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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Feb 21, 2003
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded an Early Morning Meditation talk by Sri Swami
      Atmaswarupanandaji titled "Why Do We Not Surrender?" at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      ANOTHER ANALOGY: Continuing his talk, the Master said, "One should do
      his Sadhana during all the waking hours. Sadhana should be commenced
      from childhood. One should not wait till old age to commence it.
      Suppose a man decides to beat you continuously for six hours. If you
      defend yourself, you will certainly receive only a lesser number of
      blows than you would if you did not put up any defence at all. Suppose
      you decide that you would keep quiet for five and a half hours and try
      to defend yourself during the last half hour only. By the time you
      commence defending yourself, you would have received so many blows that
      you would have little energy left to defend yourself during the last
      half hour.

      "Even so, if you do not try to defend yourself from the onslaughts of
      evil thoughts, desires and habits during all the waking hours of the
      day, spending only a short period daily for the purpose, you will not
      be successful in getting conquest of the lower nature. If a man spends
      his youth in worldly pursuits, thinking that he will take to Sadhana
      when he is older, he will not have the energy in his old age to
      practise Sadhana."


      "Spiritual progress is indicated by lustre in the eyes, good smell from
      the body, beautiful complexion, sweet, powerful voice, passing of
      little urine and excretion, wonderful health, vim, vigour and vitality,
      freedom from diseases, laziness and depression, lightness of body,
      alertness of mind, powerful digestive fire, eagerness to sit and
      meditate for a long time." - Swami Sivananda

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