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How to Eliminate negative thoughts

Eliminate negative thoughts

When an evil thought harasses the mind, the best method of conquering it is by ignoring it. How can we ignore an evil thought? By forgetting it. How can we forget? By not indulging in it again, and also by not brooding over it. How can we prevent the mind from indulging in it again or brooding over it? By thinking of something very interesting, something sublime and inspiring.

Ignoring, Forgetting, Thinking, of something inspiring, - these three constitute the great Sadhana for establishing mastery over evil thoughts.

Swami Sivananda

~Swami Sivananda

You can control the mind, through Pranayama

Pranayama

Siva said: ‘Man is maintained as an individual through the force of Vasanas which keep the Prana in motion. Vasanas agitate Prana! And Prana maintains the body with its senses. These Vasanas are stored up in the mind from time immemorial. The grossest form of Prana is the breath. Subtler is the elemental Prana. Still more subtle is the Cosmic Prana which is termed Hiranyagarbha. It is from this Cosmic Prana that everything has emanated. ‘Now you have understood the intimate connection between Prana and the mind (Vasanas). One depends for its function on the other.

Therefore, if you learn to control Prana, you can control the mind, through Pranayama.

When you still the Prana and when it ceases to oscillate, Samadhi supervenes. All Vasanas are fried in toto: you achieve Moksha. ‘The Upanishads speak highly about Prana whose subtlest form is Hiranyagarbha. By worshipping Prana as Brahman, they say, you can live a full life of a hundred years. You can do a lot of selfless service and practise much Sadhana if you have thus a long life. The Isavasya Upanishad also exhorts us to live the full span of a hundred years, doing the enjoyed works. OM.’

~Swami Sivananda, 26th June, 1949

~Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda, Chronicler: Swami Venkatesananda

Military training: Best for sadhana

Captain shukla ‘I think soldiers are eminently suited for obtaining Atma-Sakshatkara. The moment they enroll in the Army, they set aside their very life as a mere nothing, and place DUTY as their idea. They are ever-ready to give up their lives. Who will do that? None of these big officers.’ ‘They have courage—one of the foremost qualities a Sadhaka should possess. Lord Krishna, too, has placed this Abhayam first in His list of Daivi Sampath. What can a weakling achieve?

One might pose to be a big Sadhaka: he might repeat ‘Aham Brahma Asmi’ all the twenty-four hours. But, at night, if a rat runs near his bed, he will shiver with fright! What Atma-Sakshatkara will he get?’

 

swami sivananda

Swami Sivananda

~Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda, Chronicler: Swami Venkatesananda

Meditation is a powerful mental and nerve tonic

Meditation is a powerful mental and nerve tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells of the body and cure the diseases of the body. The powerful, soothing waves that arise during meditation exercise a benign influence on the mind, nerves, organs and cells of the body. The divine energy freely flows like the flow of oil from one vessel to the other, from the feet of the all-pervading Lord, to the different parts of the body of the aspirant. Through regular practice of meditation build around yourself a strong fortress of protection against the evil forces of the ignorant world and robe yourself with a magnetic aura.

~Swami Sivananda

Godliness I have seen

   

God is an unknown entity. God is an unseen entity. We have not seen God. We've only heard about Him. We can only imagine Him. But, if we are able to see in a human individual, manifestations of holiness, of sanctity, something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary, something special, we begin to realise: "Yes, God I have not seen,but godliness I have seen."

Such a being becomes for us visible God. God reveals Himself through the Guru.

 

~ Swami Chidananda

Means and ends

Means and ends are necessarily identical. One cannot employ a wrong means for achieving a right end. The motive of the objective is judged by the character of the method employed for its attainment. One cannot obviously be a rogue outside and a saint inside. Therefore, be always watchful about the hidden impulse motivating your manners and actions.

~Swami Sivananda

You will feel great joy

Make others truly happy as you strive to make yourself happy. Speak a helpful word. Give a cheering smile. Do a kind act. Serve a little. Wipe the tears of one who is in distress. Render smooth a rough place in another's path. You will feel great joy.

Swami Sivananda

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