Sivananda Day-to-day (234)
- Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Tomorrow, July 5th, is Holy Guru Purnima. Regarging this holy day
Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj says in his book Guru Tattva:
"Mark fully the deep significance of this great day. Ashada Purnima
heralds the Chaturmasa (four months), or the setting in of the eagerly
awaited rains. The water, drawn up and stored as clouds in the hot
summer, now manifests in plentiful showers that usher in the advent of
fresh life everywhere. Even so do you all begin seriously to put into
actual working all the theory and philosophy that you have stored up in
you through patient study. Commence practical spiritual Sadhana right
from this day. Generate fresh waves of spirituality. Let all that you
have read, heard, seen and learnt become, through Sadhana, transformed
into a continuous outpouring of universal love, ceaseless loving service
and continuous prayer and worship of the Lord seated in all beings.
Live on milk and fruits on this day and practise rigorous Japa and
Dhyana. Study the Brahma Sutras and do some lakhs (hundred thousand) of
Japa (Anushthana or Purascharana) of your Guru Mantra or Ishta Mantra,
during the Chaturmasa. You will be highly benefited.
As the day of Guru-Puja or worship of one's preceptor this is a day of
pure joy to the sincere aspirant. Thrilled by the expectation of
offering his reverent homage to the beloved Guru, aspirant awaits this
occasion with eagerness and devotion. It is the Guru alone that breaks
the binding cords of attachment and releases the aspirant from the
trammels of earthly existence. The Sruti says: "To that high-souled
aspirant, whose devotion to the Lord is great and whose devotion to his
Guru is as great as that to the Lord, these secrets explained, become
illuminated." Guru is Brahman or Isvara Himself. He guides and inspires
you from the innermost core of your being. He is everywhere."
Guru Tattva can be downloaded from:
Brahma Sutras with commentary by Gurudev is available at:
Sure Ways to Guru Kripa by Sri Swami Chidanandaji is at:
For this month's discourse we uploaded an article by Gurudev titled
"Preliminaries to Concentration" at:
Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's autobiography, "My Life", is now available
for download in one file at:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
STEPS TO PERFECTION: The Master then turned to Sri Rajagopalan, who had
asked during the morning class the methods for shutting out extraneous
thoughts during the practice of meditation.
'Meditation is the seventh step in Yoga,' the Master began. "Without
first attending to the preliminaries, you desire to establish yourself
in the seventh limb! Is this possible? First get established in Yama and
Niyama. This alone is sufficient work for several lives.
"Study the Gita. Find out if you have developed even one hundredth part
of one virtue which the Lord has prescribed for all aspirants. If you
have done this, you have deserved this human birth. The eradication of
evil qualities and the cultivation of virtuous ones is such a difficult
task that there is no use in treating the matter lightly.
"Anyone can write inspiring articles. Anyone can solve the difficulties
of others, so long as the solution is not applied to one's own self. You
can turn out tremendous work but these are all faculties only. Even
singing Bhajans and Kirtans very melodiously and with inspiration is the
development of a faculty that God has given you. Do not mistake this for
the acquisition of Sadhu-qualities. They are entirely different. It is
extremely difficult to develop even one quality which is necessary in a
"Still I am not discouraging you all. Go on introspecting and
eradicating the evil qualities one by one. You will soon find yourself
in the region of perfection.
"First get rid of the gross impurities. Take anger for example: how many
are easy victims of the grossest forms of anger! This fighting nature is
inborn in everyone. A Sadhu should completely eradicate this evil. It
should have no place in him.
"Someone here abused R. and he went away. Even if a person is
undesirable we should not abuse him. That is why the greatest sages
prescribed mercy, compassion and tolerance for a Sadhu.
"One should practise friendship towards equals, love and sympathy
towards inferiors, admiration and respect towards superiors, and
indifference towards undesirable persons. When you take Sannyas, you
take the great vow: 'I grant fearlessness to all'. Even an ant should
not be afraid of you. You give Abhaya (the guarantee of fearlessness) to
all. Even the worst of men should not be afraid of you.
"Without these qualities there is only a change in the garb of a Sadhu
but the nature remains the same. Try to improve yourself little by
little. Be on the alert. So long as you are on the right path, there is
no fear, you are sure to reach the goal."
"The best guru bhakti is to love all, to be kind and compassionate
towards all and never hurt any living creature--to try as much as
possible to benefit life around us, to be good, do good, and to serve,
so that out of us only good comes, only help comes, only service comes,
only usefulness. All that is positive, creative, constructive,
auspicious, good, beautiful--that only should come to all life around
us, all God's creation, through our thoughts, words and actions.
Anything that is negative, anything that is destructive, harmful or
injurious should never come.
Thus, there is no greater guru bhakti, there is no greater guru seva,
there is no greater worship and adoration of the Guru than to become an
embodiment of kindness, compassion and doing good to others. This is the
greatest guru dakshina (gift to the Guru) also. This is the hallmark of
discipleship." - Swami Chidananda
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