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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We uploaded an article by Gurudev Sri Swami
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2007
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We uploaded an article by Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji Maharaj titled "Dissemination of
      Knowledge" at:

      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
      its work.

      "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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