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Swami Sivananda Quotes

Posted Mar 03 2009 3:56pm
LIFE AND DEATH

Death is only a process by which life is continued. Death is not
annihilation of the self. Hence do not be afraid of death. Death is
for the better; it is a blessing. Therefore grieve not. Life is
impossible without death. Death is just another aspect of life. Until
the proper time comes, one's death does not take place, however
serious the disease or accident may seem. When the right time comes,
then one can die by the edge of a straw!

Life is a lightning flash of breath. Time is but a thunder-clap of
death. The doctrine of reincarnation is indeed a great solace to
humanity in so far as it shows a way out from eternal damnation in
hell.

When the lust for life ceases, no further rebirth will take place.
One power works through all hands, sees through all eyes and hears
through all ears. All humanity is one in substance. The same flesh
and the same blood form the body of an American, an Englishman, an
African and an Indian. The instincts and longings are common to all
creatures. This indicates the oneness of all forms of life.

Experiments have revealed life in stone, in wood and in minerals.
They have established the unity of consciousness or the unity of all
life. Prana (energy) is the driving power of the world. Force is
energy. Spiritual force is the saving power. It is the greatest of
all forces. It can control all physical and mental forces.

Physical science is objective and hence cannot lead to absolute
truth. There is a soul behind mind and nature and will. Soul is the
divine essence. The conception of the unity of God is the pivot
around which all other doctrines revolve. No religion, no nation, no
scheme or reform, nor plan for the future of the world, will endure
if it is not based on genuine faith in God. We all belong to one and
the same family, to one and the same house, that of the Supreme Lord -
the creator, the nourisher and the sustainer.

When you look at a tree or a shrub, a Sikh or a Muslim, endeavour to
behold, behind the veil of form, the real hidden consciousness. If
you do this for some time, you will feel inexpressible joy. All
hatred will cease. You will develop cosmic love, or unity of
consciousness. This will be a magnanimous experience.

-Sivananda
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