GITA or the Song of Immortality is a boon to seekers after
Truth. It fulfils the long-felt need of aspirants who were
eager to have in a nutshell the essentials of Yoga Sadhana,
the fundamentals of spiritual life, the very cream of the
scriptures, which they could read or recite daily.
GITA is a Scripture for the Sadhakas Svadhyaya. Sri
Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has, in his inimitable characteristic
style, summarised in this small book the very essence of
all religious teaching, and he has strung together a garland
of very powerful Yoga-assertions that will at once elevate
and inspire the reader.
GITA tells you what you ought to know and what you ought
to practise. Amrita Gita points to you the Path to Immortality.
Daily study of this precious scripture, especially in Brahmamuhurta
before the morning meditation, is bound to awaken the spiritual
forces lying dormant in the reader, to goad him to more
and more intense spiritual Sadhana, and ultimately to take
him to the realms of Immortality.
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
means any tenacious practice till the object or end
is achieved. Ha and tha mean
the union of the Sun and the Moon, union of Prana and
Yoga concerns with the body and the Prana. It helps
to control the body and the Prana, through Asanas and
Yoga itself is not the goal. Meditation helps you to
attain Samadhi or Superconscious State.
practice of Hatha Yoga awakens the Kundalini Sakti that
lies dormant in the Muladhara Chakra.
are Six Chakras or lotuses in the body. They are Muladhara
(near the anus), Svadhisthana (midway between Muladhara
and Manipura which is in the navel). Anahata Chakra
in the heart, Vishuddha in the neck and Ajna in the
space between the two eyebrows and Sahasrara or the
thousand-petalled lotus (Chakra) in the crown of the
rises through all the Chakras. Kundalini passes through
the Chakras and joins with Lord Siva in the Sahasrara.
the Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras and the Shad
Kriyas under an expert Hatha Yogi.
Pingala and Sushumna are the three important Nadis in
is the Chandra-Nadi. It cools the body. It flows through
the left nostril.
is the Surya-Nadi. It heats the body. It flows through
the right nostril.
Nadi flows through both nostrils. It helps meditation.
It is Agni-Nadi.
good health through the practice of Yoga Asanas and
Pranayama. Without good health, how can you earn, how
can you succeed in any undertaking, how can you sit
Yoga Asanas and Pranayama on an empty stomach in the
moderate in eating and sleeping. Then alone can you
have success in Hatha Yoga.
regular in your practice. Regularity is of paramount
a tumbler of milk after finishing the Asanas.
for half an hour after finishing Asanas for taking a
Asanas first and then practise Pranayama.
half an hour daily in the practice of Asanas and Pranayama.
This will give you health, vim, vigour and vitality.
This will remove all diseases.
(cleansing of stomach with a piece of cloth), Basti
(drawing up of water through anus), Neti (cleansing
of nostrils with the help of a thread), Nauli (manipulation
of the abdominal muscles), Trataka (gazing on an object),
Kapalabhati (a kind of Pranayama)are the Shad
Kriyas of Hatha Yoga.
is the king of all Asanas. It strengthens the brain
and the brain-centres and improves memory, and helps
Hala and Ardhamatsyendra Asanas make the spine elastic.
Sarvanga develops thyroid gland and bestows good health.
It helps Brahmacharya and gives longevity.
reduces fat and helps digestion. So does Mayurasana.
Salabha and Dhanur Asanas remove constipation and muscular
rheumatism of the back.
all the muscles through Savasana. Do this Asana in the
Sitkari, Sukha-Purvaka, Suryabheda are other kinds of
Pranayama. Through the practice of these Pranayamas
is inhalation of breath; Rechaka is exhalation; Kumbhaka
is retention. Kumbhaka gives you longevity and energy.
Pranayama cools your body and purifies the blood. Bhastrika
warms your body and removes asthma and consumption.
Bhandatraya Pranayama. It includes Mula-Bandha or contraction
of anus, Jalandara-Bandha or chin-lock and Uddiyana-Bandha,
drawing the belly backwards at the end of exhalation.
Mudra is an important Mudra. This removes piles, enlargement
of spleen, indigestion, constipation.
Yoga-Mudra daily. This is a good exercise for the abdominal
ENDS HATHA YOGA
is worship of the Lord.
Yoga is the Yoga of selfless action, without agency
and expectation of fruits.
Yoga removes the impurities of the mind. It is a potent
purifier of the heart.
Yoga prepares the mind for the reception of Divine Light,
Divine Grace, and Divine Knowledge.
God in every face. Behold the Lord in all creatures.
what you have with others. Serve the saints and sages.
the sick. Serve the poor. Serve your parents. Serve
your motherland. Serve humanity in general.
always your inner motives. Destroy selfish motives.
without egoism. Cultivate the Nimitta-Bhava. Feel you
are an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
always your actions and their fruits to the Lord.
equal vision and balanced mind in pleasure and pain,
gain and loss, success and failure.
nicely adaptability. Serve always with Atma-Bhava and
Sitaram, Radheshyam or Hare Rama while you work. Remember
the Lord always.
up Abhimana of all sorts. Kill the Vairagya-abhimana,
Seva-abhimana, Tyagi-abhimana, Kartritva-abhimana, male-female-abhimana,
not expect even thanks or appreciation for your work.
actions as your duty, duty for dutys sake.
say: I have helped that man. Feel and think:
That man gave me an opportunity to serve.
for opportunities for service. Never miss even a single
amiable, loving, social nature, generosity, catholic
nature. Kill selfishness. Control the senses, practise
self-restraint, tolerance, sympathy and mercy. These
are the qualifications of a Karma Yogi.
insult, injury, harsh words, criticism, heat and cold.
you are a doctor, treat the poor free of charge. If
you are an advocate, plead for the poor. If you are
a teacher or a professor, give free tuition to poor
boys. Give them books free.
