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Paperback: xii+256 pages
ISBN: 81-7052-053-3
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SELF-KNOWLEDGE

by Swami Sivananda

Table of Contents

About This Book (Back Cover)  
Introduction v
Sri Swami Sivananda viii
   

Chapter One
UNIVERSE

 
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 India 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
Namaskar 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 231
Tattvas 233
Students of Brahma Vidya 234
Peace In Politics 237
Hints For Aspirants 238
   

Chapter Thirteen
JIVANMUKTA

 
Jivanmukta 244

About This Book

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.


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 and 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 realised 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 thoughts and 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, the 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 your 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 your 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 Atmic 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 your salvation’ O Beloved Ram, with the help of the above means and come out victorious right now in this very second.

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 utilise me for his purpose. I belong to all. I am the 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.

Sivananda

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