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About Sivananda



Sivananda Saraswati (1887 – 1963)  was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. Sivananda was born Kuppuswami in Pattamadai, in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. He studied medicine and served in British Malaya as a physician for several years before taking up monasticism. Wikipedia

  

Quotes by Sivananda

Sivananda (quotes)

  • Life is a series of awakenings
  • Giving is the secret of abundance.
  • Fewer the thoughts, greater the peace.
  • You are the Master of your own Destiny
  • Change the mind, and you can change the body.
  • An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory!
  • Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.
  • Illness begins with “I”, Wellness begins with “we
  • Tolerance is a sign of growth on the spiritual path
  • Love beautifies the giver and elevates the receiver.
  • To make the mind obey you is a spiritual discipline.
  • Conquer your thoughts and you will conquer the world.
  • Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.
  • Don’t fear the darkness if you carry the light within.
  • Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
  • Intuition transcends reason, but does not contradict it
  • When all desires of heart die, mortal man becomes Immortal.
  • Live in the present, forget the past. Give up hopes of future.
  • Fame is the penalty of success. Jealousy is the penalty of fame.
  • God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction.
  • You are already free. You only have to know and realize this truth.
  • Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart.
  • Man is a bridge between the two worlds – the visible and the invisible.
  • Beauty is essentially spiritual. The authentic beauty lies in the heart.
  • Man needs now no more degrees, but character, No more study, but wisdom.
  • Your duty is to treat everybody with love as a manifestation of the Lord.
  • The secret of life is in love the love of God and the service of humanity.
  • If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
  • Fear is only in duality. Fear is Mind. When you are your Self, there is no fear.
  • That man who is regular and punctual will get sure success in all walks of life.
  • Terrible is the fight put up by the senses. Fight bravely! Conquer them you must.
  • Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now!
  • It is Maya that makes you feel, This man is inferior and the other man is superior.
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness.
  • This world is your body. This world is a great school, This world is your silent teacher.
  • When you have succeeded in enshrining God within your heart, you will see Him everywhere.
  • Your sole purpose in life is to attain God-realization. All else is useless and worthless.
  • Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
  • The practice of ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayama’ wards off disease and helps to maintain alertness.
  • It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
  • Man is not a creature of circumstances. His thoughts are the architects of his circumstances.
  • Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.
  • Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.
  • Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.
  • Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’.
  • Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.
  • The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.
  • The language of silence is the language of God, the language of silence is the language of the heart.
  • You should always keep your word. All the setbacks in life come only because you don’t keep your word.
  • Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.
  • The mind is responsible for the feelings of pleasure and pain. Control of the mind is the highest Yoga.
  • There is some truth in everything. Views and opinions are different aspects. Do not quarrel with others.
  • Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
  • The mind is a product of experience. It is the result of past thinking and is modified by present thinking.
  • Pain, sorrow, ignorance are all illusory; they cannot live. Bliss, joy, knowledge are true; they cannot die.
  • The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.
  • Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
  • There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
  • Never worry about what other people say or think. Do the right. Have a clear conscience and roam about happily.
  • There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
  • The inward battle–against our mind, our wounds, and the residues of the past–is more terrible than outward battle.
  • Individual Peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.
  • Be for ever a student. He and he alone is an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more knowledge.
  • Be tolerant. Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions. Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all.
  • Blessed is he who keeps daily diary and compares the work of this week with that of the last, for he will realize God quickly!
  • Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.
  • The spiritual path is very, very easy for a man of determination, patience, endurance, self-sacrifice, dispassion and a strong will.
  • Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
  • Thoughts are giant-powers. They are more powerful than electricity. They control your life, mould your character, and shape your destiny.
  • Modern civilisation is complicated and artificial. Simple folk live in a world of love and peace. Let no one hate another or harm another.
  • Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.
  • Faith is a belief in the unknown. Faith heals, faith creates, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains. Faith is the searchlight for God-finding.
  • The human intellect has not been able to conceive of anything more noble and sublime in the history of the world than the teachings of the Upanishads.
  • Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
  • Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives – does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve.
  • An evil man is a saint of the future. See good in everything. Destroy the evil-finding quality. Develop the good-finding quality. Rise above good and evil.
  • Faith induces one to pray.Prayer purifies the heart.In the purified heart is reflected the light of Lord.When the Light sighns the mortal becomes immortal.
  • Be Good, Do Good.Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done, for by performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme.
  • Patient and regular practice is the whole secret of spiritual realization. Do not be in a hurry in spiritual life. Do your utmost, and leave the rest to God.
  • Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
  • Meditation is the royal road to the attainment of freedom, a mysterious ladder that reaches from earth to heaven, darkness to light, mortality to Immortality.
  • Learn to give, give in plenty, give with love, give without any expectation, one does not lose anything by giving, on the other hand you get back a thousand fold.
  • Why do you read many books? The great book is within your heart. Open the pages of this inexhaustible book, the source of all knowledge. You will know everything.
  • Let a man lift himself by his own Self alone, let him not lower himself; for the Self alone is the friend of oneself and this Self alone is the enemy of oneself (5).
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
  • Music is the medium for expressing emotion. Music kindles love and infuses hope. It has countless voices and instruments. Music is in the hearts of all men and women
  • If you do not find peace within, you will not find it anywhere else. The Goal of Life is the attainment of Peace and not the achievement of power, name, fame and wealth.
  • Do not store in your brain useless information. Learn to unmind the mind. Unlearn whatever has been of no use to you. Then only can you fill your mind with divine thoughts.
  • Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. You are born for this only; all other duties are self-created and self-imposed owing to ignorance.
  • A wise person laughs and smiles through the eyes. . . . The smile and laughter through the eyes influence people tremendously. No energy leaks if you smile through the eyes.
  • Common sense is the fundamental factor in all spiritual disciplines. No rule is an eternal rule. Rules change from place to place, time to time and from one condition to another condition.
  • Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
  • Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.
  • Mind, Prana and Veerya are one. By controlling the mind, you can control Prana and semen. By controlling Prana you can control the mind and semen. By controlling semen, you can control the mind and Prana.
  • Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad
  • Regular meditation opens the avenues of intuitional knowledge,  makes the mind calm and steady,  awakens an ecstatic feeling,  and brings the practitioner in contact  with the source of his/her very being.
  • Your thoughts should agree with your words, and the words should agree with your actions. In this world people think one thing, say another thing, and do something else. This is horrible. This is crookedness.
  • Look within. Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal soul. Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure. Within you is the ocean of bliss. Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain.
  • Eating, drinking. sleeping, pro-creating. A little laughter, a lot of tears. Is this all there is to life? Don’t die like a worm on the surface of the planet. WAKE UP and be all that you can be, you are so much more than that.
  • Look within. Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal soul.  Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure.  Within you is the ocean of bliss.  Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain.
  • If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
  • Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury. It is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is true strength.
  • If you focus the rays of the sun through a lens, they can burn cotton or a piece of paper; but, the scattered rays cannot do this act. If you collect the dissipated rays of the mind and focus them at a point, you will have wonderful concentration.
  • Make others truly happy as you strive to make yourself happy. Speak a helpful word. Give a cheering smile. Do a kind act. Serve a little. Wipe the tears of one who is in distress. Render smooth a rough place in another’s path. You will feel great joy.
  • The difficulty in weaning the mind from worldly thoughts, from external objects, and fixing it on God is the same as in making the Ganga flow towards Gangotri instead of its natural flow towards Ganga-Sagar. It is like rowing against the current of the Yamuna.
  • You create your future by your thoughts now; if you think nobly, you will be noble in conduct. If you think basely no environment will make you different. Thus, thoughts and actions are interdependent. Be vigilant and allow only good thoughts in your mental field.
  • A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
  • A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.