Twelve Tissue Remedies or some household remedies and
treat the poor.
anyone is suffering from acute pain, shampoo the painful
part. Feel you are shampooing the body of the Lord.
not make any difference between menial and respectable
always some small coins in your pocket and distribute
them to the poor and the decrepit.
the poor. Clothe the naked. Comfort the distressed.
Remove glass pieces from the road.
are three kinds of Karma, viz., Sanchita, Prarabdha
and Agami or Kriyamana.
is the accumulated storehouse of actions of previous
births. Prarabdha is that part of Karma which has given
rise to your present birth. Agami is current action.
is destroyed by Brahma-Jnana. You will have to enjoy
the Prarabdha. Agami has no binding force as there is
no agency or egoism in the sage.
not be attached to the work itself. You must be able
to give it up at any moment.
you sow, so you reap. Virtue gives you happiness. Vice
gives you pain.
are the master of your destiny. You sow an action, reap
a habit. You sow a habit, reap a character; you sow
your character and reap a destiny. Destiny is your own
making. Abandon desires and change your mode of thinking.
You can conquer destiny.
you are man; man will you become. Think you are Brahman;
Brahman will you become. This is the immutable divine
there is no agency, if there is no selfish motive, action
becomes an inaction. You are not bound by an action.
and saints and your own pure, clean conscience will
point out to you what is right, what is wrong. Follow
them and do the right.
egoistic man alone thinks: I am the doer.
Really it is the Guna or Prakriti or the sense that
does the action. Atman is actionless, Akarta, Nishkriya.
your Svadhanna, your Varnashrama Dharma unselfishly,
without egoism. You will attain purification of heart.
Knowledge of Brahman will dawn in your heart.
ENDS KARMA YOGA
this Iron Age, Japa Yoga is an easy way for attaining
is the repetition of any Mantra or Name of the Lord
with Bhava and feeling.
removes the impurities of the mind, destroys sins and
brings the devotee face to face with the Lord.
Name is filled with countless powers; just as fire has
the natural property of burning things, so also the
Name of God has the power of burning the sins and desires.
than all sweet things, more auspicious than all good
things, purer than all pure things, is the Name of the
of the Lord is a boat to cross this Samsara. It is a
weapon to destroy the mind.
repetition of the Mantra again and again generates great
spiritual force and momentum and intensifies the spiritual
Samskaras or impressions.
Trayate iti Mantrah: By the Manana, constant
thinking or recollection, one is released from the round
of birth and death; so it is called Mantra.
of Mantra raises vibrations. Vibrations give rise to
definite forms. Repetition of Om Namah Sivaya gives
rise to the form of Lord Siva in the mind; repetition
of Om Namo Narayanaya gives rise to the form of Lord
glory of the Name of God cannot be established through
reasoning and intellect. It can certainly be experienced
or realised, only through devotion, faith and constant
is of three kinds, viz., Manasic Japa, Upamsu Japa or
humming, and Vaikhari Japa, loud and audible Japa.
repetition of Japa, Manasic Japa, is more powerful than
up at 4 a.m. and do the Japa for two hours. Brahmamuhurtha
is most favourable for Japa and meditation.
you cannot take a bath, wash your hands, feet, face
and body, and sit for Japa.
north or east when sitting. This enhances the efficacy
of the Japa.
on a Kusha-grass seat or deer-skin or rug. Spread a
white cloth over it. This conserves body-electricity.
some prayer before starting the Japa.
a steady pose. Have Asana-Jaya or conquest over Asana.
You must be able to sit in Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana
for three hours at a stretch.
you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude
that the Lord is seated in your heart, that Sattva or
purity is flowing from the Lord to your mind, that the
Mantra purifies your heart, destroys desires and cravings
and evil thoughts.
not do the Japa in a hurried manner, just as a contractor
tries to finish his work in a hurried way. Do it slowly
with Bhava, one-pointedness of mind and single-minded
the Mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat
it too fast or too slow.
not the index finger while rolling the beads. Use the
thumb, the middle and the ring fingers. When counting
of one Mala is over, revert it and come back again.
Cross not the Meru. Cover your hand with a towel.
vigilant. Keep an alert attention during Japa. Stand
up and do the Japa when sleep tries to overpower you.
to finish a certain minimum number of Malas before leaving
or rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God.
do the Japa without a Mala. Go by the watch.
meditation also along with Japa. This is Japa-Sahita-Dhyana.
Gradually Japa will drop and meditation alone will continue.
This is Japa-Rahita-Dhyana.
four sittings for Japa dailyearly morning, noon,
evening and night.
devotee of Lord Vishnu should repeat Om Namo Narayanaya;
a devotee of Lord Siva, Om Namah Sivaya;
a devotee of Lord Krishna, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya;
a devotee of Lord Rama, Om Sri Ramaya Namah
or Om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram; a
devotee of Devi, Gayatri Mantra or Durga Mantra.
is better to stick to one Mantra alone. See Lord Krishna
in Rama, Siva, Durga, Gayatri.
in Japa Sadhana is most essential. Sit in the same place
and at the same time.
is repetition of the Mantra Akshara-Laksha, one lakh
of times for each letter.
must become habitual. Even in dream you must be doing
Yoga is the easiest, quickest, safest, surest, and cheapest,
way for attaining God-realisation. Glory to the Lord!
Glory, glory to His Name!
man! Take refuge in the Name. Nama (Name) and
Nami (Lord) are inseparable.
