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THE PATH BEYOND SORROW

Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home

2.The Four Main Aspects of an Individual’s Life

 

 

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Of course, we take it for granted that the first thing is to be conscious of one’s purpose in life. Ever be conscious of why you are living. Ever be conscious of what purpose you are to fulfil in life. That is the most important thing. Know that the whole meaning of life is the utilizing of its every moment to attain the supreme purpose.

You are already aware of the spiritual goal in life, knowing that in God alone true peace and happiness can be had, that in God alone all the imperfections of this mortal existence can be overcome, and that in God alone all sorrow can be transcended and the state of eternal life, immortality, freedom and fearlessness can be had. Knowing this, there has already been created in you a great urge and aspiration to live the spiritual life so as to have the Supreme Attainment here and now—in this very body. To such a person as you, when living a busy family life, difficulties come in the way; and the greatest is that so many activities clutter up your day-to-day life that there seems to be no time for the essential exercise of the spirit in the way of devotion, in the way of prayer and worship. This is one great obstacle, but it is not a very serious one, nor is it the main one.

The main obstacle is constituted by the numerous duties of your worldly life, of your secular life, which you have to fulfil. Why? Because the whole of life’s set-up is economic and one has to work to earn one’s livelihood. Gone are the days of inherited properties and paternal wealth, and one has to work, and this is the dominant aspect of the secular life. The secondary aspect is the domestic life. It is from the home that one goes to the professional field, day after day, and it is to home again that one comes back after the day’s work is done. The third aspect is that as a responsible member in a community, one has certain responsibilities of social life to attend to—such as club life, meeting friends, etc. Lastly, each one has one’s own personal, individual life.

The personal, individual life is the basis. The individual aspect of your life is the most important to you. Next comes the family life or the domestic life, where there are the different relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters, etc. Then comes the professional life. It is much less important than the individual life and the family life. In fact, it is the least important, though it is indispensable from the point of view of money. The professional life has to be gone through, but it does not have any serious significance for the true life of the individual—except in some extreme cases when the profession happens to be that of a hangman or a military man who has to destroy people, and then, serious ethical and spiritual problems are created. But, for the vast majority of people, the professional side does not have any special impact upon the spiritual and the ethical side of life.

Now, in the four aspects of an individual’s life that we have enumerated, how are we to ensure that spiritual idealism is given the first position?

 

Next: Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 3.The Sanctity of Marriage

 

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Chapter 9

 

