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  • In the three Yogas dealt, with in this vо lum e — Ta n t ra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga —the read т would not fail to notice the hallmark of Sri Swami Sivananda'.-teachings ; they are cent per cent practical and at once inspire the reader to take up the Sadhana. It is our с most hope that ev;ry aspirant into whose hands Ben; -л Providence places this preeio is treasure will profit by it. by diligently practising it and ultimately attaining Self-realisation, the goal of all human endeavour.
  • BOOK ONE
  • TANTRA YOGA
  • TANTRA YOGA, NADA YOGA AND KRIYA YOGA ч
    • published by. THE YOGA-VEDANTA FOREST UNIVERSITY
  • ananda kutir p.o. sivananda nagar, rishikesh HIMALAYAS
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  • the supreme divine mother FULL OF LOVE AND COMPASSION THE BESTOWER OF AUSPICIOUSNESS ON ALL THIS WORK IS HUMBLY
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  • SRI SWAMI S1VANANDA
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  • THE YOGA-VEDANTA FOREST UNIVERSITY
  • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • First Edition : 1955 (2000 copies)
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  • Printed by S. Viswanathan at the Central Art Press, 'Acton Lodge', 11, McNichol Road, Chetput, Madras-3L
  • PUBLISHERS' NOTE
      • As Sri C. Rajagopalachariar and several other eminent leaders of modern thought have remarked, H. H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has not only been training disciples— initiated and laymen — in the theory and practice of Yoga, but has been interpreting for the enlightenment of people all over the world, the sacred lore of Bharatavarsha especially and of the world in general, in a style and language that would appeal to the Modern Man and be understood by him.
  • From Sri Swamiji's prolific pen have flowed authoritative texts on all the branches of Yoga and Jnana, and none has been omitted. Yet, Sri Swamiji felt that he had not done full justice to Tantra Yoga, the great legacy that our ancients have left us. Therefore, Sri Swamiji applied himself to the task of re-presenting to humanity the great truths hidden in Tan-tric texts.
  • In the three Yogas dealt with in this volume--Tantra
    • Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga—the reader would not fail to notice the hall-mark of Sri Swamiji's teachings ; they are cent per cent practical and at once inspire the reader to take up the Sadhana. It is our earnest hope that every aspirant into whose hands Benign Providence places this precious treasure will profit by it, by diligently practising it and ultimately attaining Self-realisation, the goal of all human endeavour.
  • P.O. Sivananda Nagar\ 18th April, 1955 J
  • PUBLISHERS
  • It was never my intention to include my photograph in this book. But I have had to do so in response to the wish expressed by Gurudev in his letter dated 21st September 1955, wherein he said, "I have, however, one personal request to make. I pray that a nice picture of your venerable self be included alongside the Publishers' Note 'The Miracle of the Birth of this Volume'. This is not meant for glorifying you ... It is my sincere wish." It is needless to say that I did not have the courage to disobey Gurudev's command.
    • Я Vtswamathan
    • THE MIRACLE OF THE BIRTH OF THIS VOLUME
        • Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj had, as soon as he had completed writing this great work on Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga, expressed the Sat-Sankalpa that it should be printed soon. With the pressure of work upon the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University Press, this would, however, not been possible but for a miracle.
        • In April, 1955, there walked into the Office of the Divine Life Society Sri S. Viswanathan, Proprietor of the Central Art Press, Madras, who with amazing spontaneity offered his services to the Divine Life Cause by printing and supplying free one book every six months, to add to the flood of spiritual knowledge that has its fountain-source at the Abode of Bliss, the sacred spot trodden by the holy feet of Sage Sivananda.
          • This generous and kind offer was warmly received and accepted by Sri Swamiji Maharaj who chose this volume to be the first in the series to be printed by the Central Art Press of Sri Viswanathan.