ENDS JAPA YOGA
helps to control the mind easily. When the mind is absorbed
in melodious sound, it does not run after sensual objects.
Japa or Soham with breath (Ajapa Japa). Practise Pranayama
for one or two months. You will hear the ten sounds
(Anahata sounds) clearly and enjoy the music of the
sound that you hear will make you deaf to all external
on Padmasana or Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Close the ears
with the thumb. This is Shanmukhi Mudra or Vaishnavi
hear the music of Anahata sounds. You will have wonderful
all worldly thoughts. Subdue your passion. Become indifferent
to all sensual objects.
Yama (self-restraint), or Sadachara (right conduct);
concentrate on the sound which annihilates the mind.
first sound is chini, the second is chin-chini, the
third is the sound of a bell, the fourth is like that
of a conch.
fifth is like that of a lute. The sixth is like that
of a cymbal. The seventh is like that of a flute.
eighth is like that of a drum. The ninth is like that
of a Mridanga. The tenth is like that of thunder.
the sounds through the right ear. Change your concentration
from the gross sound to the subtle. The mind will soon
be absorbed in the sound.
will get knowledge of hidden things when you hear the
will hear Para-Vak when you hear the eighth sound.
will develop the divine eye when you hear the ninth.
will attain Para Brahman when you hear the tenth.
sound entraps the mind. The mind becomes one with the
sound as milk with water.
becomes absorbed in Brahman or the Absolute. You will
then attain the Seat of Eternal Bliss.
ENDS NADA YOGA
is love. Love is God. God is nectar. God is Prema.
is supreme love towards God. It is love for loves
sake. The devotee wants God and God alone. There is
no selfish expectation here.
is the greatest power on this earth. It gushes from
ones pure heart. It redeems and saves. It purifies
is the seed. Faith is the root. Service of saints is
the shower. Communion with the Lord is the fruit.
is of two kinds, viz., Apara Bhakti (lower type of devotion)
and Para Bhakti (highest Bhakti or Supreme Love). Ringing
bells and waving lights is Apara Bhakti. In Para Bhakti,
there is no ritualistic worship. The devotee is absorbed
Supreme Love, the devotee forgets his self entirely.
He has only thoughts of God.
Bhakti and Jnana are one. Bhakti melts into wisdom in
the end. Two have become one now.
grows gradually just as you grow a flower or a tree
in a garden. Cultivate Bhakti in the garden of your
is necessary for attaining God-realisation. Faith can
work wonders. Faith can move mountains. Faith can take
you to the inner chambers of the Lord, where reason
dares not enter.
Kirtan, prayer, service of saints, study of books on
Bhakti are all aids to devotion.
food is a help to devotion. Take milk, fruits, etc.
company is an enemy of devotion. Give up evil company.
Take recourse to Satsanga or company of the saints.
to the Lord thus; O Adorable Lord of Compassion
and Love! Give me faith and devotion. Let my mind be
ever fixed On Thy Lotus Feet. Let me have constant remembrance
of Thee. Let me sing Thy glory always.
Name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop,
shelter and abode. Name is divine nectar. Nama and Nami
a picture of the Lord and concentrate on itthe
face or feet or the whole picture. Then visualise the
picture in your heart or the space between the two eyebrows.
your Ishta MantraOm Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Narayanaya,
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevayamentally, sometimes
verbally when the mind wanders.
five kinds of Bhavas are: Santa Bhava, Dasya Bhava (master-servant
relation), Vatsalya Bhava (father-son relation), Sakhya
Bhava (friendship), Madhurya Bhava (the relationship
of lover and beloved).
had Santa Bhava; Hanuman had Dasya Bhava; Jayadeva and
Gauranga had Madhurya Bhava; the Gopis had Sakhya-Bhava;
Arjuna and Guha had Sakhya Bhava; Yasoda and Vishnuchitta
had Vatsalya Bhava.
any kind of Bhava that suits your temperament. Develop
it again and again.
the nine modes of devotion or Nava-vidha Bhakti, viz.,
Sravana (hearing the Lilas of the Lord), Kirtan (singing
His Name), Smarana (His remembrance), Padasevana (service
of His Feet), Archana (offering flowers), Vandana (prostrations),
Dasyam (servant-Bhava), Sakhya (His friendship), and
unto the Lord: I am Thine, all is Thine, Thy Will
be done. Feel you are an instrument in the hands
of the Lord, that the Lord works through your mind,
body and senses. Offer all your actions and the fruits
of the actions unto the Lord. This is the way to do
Anushtan frequently. Live on milk and fruits for a week.
Observe Mouna or silence and do Japa and meditate in
an intense manner.
Puja or mental worship is a great help for increasing
devotion and attaining concentration. Offer flowers,
incense, etc., mentally to the Lord.
your house as a temple of the Lord, every action as
service of Lord, the light that you burn as waving lights
to the Lord, every word you speak as the Japa of the
Lords Name, your daily walk as perambulation to
the Lord. This is an easy way of worship of the Lord.
I wash Thy Feet with holy water, O Lord? The very Ganga
flows from Thy Feet. Shall I give You seat? Thou art
all-pervading. Shall I wave lights for Thee? Sun and
Moon are Thy Eyes! Shall I offer flowers to Thee? Thou
art the essence of flowersthis is Para Puja.
the presence of the Lord everywhere. He dwells in the
chambers of your heart, too. He is in the breath in
the nostrils; He glitters in your eyes. He is nearer
to you than your jugular vein. Behold Him in every face.
