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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 claime...

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.

Publishers' Note:

His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj did not write text books as such. The books he wrote were the outpouring of wisdom from his own direct realisation of the Truth.

From his books you will derive not only the benefit of his wisdom and knowledge of both practical and esoteric matters pertaining to Yoga, but also the power of his spiritual force.

Sri Swami Sivanandaji had a unique style- simple, direct and compelling. His books are not dull treatises on Yoga and philosophy, rather his enthusiasm and eagerness to help all is evident in every page, lifting the reader to new heights of understanding.

The value of this great little work "THOUGHT POWER" is evident even from a mere reading of its table of contents. It is a book of perennial interest and many-sided usefulness for self-culture, self-knowledge, acquistion of the power of personality and success in life.

It is a work that edifies, imparts illumination to the intelligence, and empowers human will for good and for achievement of greatness. Students, grown-up persons, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, seekers after Truth and lovers of God - all are bound to find in the pages of this publication plenty of specific guidance for thought-culture and thought power and for living a positive, dynamic, rich, triumphant and joyous life-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY




Publishers' Note v
Preface vii
Chapter One
Thought Excels Light in Speed 3
The Medium Through Which Thoughts Travel 3
The Ether of Space Registers Thoughts 4
Thoughts Are Living Things 4
Thoughts Are Finer Forces 5
Thoughts As Wireless Messages 5
Thoughts Are Tremendous Powers 5
Thought-waves and Thought-transference 6
Marvels of Thought-vibrations 6
Diversity of Though-vibrations 7
Conservation of Though-energy 7
The Cell-theory and the Thoughts 8
Primal Thought and Modern Science 9
Radium and the Rare Yogi 9
Thought-Its Weight, Size and Shape 10
Thought-Its Form, Its Name and Colour 10
Thought-Its Power, Workings and Uses 11
We Live in a Boundless World of Thoughts 11
Thoughts, Electricity and Philosophy 12
Outer World Pre-exists in the Thoughts 13
World - A Projection of Thought 13
Thoughts, World and the Timeless Reality 14
Chapter Two
Thought- The Architect of Destiny 16
Thoughts Chisel Your Countenance 17
Thoughts Feature the Physical Expressions 19
Your Eyes Betray Your Thoughts 19
Negative Thoughts Poison Life 19
Psycho-physical Imbalances 20
The Creative Powers of Thought 20
Similar Thoughts Attract Each Other 21
Spanish Flu and the Contagion of Thoughts 22
The Application of a Psychological Law 22
Understand the Laws of Thought 23
The Laws Implied in Higher Thoughts 25
Thought-A Boomerang 27
Thoughts and the Waves of the Sea 27
Colour and Influence of Saintly Thoughts 28
Aura and Dynamics of a Developed Mind 29
Dynamics of Thoughts and Moods 29
Thought-dynamics in Universal Environs 30
Chapter Three
Serve Others by Thought-vibrations 32
Doctors Can Heal by Suggestion 32
Yogins Preach by Though-transference 33
Influence Others by Thought 34
Varied Utility of Thought Power 34
Powers of Thought- Their Value 35
Thoughts Accomplish Many a Mission 35
Power of Thoughts That Prompt 36
Practise Thought-transference 37
Parapsychology and Subconscious Thoughts 38
Power of Vigorous, Divine Thoughts 39
Chapter Four
Thoughts Promote Radiant Health 40
Thoughts Develop Personality 40
Thoughts Affect the Body 40
Thought Power Changes Destiny 41
Thoughts Cause Physiological Disorders 42
Thought Power Creates Environments 42
Thoughts Form the Physical Body 45
Chapter Five
Acquisition of Thought Power by Moral Purity 47
Thought Power by Concentration 47
Thought Power by Organised Thinking 48
Thought Power by Will-power 49
Simple Prescriptions for Clear Thinking 50
Sadhana for deep and Original Thinking 51
Meditation for Applied and Sustained Thinking 52
Acquire Creative Though Power 52
Develop Individuality: Resist Suggestions 52
Supernormal powers by Thought-discipline 53
Chapter Six
Get Over Gloomy Thoughts 54
Victory Over Intrusive Thoughts 55
Drive Away Obnoxious Thoughts 56
Master Worldly Thoughts 57
Conquer Impure Thoughts 58
Subdue Negative Thoughts 58
Overcome Habitual Thoughts 58
Triumph Over Unimportant Thoughts 60
Transform Instinctive Thoughts 60
Lessen the Number of Habitual Thoughts 61
Gather Inspirational Thoughts 61
Reflect Over Illuminating Thoughts 62
Right Thoughts for Wrong Thoughts 63
The Gamut of Thoughts 63
Mean Thoughts and Moral Development 64
Chapter Seven
Thought-control by Practice of Concentration 66
Thought-control by a Positive Attitude 67
Thought-control by Non-cooperation 68
Art of Thinning Out Thoughts 69
Thought-control by Napoleon's Method 70
Arrest the Recurrence of Evil Thoughts 71
Give the Wrong Thought No Concession 71
Nip the Bad Thought in Its Bud 72
Spiritual Practice for Elimination of
Evil Thoughts
Best Remedies for Evil Thoughts 74
Daily Discipline of Thoughts 74
Thoughts and the Snake-analogy 75
World-conquest by Thought-conquest 76
Form of Divine Channel for Thought-force 76
Role of Vigilance in Though-control 77
Watch and Spiritualise Your Thoughts 77
Chapter Eight
Discrimination and Inner Mental Culture 79
Unwholesome Thoughts and Self-watchfulness 79
Self-development by Yogic Thought-culture 81
Thought-culture by the Method of Substitution 81
Spiritual Methods of Thought-culture 81
The Importance of Thought-culture 82
The Battle of Thoughts 83
Good Thought - The First Perfection 83
Culture the Thoughts and Become a Buddha 84
Avoid Thoughts of Another Man's Defects 85
Last Thought Determines Next Birth 85
The Background of Sattvic Thought 88
The Pure Consciousness and
Freedom of Thoughts
Chapter Nine
Thoughts and Life 93
Thoughts and Character 93
Thoughts and Words 95
Thoughts and Actions 95
Thoughts, Peace and Strength 95
Thought, Energy and Sacred Thoughts 96
Thoughts That Bind 97
From Pure Thoughts to Transcendence
Raja Yogic Method for Thought-transcendence 98
Vedantic Technique for Thought-transcendence 99
Chapter Ten
Thought Power and Practical Idealism-I 100
Thought Power and Practical Idealism-II 102
Thought Power and Practical Idealism-III 107
Some Thought-seeds 111
Chapter Eleven
Life- An Interplay of Thoughts 113
Thought Results in Spiritual Experience 113
Thoughts of God 114
Divine Thoughts for Freedom from Diseases 114
Thought-culture by Knowledge and Devotion 115
Thoughts and Yoga Practice
Mental Quietude
Winning Friends by Practice of Yoga 116
The Yogic State of Thoughtlessness 117
Yogi of the Developed Thought Power 117
Thought-boats to Infinite Strength 118
Chapter Twelve
Pure Thoughts- Their Impact on the World 119
Thought Power for World-weal 119
Thought Power for Cultivation of
Courage and Love
Thought Power for an Ideal Life 120
Thought-energy for Service and
Spiritual progress
Help the World by Good Thoughts 122
Thought Power and the Conditions of a
New Civilisation
Aims and Objects of The Divine Life Society 126


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Item Code: IDG072 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2004 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 8170520177 Language: English Size: 8.6" X 5.6" Pages: 127 Other Details: weight of book 155 gms
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