        • What words can express our gratitude to Sri Viswanathan for this magnanimous act of grace of his ? In what way can we, the humble aspirants following the life-transforming teachings of Sri Gurudev, repay the debt of gratitude we owe to Sri Viswanathan ? By making the best use of the fruit of his munificence. May the aspirants all over the world who study this work thus prove their gratitude to Sri Viswanathan ! May the Lord's and Gurudev's choicest blessings be upon him \
      • P.O. Sivananda Nagar\
  • 18th May, 1955 J Venkatesananda
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  • SWAMI SIVANANDA AND THE AWAKENED INDIA
  • of these are youthful seekers and aspirants, some of them quite young, who, self-forgetful and absorbed, are ceaselessly intent on carrying forward this vast task which they engage themselves in, in the spirit of pure worshipfulness and true karma Yoga.
    • Swami Sivanandaji's work has endeared him to millions of men and women both here in India as well as abroad. It is rapidly obtaining nation-wide recognition. The magnetic personality and the extreme charm, the sincerity and the loving and simple nature of this great man captivates the hearts of all those who come into contact with him or with his living teachings even once. Large sections of enlightened people now look upon Swamiji as the accredited spiritual leader ofthe people of modern India. They look up to him for guidance, enlightenment and inspiration in their personal lives as well as in their collective social life. Similarly have numerous thinking men and women in countries outside India come to find in Swami Sivananda a guide, friend and inspirer and enlightener. Tall and stalwart, simple yet dignified, with a countenance radiatingjoy and an expression full of peace and blessings, this saint of God-vision is an arresting figure. He overwhelms you with a strange yet tangible and compelling feeling ofthe Divine Presence whenever you draw near to him. His gaze holds much power and his words are full of a force which is not merely of this earth. They enter into you and transform you. Peace pervades wherever he moves. His smile wipes out the sorrows from your heart. When he sings the Names of the Lord, you are elevated, out of your little, petty, ego-centred earthy self and taste of a rare serenity and joy of an inward region, hitherto unexperienced by you. Sometimes indrawn and quiet and at others bubbling over with vivacious joy and infectious enthusiasm, Swamiji is a scintillating personality, radiating liveliness and full of educative humour, and withal humane, delicately sympathetic and considerate and generous to a fault. His love knows no bounds nor recognises barriers of any kind.
      • Swami Sivananda is a man of our times. Though he was born towards the close of the nineteenth century, yet
  • (Sri Swami Chidananda)
  • At the northern apex of this holy sub-continent of Bharatavarsha a vigorous movement of integral revival and renaissance is throbbing and radiating ceaselessly in wave after wave from a small colony of dedicated patriot seekers settled upon a sloping hillside covered with green forest coming down to the very bank of pure waters of the swift flowing river Ganges. Here is Ananda Kutir, the sacred dwelling place of Swami Sivananda. This is also the Headquarters of the Divine Life Society, the non-sectarian Institution founded by the dynamic sage and philosopher, through which to carry out his noble work of India's cultural and spiritual revival, as also the world wide propagation of glorious Indian Ideals. This saintly personality is filled with limitless love for India and her peoples and an astounding admiration amounting to adoration for the grand culture and idealism of this land. This worshipfulness and veneration may well nigh be an object lesson to the west-aping, fashion-dazed, modernised citizen of Free India. Reinstating Mother India on to her pristine state of eminence and glory is one of the sublime passions of this Saint's divine Self-dedicated life of service. He has made this one of the prominent aims of his life's work because he firmly believes that awakened and regenerated India has an important role to play in the moulding ofthe destinies of the humanity ofto-morrow and leading the nations of the world towards the ideal of love and peace and international brotherhood. Though Swami Sivananda has attained the age of 68 yet day and night he personally supervises, directs and guides this great humanitarian work which has for its aim the lasting welfare of the whole world. This work he does with great, joy, deep interest and keen enthusiasm. He inspires with his love and divine fervour the band of devout workers whom he has trained to assist him in his world mission. Most
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  • His Holiness truly belongs to the new era ofthe super-scientific twentieth century. In the methods of his work and trend of his views, Swamiji is up-to-date and modern in everv sense of the term. Born of a very highly respectable family of orthodox Brahmins in the far south of the land, he showed early promise of a distinctive career by his keen intelligence and all-round brilliance during his school days. He took up medical studies with great earnestness and interest. By his extreme studiousness and unflagging industry the youthful Kuppuswamy (as Swamiji was then called) shone among the medicos as an exceptional student who was sure to make a mark for himself later. After qualifying, his work took Dr. Kuppuswami across the seas to the Federated States of Malaya where his renown as a medical man with a miraculously healing hand spread over the entire land. He was a much-sought-after doctor. His popularity was universal. He was literally adored by the masses as a veritable divine Good Samaritan, whose love and mercy was seemingly infinite. His life during that period was one of utter dedication, total self-sacrifice and ceaseless service of the poor and the distressed in every possible way. Day and night were same to him in this dedicated mission of mercy and love and no service was too big or too small as not to merit his immediate willing attention.
