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.
That this book has already run into eight editions is in itself the best tribute that can be paid to this, one of the first books written by Sri Swamiji Maharaj.
About the book and its author, we cannot do better than to quote from the Publisher's Note to the first edition of this book, in which Sri Em. Airi Writes:
"His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati needs scarcely and introduction to the vast multitudes of reading public that pants for spiritual unfoldment and Self-Realisation. The revered Yogi belongs to the ages and ranks amongst the blessed souls who have had the good fortune to taste the Nectar of Cosmic Consciousness. In clear, simple and impressive style the Swami addresses the young and yet inexperienced spiritual aspirants and lays down before them the fundamentals of spirituality and the various means essentially requisite for Divine Wisdom."
"This book is a message from the great Yogi of the Himalayas to the helpless and bewildered seeker of Truth. This inspiring and soul-stirring little volume will, we venture to say, undoubtedly contribute its mite to the moral and spiritual perfection of the human race in general and the aspirants in particular. As we wish to present this volume in a popular and a presentable style, it is printed on good paper and got up excellently well. If this book appeals to the broad-minded and expanded hearts amongst the religious reformers and also aspirants, the Publishers' labours will have been sufficiently recompensed."
We reiterate Sri Airi's pious with as we offer this priceless treasure to the blessed aspirant-world.---THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
Man wants happiness. He shuns pain. He makes various sorts of efforts (Pravritti) to get happiness from objects and gets himself entangled in the meshes or snares of Maya. As these objects are perishable, finite and conditioned in time, space and causation, he fails to get the desired happiness from the objects. This world is Apurna (imperfect) and there is uncertainty of life. A barrister talks at the telephone, ascends the stair- case to take his meals upstairs and dies on the stair- case.
There is not an iota of happiness in objects and they are Jada (insentient). Even the sensual pleasure is a reflection of Atmic Bliss only. Just as a dog which sucks a dry bone in the streets imagines foolishly that the blood comes from the dry bone, whereas, it really oozes from its own palate, so also worldly-minded per- sons foolishly imagine that the happiness they enjoy comes from the objects only.
There is a mental uneasiness, dissatisfaction, dis- content and restlessness even in multi-millionaires and kings. Some kind of sorrow, misery or pain is always present even when you are in the height of enjoyment of worldly pleasures. When the marriage of your sec- ond son is celebrated the remembrance of your first son who passed away, torments your mind. Mind is so con- stituted that the rhythm of pleasure and pain is kept up like the rhythm of systole and diastole (contraction and dilation) of the heart. You entertain the idea that the happiness will pass away soon. This adds pain when you are in the enjoyment of sensual pleasure.
You can find eternal, infinite, supreme peace and bliss, only in the Atman of your heart. It is an embodi- ment of bliss (Ananda Swarupa).
All objects that you see consist of five parts, viz. Nama-Rupa-Asti-Bhati-Priya (name, form, existence, knowledge, bliss). Nama and Rupa constitute the world. They are the cause for human activities and suf- ferings. Asti, Bhati and Priya are the Svarupas of Atman or Brahman or Moksha.
Amongst the things desired by human beings of this world, Moksha alone is the best and highest thing. The means (Sadhan) for Moksha is Atma Jnana (knowledge of the Self or Atman), Vichara of "Who am I" or significance of "Tat Tvam Asi" Mahavakya. This is the means for attainment of Brahma Jnana.
Moksha is desired in order to get rid of the pains of Samsara which are in the form of birth, death, disease, old age, etc. Moksha can harldy be attained without Sadhana.
Some say, that Karma is the Sadhan for Moksha. Some other say, that Karma and Jnana combined (Samucchayavada) is the means. Sri Shankara has re- futed the Karma and Samucchaya theories by strong, sound, convincing arguments and has established the Truth that Kevala Jnana (pure knowledge alone) is the means for Moksha. Just as fire is the direct means for cooking food, so also Brahma Jnana is the Sakshat Sadhana (direct means) for Moksha. The famous Mandana Misra (Sureshwaracharya) disciple of Sri Sankara has also said in his reputed book Naishkarma Siddhi that Kevala Jnana alone is the means for Moksha.
