Sivananda Day-to-day (290)
- Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Today (Aug. 30) is the holy appearance day of Lord Krishna. We uploaded
a message by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj for this occasion
One of Gurudev's foremost disciples, Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj
whom Swami Chidanandaji referred to as His twin brother, attained
Mahasamadhi on the 18th of August. More details are at:
The second 24 Hour Non-Stop Global International Japa Yajna of the
Sacred Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will be held on Sunday, 8 September,
2002 to coincide with Gurudev's birthday. The focus of this Japa Yajna
is for World Peace and the Spiritual Upliftment of all mankind. All are
encouraged to participate. Full details of the Yajna are at:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
GLORY OF SANNYAS: A pious social worker was somewhat upset by certain
young Sannyasins going astray. He had heard many stories from the
Rishikesh public of such misconduct on the part of the Sannyasins. What
struck him as unique was the fact that in the Master's Ashram almost
all the Sannyasins were young.
"Swamiji, pardon my presumption, but would it not have been better for
these people to have waited for some time more before embracing this
holy order, which is so very difficult to stick to? Are you sure that
these young initiates have really understood the duties of the order
and that they will adhere to its principles? I think it is a great
mistake to initiate them so early."
The Master laughed gently.
"Why, I myself can give you many examples of young Sannyasins going
astray. One young man took Sannyas. He had great dispassion. His
exemplary life made his brother also take to Sannyas. Later on his
dispassion waned. He married and ate eggs and meat. His brother,
however, stuck to the line. The former did not live with his Guru. He
had his own whimsical Sadhana. He had not protected himself by means of
seclusion and Satsang.
"Another young Sannyasin was fiery in his Sadhana. He inspired and
elevated many aspirants. Later on he married and now has a child. How
did this happen? He mixed freely with householders. He allowed women to
shampoo his legs. He had a downfall and brought forth a child. There
are many such instances."
"That is exactly what I mean, Swamiji. In such cases is it not better
to refrain from giving Sannyas to them?" "My dear Bhagatji, this is
where you are mistaken. Even though they fall, yet they are worthy of
your veneration. For at least one day they were Sannyasins. They had
the courage to throw up their hands and say, 'I renounce the pleasures
of the three worlds.' How glorious is Sannyas! How glorious is such
renunciation of the pleasures of the three worlds!
"They had the boldness and daring to stand up against the greatest
forces of Nature--the forces of self-preservation and procreation--that
maintain this worldly existence. They stood as masters of Nature. You,
on the contrary, are driven mercilessly by these forces whose slave you
are. Maybe some young renunciates do not assess properly the strength
of these opposing forces. So they are sometimes taken unawares when
they are a little heedless. But those who never renounce for fear of
having a downfall are cowardly; so they never know what it is to
renounce. They fear to look at the battlefield lest their nose be
injured. They jest with scars that never felt a wound. But a brave
warrior wears these scars as ornaments, for they taught him how to
protect himself in battle.
"Churchills are required for Sannyas! Courageous and brave even in the
face of successive defeats, Sannyasins should learn lessons and pin
their faith in ultimate victory. Sure victory will be theirs if only
they persist, persevere and plod on, without yielding midway. Let the
light of God shine brightly in their hearts; let them protect their
faith with tenacious adherence to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. Storms of
passions may sweep the externals, but when God's Grace descends on the
aspirant, everything will be quiet and tranquil. Glory, glory to
Sannyas and Sadhana!
"Aspirants should learn lessons from these stories. They should be
vigilant and cautious. There is no need to lose heart. Each such
episode ought to re-awaken in the young Sannyasin a love for seclusion,
for Satsang with his own Guru. Aspirants should never drift away from
their Gurus. They should plunge themselves in Sadhana and at every
moment endeavour to realise God.
"A wise man profits by the experiences of others, a middling by his
own, and a fool by neither. The story of the downfall of some
Sannyasins ought not to dishearten others. On the contrary, it should
teach them a lesson. It should put them on guard. They should uphold
the glory of Sannyas. Because one young man has failed to live up to
Sannyas, one should not think that the order itself is not suitable for
"What about the names of great Sannyasins like Swami Vivekananda, Swami
Rama Tirtha, Swami Dayananda and Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi. As a matter
of fact you will discover that many of the noteworthy Sannyasins
renounced the world while yet youthful. What can an old man achieve?
"When the power of hearing is gone he will not be able to hear the
scriptures being expounded. No Sadhana would be possible for an old
man. It is only mock-Sannyas if he embraces the holy order. Sannyas
would then become a formality. Further, conditions are such these days
that an old man finds himself inextricably entangled in family life.
Therefore, it is essential that young boys should renounce the world
and embrace Sannyas. They have fewer worldly ties.
"It was because, perfectly or imperfectly, man has striven to live, to
exist, that we see his survival today when countless other species have
perished and gone. Similarly, it is because men, young or old, felt a
disgust for worldly life and embraced Sannyas, that today that glorious
and most ancient order has survived. Whether they later rose to
eminence or fell victims to animal nature is immaterial.
"Young Sannyasins should keep themselves busy in Japa, Kirtan, study,
meditation and enquiry. They should live in the company of their Gurus
and practise vigorous Sadhana. They should never enter a city. As far
as possible they should avoid moving among crowds. Seclusion is the key
to a successful Sannyas life. I advise my disciples never to enter the
plains. And even if they have to do so owing to the exigencies of
selfless service, I ask them to finish their work quickly and run back
to their Himalayan abode. The Himalayas is the home of Sannyasins and
aspirants. A Sannyasin is safe so long as he is there. Sannyas was born
in the Himalayas; it continues to live, and will ever live in the
"There was no end to the domestic troubles that Krishna had, no limit
to the social and political disturbances and threatening situations in
which Krishna was involved, no bound to his responsibility and yet
there was no match to his success, no equal to his shining example of
the Life Perfect. Certainly, only an Avatara (incarnation of God) can
be such a perfect being. The man on earth, the householder, with the
weight of responsibility on his head and an environment attempting to
menace and flout him at every step, should learn the science and art of
right, good and happy life, from Sri Krishna, who combined knowledge
with action with wonderful dexterity, for the good of the universe." -
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