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To the real reality


At present we may not have a taste for spiritual things, because we have formed the habit of longing for the things of this world; so spiritual things are not pleasing to us. But we must try to cultivate another taste. As we have formed the habit of worldly desires, so we should form a new spiritual habit. We have lived so long in close contact with the physical world that it alone seems real and important, while the spiritual world is vague and un-important to us. But if we try to know more of the unfamiliar realm, we shall begin to feel its reality and our life will be transformed.

When we are able to make God a living Presence in our life, then His light will shed its radiance even in the hours of darkness and sadness.

~ Swami Parmananda

Behold good in all

Evil is mere appearance. It is not a reality. It is an illusion. Evil exists to glorify good. Good and evil are not two independent things or entities. They are the two sides of the coin.

An evil man is a saint of the future. Transmute evil into good through Vichara or reflection.

Out of evil often cometh good. There is neither absolute good nor absolute evil in this phenomenal world. Good and evil are relative terms.

Behold good alone in everything. Develop again and again the good-finding faculty. Destroy the evil-finding quality to its very root.

~Swami Sivananda

How to overcome impure thoughts

Above the Clouds

Brooding over impure thoughts adds to their evil force. Do not become prey to these haunting dangerous thoughts. Entertain counter-thoughts: good sublime thoughts of God and His Divine Glory. By Japa, fasting, charity and selfless service, you can easily destroy the impurities of the complex mind. The evil thoughts, for lack of attention and by the pressure of good thoughts, will die a natural death.

~Swami Sivananda

Selfishness veils understanding


Selfishness clouds understanding.

Even if a man has a tinge of selfishness, he cannot find out what is right and wrong. A very pure, subtle sharp intellect is needed for this purpose, besides destroying selfishness.

You should possess a well-purified heart. You must have a balanced mind. You must be indifferent to heat and cold, pleasure and pain, praise and censure, success and failure. You must be well-trained in selfless service for several years. Then you can get over selfishness and acquire real understanding.

swami sivananda

~Swami Sivananda

Where is the Scorpion?


Someone noticed a scorpion outside the office. A few visitors crowded round the insect. One wanted it to be killed: another was too compassionate to allow that and said: ‘Cut its tail and let it go.’

Siva heard this: ‘Cut whose tail? The scorpion’s? But, why don’t you cut your tongue? Man’s tongue is more poisonous than the scorpion’s tail. See: the scorpion will not sting a man unless the man places his foot on it or in some way, intentionally or unintentionally, tries to harm it.

But look at man himself. Without any provocation whatsoever, he will go out of his way and abuse someone, ridicule someone, vilify someone, injure someone. Man’s tongue is much worse than the scorpion’s sting.’

Everyone was thrilled to listen to this inspired talk. And the scorpion (perhaps heaving a sigh of relief at Siva’s advocacy of its cause) went its own way.

 Swami Sivananda

Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda, Chronicler: Swami Venkatesananda

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