Do not say: "Karma. Karma. My Karma has brought me like this." Exert. Exert. Do Purushartha. Do Tapas. Concentrate. Purify. Meditate. Do not become a fatalist. Do not yield to inertia. Do not bleat like a lamb. Roar OM, OM, OM like a lion of Vedanta. See how Markandeya who was destined to die at his sixteenth year became a Chiranjeevi, an immortal boy of sixteen years on account of his Tapas! Also note how Savitri brought back to life by her Tapas her dead husband; how Benjamin Franklin and late Sri T. Muthuswamy Iyer of Madras High Court elevated themselves. Remem- ber, my friends, that man is the master of his own des- tiny. Visvamitra Rishi, who was a Kshatriya Raja, became a Brahma Rishi like Vasishtha and even cre- ated a third world for Trishanku by his power of Tapas. Rogue Ratnakar became the sage Valmiki through Tapas. Rogues Jagai and Madai of Bengal became highly developed Saints. They became the disciples of Lord Gauranga. What others have done, you also can do. There is no doubt of this.
You can also do wonders and miracles if you apply yourself to spiritual Sadhana, Tapas and meditation. Read the book "Poverty to Power" by James Allen with interest and attention. You will be inspired. Draw up a programme of your life. Follow my Twenty Spiritual In- structions and Forty Golden Precepts. Adhere to the "Spiritual Daily Routine" prescribed by me. Apply your- self with zeal and enthusiasm to Sadhana. Become a Naishtic Brahmachari. Be steady and systematic in your Yogabhyasa. Assert. Affirm. Recognise. Realise. Shine in your native pristine Brahmic Glory. Become a Jivanmukta. You are the children of light and immortal- ity. "Tat Tvam Asi- Thou art That," my dear readers.
This is a book with a message of hope, success in life, of peace, of bliss and of the secret of life itself. Herein will be found the Way to Peace, to Truth, and to the Abode of Immortality, eternal sunshine, infinite Joy and Knowledge (Nirvana or Kaivalya) or the final beati- tude, the highest goal of life.
|Need for Adhyatmic Knowledge||25|
|Importance of Guru||26|
|Three Requisites of Mukti||26|
|Four Kinds of Temperament||27|
|The Four Yogas||27|
|Where is God?||32|
|Mysterious Help from the Lord to Bhaktas||33|
|What is Japa?||34|
|Benefits of Japa||35|
|Instructions on Japa||36|
|Mantras for Japa||37|
|Bhakti Yoga Sadhana||38|
|Kirtan at Home||42|
|Evening Katha at Home||43|
|What should Ladies do?||44|
|Duties of Womanhood||45|
|Advice to householders||51|
|Training for Karma Yoga||59|
|Attain Nirlipta State||61|
|What is Karma?||61|
|How to Find Right or Wrong Action||62|
|Prayer of a Karma-Yogin|
|Metaphysics of the Inner Man||65|
|Tame the Six Wild Beasts||66|
|Mind and Its Mysteries||72|
|Control of Mind||78|
|Assert the Majesty of Your Real Self||85|
|What Is Atman?||86|
|Meditation: Vedantic Formulae||88|
|Formulae for Meditation||90|
|Problem of Good and Evil||92|
|Unity and Diversity||94|
|Easy Comfortable Pranayama||106|
|Three Doshas of the Mind||107|
|Mind: Its Mysteries and Control||107|
|Practice of Concentration||110|
|Philosophy of Sleep||117|
|Change the Angle of Vision||121|
|Assertions for & Meditation on Brahmacharya||122|
|Prayer for Purity||123|
|Recipes for Brahmacharya|
|Guide to Sadhakas||130|
|Sayings of Siva||131|
|Conversation on Yoga||133|
|Ten Vital Instructions||134|
|Pancha Maha Yogans||135|
|How to Live a Divine Life||138|
|Sibi and Buddha||144|
|Story of an Old Man and a Donkey||147|
|Gandha Baba (Benaras)||152|
|Story of Vomiting a Crow||153|
|Story of a Pailwan||154|
|Story of a Sadhu||154|
|Story of a Sugar-eating Boy||156|
|Mantra Yoga Sadhana||157|
|Course of Sadhana||161|
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Item Code: IDG054 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2004 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 817052055X Language: English Size: 7.2" X 4.9" Pages: 137 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 120 gms
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