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Self-Knowledge

Self-Knowledge

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  • Dimensions:8.4'X 5.4
  • Edition:216
  • Author:Swami Sivananda
  • Publisher:The Divine Life Society
  • ISBN:8170520533
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:256
  • Sri Swami Sivananda

    Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitr an 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 for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

    In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life society. In 948 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 950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples and creeds. To read Swamiji's works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.

    Introduction

    The life of man in this sense-universe is a life of temptation. Man is born for Self-realisation. He is born for leading a religious life. But he is led astray by the temptations of his environments. He is spoiled by society. He has not got the strength of will to resist the temptations.

    A Deputy Commissioner said: ''O Swamiji, the world wants bread. I want bread. I care a two pence for the soul. Who wants the soul in these days? Nobody cares for spiritual matters.'' I replied him: ''You cannot live on bread alone, but you can live on OM, the symbol of Brahman. The mind wants mental food. The soul wants spiritual food.''

    The desire to attain knowledge of the Self will dawn in these proud, egoistic people only when they meet some adversities, calamities, troubles and disappointments. The desire to attain the knowledge of the Self dawns in a person who is free from desires for sense-objects. Such a man, with a pure mind alone, is competent to tread the spiritual path.

    My heart is filled with joy to see those persons who are filled with spiritual Samskaras and who are attempting for Self-realisation. Even in this iron age (Kali Yuga), when the vast majority of persons run after women and money, there are earnest and sincere young men who want God an God alone. They are exalted personages indeed My silent adorations to them.

    Are you always peaceful? Are you noble? Do you possess self-restraint? Are you endowed with divine virtues? Are you free from ignorance? Do you possess knowledge of the Self? Have you got illumination? Have you realized the immortal pure Self? How do you stand before these questions? If you have not got these things, then, come sit down and read the lessons given in this book. Therein is the message of Amrita for you all. Even if you practise a little of this, you will go beyond death, sorrow and pain.

    Life is a great battlefield. Life is a conquest. To live is to fight for the ideal and the goal. Life is a series of awakenings. You must conquer your mind and the senses. These are the real enemies. You must conquer internal and external nature. You must conquer your environments. Old evil habits, old evil Samskaras, evil Vasanas. You must fight against the antagonistic dark forces. You must resist the forces of degeneration.

    The greatest victory is the victory over the turbulent mind. The greatest battle is the inner Adhyatmic battle. The greatest hero is one who has conquered the mind.

    Become a hero. Conquer the formidable foe, this turbulent mind. Self-conquest is more than many a martyrdom. The inner fight with evil thoughts, evil Vasanas, cravings and evil Samskaras or mental impressions, is more formidable than the external war. The fight with the mind and the senses is, indeed, more terrible than the outer war.

    Be a spiritual hero in the Adhyatmic battlefield. Become a brave, undaunted, spiritual soldier. Fight against the mind, Vasanas, Trishnas, Vrittis and Samskaras boldly. Use the machine-gun of Brahma Vichara to explode the mind efficiently. Dive deep and destroy the undercurrents of passion, greed, hatred, pride and jealousy through the submarine or torpedo of Japa of OM or Soham. Soar high in the higher regions of bliss of the Self with the help of the aeroplane-Brahmakara Vritti. Use the mines of OM-chanting to explode the Vasanas that are hidden in the sea of the subconscious mind. Sometimes move the tanks of discrimination to crush you ten enemies, the ten turbulent senses. Start the Divine League and make friendship with your powerful allies viz., dispassion, fortitude, endurance, serenity, self-restraint to attack you enemy-mind. Throw the bomb of Sivoham Bhavana to destroy the big mansion of body and the idea, 'I am the body,' 'I am the doer,' 'I am the enjoyer.' Spread profusely the gas of Sattva to destroy your External enemies Rajas and Tamas quickly. 'Black-out' the mind by destroying the Vrittis, by putting out all the lights or bulbs of sense-objects so that the enemy-mind may not be able to attack you. Fight closely against your enemy-mind with your bayonet of one-pointedness (Samadhana) to get hold of the priceless treasure of the Atmi pearl. The joy of Samadhi, the bliss of Moksha, the Peace of Nirvana are now yours; whatever you may be, in whatever clime you are born, whatever might be your past life and history, work out you salvation' O Beloved Ram, with the help of the above means and come out victorious right now in this very second.

