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Atma Yoga - Yoga of Knowledge of Self - Swami Sivananda

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    ATMA YOGA Swami Sivananda Atma Vidya or Knowledge of the Self will dawn in you through Atma Yoga. The great sages lay great emphasis on self-surrender to the
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      ATMA YOGA
      Swami Sivananda

      Atma Vidya or Knowledge of the Self will dawn in you through Atma
      Yoga. The great sages lay great emphasis on self-surrender to the
      Lord, and emphatically assure you that the Lord in His Infinite Mercy
      saves you, uplifts you and leads you to Himself. He reveals Himself
      to you. This is Atma-Yoga.

      Not by developing a keen intellect which can indulge in hair-
      splitting arguments and logic-chopping, not by getting by heart
      hundreds of texts, nor by all kinds of austerities, can the Atman be
      realised; through self-surrender alone can you realise Him. The
      Upanishads emphatically declare that the Atman reveals Himself to
      that person whom He chooses. Your work consists in making yourself
      fit to be chosen by Him and then, to wait.

      In you there are two forces. One is the Pure Self, the divine element
      in you, Daivi Sampat or divine qualities like purity, truthfulness,
      cosmic love, selflessness, mercy and others, abide in this Higher
      Self. The other is the lower self, the impure mind in which you find
      elements of Asuri Sampat or evil tendencies—lust, greed, anger,
      jealousy and other vices. The Higher Self is your friend, guide and
      philosopher; it guides you with its shrill small voice of conscience.
      The lower mind is your enemy—it keeps you bound to the wheel of
      Samsara. With the help of the Higher Self, your friend, you should
      conquer the lower self. You should understand this truth clear. Mere
      suppression of evil tendencies will not do. You should eradicate them
      root and branch; you should transform the whole of your mind into
      divine. That is the goal. By dwelling constantly on positive, divine,
      thoughts, you shall have to divinise your entire mind. Again and
      again the mind will run towards the objects of sensual enjoyment; you
      will have to restrain it and bring it again and again to the lotus
      feet of the Lord. Again and again, the terrible enemies of the Pure
      Source—viz., lust, anger and greed—will raise their head in your
      mind, you will have to reflect on their true nature and feel: They
      are the gates to misery, suffering and bondage, and renounce them.

      You should meditate regularly. You should practise Pratyahara. You
      should be able to withdraw at will your sense-organs from their
      objects and direct the mind towards the Lord seated in the heart.
      When the mind is perfectly steady, when it is unwaveringly fixed to
      the feet of the Lord, just as the flame of a lamp placed in a room
      where the air is still does not waver, then the Lord will reveal
      Himself to you.

      Remember this: your duty is to purify your heart and to make it fit
      for the reception of Divine Light. For this, selfless service is
      necessary. Japa, Kirtan, Swadhyaya and practice of divine virtues are
      all necessary. Then you will have to wait patiently till He reveals
      Himself to you. You will have to pray to Him as Arjuna prayed, `Oh
      Lord! If you think that I may see Thy Glorious Form then kindly
      reveal Thyself to me." Self-surrender alone can earn for you the
      Lord's Grace very quickly.

      The Lord is the giver of Light and the dispeller of the darkness of
      ignorance. He is the Light of lights. He alone can dispel the
      darkness of ignorance that envelopes the light of the Self that
      shines in your heart. So long as your individuality lasts, you cannot
      realise Him. So long as your own ego persists His Light will not
      descend. You will first have to burn up your ego if He is to reveal
      Himself. In the Gita, the Lord makes it very clear till man loses his
      identity in His Universal Nature, He cannot be realised. That is why
      he declares: "All beings are in Me; but I am not in them!" There is a
      great truth in this. You will have to ponder deeply over this
      utterance of the Lord. The Lord dwells in your heart, it is true, but
      He dwells there as the Self of all. He is not confined to anyone's
      heart; He is not the Self of any one man. He is the Self. That is
      what He emphasises again and again.... "Ahamatma Gudakesa
      Sarvabhutashayasthitah." Therefore till this `I' and `Mine' are
      annihilated, one cannot know Him in reality. You should aspire for
      His grace. That Grace will illumine your Heart. Then He will reveal
      Himself to you.

      How does one act to whom the Lord has revealed Himself? He sees his
      own Self in all beings, and he sees all beings in his own Self. He
      engages himself in the service of all; he is ever intent on the
      welfare of all. He has nothing more to achieve. He has no
      individuality of his own. He has become a true instrument in the
      hands of the Lord. The Lord's will works through him. He is not bound
      by actions.

      Atma Yoga is the Self Revelation. Atma Vibhuties are the
      manifestations of the Lord. These Atma-Vibhuties of the Lord are the
      fruits of His Atma Yoga. You should read the tenth chapter of the
      Gita daily. You should understand it clearly. The Lord has chosen to
      name only the best among the things as Himself. He had no time to
      enumerate everything. In the end He says: "I am the gambling of the
      cheat". Here is the Lord's hint. You will have to understand by this
      that both good and evil are the manifestations of the Lord Himself.
      Evil is only a mode of your own thought. You will have to remove the
      Vritti of evil from your mind, then you will see good alone
      everywhere. Then you will see God and God alone everywhere. Then you
      will become immersed in the love of God. You will become an
      illustration of the Great Utterance of the Lord: "Manmanaa Bhava
      Madbhakto Madyaajee Maam Namaskuru Maamevaishyasi Yuktvaivamaatmaanam
      Matparayanah". You will shine as a great Jivanmukta or Sthitaprajna.

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