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    Sunday, September 3, 2006 Sivananda Daily Readings SELF-EFFORT AND GRACE IN MEDITATION You need a calm, clear, pure, subtle, steady, sharp one-pointed buddhi
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      Sunday, September 3, 2006
      Sivananda Daily Readings

      SELF-EFFORT AND GRACE IN MEDITATION

      You need a calm, clear, pure, subtle, steady,
      sharp one-pointed buddhi (intellect) to
      understand the reality of Brahman. Only then
      is realization possible. Only a trained mind
      which utterly controls the body, can enquire
      and meditate as long as life remains, never
      losing sight of the object of its search and
      never letting it be obscured by any terrestrial
      temptations.

      Energy is wasted in useless idle talk and gossiping,
      planning and unnecessary worrying. Conserve
      energy by getting rid of these three defects and
      utilise it in meditation. Then you can do wonderful
      meditation. He who says and imagines that he practises
      deep meditation daily, when he has not removed the
      evil traits of the mind, deceives himself first and
      then others. He is a first class hypocrite.

      If you strain yourself in meditation and go beyond
      your capacity, then laziness and inactive nature will
      supervene. Meditation should come naturally on account
      of serenity of mind, induced by practice of sama, dama,
      uparati and pratyahara (control of mind and senses,
      non-pursuit of pleasure and introversion of attention).
      Atman (self) is the fountain of energy. Thinking on
      atman or the source of energy, also is a dynamic method
      of augmenting energy, strength and power. Divine energy
      flows freely from the feet of the Lord to the different
      systems of the aspirant and new nerve currents, new
      grooves, new cells are formed. The mind and nervous
      system are remodeled and you will develop a new heart.

      Conserve energy by talking little, observing mouna
      (silence), controlling anger, observing brahmacarya
      (celibacy), practising pranayama (yoga breathing) and
      controlling irrelevant and non-essential thoughts.
      Meditate and behold the imperishable atman. Rest yourself
      firmly in the self. Nothing can hurt you now. You can
      become invincible.

      In contemplation, you are in spiritual contact with
      unchanging light; you are cleansed of all impurities.
      If you have an open heart, devotedly lifted up to God,
      the light of his purity and love will consume all your
      short-comings. This purifying process leads to a deeper
      insight into truth. This is the action of the grace of
      the Lord upon the soul in meditation. In this inflowing
      grace there arises that light of the mind into which God
      is sending the ray of his unclouded splendour.

      For more from Swami Sivananda and other Enlightened Ones,
      visit one of the best sites on the web:
      http://www.sivanandaonline.org/
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