(Romanchana), tears from the eyes (Asrupat), Kampan
or twitching of muscles, Svarabhanga (choking of the
voice) are marks or Lingas of devotion.
realised Bhakta is free from lust, egoism, mine-ness,
hatred, jealousy, greed. He is full of humility, compassion
and kindness. He sees God in all beings, in all objects.
He has equal vision and a balanced mind.
was an Arta-Bhaktini; Nachiketas was Jijnasu-Bhakta;
Dhruva was an Artharthee-Bhakta; Suka Deva was a Jnani-Bhakta;
Prahlada was an absolutely Nishkama Bhakta.
is immortalising nectar. It transmutes a man into divinity.
It makes him perfect. It bestows on him everlasting
peace and bliss.
ENDS BHAKTI YOGA
OR THE YOGA OF DEVOTION
Yoga is an exact science. It aims at controlling all
thought-waves or mental modifications.
Hatha Yoga ends, there Raja Yoga begins.
Yogi starts his Sadhana with his body and Prana. He
practises Asanas and Pranayama and through control of
Prana, tries to control the mind.
Raja Yogi starts his Sadhana with the mind. He starts
meditation and tries to control the mind.
eight limbs of Raja Yoga are: Yama (self-restraint),
Niyama (religious observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama
(regulation of breath), Pratyahara (abstraction of the
senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation)
and Samadhi (superconscious state).
consists of five parts, viz., Ahimsa (non-injury), Satyam
(truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya
(celibacy), and Aparigraha (non-covetousness).
is observance of five canons, viz., Saucha (internal
and external purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas
(austerity), Svadhyaya (study of religious books and
repetitions of Mantras), and Ishvarapranidhana (self-surrender
to God, and His worship).
is perfect harmlessness and positive love also. This
removes the brutal nature in man and strengthens the
who practises meditation without ethical perfection,
without the practice of Yama-Niyama cannot obtain the
fruits of meditation.
your mind first through the practice of Yama-Niyama.
Then practise regular meditation. Then you will attain
practice of Yama is a Mahavrata, universal vow. It must
be observed by all.
easy, steady, comfortable pose is Asana.
steady the body. Pranayama checks the outgoing tendencies
of the mind. Pratyahara gives inner spiritual strength.
It removes all sorts of distractions. It develops will-power.
Raja Yoga starts from concentration. Concentration merges
in meditation. Meditation ends in Samadhi.
of breath, Brahmacharya, Sattvic food, seclusion, silence,
Satsanga, not mixing much with people are all aids to
tossing of mind, attachment to objects, subtle desires
and cravings, laziness, lack of Brahmacharya, gluttony
are all obstacles in meditation.
your wants. Cultivate dispassion. You will have progress
in Yoga. Vairagya thins out the mind.
not mix much. Do not talk much. Do not walk much. Do
not eat much. Do not sleep much. Do not exert much.
wrestle with the mind during meditation. Do not use
any violent efforts at concentration.
evil thoughts enter your mind, do not use your will
force in driving them. You will tax your will. You will
lose your energy. You will fatigue yourself. The greater
the efforts you make, the more the evil thoughts will
return with redoubled force. Be indifferent. Become
a witness of those thoughts. Substitute divine thoughts.
They will pass away.
miss a day in meditation. Regularity is of paramount
importance. When the mind is tired, do not concentrate.
Do not take heavy food at night.
mind passes into many conditions or states as it is
made up of three qualitiesSattva, Rajas and Tamas.
(wandering), Vikshipta (gathering), Mudha (ignorant),
Ekagra (one-pointed), and Nirodha (contrary) are the
five states of the mind.
controlling the thoughts the Sadhaka attains great Siddhis.
He becomes an adept. He attains Asamprajnata Samadhi
not run after Siddhis. Siddhis are great temptations.
They will bring about your downfall.
Raja Yogi practises Samyama or the combined practice
of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi at one and the same time
and gets detailed knowledge of an object.
the mind by Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (dispassion).
practice which steadies the mind and makes it one-pointed
must practise Yoga steadily with great patience and
zeal. Then alone will you attain perfection.
on Trikuti (the space between the two eyebrows) with
closed eyes. This is the best spot for concentration.
The mind can be easily controlled, as this is the seat
for the mind.
Vairagya will not help you in attaining perfection in
Yoga. You must have Para Vairagya or Theevra Vairagya,
Svadhyaya, Ishvarapranidhana constitute Kriya Yoga.
Kriya Yoga purifies the heart quickly.
on OM with Bhava and its meaning removes obstacles in
Sadhana and helps to attain Samadhi.
(ignorance), Asmita (egoism), Raga-Dvesha (likes and
dislikes), Abhinivesha (clinging to mundane life) are
the five Kleshas or afflictions. Destroy these afflictions.
You will attain Samadhi.
is of two kindsSavikalpa, Samprajnata or Sabija,
and Nirvikalpa or Asamprajnata or Nirbija.
Savikalpa or Sabija, there is Triputi or the triad
(knower, known and knowledge). The Samskaras are not
burnt or fried.
Nirvitarka, Savichara, Nirvichara, Sasmita and Saananda
are the different forms of Savikalpa Samadhi.
Nirbija Samadhi or Asamprajnata Samadhi there is no
triad. The impressions are fried in toto.
Bhakta gets Bhava-Samadhi, a Jnani gets Badha-Samadhi,
a Raja Yogi gets Nirodha Samadhi.
ENDS RAJA YOGA
OR THE ASHTANGA YOGA
OR THE YOGA WITH EIGHT LIMBS
is an Atman or soul independent of body and mind. This
soul is immortal, unchanging and infinite. Realise this
Atman and be free.
