Sivananda Day-to-day (377)
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Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
We uploaded an article by Gurudev Sri Swami
Sivanandaji Maharaj titled "Dissemination of
The June 2007 issue of the Divine Life magazine has
been posted at:
Some of the articles in the latest issue are:
1) The Rugged Path by Sri Swami Sivananda
2) The Glory of Renunciation by Sri Swami Chidananda
3) The Search for Truth by Sri Swami Krishnananda
4) Peace and Liberty by Sri Swami Shivapremananda
5) Truly Understanding the Path by Sri Swami
6) The Earnings Which Increase by Sri Swami
A new book by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj titled
"The Heart and Soul of Spiritual Practice" is being
serialized at Swamiji's site. Please visit:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
THE REAL SADHU: During the Master's epoch-making All-
India Tour, a large number of people had gathered
under a shamiana (canopy) erected for Satsang in the
compound of Sri Wahi's house at Allahabad. The Master
would not lose an opportunity of serving his
children. He stood up, sang and delivered his
"If you find mercy and humility in a person, then
alone can you know that he is a Sadhu. His heart will
melt at the suffering of others. Man has a sin-
hardened heart. When it begins to melt, the Lord
manifests Himself. A Sadhu need not deliver lectures
on the Panchadasi. He need not necessarily be able to
deliver eloquent discourses on the Gita. He may not
be able to comment for three hours on a single verse
of the Brahma Sutra, but a sweet aroma will always be
emanating from him. This will attract you to him. It
will give you peace and inner bliss when you approach
him. All your worry and anxiety will disappear as you
approach him. His very look will elevate you. His
words will inspire you and engrave themselves on the
tablet of your heart. Your nature will be transformed
by his very look. You will turn a new page in your
life. Such will be his power! Such is the glory of
true mercy and humility!
"People have a hard heart, a heart harder than
granite, harder than diamond, on account of wrong
actions done life after life. This heart should melt.
Only then can they have Self-realisation. Note well
that there is no short-cut to Self-realisation. A man
without mercy, love and humility cannot realise the
Self. You must understand this clearly. You must
engrave these words in your heart. You must write
them in bold letters on placards and place them in
your rooms and offices. The Lord cannot manifest
Himself in a sin-hardened heart. It must melt like
butter before He can reveal Himself.
"This melting is done by Kirtan and untiring selfless
service rendered with the feeling that all are forms
of Lord Narayana. Then you will develop a feeling of
oneness with all. Listening to the scriptures and
contemplation will be of no avail if there is no
purification of the heart. Vedantic Sadhana at this
immature stage will only fatten your egoism and
harden it. The bonds of worldliness will grow tighter
and the veil of ignorance become thicker.
"Without purifying the heart no progress in Sadhana
is possible. Therefore, practise Japa, sing Kirtan,
do untiring selfless service. Be generous. Give,
give, give. Kill vanity. Worldly people have their
own vanity, but much harder is the egoism of a Sadhu.
He thinks that he is superior to a householder
because he knows the Gita by heart and he can deliver
thrilling lectures for weeks on end on each verse of
the Upanishads. This spiritual pride is extremely
difficult to eradicate.
"Maya assumes many different forms. The ego assumes
various shapes. Just as water takes on the form of
the vessel into which it is poured, so also the ego
adjusts itself to all circumstances and persists in
"You renounce the world so that you can get rid of
the vanity of wealth and material desires. Now you
acquire another vanity--the vanity of renunciation.
In order to crush the ego you do scavenging, though
you are highly educated. Now the ego assumes the
subtle form of the vanity of service. You bow to all,
you prostrate to all, in order to develop humility.
This indefatigable ego comes up there also--you now
have the most dangerous vanity of humility. You feel
inwardly that you are humbler than others. This ego
is your terrible enemy. It wages guerilla warfare
with you. Beware! Beware! Beware!
"If you are sincere you can eradicate this ego
through Japa, Kirtan and selfless service. Sincere
people are very rare in this world. You can count
them on your finger-tips. Sincerity--it is a very
rare virtue! It is a combination of several virtues--
of truthfulness, straight-forwardness, simplicity,
absence of vanity, courage, fearlessness, tenacity of
purpose, love and humility. All these go to form
sincerity. A sincere man is immediately respected and
trusted by all. Only if you have this virtue will
there be rapid spiritual progress. Only then will you
realise the fullest benefits of the Japa, Kirtan and
meditation that you practise daily.
"Introspect and find out how you are progressing in
the cultivation of these divine virtues. You are not
practising introspection regularly. You have not the
strength of mind or the power of discrimination to
introspect. You think that you are very much
advanced, but when a test comes you fail miserably.
It is because there has been no real progress, no
real spiritual advancement. It is vanity that makes
you think that you are very advanced.
"Apply this acid test on yourself: does your heart
melt at the suffering of others? Has charity and
generosity become your very nature? Your money
belongs to the Lord. You have no business to keep
more than you need. How can you accumulate wealth
when your God in the form of a poor man is starving?
How can you take food four times a day when the
beggar--Lord Narayana--is starving outside the door?
These are the tests of spiritual progress.
"Do you run to a poor man walking along the street
and offer him food? Do you rush to the aid of a sick
or injured man lying on the roadside and ask, 'My
Lord, in what way may I serve thee?' If you do so,
then you are really advancing on the spiritual path.
You will soon develop cosmic love, which is the
threshold of liberation.
"If you really want God, then all these things must
be done. You should have mercy. You should feel that
you are only a trustee of your money; you are like a
gatekeeper. God has given you money. You should share
it with others. Purchase blankets in winter and
distribute them to the poor lying on the roadside.
What a joy you feel! The man who has not shared what
he has with others has a poor heart indeed, though he
may be a millionaire. Even the man who has nothing to
eat is the richest man in the world if he has a large
heart, if he shares what he has with others.
"The real Sadhu is one who has nothing to call his
own except a large, magnanimous heart--not one who
can skillfully argue about the existence of God or
the falsehood of creation, who is an expert in
intellectual acrobatics, who is proficient in the
coining and use of a few phrases. You can discover
him on the station platform. He will quarrel for half
an hour with a porter for the sake of two annas!
"If you are Ramprasad, feel that all are Ramprasad.
One Divine Consciousness pervades all. It sees
through all, It works through all. All ears are
yours. Feel as such. What an expansion of heart you
experience! All barriers are now broken down.
Everywhere you behold the one Lord, one Krishna, the
God who is both immanent and transcendent. "The
aspirant should be very careful. Not even an angry
look or the slightest trace of irritability should
arise in his heart. He should possess a sweet heart
and a sweet tongue.
"You should remain under a Guru. Serve him. There is
no greater Sadhana than service of the Guru. The Guru
will teach you the appropriate Sadhana for your
development. "May God bless you all with health, long
life, peace, prosperity and eternal bliss!"
"If you take one step towards God, He takes ten steps
towards you." - Swami Sivananda
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