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About the Author: Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya cl...

About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.








1 What is Concentration? 3
2 Where to Concentrate? 4
3 Aids to Concentration 6
4 Antarmukha and bahirmukha Vrittis 11
5 Know the Ways of Mind 12
6 Reduce Mind-Wandering 16
7 Tap All Powers 19
8 Story of Concentration 21
9 Yoga Prasnottari 36




1 Attention 39
2 Practice of Concentration 44
3 Concentration in Every Walk of Life 46
4 Gist of Yoga of Concentration 48
5 Exercises in Concentration 53
6 Concentration on a Chair 54
7 Concentration on Anahata Sounds 57
8 Trataka or Gazing 59




1 What Is Meditation? 61
2 Necessity for Meditation 62
3 Fruits of Meditation 63
4 Brahmamuhurta - Best Time for Meditation 70
5 Meditation Room 72
6 Places for Meditation 73
7 Cave-Life for Meditation 76
8 Preparation for Meditation 77
9 How to Meditate 78
10 When and Where to Mediate 84
11 Requisites for Meditation 85
12 Three Sittings for Meditation 89
13 Qualifications-for Practising Meditation 90
14 How Many Hours to Mediate 93
15 Aids to meditation 94
16 Asanas for Meditation 95
17 Regularity in Meditation 96




1 Practical Aspect of Meditation 98
2 Real Rest in Meditation 100
3 Visualisation 101
4 Yoga of Meditation 101
5 Seclusion and Meditation 105
6 Reach the Highest Peak 110
7 Errors in Meditation 113
8 Instructions on Meditation 115
9 Twenty Hints on Meditation 122
10 Exercises in Meditation 124
11 The State of Meditation 128
12 Practice of Samyama 133
13 Prasnottari on Meditation 134




1 Selection for Meditation 138
2 Meditation in Different Paths 141
3 Preliminary Meditation 145
  (A) Meditation on a Rose 145
  (B) Meditation on a Buffalo 146
  (C) Meditation on Mahatma Ganghiji 148
  (D) Meditation on 12 Virtues 148
  (E)Meditation on Divine Songs 149
  (F) Meditation on Gita Slokas 150
4 Saguna Meditation 150
  (A) Meditation on Ishta Devatas 150
  (B) Meditation on Virat Purusha 152
  (C) Meditation on Gayatri 153
5 Nirguna Meditation 154
  (A) Meditation on Ideas 154
  (B) Vedantic Meditation 157
  (C) Assertions for Vedantic Nididhyasana 158
  (D) Vedantic Contemplation 158
  (E) Meditation on Om 160
  (F) Meditation on "Soham" 162
  (G) Meditation on Mahavakyas 164
  (H) Positive Meditation 165
  (I) Negative Meditation 166
6 Saguna and Nirguna Meditation Compared 166
7 Meditation and Action 169




Introduction 172
1 Aimless Wandering 173
2 Cessation of Sadhana 173
3 Deha-Adhyasa 174
4 Diseases 174
5 Discussing Too Much 175
6 Environments 176
7 Evil Company 176
8 Fault-Finding 177
9 Habit of Self-Justification 178
10 Impulses 178
11 Impure and Immoderate Food 78
12 Irregularity in Sadhana 179
13 Jerks 180
14 Lack of Brahmacharya 180
15 Ojas 181
16 Lack of Yama and Niyama 182
17 Lingual Diarrhoea 182
18 Need for a Preceptor 183
19 Overeating, etc 185
20 Poor Health 185
21 So-called Friends 186
22 Social Nature 187
23 Tandri-Alasya-Nidra 187
24 Vulgar Pleasures 189
25 Wealth 189




1 Anger 190
2 Backbiting 192
3 Depression 193
4 Doubt(Samsaya) 194
5 Dreams 195
6 Evil Thoughts 196
7 False Tushti 199
8 Fear 200
9 Fickleness 201
10 Five Hindrances to Meditation 201
11 Force of Old Samskaras 201
12 Gloom and Despair 202
13 Greed 202
14 Hatred 203
15 Impatience 205
16 Independent Nature 205
17 Jealousy 206
18 Lower Nature 207
19 Manorajya 211
20 Memory 212
21 Mental Talking 214
22 Moha 214
23 Obstacles in Yoga 215
24 Other Obstacles 216
25 Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry 217
26 Rajas and Tamas 218
27 Sankalpas 218
28 Tamas or Inertia 218
29 Three Obstacles 219
30 Trishna and Vasana 220
31 Vikshepa 220
32 Vishayasakti 221




1 Ambition and Desire 223
2 Moral and Spiritual Pride 224
3 Religious Hypocrisy (Dambha) 224
4 Name and Fame (Kirti and Pratishtha) 225
5 Elementals (Bhuta-Ganas) 228
6 Visions 228
7 Siddhis 229
8 Kashaya 230
9 Laya 230
10 Rasasvada 230
11 Tushnimbhuta Avastha 231
12 Stabdha Avastha 232
13 Avyaktam 232
Valediction 233




1 Various Experiences in Meditation 235
2 Anahata Sounds 239
3 Lights in Meditation 240
4 Mystic Experiences of Sadhakas 244
5 In the Hours of Meditation 247
6 Vision of God 250
7 Feeling of Separation 252
8 Cosmic Consciousness 254
9 Blissful Experience 258
10 Mind Moves 261
11 Bhuta-Ganas 262
12 Glimpses of the Self 262
13 Jyotirmaya Darshan 265
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Item Code: IDF824 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2014 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 817052007X Language: English Size: 8.7" X 5.7" Pages: 317 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 340 gms
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