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The Nature of Fear

Satsang by Swami Sivananda Saraswati Fear is universal. It is an instinct common to everyone. Fear can come at any time. Fear is an emotion excited by threatening evil or impending pain, accompanied by a desire to avoid or escape it and to provide for one's security. There are various degrees ...

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Thought Builds Character

Satsang by Swami Sivananda Every thought of yours has literal value to you in every possible way. The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success in life, and the pleasures you give to others by your company- all depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts. ...

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Guru Bhakti

Satsang by Swami Sivananda   Intense devotion to one’s guru and faithful adherence to his teachings are the most essential qualifications of true discipleship. It is this shraddha, faith, and gurubhakti, devotion to guru, that bring about rapid spiritual progress and fruition of one’s sadhana. A disciple without devotion to his guru ...

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Love means Sacrifice

Swami Satyananda Love is most difficult to practice, but hatred is easy. To be false is so natural. Love gives rise to exemplary behavior in man, while hatred causes obnoxious behavior. I am not talking of love between a man and woman here, although that is also an act of love, ...

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The Yoga of Equanimity

Swami Sivananda “Perform action, O Arjuna, being steadfast in yoga, abandoning attachment and balanced in success or failure.  Such equanimity is called yoga.” (Bhagavad Gita, 2:48) Samatvam is equanimity of mind and outlook, equipoise. It is being able to keep the mind steady and balanced in all the conditions of life.  It ...

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Dhyana

Satsang by Swami Satyananda Spiritual clarification is what people throughout the world want today. When everything has been said, the last words remain, 'What to do?' We have to plunge ourselves into the art and act of meditation. In yoga, meditation is known as dhyana yoga; this is the technical word ...

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Introspection and Contemplation

Swami Sivananda Saraswati One who practices daily introspection and self-analysis can discover his defects and habits and remove them. This is very patient work. Through introspection, an aspirant gains knowledge of the laws and ways of the mind and can easily check its wanderings and manage it perfectly. During introspection, the ...

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Self Purification

 Satsang by Swami Satyananda Pratyahara is conscious introversion, withdrawal of the mind and senses. Patanjali, the author of yogic philosophy, calls pratyahara 'retreat' or 'return'. This important part of human life must be understood by everyone. At night during sleep the consciousness is withdrawn, disassociated from external objects, and we are ...

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Have Faith, and Practise

Satsang by Swami Sivananda Spiritual progress depends on faith - faith in God, faith in the scriptures, faith in the guru. Faith is the basis of all progress. Even material progress, inventions and discoveries depend upon faith - faith in oneself. Men have travelled in space. If the scientists who had ...

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Guru-Disciple relationship

Satsang by Swami Satyananda Just as people around the world observe All Saints Day or All Souls Day in India on Guru Poornima we celebrate All Gurus Day. Poornima is the full moon which represents the highest point of realization, when the light shines in absolute and utter darkness. Guru is ...

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