    The lessons given in this book are particularly addressed to those who have no faith in religion, god, the Law of Karma, theory of reincarnation, a life beyond and an after-world (Metempsychosis, Eschatology, etc.).

    These are the collection of the lessons given to the struggling souls in the world, to many atheists, during the last 15 years. Now they are all far advanced in the spiritual line and entirely free from the miseries and troubles of the world.

    Through the help of these lessons, many aspirants were able to remove all obstacles and pitfalls in their daily Sadhana and they received a new hope and joy in the spiritual line.

    This book is like 'Chintamani' or 'Kalpaka' tree or 'Kamadhenu' cow which will satisfy all desires of people who approach it.

    These are the lessons of love, peace and unity, my philosophy and teachings are not for the chosen few, the cultured and the wealthy alone. I am a friend of the poor, the outcaste, the sick, the oppressed, the forlorn, the guilty but penitent transgressor. I live to serve the poor, the sick and the forlorn, and also the criminal. The whole world is my body. The whole world is my home. My Message, my sayings and teachings are meant particularly to the poor, the outcaste, the sick and the oppressed. I embrace all. I include all in my warm embrace. I am a cosmic friend. Anybody can utilize me for his purpose. I belong to all. I am servant of all. I am the brother of all.

    Will you follow my instructions with implicit faith? I have given in this book a spiritual pill for all aspirants, nicely sugar-coated and compressed for ready assimilation and absorption.

    Contents
    Chapter One
    UNIVERSE Page
    Creation and Evolution 3
    What Is This World 10
    Theory of Rebirth 16
    What Is Death and How to Conquer It 19
    Moksha 23
    Chapter Two
    HINDUISM
    Hinduism 26
    True Religion 27
    Glory of Mother Indian 29
    Chapter Three
    GURU AND DISCIPLE
    Necessity for a Guru 32
    Guru and Disciple 34
    Qualifications of Aspirants 38
    Sanchita, Purushartha and Prarabdha Karmas 43
    Chapter Four
    GOD AND AVATARA
    Saguna and Nirguna Aspects of God 48
    Attributes of God 55
    The Grace of the Lord 58
    Cause for the Descent of Avatara 63
    Idol Worship 64
    Manasic Puja 70
    Chapter Five
    BHAKTI YOGA
    What Is Bhakti? 72
    Different Kinds of Bhakti 79
    Bhava in Bhakti 81
    Para Bhakti 82
    Develop Cosmic Love 88
    Who Is a Devotee? 91
    Chapter Six
    HOW TO DEVELOP BHAKTI
    How to Develop Bhakti 94
    Faith in God 107
    Prayer 110
    Namaskara 112
    Importance of Sankirtan 113
    Charity 116
    Satsanga 121
    Saranagati (Surrender) 123
    Chapter Seven
    JAPA YOGA
    Japa, the Easy Sadhana 126
    Mantras for Japa 128
    Ajapa Japa 129
    Likhita Japa 129
    Benefits of Japa 130
    Constant Japa with Bhava Needed 132
    Chapter Eight
    KARMA YOGA
    Necessity for Karma Yoga 134
    Varieties of Karma Yoga 139
    Practice of Karma Yoga 141
    Chapter Nine
    MAYA
    What Is Maya? 150
    Avidya 152
    Ahankara 154
    Chapter Ten
    BRAHMA VIDYA
    The Three Bodies (Karana, Sukshma and Sthula) 158
    The Three States 162
    Brahma Vidya (Jnana) 170
    Adhyasa (Superimposition) 173
    Chapter Eleven
    VEDANTA
    Vedanta Philosophy 179
    Teachings of Vedanta 190
    Unity in Diversity 195
    Glory of Vedanta 200
    Practice of Vedanta 202
    Meditation in Vedanta 214
    Chapter Twelve
    JNANA YOGA
    What Is Brahman? 221
    Nature of Brahman 225
    Vedantic Lore 227
    Vedanta and Other Schools 23
    Tattvas 233
    Students of Brahma Vidya 234
    Peace in Politics 237
    Hints for Aspirants 238
    Chapter Thirteen
    JIVANMUKTA
    Jivanmukta 244
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