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Swami Sivananda Quotes

Posted Mar 03 2009 3:56pm

Go wherever you like. Go to Kashmir, to Darjeeling, to Vienna or the
Alps, you will not find any real rest.

The charming scenery may soothe the retina for a few seconds but raga
(attraction) , dvesha (aversion), jealousy, passion and greed are
everywhere. You will find the same earth, the same sky, the same air,
the same water everywhere. You carry the same mind with you
everywhere. Imagination and change of place have deceived many
people. Be contented. Live wherever you like - but discipline the
mind and the senses ceaselessly. Meditate on the inner self (antar-
atman) ceaselessly. Here you will find everlasting peace. The mind
will stop deceiving you now.

If you do not have sustained vairagya (dispassion) , you will find no
improvement or progress in spirituality. Vows, austerities, energy
and meditation will leak out like water from a cracked pot.

You have spent eight hours in sleep and the rest in idle gossiping,
telling lies, deceiving others, in selfish activities and in gaining
money. How do you expect any spiritual good?

How do you expect immortality if you do not spend even half an hour
in the service of God, in singing His name and in divine
contemplation? Is there pain or is there pleasure in this world? If
there is pleasure, why do young educated men retire to the forests?
If there is pain, why do young men run after wealth, position and

Ah! Mysterious is maya (illusion). Mysterious is moha (delusion)! Try
to understand the riddle of life and the riddle of the universe.
Acquire viveka (wisdom). Have satsang (holy company). Enquire into
the nature of the atman.

Study the Yoga Vasishta and the Upanishads. Then you will have a
comprehensive understanding of the problems of life. There is not one
iota of happiness in this world.

Renounce this world. Renounce the desire for moksa (liberation) .
Renounce renunciation itself. Then you will become that.
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