Atman is Satchidananda (Existence-Absolute, Consciousness-Absolute,
Bliss-Absolute). It exists in the past, present and
future. So it is Sat. It is pure or Absolute Consciousness
without any thought. So it is Chit. It is absolute Bliss.
So it is Ananda.
unreal body perishes, but the Atman or the indweller
is Immortal. So, you should not grieve when anyone dies.
In essence everyone is Immortal Atman.
Atman cannot be hurt by anyone. It is subtle, all-pervading.
It is the Innermost Self of all.
Atman is birthless, deathless, changeless. When the
body is killed, He is not killed. Therefore grieve not,
lament not, regret not. Be always cheerful.
cannot burn this Atman, sword cannot pierce this Atman,
bomb cannot destroy this Atman, machine-guns cannot
kill this Atman.
Atman is eternal, immovable, secondless, self-existent,
self-centred. Therefore, knowing this to be such, thou
shouldst not grieve, when your father, mother, son,
wife or relative dies.
perishable body will certainly pass away. Indweller
can never perish. Thou art the immortal soul. Therefore,
over the inevitable thou shalt not grieve.
or Atman is beyond the reach of the mind and speech.
He is beyond logic, reason, mental process, science.
He must be realised through meditation.
cannot deny or doubt your existence. You always feel
that you exist. This existence is Atman or your own
Self. The knower of the doubt or denier always exists.
That knower is your own Atman.
dream you are distinct from the physical body. In deep
sleep, you are distinct from the body and the mind.
You enjoy peace and bliss in deep sleep. This proves
that you are neither body nor mind, but you are All-Blissful
is only one Reality or Truth. That is Brahman or Atman.
All appearances are unreal. They are the effects of
Maya, the illusory power of Brahman.
the one Immortal Atman in all names and forms. This
alone is correct perception.
is the cause for pain and sorrow. Annihilate this ignorance
through Brahma Jnana. All miseries will come to an end.
Atman is beyond time, space, causation. Time, space,
causation are mental creation.
as snake is superimposed on the rope, this world, and
the body are superimposed on Brahman.
a light, the snake vanishes; rope alone remains. Attain
Illumination, this world and this body vanish. Atman
alone remains. That Atman thou art. Tat Tvam Asi.
and mine-ness, agency and enjoyership bind you to the
Samsara. Destroy these notions. Identify yourself with
the Atman which is non-doer, non-enjoyer. You will attain
Immortality and eternal Bliss.
pleasure is only pain. It is momentary mental excitement,
momentary sensation of flesh, momentary itching and
scratching of the senses. You can have eternal bliss
in your own Inner Atman alone.
Who am I? Deny or sublate the limiting adjuncts
(body, mind, etc.); know the Self and be free.
think of the Immortal, all-pervading Atman. Give up
thinking of body. You will attain Self-realisation.
are ever free. You are already free. Moksha is not a
thing to be attained. You will have to know that you
are Atman, that you are free.
the Vasanas, subtle desires, and Trishnas, cravings.
This will lead to the annihilation of the mind. Destruction
of the mind will lead to the attainment of Brahma Jnana
or wisdom of the Self.
world is illusory. Brahman alone is real. You are identical
with Brahman. Realise this and be free.
liberated sage is ever blissful. He rests in his own
Satchidananda Svaroopa. He is free from egoism, lust,
hatred, greed, anger and the pairs of opposites. He
has equal vision and balanced mind. He is Brahman Himself.
is the symbol of Brahman. OM is your real name. Meditate
on Om with Bhava and its meaning. You will attain Self-realisation.
am the All-pervading, Immortal Soul. I am Pure Consciousness.
I am Satchidananda Svaroopa. I am witness or Sakshi.These
are the formulas for constant meditation and assertion.
yourself with the Four Means. Hear the Srutis, reflect
and meditate. You will attain Self-realisation.
art not this perishable body. Thou art not this changing
mind. Thou art all-pervading, immortal, infinite, changeless
Soul or Atman. Realise this and roam about happily.
the breath. It sings Soham, So during inhalation
and Ham, during exhalation. It reminds you
I am He. Meditate on Soham and
am body. I act. I enjoy. She is my wife. He is my son.
This is mine.This is bondage. I am
Immortal Soul. I am non-actor, non-enjoyer. She is my
soul. Nothing is mine.This is freedom.
ENDS JNANA YOGA OR
THE YOGA OF THE WISDOM OF THE SELF
world has no real, independent existence. It appears
to exist, because Brahman or the Absolute exists for
is no body before its birth; there is no body after
its death. Think and feel that which you see now does
not really exist. That which does not exist in the beginning
and end does not really exist in the middle also.
pleasure is the womb of pain. The cause for pain is
absence of pleasure. Sensual pleasure is imaginary,
illusory, fleeting and tantalising. Abandon sensual
pleasure and rejoice in the Eternal Bliss of Atman.
who has destroyed desire is really a harmonised, peaceful
and happy man.
anger and desire. Control the thoughts. Know thyself.
You will enjoy Supreme, Everlasting Peace.
is insatiable. It is born of Rajas or passion. It is
born of ignorance. It is an enemy of peace, wisdom and
devotion. Master first the senses and then slay this
desire which abides in the senses, the mind and intellect,
ruthlessly through enquiry, discrimination, dispassion,
devotion and meditation.
also is born of Rajas. When a desire is not gratified,
anger manifests itself. Anger is a form of desire only.
Slay this anger through Vichara, discrimination, patience,
love, meditation, identification with the ever-serene
the lower self by the Higher Self. Annihilate all desires.
