Friday, May 18, 2012

HOW FREE AM I ! Sivananda's Poem



HOW FREE AM I!
Sivananda's Poem



O free, O gloriously free,
Am I in freedom from birth and death,
From pain, sorrow, Karma and Nescience;
All that dragged me back is rent asunder.

How free am I,
How thoroughly free from cares and anxieties!
It is the grace of the Lord.
I am purged now of all impurities,
I dwell in the abode of silence,
Nothing can disturb or distract me.

I have won, I have won!
The wave of bliss sweeps over me now,
The breath of freedom sweeps over me now.
Nityamukta Svarupoham,
I am eternally free Rasa or essence.

No bending, no kneeling,
No "Good morning, Sir",
No "Ji Huzur, sir",
No "Obedient servant",
No "I beg to remain";
But I am Emperor of the three worlds,
Atma Samrat, Svarat, Self-king.

Suddhoham, Buddhoham, Niranjanoham,
Samsara Maya Parivarijitoham.
Pure, fully illumined, spotless,
Free from the taints of Samsara am I.
-- Sri Swami Sivananda






a) Karma - Cause and Effect 
 b) Nitaymukta Svarupoham - I am the Eternally Liberated Self
c) Rasa - Essence
d) Atma Samrat, Svarat - Self King.
e) Suddhoham, Buddhoham, Niranjanoham - I am Purity, Wisdom, Perfection
f) Samsara Maya Parivarijitoham - I am victorious over the illusion world of rebirth



Peace, love, harmony



Saturday, May 12, 2012

ABHYASA

ABHYASA  by Swami Sivananda


Abhyasa or practice is the effort to secure steadiness of the modifications of the mind.

1.      The effort to restrain all the Vrittis of the mind and to make the mind steady like the jet of a lamp in a windless place is called Abhyasa.
2.      To drive back the mind to its source—Hridaya Guha and get it absorbed in Atman is Abhyasa. 
3.      To make the mind inward and to destroy all its outgoing tendencies is Abhyasa.

And this practice should be done for a long time without any break and with perfect devotion.

Through Abhyasa you will have to change the outgoing Vishaya Vrittis of the mind.

Without the Vrittis of the mind you cannot enjoy sensual objects, and if the Vrittis along with Samskaras are controlled Manonasa or the annihilation of the mind follows.

Abhyasa becomes fixed and steady when practised for a long time without any break and with perfect devotion.

Constant, steady application is indispensable for perfect control of the mind and attainment of Asamprajnata Samadhi which alone can fry all the seeds of Samskaras.

Therefore, constant and intense practice is needed for a long time. Then alone the wandering mind will come under your perfect control.

Then alone wherever it is directed it will be ever at rest.

Without practice nothing can be achieved. The practice should be accompanied by perfect faith and devotion.

If there is no faith and regularity, success is impossible. Abhyasa should be continued till you get perfection.

FOUR POINTS FOR MEMORY IN SADHANA
  1. REMEMBER THE PAINS OF SAMSARA - will produce Vairagya
  2. REMEMBER DEATH.                            - will produce Vairagya
  3. REMEMBER THE SAINTS.                     - will bring inspiration.
  4. REMEMBER GOD.                                - will cause attainment of God-consciousness

Peace, love, harmony