Sivananda Day-to-day (388)
- Om Sri Durgayai Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Tomorrow (October 12) marks the beginning of
Navaratri. This festival is dedicated to the worship
of the Divine Mother and it lasts for 9 days. There
are several articles on our websites about Navaratri
and the significance of this occasion. They are:
1) Navaratri by Sri Swami Sivanandaji:
2) God as Mother by Sri Swami Chidanandaji:
3) The Esoteric Significance of the Devi Mahatmya by
Sri Swami Krishnanandaji
In celebration of Revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji
Maharaj's birthday on 24th September, some recent
photos and videos of Revered Swamiji were posted at:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
LESSONS IN VEDANTA: The Master was working in the
office in his usual undisturbed and serene manner.
When he had finished his work he looked around and
his eyes rested on Sri Troja of Trinidad.
Master: "How are you? Are you all right?"
Troja: "Yes, Swamiji, I am all right. I am trying to
Master: "That is good. You must become a Yoga teacher
when you return to your place."
Now the Master proceeded to test Sri Troja's
knowledge of Vedanta.
Master: "What is Vedanta?"
Troja: "It is the philosophy of Truth."
Master: "What is Truth?"
Sri Troja could not express the answer correctly, so
the Master helped him, "Truth is that which existed
in the past, which exists in the present, and which
will continue to exist in the future. It is that
which is unchangeable, infinite, immortal and
decayless. It is the all-pervading Atma."
Master: "What are the qualifications that a spiritual
aspirant should possess?"
Troja: "Selflessness; to be good."
Master: "He should possess dispassion,
discrimination, serenity, a one-pointed mind, faith
and burning aspiration. After possessing all these
qualifications, what must he do?"
Troja: "He must concentrate."
Master: "No, not straightaway. He must hear, reflect
and then meditate on the Truth. He must become one
with It, that is, he must attain Self-realisation.
After attaining Self-realisation, what will you do?"
Troja: "I will surrender."
Master: "You have become the Truth, then to whom are
you going to surrender?"
Sri Troja found it difficult to answer this question.
He was trying hard to find a suitable answer when the
Master came out with a humorous remark, "Will you eat
well, then stretch yourself and sleep soundly after
that? No, you will preach the Truth, make everyone
realise It and thus remove their ignorance. Is it not
Sri Troja agreed to this.
Master: "What is ignorance?"
Troja: "Not knowing the Truth."
Master: "Taking the body for the soul, getting angry,
having pride, jealousy and hatred--all these are
signs of ignorance. Not knowing that you are the all-
pervading Atma is ignorance."
The Master began joking a little. "Come here daily. I
will teach you Vedanta. You have to accept me as your
Guru. Are you agreeable to it? You are not willing to
do so, I think. You take care of me and I shall take
care of your soul. Now what do I mean by that? How
will you take care of me? I will take care of you by
teaching you Vedanta and removing your ignorance."
Troja: "I will take care of your body."
Master: "By giving me tins of biscuits?"
Troja: "No, Swamiji, I will help you financially to
spread your divine message."
The Master's teaching mood continued.
Master: "What takes place in Samadhi?"
Troja: "It is a Superconscious State. You become one
with the Absolute."
The Master approved of this answer and enlightened
him further, "The senses, mind and intellect all
cease to function. There is no psychology there."
(Sri Troja was a student of psychology).
Master: "What is the mind?"
Sri Troja was struggling to express his thoughts, so
the Master came to his rescue, "It is the thinking
After attending to a few visitors who had arrived to
have his Darshan, the Master resumed his teaching.
Master: "Where is the mind?"
Troja: "All over the body."
Master: "It is all-pervading and is seated in the
heart during sleep, in the eye during the waking
state, and in the throat during the dream state. Now,
who is Troja?"
Sri Troja was puzzled. Noticing it the Master
prompted him with, "Is Troja the eye, nose or the
body? Who is Troja?"
This gave the clue to the answer and Sri Troja
replied, "This body, with the mind and intellect, is
The Master seemed to be satisfied with this answer.
Master: "Where was Troja thirty-five years ago, and
where will he be after some time?"
Troja: "I do not know."
Master: "After some time you will get liberation,
will you not? What is the Spirit? Is it alcohol, is
it brandy? What is it?"
Troja: "It is the essential nature of man."
Master: "It is the Soul, It is Consciousness. Why is
It Consciousness? Because It knows Itself and knows
others. It is an embodiment of existence, knowledge
and bliss. How do you know that there is the Spirit?"
Troja: "Because of our existence."
Master: "Yes, because you exist. If you exist then
there must be the existence of the Spirit. Now tell
me, while you were drinking the coffee, who was
Troja: "The body and the senses were enjoying the
Master: "The individual soul, when combined with the
senses, becomes the enjoyer and the actor. The
original pure Spirit neither enjoys nor acts. It is
only a witness. It is the individual soul, which is a
reflection of the Spirit, that enjoys."
The Master's eye accidentally fell on the clock and,
noticing that it was late, he soon left for his
"Upon this occasion of the external worship of the
Divine Mother during the Navaratri, let us remind
ourselves again and again that real worship of the
Mother is inner allegiance to the benign destructive
force of divine Shakti in its work of breaking our
impure personality and giving us a brilliant divine
personality. Let us remember again and again that
real Mother-worship is our inner co-operation and our
inner loyalty to the Durga Shakti which is doing its
work of breaking our egoism, breaking our human
weaknesses, defects and limitations, so that upon a
field that is thus cleared, we may build a path of
divine life, of spiritual consciousness, to lead us
to immortality and perfection. Let us all pray to the
Divine Mother that She may give us all the necessary
strength and inspiration and inner power, to put
ourselves whole-heartedly upon Her side and join in
the work of the Divine Shakti in regenerating us, in
annihilating our Pashutwa (animal nature) and
bestowing upon us Divya Jyotis (Divine Light)." -
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