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Gurugram December 2016 | Preface

Blessed Self,
Om Namah Sivaya

We are reaching the closing of year 2016. We are forever grateful how 2016 was a fruitful year for the Organization with much renewal, growth and expansion. All the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centers are preparing for their year end and New Year celebrations. We wish you all the best with yearend festivities. Be sure to pick up the new 2017 Swamiji’s calendar this month.

May Master and Swamiji’s energy be with us all, guiding us in our Sadhana and service. Pranams to all.

Be ever blissful. Long for nothing. Fear nothing. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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Raja Yoga

From Chapter I: “Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations”


‘On attaining the utmost purity in Samadhi, without inquiry, Illumination then dawns’.

Only when the meditator achieves the state of ‘Samadhi’ in which there is no longer the process of inquiry, and has purified oneself, does Realization dawn. The states of ‘Samadhi’ through which one passes before that final goal are very rewarding and blissful. Many powers manifest in those states. But the seeker must see even these rewarding experiences as obstacles for they too, though the most rewarding, must be transcended in order to merge with the Self.

Diseases, worries, troubles can only affect the physical and the mental, but not the spiritual self, the Atman. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter VII: The Yoga of the Division of Wisdom



(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)

I know, O Arjuna, the beings of the past, the present and the future, but no one knows Me.


By the delusion of the pairs of opposites arising from desire and aversion, O Bharata, all beings are subject to delusion at birth, O Parantapa!

Anger, lust, greed, jealousy, hatred will always lurk in your subconscious mind. Beware. Be cautious. Be vigilant. Be alert. Eradicate them. Otherwise they will gain strength and will crush you later on and swallow all your Sadhana. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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SANNYASANA – [Sanskrit] – [nyasa] renunciation; abandonment. A member of the sannyasa order is known as a sannyasin (male) or sannyasini (female); one who abandons or resigns from worldy affairs. Brahman in the fourth order.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda –
Who is a Sannyasin?

A Sannyasin has a different angle of vision of the worldly affairs, looking upon everything from an absolutely different point of view. Just as the man who wears green spectacles sees green objects everywhere, so also a Sannyasin/Jnani sees the Atman everywhere through his new eye of wisdom. There is absolutely no personal element in him. He has not a bit of selfish interest. The lower self is completely annihilated. He lives for serving all. He feels the world as his own Self. He actually feels that all is himself only. There is not a single thought or feeling for his personal little self. He has cosmic vision and cosmic feeling. Just as the river has joined the ocean, he has joined the ocean of bliss, knowledge and consciousness. He thinks and feels and works for others.

A Sannyasin is absolutely free from worries, difficulties, troubles, tribulations, sorrow and anxieties under any circumstance or condition. He is always cheerful and happy. He is not a slave or victim of different moods. He is not moved a bit by sorrow, grief or persecution.

A Sannyasin has got all-round development. He has spotless or unblemished character. All sattwic virtues shine in him. He is an embodiment of mercy, sympathy, love, patience, serenity, etc. He has high qualities. The whole nature has been perfectly unfolded. All divine attributes are fully awakened in him.

The life of Jesus shows how a real Sannyasin will behave. A Sannyasin is a very good and extremely virtuous person, with no attachment to the world. He may live in the forest or in the city. He will always be thinking of God and of the welfare of other people. He will keep his mind and heart quite pure. He is without anger, without hatred, is truthful and kind. He wants no luxuries but just enough food to keep him alive. He wears very simple dress. He has no family and children and property. Yet he is extremely happy. He is wise and virtuous. He possesses divine qualities such as mercy, universal love, truthfulness, purity. He has control over his mind and senses. He is free from anger, lust, greed, pride, jealousy. He loves all. He always prays and meditates. He never does any harm to anybody. People respect and adore him.

Where is God? Look within. – Sri Swami Sivananda