    • But destiny had decided to make use of this noble son of India for a momentous task of far greater magnitude and universal import. It will be remembered that during the period half a century ago, the external glamour of occidental civilisation and its ideologies had begun to play upon and influence the minds ofthe then generation. Particularly the middle class section of the Indian people were gradually being drawn towards what looked like the superior culture and the mode of life ofthe polished westerner. But up to a time this harmful tendency was working in only a very limited way. For the common man in India had no contact with the western world. But soon this spell was broken when during the last portion of the first world war, in 1917-18 young Indians in great numbers saw service in all parts ofthe war theatre, like France, Europe, the Middle East, the Far
    • East, etc., etc. And they came back filled with half-digested notions ofthe West and its power, its wealth and its glory and its science and its achievements. It was a critical period when Indians began to look down upon India, when young sons of India, fashionable and critical, turned up their noses at their own mother culture. This invasion of alien ideology was a direct threat to the precious culture of India. This was not lost upon the sensitive and discerning mind of Dr. Kuppuswamy, then at Singapore. He felt the call ofthe genius ofBharata-varsha with her hoary culture, menaced by the impact ofthe Occident, with its external allurement and fascinating appeal. The dawn of the Indian renaissance was at hand. The young and the flourishing doctor in the prime of his youth and the height of his career felt that the time had come for him to act. He took the plunge and entered into a new life. Early in 1923 renouncing his old life once and for all, the well-to-do medical man voluntarily became a mendicant monk.
  • From Malaya to Himalayas was a long way. But the heart of this noble young man was fired with an aspiration to perfect himself for the Divine task of world awakening. He reached Rishikesh in June 1923 and entered into a period of severe spiritual discipline, intense austerity and deep meditation. Living a hard life of Sadhana, devotion and Yogacombined with unremitting selfless service ofsick sadhus, suffering villagers, hillmen and tired pilgrims, this strange Sanyasin was looked upon with critical eyes by his more orthodox contemporaries who believed in Sanyas as being total quiescence and total isolation. But soon the critical attitude gave place to awe and reverence as Swami Sivananda attained mastery in Yoga and shone with the light of inner spiritual realisation. When his life flowered into divine fulfilment a new phase opened up and this holy man began showering the blessed fruits ofhis devotion and penance and realisations upon one and all. Fate chose him as a noble champion of the true and eternal essence of Indian Dharma. The tradition of Dharma and spiritual idealism have now got new life through the energetic efforts of Swami Sivananda to restore them back into their proper place in man's life.
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        • In his great personality you have one of the great builders of New India.
      • The picture that the world presents today is one of unbridled hatred and greed, violence and warfare. A vast section of mankind is sunk in restlessness, dissatisfaction, frustration, deep despir. Both in the East and in the West, man is basely polishing up the exterior of life with so-called civilisation, culture and refinement. But in times of every crucial test this polish is seen to come off instantly and the unregenerate man shows himself in all the savage fury of a ruthless, bestial combination of hatred, cruelty, violence, unrighteousness and unscrupulousness. Selfishness and arrogance are making a Hell of human life. Gross sensuality, anger, crookedness and cunning totally cover up and hide man's divine, essential nature.
