Friday, March 02, 2012

Swami Sivananda

Courage is thy birthright, but not fear;
Peace is thy divine heritage, but not restlessness.
Immortality is thy birthright, but not mortality;
Strength, but not weakness; health, but not disease;
Bliss, but not sorrow;
Knowledge, but not ignorance
Pain, sorrow and ignorance are illusory;
these cannot live.
Bliss, joy and knowledge are true;
these cannot die.
You are the architect of your own fate.
You are the master of your own destiny.
You can do and undo things.
You sow an action and reap a tendency.
You sow a tendency and reap a habit.
You sow a habit and reap your character.
You sow your character and reap your destiny.
Therefore, destiny is your own creation.
You can undo it if you like-destiny is a bundle of habits.
Purushartha is self-exertion.
Purushartha can give you anything.
Change your habits.
Change the mode of thinking.
You can conquer destiny.
You are now thinking: "I am the body." Start the spiritual anti-current and think: "I am immortal, diseaseless, sexless Atman."
You can conquer death and attain the immortal seat of supreme splendour.
By virtuous deeds and right thoughts you can disarm destiny. You have a free-will to act.
By self-exertion, Ratnakar became Valmiki. By self-exertion, Markandeya conquered death.
By self-exertion alone did Uddalaka attain Nirvikalpa Samadhi (higher realisation).
By self-exertion, Savitri brought back her husband (Satyavan) to life.
Therefore, apply yourself tenaciously, O Prema, to Atmic enquiry and meditation.
Be vigilant and diligent.
Kill the thoughts and desires.
Overcome tomorrow's evil by today's self-exertion.
Destroy unholy desires (Asubha Vasanas) through holy desires (Subha Vasanas).
Slay unholy thoughts by holy thoughts, and gain victory over your destiny.
Do not yield to fatalism. Do not become impotent.
Stand like a lion.
Exert and attain independence or Atma Svarajya.
There is a magazine of power within you.

There is a vast ocean of knowledge within you.
All faculties are latent in you.
Unfold them and become a Jivanmukta (liberated soul).Positive overcomes the negative.
This is the immutable law of nature.
Purushartha (self-exertion) is a mightier power.
Purushartha is the lion or the elephant.
Prarabdha (destiny) is the cat or the jackal. God helps those who help themselves. Vasishtha asked Rama to do Purushartha.
Fatalism will certainly induce inertia and laziness.
Therefore, gird up your loins and exert yourself to the utmost, O Prema.May you all attain Self-realisation or Brahma Jnana in this very birth!
May you all live immersed in the ocean of bliss in an illumined state!
May you shine as liberated sages! "

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