Slay egoism. Destroy all attachments. Meditate and rest
peacefully in your own Innermost Atman, which is Existence,
Consciousness and Bliss Absolute.
you want to attain immortality, go beyond the pairs
bravely heat and cold, pain and sorrow, loss and failure,
censure and dishonour. You will attain equanimity of
mind, peace and poise.
you are balanced in pleasure and pain, gain and loss,
victory and defeat, sin will not touch thee; you will
not be affected by the fruits of your actions.
the senses from attraction and repulsion. Attain mastery
over the senses. Discipline the senses and the mind.
You will not be affected now even if you move among
who is free from desires, cravings, attachment, egoism,
and mine-ness, attains the Peace of the Eternal.
up. Have mastery over the senses. Be devoted to Atman.
Destroy all doubts through Satsanga, study, enquiry,
meditation and wisdom.
actions without the idea of agency, without expectation
of fruits, without attachment to the actions themselves,
balanced in success and failure. You will not be bound
actions will purify your heart and lead to the attainment
of wisdom of the Self.
do your duty without attachment. Your heart will be
purified. You will attain immortal bliss.
and feel that Prakriti or Svabhava or Guna does everything.
Identify yourself with the Actionless Atman, the Silent
Witness and thus free yourself from the bondage of action.
all actions unto the Lord. Fix your mind on Him. Free
yourself from egoism, attachment, desire. No action
will bind you. Actions are burnt by the fire of Wisdom.
Such actions are no longer actions at all. You will
attain the Supreme Abode of everlasting bliss and peace.
likes and dislikes which abide in the senses. You can
conquer mind and attain the Peace of the Eternal.
your Guru. Be devoted to your Guru. Obey him. Have implicit
faith in his teachings. You will grow in spirituality.
The veil will be torn down. You will attain Self-realisation.
actions culminate in Jnana or wisdom. Bhakti also terminates
in wisdom. Without Bhakti, Jnana is impossible.
of Atman burns all actions. There is no purifier in
this world like Brahma-Jnana.
hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, speaking,
grasping, etc., are actions of the senses. Atman is
the silent witness. Thou art really the Atman or the
Witness, Sakshi. Never forget this.
only the One Atman or the Self in all beingsin
the ants, dogs, cows, horses, elephants and outcastes.
This is equal vision or Sama Drishti.
the mind to the Lord and the hands for the service of
humanity. Always think of Lord only. You will soon attain
you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer, whatever
you give, whatever austerity you do, do it as an offering
unto the Lord. Your heart will be purified. You will
not be bound by actions. You will soon attain the Lord.
the divine qualities: humility, harmlessness, purity,
steadfastness, self-control, dispassion, unostentatiousness,
non-attachment, balance of mind, fearlessness, angerlessness,
self-restraint, renunciation, straightforwardness,
truthfulness, compassion, non-covetousness,
steadiness. You will attain Wisdom of the Self or Brahma-Jnana.
cautious. Be vigilant. Be diligent. Be alert. The senses
are very turbulent. They will hurl you down into the
abyss of ignorance at any moment. Always do Japa, do
Kirtan. Meditate ceaselessly.
is only a mistake. Knowledge of Self will burn all sins.
The Name of the Lord will destroy all sins. Therefore,
repeat His Name and attain Wisdom of Atman.
faith in your own Self, in the existence of Brahman,
in the teachings of your Preceptor, in the sacred Scriptures.
Then alone can you attain Self-realisation.
the Lord in the effulgence of the sun, in the fragrance
of flowers, in the brilliance of fire, in the sapidity
of water, in the birds, beasts, in the air, ether, in
the mind, intellect, in the heart, in the sound, in
Lord is seated equally in all beings. He is imperishable.
He is the Supervisor, Supporter, Enjoyer. He who thus
seeth, he really seeth.
firm in the vow of Brahmacharya. Control the senses
and the mind. Abandon greed. Cultivate dispassion. Make
the mind one-pointed. Sit steadily on Padma, Siddha
or Sukha or Svastika Asanas. Now meditate and practise
Yoga. You will attain Samadhi or the superconscious
you will behold the One Atman in all beings and all
beings in the Atman.
yourself. Annihilate all attachments and external sense-contacts.
Be in tune with the Infinite. Find joy in your own Atman.
You will realise Immortal, Undecaying Bliss.
the senses and mind, and sit for meditation. Do not
allow the mind to think of sensual objects. Again and
again withdraw the mind and fix it on the Lord.
established in the Eternal. Be balanced. Pain and sorrow
will not touch thee.
in the Atman. Be satisfied in the Atman. Be contented
in the Atman. Rest in Atman. Root yourself in Atman.
All your desires will be gratified. Your heart will
be filled with the Self.
is passion, motion. It causes attachment and thirst
for mundane life. Inertia is darkness. It causes heedlessness,
laziness, indolence, and sloth. Sattva is purity, harmony.
It produces peace and bliss.
Rajas predominates, Sattva and Tamas are subordinated;
when Sattva preponderates, Rajas and Tamas are subordinated.
When Tamas predominates, Sattva and Rajas are subordinated.
arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, are demoniacal
qualities. They are enemies of wisdom and devotion.
They are obstacles in the path of Yoga. Slay them ruthlessly.
food helps Yoga Sadhana. Take green gram, spinach, milk,
fruits, barley, bread, Lauki, bitter-gourd, plantain
stem and flower, and cows ghee. These augment
vitality, energy, vigour, health, joy and cheerfulness.
They are delicious, bland, substantial and agreeable.
up chillies, sour, overhot, pungent, dry, burning, too
much salted things. These are Rajasic substances, which
produce pain and sickness. Abandon them.
which is stale, putrid, corrupt, useless leavings of
a meal, eggs, fish, etc., are Tamasic foodstuff. Give
up these things also.
the Gods, the preceptor, the wise, sages, Yogis, Munis,
saints and Sannyasins, learned Brahmins. Be straightforward.
