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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Yoga Sadhana - Poems on mind-conquest by Swami Sivananda

Shave the mind - Swami Sivananda

This is real shaving for saints, Sadhus and Swamis.

This makes the man perfectly clean and clear.

This constitutes real Tyaga or Sannyasa,
Shave the mind with the crop-razor, discrimination;
Shave the mind with safety razor, of Vichara;
Shave the mind with the Gillette blade of meditation.

Use the strap of dispassion for sharpening the razor,
Use the oil of Satsang for sharpening it in the whetstone.

Shaving the Vasanas is only partial face shaving.

Shaving Raga-Dvesha is also partial shaving.

Shaving the egoism entirely is full shaving.

Dattatreya and Mansoor shaved their minds well.

Ramdas and Kabir shaved only their minds.

Shaving the head is indeed nothing, nothing.

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Mental Pose - Swami Sivananda

Mental pose is mor eimportant than the physical pose;
It is more difficult than the practice of Asanas.

Keep the mind also steady and fixed it on the Lakshya.

Keep it in a balanced state.

Let is not sink down or jump with emotion.

Be always serene, tranquil and calm.

Fill it with joy, cheerfulness and zeal.

Curb the thoughts, desires and cravings.

Annihilate likes and dislikes and building castles in the air.

When the mind is more steady and poised,
The physical pose also will be perfect and steady.

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Slay the mind - Swami Sivananda

How can I rely on this world!

It has no real existence,
The body is like froth or a bubble.

Everything is perishable;
Kings, poets, scientists,
Have been reduced to dust.

This world is but a long dream.

Days and nights are passing away;
The senses and mind are deceiving.

I have detected the dacoit.

That dacoit is the mind;
It cannot deceive me now.

I have slain the mind
With the sword of discrimination.

I have bound out the Atmic Pearl;
I enjoy the bliss of eternal;
Sivoham, Sivoham, Sivoham.

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The mind-river - Swami Sivananda

Mind-river flows steadily
In two directions.

It runs along the plane of discrimination;
Now the desires are thinned out;
The aspirant attains desirelessness.

He reaches the goal of Moksha.
He attains immortality and freedom.

It also runs along the plane of objects;
Now desires are intensified;
The mind falls into the abyss of ignorance
And perishes.

O man! allow the mind-river
To run towards the ocean of eternal bliss,
Through the practice of dispassion, discrimination and meditation.

And be happy forever.

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Sadhana for mind control - Swami Sivananda

If you give up reading newspapers,
If you abandon playing cards,
If you reduce your time spent
In playing tennis, football and billiards,
You will have ample time to do Sadhana.

Mind is very treacherous;
If you think, when the alarm rings at 4 a.m.,
I will get up after 10 minutes,
You will never get up.
You will sleep till 8 a.m.

If you begin to take a few raisins
When you fast on Ekadasi,
The determination will slacken;
You will try to take some plantains, milk,
Then, two laddus, half a seer of milk, etc.

Therefore be firm in your determination.

Come what may, stick to your resolve.

Be adamant; do not give a long rope to the mind;
Cut all temptations in one stroke.

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