    • This is more or less a picture of the world as it is today. Sri Swami Sivananda ofRishikesh is one of those inspired men of God-vision, who are attempting to change the above gross picture, for the better. They would fain bring in love where there is hatred, joy where there is despair and sorrow, and light where there is darkness. They would have man become wise and turning away from war, so that peace and goodwill may reign upon earth. Sri Swami Sivananda has dedicated his life to the task of awakening man to the true purpose of life and making him rise from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from this mortal life of sorrow and pain to a higher life of eternal bliss and peace. Through his voluminous writings he has been working out an inner revolution of ideas and ideals in increasing the number of fortunate men and women all over the earth. Aiming as he is at the physical, mental, cultural and spiritual regeneration of mankind, the Swamiji's literature covers a wide range of subjects belonging to every aspect ofhuman life.
  • In the words ofHis Excellency R. R. Diwakar, Governor of Bihar, " Swami Sivanandaji is spreading the gospel of spiritual life and of unstinted service 4o humanity to give light and life to the suffering mankind." He is not only a living embodiment of the spiritual life of India but also one who, by his noble personal example and precept as well as-
  • practice has dedicated his entire life for the spiritual and moral uplift ofthe people. Swami Sivananda's mission is to awaken the people of this great land to the glory, the worth and the peerless value of their hoary civilisation and immortal culture. His Mission is to give to the people a proper realisation ofthe inward essence ofthe Bharatian way of life and to inspire them to follow it in its true and pure form. He seeks to restore to them the sense of Dharma, Sadachara and Paropakara. Swami Sivananda works to reinstate in the life of man the moral and the spiritual Ideal, the neglect of which has plunged the present day world into the fiery furnace ofhatred, war, destruction and endless turmoil and agony.
    • To carry out this worthy mission in an organised manner he founded the institution known by the name ofthe Divine Life Society as it aimed at showing man the way to overcome his un-divine, base, animalistic lower nature and to manifest Divine qualities of Truth, Purity, Mercy, Love, Selflessness, dedicated Service of his fellowmen, practical goodness, Right conduct and moral and spiritual Idealism. Through the D. L. Society the Swamiji is working to systematically educate the people of this great land as well as those abroad towards the living of a higher and better life by eradicating vice and embracing virtue. He teaches very practical and effective ways of shedding hatred, greed, lust, egoism, intolerance and immorality. He gives effective ways of cultivating the positive virtues to overcome these negative traits in man. He practises, preaches and trains all in the Divine Life.
      • In working out this mission oflifting up man from degradation and moral degeneracy Swami Sivananda does not behave like a dreamer or an arm-chair theorist. If anything, he is realist who makes a practical approach to the problems he has to deal with. He has therefore set about reviving culture in all its aspects, physical, mental, moral and spiritual. The widest possible propagation of all these aspects of our cultural heritage by all variety of means including the most modern like the movie-film, electrical tape-recorder, etc., is the salient feature of his work in India today. He works to make the people of Вharatavarsha conscious of their part in the world context as the spiritual sons and daughters of their grand Upanishadic ancestors.
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  • The physical regeneration of the nation is sought to be achieved by the'pгорagation ofthe science of Yoga Asans, Pranayama, Suryanamaskars, etc. Through numerous branch centres of the Divine Life Society all over the country training in Yoga Asan and Pranayama is imparted to the youth as well as all peoples of the land. The Science of natural living and health culture is broadcast through books, periodieal journals, booklets, leaflets and other free literature. The Gospel of В r ah mac h arya , marital moderation and restrained living is similarly propagated through a variety of ways.
    • The spread ofDharma and Ethical living is an important aspect of Swamiji's regeneration work. Placing before the nation a lofty conception of morality he has been striving to awaken in one and all the consciousness ofthe moral Ideal prevailing in our lives. Swamiji's work extends to all people young as well as old, men, women and children alike. The subjects of Character Building, Mind Control, etc., receive special attention and detailed treatment at the hands of this b r oad - h earted , and far-sighted saint of Free India at this critical juncture ofthe modern Atomic Age when moral values are in dire danger of being swamped out of man's life.
