GARLAND OF YOGA

0 Thu, 22 September 2016, 05:44

SWAMI SIVANANDA’S TEACHINGS

ūüĒĒ¬†SPIRITUAL DON’TS FOR SUCCESS ¬†IN LIFE AND GOD REALIZATION¬†ūüĒĒ

In Continuation we complete Don’ts in Discipline.

We begin the
DON’TS IN
           WAYS TO PEACE
                       AND HAPPINESS

2nd DON’T

Don’t keep in the heart any injury done by others.

“Ahimsa paramo dharmah-Non-injury is the highest of¬†all virtues.” A Sannyasi should not defend himself when he is¬†attacked. He should not use any weapon in his defence. A¬†Sannyasi is one who says: “I am not body. I am immortal Atman.”

A householder can defend himself when he is in danger; but, the householder who practises Ahimsa in thought, word and deed, should also behave like a Sannyasi. There is a hidden power in Ahimsa which protects its votaries. The invisible hand of God gives protection. There is no fear.

First control your physical body. When a man beats¬†you, keep quiet. Suppress your feelings. Follow the instructions¬†of Jesus Christ and his ‘Sermon on the Mount.’ Says Jesus: “If a¬†man beats you on one cheek, tum to him the other cheek also. If¬†a man takes your coat, give him your shirt also.” This is very¬†difficult in the beginning. The old Samskaras of revenge, “tooth¬†for tooth,” “tit for tat,” “eye for an eye,” and “paying in the same¬†coin,” will all force you to retaliate the man. But, you will have¬†to wait coolly. Reflect and meditate. Do Vichara. The mind will¬†become calm.

The opponent who is very furious will also become calm, because he does not get any opposition from your side. He gets astonished and terrified also, because you stand like a sage. By and by, you will gain immense strength. Keep the ideal before you. Try to get at it with faltering steps. Have a clear-cut mental image of Ahimsa and its immeasurable advantages..
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Hari OM Tat Sat

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