one or two months. You will hear the ten sounds clearly and enjoy the music of the soul. The sound that you hear will make you deaf to all external sounds. Abandon all worldly thoughts. Control your passion. Become...