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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Mar 29, 2000
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded a book by blessed and worshipful Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji Maharaj titled "Easy Steps to Yoga". These Easy Steps to
      Yoga are laid out with a special view to enable the novice to ascend
      without much difficulty the heights of spiritual attainment. This book
      is at our free books page at:

      We would like to thank Sri K. Narayanaswamyji of Australia for taking
      the time to proofread the above book.

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      GURU-WORSHIP: "Constant reflection on the great utterances of the
      scriptures and developing, through the use of the discriminative
      faculty, the feeling that all objects are unreal and full of defects,
      will help you to develop true dispassion," said the Master, when Sri
      Jayadayal Goenka of the Gita Press, Gorakhpur, sought the Master's

      As soon as Sri Jayadayal came in, the Master noticed a wound on his
      foot. He immediately got the necessary dressing from the dispensary and
      applied a bandage.

      Sri Jayadayal and his party were in the Master's cottage listening to
      his words of wisdom on Bhakti, Yoga, Jnana and dispassion.

      A member of the party gave expression to his admiration of the Master's
      work and added that the excellently got-up Diamond Jubilee Commemoration
      Volume had enabled the Master's message to spread far and wide.

      This led to a discussion of Guru-worship.

      The Master said, "Some say that we should not worship a living saint.
      But the wise say that whereas one need not be fanatical in one's desire
      to celebrate the birthday of any saint, he need not go to the other
      extreme either. Those who like to celebrate, let them. It ill-behoves a
      Sannyasin or saint, who has gone above likes and dislikes, to abhor the
      idea of such celebrations. The egoism of dispassion is as dangerous as
      the egoism of worldly life.

      "Worship of saints has been taken more or less as a necessary Sadhana in
      the life of an aspirant in India. Even the Upanishads declare that an
      aspirant should have the same devotion to his Guru as he has to God. The
      idea is that by constantly thinking of his Guru the aspirant is kept on
      the right path, away from evil, and moulds himself on the pattern of his

      "Thus, even a third-class teacher is fit to be worshipped by a
      fifth-class aspirant! The latter is sure to be benefited.

      "When an aspirant superimposes on his personal Guru the characteristics
      of the Impersonal Absolute, as in the case of idol-worship, the
      aspirant's devotion reaches the Supreme. God, the silent indweller,
      knows the aspirant's devotion and guides him along the proper path.

      "Even wise men sometimes lack this broader outlook and argue that the
      human figure of a saint should not be adored with the same devotion due
      to God. As with God, so with the Guru. The way to the Impersonal lies
      through the personal."


      "Just as you remove at once a pebble in your shoes that troubles you, so
      also you must be able to remove any tormenting thought from your mind at
      once. Then only you have gained sufficient strength in control of
      thought. Then only you have attained some real progress in the spiritual
      path." - Swami Sivananda

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