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Practical Hints by Swami Sivananda

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    Share with others what you have, Physical, mental, moral and spiritual. Do not hoard wealth. Do not covet the wealth of others. In sharing there is joy and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2007
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      Share with others what you have,
      Physical, mental, moral and spiritual.
      Do not hoard wealth.
      Do not covet the wealth of others.

      In sharing there is joy and peace.
      Sharing generates cosmic love
      And destroys greed.
      Sharing removes selfishness
      And creates selflessness.
      Sharing purifies your heart.
      Sharing develops oneness.
      · The three things to cultivate: non-injury, truth, purity.
      The three things to possess: faith, tolerance, amiability.
      The three things to be: honest, just, virtuous.
      The three things to have: patience, compassion, fellowship.
      The three things to acquire: sincerity, regularity, perseverance.
      The three things to inculcate: generosity, gentleness, universality.
      The three things to eradicate: pride, vanity, egoism.
      The three things to conquer: lust, anger, greed.
      The three things to renounce: selfishness, desires, hypocrisy.
      The three things to control: mind, senses, breath.
      The three things to avoid: backbiting, criticism, crookedness.
      The three things to repudiate: attachment, infatuation, materialism.
      The three things to enquire: Who am I? What is Truth? What is Maya?
      The three things to introspect: the nature within, weaknesses,
      susceptibilities.
      The three things to promote: Dharma, peace, welfare.
      The three things to foster: brotherhood, understanding, amity.
      The three things to curb: self-justification, self-pity, self-praise.
      The three things to do: shravan, manan, nididhyasan (hearing of Holy
      Scriptures, reflection, profound meditation).
      The three things to follow: teachings of Guru, injunctions of
      scriptures, dictates of the conscience.
      · The three things:
      Eat sparingly, breathe deeply, talk kindly.
      Work energetically, think usefully, stick resolutely.
      Act rightly, behave properly, speak politely.
      Pray whole-heartedly, serve lovingly, surrender completely.
      Contemplate seriously, meditate intensely, realise quickly.
      · Let all your actions be full of love, goodness and purity.
      · Consider your house as the Lord's temple, every action as service of
      the Lord. This is the easy way for spiritualising all your actions.
      · Be good, do good. Be kind, be tolerant, be generous, be charitable.
      Be patient, be persevering. Be pure, be wise.
      · Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, at all times, with
      all zeal, strength, love and heart. To be good is to be human.
      Goodness makes life a blessing. A good deed is never lost. It purifies
      the heart and leads to the descent of Divine Light and dawn of Divine
      grace.
      · Feed the hungry, nurse the sick, comfort the afflicted, and lighten
      the sorrow of the sorrowful. Clothe the naked. Educate the illiterate.
      Feed the poor. Raise the downtrodden. Be a lamp to those who have lost
      their way. The world is burning with misery and suffering. Wake up, O
      Man! Serve. Serve with love. Serve untiringly.
      · Do not speak ill of others. Injure not any creature. Do not waste a
      single moment.
      · Speak the truth at any cost. It gives spiritual power. Control anger
      by developing patience, kshama (forgiveness), cosmic love, service and
      daya (compassion). You must cultivate humility, magnanimity (udarata)
      and courage.
      · You are divine. Therefore, be what you are. Be aware of your
      divinity and live your life divinely. Your origin is Divine.
      · Check the vritti of doing violence through prayer, worship,
      meditation, enquiry, pranayama, sattvic food, and study of sacred
      books. Study the lives of the Apostles of non-violence Lord Buddha,
      Lord Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, and others, again and again. Draw
      inspiration from them. Generate again and again, currents of love by
      cultivating Atma-bhava (treating others as one's own self) or
      Narayana-bhava (seeing the Lord only in every one).
      · Develop keen interest for selfless service. Be kind to all. Love
      all. Serve the Lord in all. Be tolerant and generous towards all. That
      is the way to reach the Goal.
      · Behold good alone in everything. Develop again and again the
      good-finding faculty. Destroy the evil-finding quality to its very
      root. Rise above good and evil.
      · Good conduct is the one cause of happiness. The rules of conduct
      are: charity, purity of moral conduct, service of others with courtesy
      and politeness, and nursing the sick and the elders.
      · In giving you are enriched. Give, give, give. Again give. Give
      abundantly.
      · A comforting word is charity. Lightening the sorrow of the sorrowful
      is charity. Speaking kind and encouraging words when a man is in
      distress is charity. Thinking good of others is charity. Every good
      action is charity.
      · Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.
      This is the secret of success.
      · Convert yourself first before you try to convert others. Reform
      yourself first before you attempt to reform others.
      · Light the lamp of love. Sow the seed of love. Dispel all darkness of
      suffering and ignorance with the light of love. Feel everyone's pain
      as your own. Serve them and help them with love. Cheer up the depressed.
      · Remain in the world, but do not be worldly-minded.
      · God is in the heaven of your heart. Search for Him in your heart,
      you will find Him there. Purify your heart first. Remove the weeds of
      jealousy and lust; withdraw the senses, still the mind, subdue the
      bubbling thoughts, silence the surging emotions. You can meet now your
      Beloved.
      · All creation is the family of God. Identify yourself with everything
      that lives. Live in peace with friend and foe.
      · As far as possible, take sattvic food such as fruits, milk, green
      leafy vegetables. Love all. Be humble and simple. Discipline your mind
      and senses through detachment. Have a balanced mind in pleasure and
      pain. Be patient in difficulties, dangers and troubles. Stand adamant.
      You will overcome obstacles.
      · The grace of God is proportional to the purification of the heart.
      So the important thing is to lead a righteous life - a life devoid of
      lust, anger, greed, hatred, jealousy, etc. Try to live a life of
      truthfulness. Never hurt anyone by thought, word or action. Have
      satsanga (company of saints), study religious books, sing the Lord's
      name. Do japa.
      · Develop the power of deep and concentrated thinking. Many obscure
      points will be rendered quite clear. You will get answers and
      solutions from within
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