  • Adhere To – Faith, Unity, Sacrifice. Avoid – Back-biting, Falsehood and Crookedness. Admire – Frankness, Honesty, and Large-heartedness. Control – Tongue, Temper, and Tossing of the mind. Cultivate – Cosmic Love, Forgiveness and Patience. Hate – Lust, Anger, and Pride.
  • Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only you can manifest it externally. Then only, those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony.
  • Kind thoughts increase the flow of vital energy into your body and mind. Do kind acts now. Do not procrastinate. Kindness is like a healing balm. It soothes suffering… Little drops of water make the mighty ocean. Even so, little acts of kindness make an ocean of goodwill.
  • Truth is complete in itself. Truth has a strong foundation in itself. It is bold, it has no fears. It has no limit of space or time. It is a fearless, free bird in the sky. It does not care for status. It is wealth in itself. Truth stands even when there is no public support.
  • Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. Learn to become wise. Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy. The real spiritual progress of the meditator is measured by the extent to which they achieve inner tranquility and freedom from desire.
  • You are not bound. You have got free will. You cannot change the experiences, the results of Prarabdha but you can change your future by right thinking and right action and thus make your will pure and irresistible. You can attain Self-realisatio n with the help of a dynamic will.
  • To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind’s concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation.
  • Give up all sorts of fears, worries, anxieties and cares. Do not be disheartened by failures and setbacks. Draw strength and courage from God dwelling in the chamber of your heart. Pain is the best thing in the world. It is an eye-opener. It awakens your dormant faculties. Never forget this.
  • You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.
  • Never worry. Be ever cheerful. Always laugh and smile. You can use the following powerful autosuggestion: “Mr. Worry, goodbye to you. I am a different person now. I am made of sterner stuff.” Worry will now be afraid to show his face to you. You can then remove the worries of many of your friends.
  • Every temptation that is resisted, every evil thought that is curbed, every desire that is subdued, every bitter word that is withheld, every noble aspiration that is encouraged, every sublime thought that is cultivated, adds to the development of will-force, good character, and attainment of eternal bliss and immortality.
  • Isavasyamidam Sarvam: every content of the universe is throbbing with the Life of the Lord. Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Smile with the shrubs, ferns and twigs. Develop friendship with all neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings, trees, in fact, with all nature’s creations. You will have a perfect and rich life.
  • Give up salt, give up sugar, give up spices, give up vegetables, give up chutnies, give up tamarind. Serve Bhangis, serve rogues, serve inferiors, remove faecal matter. Do not revenge, resist not evil, return good for evil, bear insult and injury. Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
  • This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!
  • Money can help you to get medicines but not health. Money can help you to get soft pillows, but not sound sleep. Money can help you to get material comforts, but not eternal bliss. Money can help you to get ornaments, but not beauty. Money will help you to get an electric earphone, but not natural hearing. Attain the supreme wealth, wisdom; you will have everything.
  • Peace is the most covetable possession on the earth. It is the greatest treasure in all the universe. Peace is the most important and indispensable factor for all growth and development. It is in the tranquility and quiet of the night that the seed slowly sprouts from under the soil. The bud opens in the depth of the most silent hours. So also, in a state of peace and love, people evolve, grow in their distinctive culture, and develop perfect civilization.
  • How will you get God’s grace? When you discipline yourself. How will you know how to discipline? By observing others that had walked the path successfully to the goal of perfection. Who are these men who had walked to the goal? It is these that are known as Gurus. So you need their help, their personal example, their encouragement and their grace. Thus, we have come round to the answer that a Guru is necessary as well as his grace. Everything is necessary– Atma Kripa, Guru Kripa and Isvara Kripa.
  • The divine within you is stronger than anything that is without you. Therefore, be not afraid of anything. Rely on your own Inner Self, the Divinity within you. Tap the source through looking within. Improve yourself. Build your character. Purify the heart. Develop the divine virtues. Eradicate evil traits. Conquer all that is base in you. Endeavor to attain all that is worthy and noble. Make the lower nature the servant of the higher through discipline, Tapas, self-restraint and meditation. This is the beginning of your freedom.
  • The energy that is wasted during one sexual intercourse is tantamount to the energy that is spent in physical labour for ten days or the energy that is utilized in mental work for three days. Mark how precious is the vital fluid, semen! Do not waste this energy. Preserve it with great care. You will have wonderful vitality. When Veerya is not used, it is all transmuted into Ojas Sakti or spiritual energy and stored up in the brain. Western doctors know little of this salient point. Most of your ailments are due to excessive seminal wastage.