Sivananda Day-to-day (282)
- View SourceOm Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
The latest information about Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji's health
(in Guru Maharaj's own words) as of June 1st has been posted at:
There are some new photographs of Guru Maharaj. In addition, there are
also 27 inspiring songs in MP3 format from Guru Maharaj's Kirtan Amrut CD.
All these can be downloaded from the above link.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
ADVICE TO RENUNCIATES: The morning class again witnessed the Master burst
forth in torrential wisdom. Shivaratri was approaching and a few had
applied for Sannyas initiation.
"Sannyas is not a joke. When you embrace this holy order you take upon
yourself a tremendous responsibility. The glory or ignominy of the entire
order of Sri Shankara then rests upon your shoulders.
"Of course, I have always emphasised that more and more young people with
vigorous limbs and health should come forward to embrace Sannyas and lead
a life of complete self-dedication. There is very little purpose in a man
taking Sannyas when he has one foot in the grave. If you take Sannyas when
you are a blooming youth, you will have ample time to practise intense
austerity, to do a lot of selfless service, to meditate, study, do Kirtan
and enquiry. You will realise the Self in this very birth.
"But you should constantly remember that you are today living in a vicious
world. Maya assails you on all sides. Self-realisation is not an easy
thing. Ignorance is the very nature of the universe, though in its essence
it is Satchidananda. Names and forms deceive you at every moment. Beware!
Even Arjuna, whom the Lord Himself characterised as His own Amsa, who was
so intimate with the Lord, who had His Viswarupa Darshan which no one else
had the good fortune to see, and who was personally instructed by Him in
the Bhagavad Gita--even that Arjuna was afterwards the same man with the
"The Guru can only show you the path. He can only point out the goal to
you, but you have to tread the path yourself. The Guru will only point out
the pitfalls. You yourself have to be cautious and avoid them. If you slip
into them, remember it is not the Guru but you yourself who are in the
pit. Instead of treading the path of virtue, if you stray away into sin,
you not only kill yourself, burn yourself and reduce yourself to ashes,
but you bring into disrepute the Guru, the order and the illustrious
founders of the order. Do you now understand clearly the great
responsibility that rests upon your shoulders?
"The foremost among the pitfalls is sexual immorality or lust. This is the
greatest curse for a Sannyasin. It is a terrible fire that burns him
instantly. Not only that, its effects last for many, many births. A
Sannyasin should beware.
"Remember that the world will not be charmed by your erudition or
knowledge of philosophy. Everyone will be watching to find out if you have
the qualities of a Sadhu. They will watch if you are gentle, humble and
polite. If you have virtuous qualities then you need not go and invite
people to admire you. As the scented stick effortlessly wafts its
fragrance all around, so also people will feel themselves drawn to you. If
you have the right mental attitude, while people are walking along the
road and another Sadhu stands like a pole, you will remove glass pieces,
you will run to the aid of a sick man or an old passerby.
"Introspect and find out why you wish to take Sannyas. You will see that
the mind craves for certain privileges. You will think, 'If I am a
Sannyasin, people will respect me. Now they are looking down upon me; they
think that I am only a Brahmachari.' Ideas like these alone impel people
to take Sannyas. When the proper foundation is not there all your
construction will prove futile.
"When there is this desire to be respected, you will grow more and more
sensitive. You will get offended easily. You will get highly irritable.
Fights and quarrels will be the result. Intrigue, backbiting,
scandal-mongering, jealousy, fear, hatred--all these come out of this one
root. As you grow older you will develop this evil more and more. You will
think, 'I have been a Sannyasin for forty years and this little fellow has
insulted me!' Diseases will increase this sensitiveness. You will soon get
"God will test you in a million ways. Why should He not? Is the goal you
aspire for a little thing? Even to a good many saints of great evolution,
God gave Darshan in the form of an ass, buffalo and monkey. You do not
aspire for that, you do not aspire even for a vision of the Virat that
Arjuna had; you wish to go beyond Maya and realise that Supreme Self, the
Paramatman. This is the meaning of Sannyas. Ask yourself, 'Am I ready to
sacrifice everything that is not this Supreme Self?'
"You are already in an Ashram which acts as an impregnable fortress to
protect you. Remain in white clothes and practise Sadhana. Eradicate all
evil qualities and cultivate virtues. This itself is sufficient.
"When you take Sannyas you should make up your mind once and for all to
stick to the path and bring glory to the order. Never wander about. You
get nothing by that and expose yourself to all kinds of temptations. Never
have anything to do with householders. You will realise too late that you
have been led into the deep abyss of ruin."
"You must wear yourself out in service of others, in trying to do good to
others, in trying to benefit others. But on that account you should not be
proud. Living such a highly worthy life, yet you must bow down in
humility, have a servant attitude to others--I'm lesser than you." - Swami
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