The Wisdom of Swami Sivananda
- Aspire Fervently, Apply Tenaciously
Spiritual life is not an idle talk. It is
actual living in God-consciousness. It is
a transcendental experience. It is a life
of fullness and perfection.
Be rooted in ethics. Be just. Know what is
right. Keep your promise. Be noble and impartial.
Be like the ocean in depth of devotion and
like the Himalayas in firmness. Cultivate peace
in the garden of your heart by removing the
weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness and
jealousy. Know and feel always that you are a
child of the all-pervading, immortal consciousness,
the Father in heaven, the Lord in your heart.
Rely on your own self. Be courageous, candid
and modest. Respect your superiors. Be ever
vigilant. Have perfect control over anger and
lust. Act according to the words of sages and
saints. Endure suffering patiently. Be patient
and persevering. Be devoted to the Lord. Purify
your mind through Japa. Sit in a solitary place
for sometime daily. Withdraw the senses from the
external objects. Bring the mind under your
control. Turn it towards God.