Monthly Archives: January 2017

Makara Sankranti by Swami Sivananda Saraswati

0 Thu, 26 January 2017, 13:42
SALUTATIONS and adorations to the Supreme Lord, the primordial power that divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun-God, who on this great day embarks on his northward journey. The Sanskrit term “Shankramana” means “to begin to move”. The day on which the sun begins to move northwards is called Makara Shankranti. It usually falls in Continue Reading...
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makar sankranti swami satyananda saraswati

0 Thu, 26 January 2017, 13:41
Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January all over India. In some places it is called Khichadi Sankranti, in some Til Sankranti, at others Pongal. In South India it is called Pongal, and pongal means khichadi. On this day in Kerala, people gather together at temples, set up stoves and cooking vessels and prepare pongal. There are prayers and the Continue Reading...
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Daily Readings

0 Tue, 24 January 2017, 06:17
Aids to Success Develop equal-vision. Live in the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita: “Sages look equally on a brahmana (holy one) adorned with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, a dog and even an outcast.” Where is superiority and inferiority when you behold the Self everywhere? Change your angle of vision and rest in peace. The heart must Continue Reading...
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0 Sun, 22 January 2017, 08:34
Don’t Be Weak Shyness is a great hindrance in life. It is a form of timidity or low fear. Almost all boys have got this weakness – and yet this is a feminine quality. Shyness manifests when one is in the wrong path. Every woman knows that the goal of life is God-realisation, and yet she engages herself in sexual Continue Reading...
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0 Fri, 20 January 2017, 05:47
Be Courageous Man creates trouble and misery for himself. Give up all sorts of fears. Stand up like a lion. Draw courage from within. There are many people who are so timid that they will not move around at night. Even when they see a cat at night, they tremble. What a shame. They are embodiments of timidity. They are Continue Reading...
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0 Thu, 19 January 2017, 06:42
Fear Fear is a great human curse. It is your worst enemy. Fear assumes many forms and blights many lives. But a calm mind brings courage. Then you will face the trials and difficulties of the spiritual path without fear. Fearlessness is a divine quality. What is fear? It is an imaginary zero; it is maya’s deception. It is a Continue Reading...
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0 Wed, 18 January 2017, 06:12
Observe Silence Use measured words in talking. Do not talk much. Try to finish a conversation within a few minutes. Understand the nature of the man rightly. When he enters your office or house for an interview, speak politely and with great respect for the man. Then send him away immediately and conserve your energy. Do not indulge in long Continue Reading...
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0 Mon, 16 January 2017, 07:59
Man of Self-Control Men of self-control become sinless and fearless. They acquire great results. Every sort of excitement is effortlessly controlled by self-control. The enemies of the self-controlled man are seen by him – they are lust, anger, desire – as if they dwell in a separate body. The self-controlled man becomes desirous of liberation. He quietly bears present joys Continue Reading...
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0 Sun, 15 January 2017, 07:17
Self-Reliance Pure reason urges a man to do what is the best. The asuric (lower) nature of man fights and struggles against the higher nature of the man. The impulses of a man who has not undergone the ethical disciplines run counter to his reason. All advice, all rebuke and exhortation, all admonition found in the scriptures of the world Continue Reading...
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