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Trust God (Early Morning Meditation Talks)

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Publisher's Note Early morning meditation has long been a tradition at Sivananda Ashram. Held in the sacred Samadhi Hall of the founder of The Divine Life Society, His holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the present format was inaugurated by His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj during his birthday celebrations September 24, 1984. Since then, fulfilling a promise he made that day, whenever he has been in the ashram revered President Swamiji has given a daily talk during the ...

Publisher's Note

Early morning meditation has long been a tradition at Sivananda Ashram. Held in the sacred Samadhi Hall of the founder of The Divine Life Society, His holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the present format was inaugurated by His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj during his birthday celebrations September 24, 1984. Since then, fulfilling a promise he made that day, whenever he has been in the ashram revered President Swamiji has given a daily talk during the morning meditation gathering.

In 1995, Swamiji Maharaj requested Sri Swami Atmaswarupananda Ji to also give a brief talk six mornings a week. Later he requested him to have the talks recorded and brought our in book form. This volume of 85 talks is in response to that request, and it is being released on the auspicious 85th birthday anniversary of revered Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

In the text, H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is referred to as "Gurudev," and H.H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj is referred to as "Swamiji." Sanskrit words that the reader may not be familiar with can be found in the glossary.

It is hoped that many of the thoughts expressed in these talks will resonate with seekers after the Truth, and be of assistance to them in their Sadhana and their search for God.

About the Author

Swami Atmaswarupananda was born in Canada in 1925. In 1974, he came to Sivananda Ashram at the suggestion of his guru, His Holiness Swami Chidananda, the president of the Divine Live Society.

After twenty years, spent primarily in a life of study and reflection, his guru requested him to give a brief talk each morning at the conclusion of the early morning meditation gatherings. Later he suggested that a selection of the talks be brought out in book form.

The special value of these talks is that they express traditional Vedic teachings in a way that both touches the heart and is easy for the modern mind to understand.

 

CONTENTS
Publisher's Note   vii
1 What Do We Reality Long For? 3
2 We Must Want to Know the Truth 5
3 Jumping off the Cliff 7
4 Does Your Sadhana Prepare You  
 
for the Battlefield?
9
5 Spiritual Practices Are Not an End in Themselves 11
6 We Are Rebels Against God 13
7 The Way to Peace 15
8 Live Today 17
9 Footprints 19
10 The Goal Is Beyond Feelings 21
11 The True Revolutionary 23
12 Do I Really Want God> 25
13 Choosing Between Being Special and  
 
Being Ordinary
27
14 Do Not Disturb 29
15 Spiritual Extremism 31
16 Expressing the Divine Will 33
17 Karma Yoga 35
18 The Genius of Gurudev's Unorthodox Teachings 37
19 We Are the World 39
20 Facing the Truth 41
21 The Heroic in Us 43
22 You Won't Let Go 45
23 Listening with Our Heart 47
24 Seeing the Presence of God 49
25 Obedience 51
26 A Test for Ethics and Morality 54
27 Taking a Universal Point of View 56
28 Controlling the Senses 58
29 Waking Up from Our Long Dream 61
30 The Secret of Happiness 63
31 Why Are not We Reaching the Goal? 65
32 The Importance of Common Sense 67
33 Adapt, Adjust and Accommodate 69
34 Wake Up 71
35 Letting Go of the Past 73
36 Righteousness 75
37 Being Casual About God 77
38 Faith 79
39 Overcoming Mediocrity 81
40 Going Beyond Self-images 84
41 Dealing with Pleasure and Pain 86
42 A New Beginning 88
43 Rising Above the Narrow View 90
44 The Neutral Factor in Us 92
45 Is Life Fundamentally positive or Negative 94
46 Overcoming Negative Forces 97
47 Omnipresence 99
48 True Dispassion 101
49 Purity and Spiritual Experiences 104
50 Bringing the Meditation Experience into Daily Life 106
51 The Art and Science of the Spiritual Life 108
52 Integrating Self-effort and Dependence upon God 110
53 Discovering the Fundamental of Your Spiritual Life 112
54 Going Beyond Fixed Ideas 115
55 Understanding Teachings Properly 117
56 The Spiritual Purpose of Japa 119
57 True Selfless Service 121
58 Stocktaking 124
59 Becoming Like God 126
60 The Wisdom of Not Knowing 128
61 No Room for Diffidence 130
62 Liberation Is Our Responsibility 132
63 We Are Body, Mind and Spirit 135
64 Lead us Not into Temptation 138
65 What is ignorance? 140
67 Connecting Ourselves with God 144
68 The Real Thou 146
69 The Conscious and the Inert 148
70 Discrimination 150
71 Becoming Impersonal 152
72 The Importance of Will 154
73 An Understanding Heart 156
74 Wanting Nothing 158
75 Freeing Ourselves from Slavery to the Mind 160
76 Abandoning I Want, I Know, and I Am 162
77 Our Attitude to the Guru 164
78 The Need for Both Introspection and Meditation 166
79 Wait No Longer 168
80 Simple Living and Simple Thinking 170
81 A Simple but Powerful Spiritual Practice 172
82 Being Convinced 174
83 Believing the Truth 176
84 Making Our Spiritual Life progressive 179
85 Victory Is Everything 181
  Glossary 185

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Item Code: IDH100 Author: Swami Atmaswarupananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2005 Publisher: The Divine Life Society Language: English Size: 8.4" X 5.4" Pages: 187(B & W Illus: 2) Other Details: weight of book 203 gms.
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