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, We take up now the vital subject of how, being in the midst of worldly activities one may yet fulfil the supreme purpose, the spiritual purpose of life on earth. While both the secular life and the spiritual life are a part of you, it is true that the spheres of the two are different, in the sense that the secular life has its sphere outside of yourself and the spiritual life has its sphere within yourself. But then, your spiritual life does have some expression outwardly also, and wherever you are, there your spiritual life has to be. If you are in a family set-up and living the work-a-day life in the busy field of worldly activity, then your spiritual life must be there. This interior life cannot be created by bringing about visible external changes in yourself or in your circumstances at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 1.A Story From the Life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 1.A Story From the Life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, In various ways great Masters have tried to bring home this truth to seekers and an incident comes to my minda very familiar story and not too ancient. It was in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, the spiritual preceptor of the famous Swami Vivekananda. In his early life, Sri Ramakrishna was a priest in a Hindu temple in Calcutta, then the Capital City of India. This temple was founded by a lady who was something of a small queen. The wife of a native ruler and a lady of immense riches, she had the temple built with a fabulous sum of money and endowed it with rich lands. She was a very devout lady in spite of her great wealth and affluence at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 2.The Four Main Aspects of an Individuals Life
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 2.The Four Main Aspects of an Individuals Life, Of course, we take it for granted that the first thing is to be conscious of ones purpose in life. Ever be conscious of why you are living. Ever be conscious of what purpose you are to fulfil in life. That is the most important thing. Know that the whole meaning of life is the utilizing of its every moment to attain the supreme purpose at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 3.The Sanctity of Marriage
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 3.The Sanctity of Marriage, In various ways great Masters have tried to bring home this truth to seekers and an incident comes to my minda very familiar story and not too ancient. It was in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, the spiritual preceptor of the famous Swami Vivekananda. In his early life, Sri Ramakrishna was a priest in a Hindu temple in Calcutta, then the Capital City of India. This temple was founded by a lady who was something of a small queen. The wife of a native ruler and a lady of immense riches, she had the temple built with a fabulous sum of money and endowed it with rich lands. She was a very devout lady in spite of her great wealth and affluence at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 4.The HomeA Sacred Place
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 4.The HomeA Sacred Place, The home should be known to be a sacred place. The home is to be a sort of counterbalancing factor for all the bustle, for all the restless activity, of your daily professional life. The moment you leave home and go into your professional activity, your whole mind, your entire personality, is brought out. You are to be active. You are to give your attention to things of this world and, therefore, your recollectedness is lost. You are brought away from your centre so that your inner spiritual closeness to God is completely lost when you go into your professional activityyour day-to-day life. Now, when you come back home, the home life is meant to be an effective counterbalancing factor. In the home you are Self-centred, you are recollected, you are in God at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 5.Spiritual Guidance to Children
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 5.Spiritual Guidance to Children, The training of the children comes next. It is a great and onerous responsibility of the parents. You are only the trustees of these souls and have no permanent connection with themthe children whom God has given to youand you should try to do what you can in the little time they pass through your hands to touch them and make their lives more radiant for their having come to you. Therefore, the proper training of children is one of the most onerous duties, and if this is done in the attitude of being privileged to be the parent of His own children, then everything you do towards your children becomes part of your Karma Yoga, becomes part of your own spiritual unfoldment. For, by giving to them the spiritual impulse, the spiritual life, by your own ideal lives, you become the partaker of Gods life, because you fulfil the great gospel of Karma Yoga, viz., selfless activity without attachment, with only love in your heart, in order to do some good to others. If you train them along the path which will take them to their eternal welfare, to true blessedness, then that is the highest bestowal that one person can confer upon another in this earth-plane at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 6.A Spiritual Daily Routine for the Householder
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 6.A Spiritual Daily Routine for the Householder, Each householder should have an ideal daily routine. The home life should not be left to itself, but taken care of. In addition to those unexpected things that come up every daya visit of someone, a telephone call, an invitation to go out with someoneevery one of you should have an accepted basic programme, a basic schedule for your daily life, which should include an hour of prayer in the morning and an hour Of prayer in the evening. The prayer hour might include the reading of scriptural texts, the reading of sacred and inspiring spiritual books, a few minutes of quiet, indrawn meditation, a few minutes of actually articulated prayer, inspiring prayer. The prayer can be spontaneous; it does not necessarily have to come out of some book. Or it can be both, as there are some very inspiring short prayers in the Gospel and also in some other books. The children should also be trained in this way at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 7.Dynamic SpiritualityRemembering God
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 7.Dynamic SpiritualityRemembering God, Throughout the house you may have any number of external symbols which bring to you the thought of God. Perhaps tastefully framed mottoes: ALL LIFE IS SACRED, GOD IS HERE NOW, BE GOOD, DO GOOD, BE KIND, BE PURE, SPEAK THE TRUTH, NEVER HURT THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS, SEE GOD IN ALL FACES, TRUTH IS GOD, GOD IS LOVE, etc. And pictures. Every day, when the householder starts from home for his work, he should have five minutes of prayer, when he should say: Now, Oh Lord, from this Blessed Abode of Thine, where I am privileged to pass my days, I go out to worship Thee through my bodily activities, through my work. May all that I do today with body and mind be accepted by Thee as my worship, as my Karma Yoga, as my dynamic prayer. Only after uttering this little prayer should the householder leave his home at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 8.The Curse of Fashion
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 8.The Curse of Fashion, Along with all this, live a simple life. It is in the simple life that mind moves upon a straight path without wavering. Whereas, it is dispersed and scattered if life is made too complex and too much filled with an accumulation of objects. Have a simple life and do not be too concerned about your physical existence, about care of your body, about your beauty, your dress at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 9.The Value of Time
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 9.The Value of Time, Realize the value of time. Utilize every minute, and with great niggardliness, try to salvage every minute and add it to your spiritual life. Do not have the habit of gossipgenteel gossip. It is one of the social qualificationswhen two persons are together, they must have some gentle back-chat about a third person. If that is done, you are destroying your own life, you are wasting time. Life is time, and time is verily life. If you just fritter away precious minutes and hours in loose chatter and gossip and a little genteel scandal-mongering, it means you are robbing yourself of the most precious thing in lifethe rare opportunity to attain God at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 10.Some Concluding Remarks
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 9: Yoga In The Home, 10.Some Concluding Remarks, Develop virtue as a rule in your life. Let virtue be the criterion with which you judge all your thoughts, all your actions, all your speech. Is it virtuous or not? That should be the yardstick to guide you in your life. And the principle should be to move towards Godever and ever at energyenhancement.org

 

 

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