      • This unique personage though apparently an orthodox Sannyasi of the Sankaraite tradition holds aloft the Ideal of Selfless Service which he advocates with all the zeal and ardour ofa fiery reformer. He is never tired of reiterating that, " the Salt ofLife is Selfless Service." He calls it the glorious Gospel ofWorshipful Action. He proclaims that selfless seva is the most effective means of purifying our nature and ennobling our lives. Therefore the Society's headquarters at Rishikesh conducts a well equipped Allopathic Hospital, a Naturopathic Sanatorium, a Unani Dispensary and Homoeopathic Clinic, all giving free treatment to the suffering. A Free Primary school is also run by the Society which also maintains a ' Seva-dal' ever ready to help the pilgrims and general public at all times.
        • To train numerous workers in all aspects of this sublime culture and spiritual work Swami Sivananda has established
  • a unique Academy which is known as the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University where the theoretical and practical aspects of our time-honoured systems of integral self-culture are taught in a rational way suited to the present times. The class lectures of the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University are presented to the public at large through the pages of the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University Weekly magazine that was started for this specific purpose. A series of valuable publications by the University are carrying on the D. L. Society's central aim of cultural Dissemination. Experts in the different branches of practical Yoga and Vedanta give personal guidance and instructions to all seekers and students who visit the headquarters and stay there for some time. The University owns its own printing press where all the books as also the numerous periodicals on health, Yoga, Sadhana and self-culture (in Hindi as well as in English) are printed.
    • The headquarters ofthe Society seeks to present in itseli a model for an all-round institution of many-sided activities for the branch centres to copy and emulate. These branches are found dotted all over the globe many of them working vigorously to spread the lofty culture of Вharatavarsha by translating the works of Swami Sivananda in all the important Continental languages. Thus the mission of a cultural regeneration is spreading outside the shores of Hind and is as it were preparing the ground for India to play her legitimate role as the guide and the leader ofthe nations ofthe world in-the moral and spiritual field oflife.
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  • SIVANANDA : THE PRINCE AMONG MEN
  • As regards his religion God is Truth and Love, to him. According to him the Lord is the atheism of the_ atheists ! So that, atheists do not really exist for Swami Sivananda. He is all things to all men. This prince among men is humbler than dust. By humility, by love and service of humanity, he is above the ordinary mortal. He sees God in service of humanity. According to him God is neither in heaven nor down, but in everyone. He is a part and parcel ofthe whole and, therefore, he does not find Him apart in this mundane world. If he believed that God could be found only in the Himalayan caves, he would not be in Ananda Kutir to open a Hospital, an Eye Clinic, Dispensaries, Schools, Printing Press, Studio and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University etc. His God is in humanity. He practises Ahimsa in thought, word and action. He is fighting dirt and disease. He believes in the unity ofreligions and is doing his best to bring the whole world together. He is walking in the footsteps of Christ and Buddha. He does not only believe in the Sermon on the Mount, but he practises it. His Secretaries — Swami Chidanandaji and Swami Madhava-nandaji — are shining examples of what the headworkers of an ideal institution should be. They are ably assisted by a team of Swamis who are doing their best for the cause.
    • His Holiness Swami Sivananda is not only kind to human beings but to animals also. He returns good for evil. He has led a crusade against untouchability and. caste-system. He follows the Gita, where it is said : " However men approach me so I welcome them. The path men take from every side is mine."
        • I gave one of Swami Sivananda's lectures to one of the Christian Padres in Mussorie and he told me that he was using the matter in his Sermons at the Church.
          • Swami Sivananda is courtesy-personified and one cannot help falling in love with him.
      • Sivananda is very sweet. He is sweeter than honey. He must have been a big Maharaja in the previous birth. He gives and gives. He has raised India to the magnanimous height of spiritual splendour in the eyes of Europe and Australia. He works very hard. He gives books free.