Be pure. Observe Brahmacharya. Practise Ahimsa. This
is austerity of body.
the truth. Speak that which generates love. Speak that
which is beneficent. This is austerity of speech.
equanimous. Be cheerful. Be self-controlled. Be pure
in nature. Control the thoughts. This is austerity of
glutton is unfit for Yoga. One who starves cannot practise
Yoga. Similarly, one who is filled with inertia and
so sleeps much, or one who sleeps very little and is
ever engaged in Rajasic activity is also unfit for Yoga.
Adopt the golden mean. This is the Path of the Wise.
who is alike to foe and friend, who is balanced in pleasure
and pain, heat and cold, honour and dishonour, censure
and praise, who is without attachment and egoism, who
is ever content and harmonious, who is compassionate,
who does not hate any creature, is a devotee of God-realisation.
He has crossed the three qualities.
liberated Sage is free from passion, attachment, fear,
anger, egoism. He has a balanced mind and equal vision.
one can slay or destroy this Atman or soul because It
is extremely subtle, formless. It is Spirit, not matter.
is greater than the senses. Pure Intellect is greater
than the mind. Atman is greater than the intellect.
There is nothing greater than the Atman.
is without senses, mind, Prana, quality. He is within
and without all beings. He is Immovable. He is extremely
is the Light of lights. He is beyond the three qualities.
He is a mass of wisdom. He is attainable through wisdom.
as one sun illumines the whole world, the one Brahman
illumines all intellects.
the senses and the mind. Burn all desires. Aspire fervently
and intensely. Kill fear and anger. You will attain
Liberation or the Final Beatitude.
of Brahman. Meditate on Brahman. Be devoted to Brahman.
Get merged in Brahman. Get established in Brahman, This
is Brahma-Abhyasa or Jnana-Abhyasa, or Vedantic Nididhyasana
or Ahamgraha Upasana.
ENDS ADHYATMA YOGA
is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies
all organic and inorganic matter within us.
means coiled. Her form is like a coiled serpent.
Yoga deals with the practical methods which will awaken
this great pristine force in individuals.
Yoga is an exact science. It treats of Kundalini Sakti,
the six centres of spiritual energy, Shat-Chakras, the
arousing of the sleeping Kundalini Sakti and its union
with Lord Siva in Sahasrara Chakra, at the crown of
Yoga is also known as Laya Yoga.
six centres are pierced (Chakra-Bheda) by the passing
of Kundalini Sakti to the top of the head.
Bandhas, Mudras, Pranayama help in awakening Kundalini.
Dhauti, Nauli, Bhasti, Kapalabhati and Trataka are the
Shat-Kriyas or six Yoga Kriyas.
Jalandhara-Bandha, Uddiyana-Bandha, Maha-Bandhaare
the important Bandhas.
Yoni-Mudra, Sambhavi-Mudra, Khechari Mudra, Sakti-Chalani
Mudra and Vipareeta-Karani Mudra are the important Mudras.
Sirshasana, Paschimottanasana are the important Asanas.
the Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudras under an expert,
Siddha Yogi Guru.
Guru is one who has full illumination, who is endowed
with all divine virtues, who is able to remove the doubts
of his disciples and guide them in the path of Yoga.
Guru transmits his powers to the disciple through Sankalpa
(willing), Drishti (sight), Sakti-Sanchar (touch).
Sadhaka should observe perfect discipline in diet. He
should take Sattvic food in moderation. A glutton cannot
dream of success in Yoga.
not fast much. It will produce weakness.
who has firm faith in the scriptures, who has Sadachara
(right conduct), who constantly engages himself in the
service of his Guru, who is free from lust, anger, delusion,
greed, vanity, hatred and egoism can awaken Kundalini,
attain perfection and enter into Samadhi quickly.
first step in Kundalini Yoga is the purification of
is situated between the anus and the root of the reproductive
organ. It is like the shape of an egg. It is the centre
of the astral body. The Yoga-Nadis spring from Kanda.
are the astral tubes made up of astral matter. They
carry Pranic currents.
are 72,000 Nadis. Of these, three are most important.
They are Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
when awakened will pass through Sushumna Nadi which
passes through the spinal column.
Nadi extends from Muladhara Chakra to Brahmarandra or
crown of the head.
Sushumna-Nadi flows through both nostrils, you will
have wonderful concentration and meditation.
can change the flow of breath in Ida and Pingala Nadis
through concentration on the left and right nostril,
through Khechari Mudra, etc.
you practise Pranayama vigorously, take butter and sugarcandy.
Live on a small quantity of milk.
who has Chitta-suddhi or purity of heart will be benefited
by the awakening of Kundalini Sakti.
who is addicted to sensual pleasures, who is arrogant,
proud, dishonest, untruthful, who disrespects the Guru,
Sadhus and Saints can never attain success in Kundalini
Sakti passes through the Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura,
Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna Chakras and finally enters
the Sahasrara at the crown of the head.
Yogi attains different Siddhis at each Chakra and experiences
Ananda or bliss in various degrees.
Mahima, Laghima, Garima, Prapti, Prakamya, Vasitvam,
Ishatvam are the major eight Siddhis.
(clairvoyance), Doora-Sravana (clairaudience), Manojaya
(control of the mind), Kamarupa, Parakaya Pravesha,
Iccha-Mrityu are the minor Siddhis.
the ascent of Kundalini layer after layer of the mind
becomes fully opened. The Yogi experiences various visions,
knowledge and bliss.
it reaches the Sahasrara, he gets the highest knowledge
and bliss. He reaches the highest rung in the ladder
of Yoga. He becomes free in all respects. He is a full-blown
the Yogi attains Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the state of superconsciousness.
