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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We have uploaded an article by Sri Swami Sivanandaji
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2011
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded an article by Sri Swami Sivanandaji
      titled "Aspire Fervently, Apply Tenaciously" at:

      The following discourses and book chapters have been
      uploaded to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's site:

      1) The Founding of The Divine Life Society

      2) Commentary on the Isavasya Upanishad - Part 1

      3) Book chapters from "Universality of Being":
      Chapter 2: Correct Perception (Replaced previous Chp 2)

      Chapter 5: Contact with Reality

      Chapter 6: The Seven Stages of Samadhi

      Chapter 7: The Highest Stages of Samadhi

      Chapter 8: Waking into the Consciousness of the

      Chapter 9: The Story of Liberation

      4) Book chapter from "The Process of Yoga":
      Chapter 7: The Spirit of Sadhana

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      Every Man's Yoga
      By Swami Sivananda

      Perhaps no other science is more misunderstood than
      the simple spiritual science of Yoga. In India, Yoga
      is understood to be something that is out of the way.
      A Yogi is thought to be a queer being, living on herbs
      and fruits in some remote forest or in a dark cave in
      some distant mountain range.

      In the West, Yoga is quite often associated with some
      magical performances such as a rope-trick, or some
      physical acrobatics, standing on the head, for
      example, or some feats of endurance like prolonged
      retention of breath, doing the so-called Jiva Samadhi
      or remaining buried underground for several days,
      which is done by proficiency in Kevala Kumbhaka. It is
      also supposed that by doing some particular Yoga
      practices one could fly in the air without wings, or
      do anything that is odd.

      'Every Man's Yoga' is ideally suited for the general
      class of readers who are interested in spiritual
      topics. It is not a textbook for the advanced students
      of Yoga.

      This is an ideal work in the sense that it answers to
      all types of temperaments that are inclined to the
      spiritual path. It seeks to dispel the pet notions
      which glamour Yoga as something queer and sensational.
      It presents a great science in a very simple, lucid
      manner, while expertly analyzing the different aspects
      through a comprehensive outlook.

      There is more information at:


      A CIGARETTE ADDICT: An inmate who was addicted to
      smoking had borrowed money to purchase cigarettes. He
      requested the Master for fifty rupees to pay off his

      The Master, knowing the man's weakness, gave him
      twenty-five rupees and said, "Pay fifteen rupees and
      keep ten rupees for yourself for smoking."

      Everyone was shocked to see the Master encouraging the
      man to smoke.

      "Now listen!" continued the Master, "smoking is very
      bad for your health. It will spoil your lungs and
      bring about lung cancer. So I request you to try to
      give it up. I know you cannot do so all at once, but
      smoke less. Smoke five cigarettes less than you were
      smoking before. Will you promise to do this?"

      "Yes, Swamiji, I will smoke five cigarettes less."
      Some days later the Master asked him, "Is your money

      "Yes, Swamiji," the man replied unhappily.

      The Master gave him another ten rupees and said, "Now
      promise me that you will further reduce your cigarette
      consumption by ten."

      Once again the inmate agreed.

      Gradually, through the Master's kindness, affection
      and love, the inmate gave up the habit of smoking


      "The heart of a Yogi tries to understand the problems
      of others and is ever eager to be responsive in
      helpfulness. It is not a bundle of emotions, fancies
      and prejudices. It is not impulsive. It is detached,
      yet full of love. It adores the deity of its choice
      but has equal respect for all other forms of God,
      seeing the same deity in them all and also in all the
      creations of God. It does not confine itself there. It
      soars beyond them." - Swami Sivananda

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