  • (Sri Shamdas P. Gidwani, New Delhi)
    • His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswathi has turned
  • The day begins with Meditation Class in the early morning between 4 and 6. Yoga Asanas and physical exercises are taught voluntarily. At 9 a.m. the Swamiji comes regularly to his office where hundreds of visitors come to see him. He attends to all the details of the administration of this vast colony and does not leave his office till eleven. Again he comes to the Satsang Hall at 6 p.m. sharp when discourses are held in Gita, Upanishads, etc., Sankirtan, Bhajan and divine songs are sung and sometimes he himself sings melodiously Bhajans which are wonderful in their conception and which delight the audience.
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  • SIVANANDA : THE PRINCE AMONG MEN
  • As regards his religion God is Truth and Love, to him. According to him the Lord is the atheism of the_ atheists ! So that, atheists do not really exist for Swami Sivananda. He is all things to all men. This prince among men is humbler than dust. By humility, by love and service of humanity, he is above the ordinary mortal. He sees God in service of humanity. According to him God is neither in heaven nor down, but in everyone. He is a part and parcel ofthe whole and, therefore, he does not find Him apart in this mundane world. If he believed that God could be found only in the Himalayan caves, he would not be in Ananda Kutir to open a Hospital, an Eye Clinic, Dispensaries, Schools, Printing Press, Studio and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University etc. His God is in humanity. He practises Ahimsa in thought, word and action. He is fighting dirt and disease. He believes in the unity ofreligions and is doing his best to bring the whole world together. He is walking in the footsteps of Christ and Buddha. He does not only believe in the Sermon on the Mount, but he practises it. His Secretaries — Swami Chidanandaji and Swami Madhava-nandaji — are shining examples of what the headworkers of an ideal institution should be. They are ably assisted by a team of Swamis who are doing their best for the cause.
    • His Holiness Swami Sivananda is not only kind to human beings but to animals also. He returns good for evil. He has led a crusade against untouchability and. caste-system. He follows the Gita, where it is said : " However men approach me so I welcome them. The path men take from every side is mine."
        • I gave one of Swami Sivananda's lectures to one of the Christian Padres in Mussorie and he told me that he was using the matter in his Sermons at the Church.
          • Swami Sivananda is courtesy-personified and one cannot help falling in love with him.
      • Sivananda is very sweet. He is sweeter than honey. He must have been a big Maharaja in the previous birth. He gives and gives. He has raised India to the magnanimous height of spiritual splendour in the eyes of Europe and Australia. He works very hard. He gives books free.
  • (Sri Shamdas P. Gidwani, New Delhi)
    • His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswathi has turned the Sivananda Nagar area from a forest to a decent suburb •of Rishikesh, where hundreds of men and women and some foreigners live in an atmosphere which is both ennobling and elevating. Lacs of Hindus come every year to Hardwar in connection with the ceremonies for their departed relations or for pilgrimage. They do not know that at a distance of one mile from Rishikesh, there is an Abode of Peace, before Lakshmanjhula is reached. I would like that every Hindu should come in contact with the Swamis of Sivanandashram (some of whom are double graduates) and realise for themselves how much better it would be, if the ceremonies were performed at Ananda Kutir instead of at Hardwar where professional Pandas, most of whom do not know the import or the meaning of the ceremonies perform them. The scenery is superb with the Himalayan ranges at the foot of which Swami Sivanandaji has built decent houses for the convenience of his visitors—foreigners and Indians. The Ganges is flowing just in front of the Ashram. Swamiji's kitchen superintendent, a Swami who has imbibed the spirit of Swami Sivananda—supplies tea twice and meals twice to every visitor who is under no obligation to pay anything for boarding and lodging.
