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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We have uploaded a discourse by Guru Maharaj Sri
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2003
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      We have uploaded a discourse by Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji
      titled "The Easy Sadhana (Spiritual Practice)" at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/feb2003.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      IMPOSTERS: A young man with a long beard had come to the Ashram two
      days ago. He told the Master that he could bring the intestines out,
      that he could sit in Samadhi for eight months at a stretch, and could
      do many other things! When Vishnu Swamiji, the Hatha Yoga instructor,
      made him stay in the Ashram and asked him to demonstrate some of his
      feats, he evaded the performance every time by putting forward some
      excuse, and finally left the Ashram.

      While returning to his room after the Satsang, the Master, referring to
      such imposters, said, "There was a person who claimed that he could
      carry a big block of mountain on his head, provided he was given three
      seers of curd, two seers of milk, one seer of ghee and plenty of fruit
      daily for a month. People believed him and fed him sumptuously for a
      month with plenty of milk, curd, ghee, fruit and other nutritious
      things. When the period of a month was over they requested him to
      demonstrate his feat. He took the people to a nearby mountain, showing
      signs of his strength. Then he requested the onlookers to lift the
      mountain and place it on his head! Now the people knew that he was an
      imposter and a cheat. Such charlatans abound in the world. Ignorant
      people judge a person's spirituality by the miracles exhibited by him.
      They think that burying oneself under the ground for days together,
      sleeping on a bed of nails and such feats are signs of one's spiritual
      advancement. These feats are only means for earning money.

      "Credulous people are easily duped by charlatans who make good money
      during festival days. Their so-called Samadhi is a state of blankness
      resembling sleep. The Vrittis are not destroyed in this Samadhi. The
      time is spent just as in sleep. This kind of Samadhi cannot give one
      liberation. It is only a means of earning name and fame and extracting
      money from the public.

      "A real aspirant should shun all psychic powers as obstacles to
      spiritual progress. Psychic powers are not signs of one's spiritual
      attainments. Equipoise of mind under all conditions, inner peace,
      contentment, aversion to sensual pleasures, increasing love of God,
      selflessness, humility, desire for seclusion, experience of profound
      bliss during meditation--these are the real marks of spiritual
      progress.

      "Instead of spending one's time in sleeping on nails or entering into
      inert Samadhi, one should utilise the time and God-given energy in
      serving others, in seeing the Lord in them. In serving others one
      serves oneself, for all are one. Through service one can easily purify
      oneself and attain God-realisation."

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      "Understand fully the aim and purpose of life. Do not be carried away
      by temptations. Maya is powerful. Live in the company of Mahatmas. This
      is a strong fortress to protect you in your initial stages of growth.
      Develop your inner faculties, conserve your energy, and acquire
      knowledge of the Self." - Swami Sivananda


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