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  • Dimensions:8.6' X 5.6'
  • Edition:2004
  • Author:Swami Sivananda
  • Publisher:The Divine Life Society
  • ISBN:8170520142
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:232
  • Publishers' Note:

    The nectar-like of His Holiness. Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, the incomparable saint of the Himalayas, famous in song and legend, are too well-known to the intelligent public as well as to the earnest aspirant of knowledge Divine. Their aim and object is nothing but emancipation from the wheel of births and deaths through absorption of the Jiva with the supreme Soul. Now, this emancipation can be had only through right knowledge.

    It is an undisputed fact that it is almost a herculean task for the man in the street, blinded as he is by worldly desires of diverse kinds, to forge his way to realisation of God. Not only is it his short-sightedness that stands in the way but innumerable other difficulties and obstacles hamper the progress onward towards the goal. He is utterly helpless the someone who has successfully trodden the path, comes to his aid or rescue, takes him by the hand, leads him safely through the inextricable traps and pitfalls of worldly temptation and desires, and finally brings him to his destination which is the crowning glory of the be-all and end-all of life, where all suffering ceases and all quest comes to an end. This realisation is nothing but the knowing of the self as the real self, the one without a second.

    This volume is, as the title will show, a book that has been carefully prepared for the benefit of those who are intricately placed in life that they cannot read of the path of renunciation or Sannyasa. Certainly, unless one cleanses the augean stables of his mind an expurgates all impurities through selfless and disinterested service while living amid the toil and moil of the world, he will find himself in a fool's paradise, when he puts on the second orange-coloured garb to follow the path of renunciation. So one has to do Karma Yoga first ceaselessly and untiringly, and develop all noble qualities such as cosmic love, endurance, nobility and Brahmachary a, and thus equip himself for the great ensuing battle royal, and finally come out the victor.

    The present work. Practice of Karma Yoga, coming as it does, from the inspired and enlightened pen of Swami Sivanandaji, is, as usual, a safe and sound guide to reach the goal in view of the aspirant. Those who have had the good fortune to know of Sri SwamiSivanandaji and his writings-from the biggest volume to the sixteen-page pamphlet distributed free to those who ask the those who do not ask-will agree with us how infallible his writings are, how simple and lucid is the language he employs in order that what he writes may be accessible not only to the university graduate, but also to him or her who ahs a working knowledge of English, and how sincere and earnest the author is in his unquenchable thirst to be even a 'particle' of service to his brethren. Pregnant with the magnetism of a Jivanmukta or liberated sage, they cannot but uplift the seeker after Truth to ineffable heights of spiritual glory, bliss and peace.


    About the Author:

    Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

    His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

    It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

    In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.


    Publishers' Note v
    Preface vii
    Only God I Saw x
    Universal Prayer xii
    Siva Manasa Pooja xiii
    Introduction xv
    Chapter One
    Who is God? 3
    Yoga of Service 4
    What Is Karma? 10
    Right and Wrong Action 10
    Nishkamya Karma Yoga 11
    Karma Yoga: A Means to Knowledge 14
    Qualifications of a Karma Yogi 14
    Work Is Worship 16
    Yoga of Equanimity 20
    Poised Reason 23
    Work without any Motive 23
    No Loss in Karma Yoga 25
    Health and Yoga 27
    Secret of Karma Yoga 31
    Chapter Two
    Law of Karma 36
    Laws of Causation 43
    Law of Action and Reaction 47
    Law of Compensation 49
    Law of Retribution 51
    Law of Resistance 54
    Chapter Three
    What Is Svadharma? 57
    Duties of Man 67
    The Three Gunas 71
    Karma Indriyas 75
    The Pseudo-Karma Yogi 78
    Mithyachara 80
    Instructions to Aspirants 81
    Chapter Four
    Free Will 96
    Philosophy of Right and Wrong 98
    As You Sow, So Shall You Reap 101
    Man Can Outgrow Environments 103
    Man Is the Master of His Destiny 106
    Gleanings 108
    Free Will Versus Fatalism 109
    Chapter Five
    Karma 113
    Doctrine of Reincarnation 118
    Lawful and Forbidden Actions 124
    Three Kinds of Karma 127
    Sin Is a Mistake Only 129
    Secrets of Karma 130
    Karma in the Jain Philosophy 134
    Purushartha Versus Prarabdha 136
    Conduct 137
    Chapter Six
    The Four Paths 138
    Live up to Your Ideal 139
    Karma Nishtha 141
    Transcend the Dvandvas 143
    Naishkarmya 143
    Meditation and Action 144
    Kill Desire 145
    Sannyasins, Wake up 148
    Practice of Brahmacharya 152
    Glory of Brahmacharya 159
    Practical Instructions 161
    Importance of Brahmacharya 166
    Fashion: a Terrible Curse 168
    Control of Smoking Habit 171
    Meat-Eating 173
    Gambling 175
    Chapter Seven
    The Wheel of the Universe 177
    Scope for Personal Exertion 182
    Prakriti Does Everything 184
    Action and Inaction 185
    Action and Actor 187
    Self-surrender 187
    Karma Yoga Better than Renunciation 188
    Chapter Eight
    Tiruvalluvar 191
    Story of a Bania 193
    Raja Gopichand 194
    Story of a Pandit 194
    The Jolly Ant 195
    Raja Janaka 195
    An Ideal Karma-Jnana-Yogi 196
    Highest Self-sacrifice 199
    Story of a Bird 200
    Special Instructions for Karma Yogis 202
    Manu Smriti 203
    Spiritual Diary 204

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