He gets intuition. Real knowledge flashes in him.
are the signs that indicate that Kundalini has been
awakenedviz., dispassion, fearlessness, joy, ecstasy,
peace, unruffled state of mind, Siddhis or powers, contentment.
can also be awakened by devotion, strong, pure, irresistible,
dynamic will, the grace of the Guru and recitation of
Kundalini Yogi attains Bhukti (enjoyment) and Mukti
ENDS KUNDALINI YOGA
Yoga is an exact science. Mananat trayate iti
mantrahby the Manana (constant thinking
or recollection) of which one is released from the round
of births and deaths, is Mantra.
Mantra has a Rishi who gave it to the world; a Matra or
metre which governs the inflection of the voice; a Devata
or a supernatural being; the Bija or seed which gives
it a special power; the Sakti or the energy of the form
of the Mantra; and the Kilakam or the pillar which supports
and makes the Mantra strong.
Mantra is Divinity, Mantra and its presiding Devata are
one. The Mantra itself is Devata. Mantra is divine power,
Daivi Sakti, manifesting in a sound-body. Constant repetition
of the Mantra with faith, devotion and purity augments
the Sakti or power of the aspirant, purifies and awakens
the Mantra Chaitanya latent in the Mantra and bestows
on the Sadhaka Mantra Siddhi, illumination, freedom, peace,
eternal bliss, immortality.
constant repetition of the Mantra the Sadhaka imbibes
the virtues and powers of the Deity that presides over
the Mantra. Repetition of Surya Mantra bestows health,
long life, vigour, vitality, Tejas or brilliance. It removes
all diseases of the body and the diseases of the eye.
No enemy can do any harm. Repetition of Aditya-hridayam
in the early morning is highly beneficial. Lord Rama conquered
Ravana through the repetition of Aditya-hridayam imparted
by Agastya Rishi.
are in the form of praise and appeal to the deities, craving
for help and mercy. Some Mantras control and command the
evil spirits. Rhythmical vibrations of sound give rise
to forms. Recitation of the Mantras gives rise to the
formation of the particular figure of the deity.
of Sarasvati Mantra OM Sarasvatyai Namah will
bestow on you wisdom and good intelligence. You will get
inspiration and compose poems. Repetition of Om
Sri Mahalakshmyai Namah will confer on you wealth
and remove poverty. Ganesha Mantra will remove any obstacle
in any undertaking. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will remove
accidents, incurable diseases and bestow long life and
immortality. It is a Moksha Mantra too.
of Subrahmanya Mantra Om Saravanabhavaya Namah
will give success in any undertaking and make you glorious.
It will drive off the evil influences and evil spirits.
Repetition of Sri Hanuman Mantra, Om Hanumanthaya
Namah will bestow victory and strength. Repetition
of Panchadasakshara and Sodasakshara (Sri Vidya) will
give you wealth, power, freedom, etc. It will give you
whatever you want. You must learn this Vidya from a Guru
of Gayatri or Pranava or Om Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Narayanaya,
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, one and a quarter lakh of
times with Bhava, faith and devotion will confer on you
Soham, Sivoham, Aham Brahmasmi are Moksha Mantras. They
will help you to attain Self-realisation. Om Sri Ramaya
Namah, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya are Saguna Mantras
which will enable you to attain Saguna realisation first
and then Nirguna realisation in the end.
for curing scorpion stings and cobra bites should be repeated
on eclipse days for getting Mantra Siddhi quickly. You
should stand in the water and repeat the Mantra. This
is more powerful and effective. They can be recited on
ordinary days also for attaining Mantra-Siddhi.
Siddhi for curing scorpion sting, cobra bites, etc., can
be attained within 40 days. Repeat the Mantra with faith
and devotion regularly. Have sitting in the early morning
after taking bath. Observe Brahmacharya and live on milk
and fruits for 40 days or take restricted diet.
diseases can be cured by Mantras. Chanting of Mantras
generate potent spiritual waves or divine vibrations.
They penetrate the physical and astral bodies of the patients
and remove the root causes of sufferings. They fill the
cells with pure Sattva or divine energy. They destroy
the microbes and vivify the cells and tissues. They are
best, most potent antiseptics and germicides. They are
more potent than ultra-violet rays or Roentgen rays.
Siddhi should not be misused for the destruction of others.
Those who misuse the Mantra power for destroying others
are themselves destroyed in the end.
who utilise the Mantra power in curing snake bites, scorpion
stings and chronic diseases should not accept any kind
of presents or money. They must be absolutely unselfish.
They should not accept even fruits or clothes. They will
lose the power if they utilise the power for selfish purposes.
If they are absolutely unselfish, if they serve the humanity
with Sarvatma Bhava, their power will increase through
the grace of the Lord.
who attained Mantra Siddhi can cure cobra bite or scorpion
sting or any chronic disease by mere touch on the affected
part. When a man is bitten by a cobra a telegram is sent
to the Mantra Siddha. The Mantra Siddha recites the Mantra
and the man who is bitten by a cobra is cured. What a
grand marvel! Does this not prove the tremendous power
the Mantra initiation from your Guru. Or pray to your
Ishta Devata and start doing Japa of the particular Mantra,
if you find it difficult to get a Guru.
you all become Mantra Yogis with Mantra Siddhi! May you
all become real benefactors of the world by becoming divine
healers through Mantra cure! May Mantra cure, divine healing
centres be started all over the world!
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