  • The day begins with Meditation Class in the early morning between 4 and 6. Yoga Asanas and physical exercises are taught voluntarily. At 9 a.m. the Swamiji comes regularly to his office where hundreds of visitors come to see him. He attends to all the details of the administration of this vast colony and does not leave his office till eleven. Again he comes to the Satsang Hall at 6 p.m. sharp when discourses are held in Gita, Upanishads, etc., Sankirtan, Bhajan and divine songs are sung and sometimes he himself sings melodiously Bhajans which are wonderful in their conception and which delight the audience.
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  • Nowhere in the world will you find such a kind of Anna-dana. Sivananda is versatile. He is an orator. He is a writer. He is a sweet singer. He is a poet. He is a philosopher. He is a sage. He is a Yogi.
    • 1 wish that friends who lived at Anancla Kutir could imbibe some of his qualities like humility.
      • Before I leave this abode ofpeace, I would like to quote Sri Rabindranath Tagore's song :
          • " At the time of my parting, wish me good luck, my friends.
          • The sky is flashed with the dawn and my path lies beautiful.
        • Ask not what I have with me to take there. I start on myjourney with empty hands and expectant heart.
        • I shall put on my wedding garland. Mine is not the red brown coat ofa traveller. Though there are dangers on the way, I have no feat in my mind."
  • TOWERING SAINT OF THE HIMALAYAS
  • (Mrs. G. M. Schneider, Editor, Synthese Unitierselle. Geneva)
  • (On receipt of the first printed copy of her book " Sivananda :
      • The Towering Saint of the Himalayas " Mrs. G. M. Schneider—
  • re-christened Sivananda-Margaritha, addressed Swami Sivananda in the following inspiring words.)
    • You have filled me with the sacred currents of your own innermost being—to generate in me this tremendous love which I can only express in Hspings and tears. Again with your miraculous powers, you lead these stammerings with helpful, comforting efficacy ; you make my saint name true. When I think of this pure angelic loving soul, this Himalayan Monk, I melt. How I would prostrate at thy feet ! How grateful I am for this unbelievable good opportunity ! How the affinity of feelings unites thy devotees ! "low dear they are all to me ! Thanks that you have given ,ne again the Himalayan Fraternity full of love, humility and faith, the light of the world, without shadows, without hostility, but radiating your Gospel and Love in the world. All thy disciples are immaculate archangels of cosmic love hallowed by thy light and glory, incarnate selfless wisdom and Sweetness.
        • 0 exalted and glorious Gurudev, thanks that you have accepted my poor words of love and that you radiate your divine love over your humblest disciple, and through me, to others, too. I am ever ready to negate all that is myself, if by this I can approach you and merge in you. Trials are the favours of God, if only they lead me to Thee. Thou art my onlyjoy.
          • 1 vibrate by the finest touch of your mighty spirit. It is glory to adore Thee. It is glorious to love Thee. Can a flower be conscious of its colours when it sees only the sun ? Seeking your Divine Love, how could I be sensitive to honours ? I felt intensely your cosmic love, this sea of infinite ecstasy
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    • and awe-inspiring, dazzling, fascination and revelation of Divinity. Your beautiful words intensify my love. Your glory is self-evident like the light of the sun. Let me simply adore you. Let me cheerfully laugh about difficulties and the veil of Maya, and take delight in thy grace. Your letters are my supreme support. My only wisdom is to obey your will. Your will guides me from darkness to light, from pain to joy, from death to immortality, from me to You.
  • Let me try to express to you the most intense gratitude and deep thankfulness for the divine and choicest favours conferred by your effulgent Holiness over my humble person through this book (Towering Saint of the Himalayas) which contains my words that rose from the depths of my heart to give evidence of a minute part of your splendour and Messiahnic Loveliness, and of the inexpressible lofty spiritual experiences and exalted feelings that your mighty spiritual contact transmits. Overwhelmed by such extreme kindness, my heartfelt thanks go also to the glorious Swamiji's personality whose words enhance the book with immortal spiritual wisdom and show clearly this unique regardfulness and loving understanding that the highest evolved souls provide to the fortunate seekers who are in contact with the Divine Life Society and plunge themselves in the holy, all-embracing, divine radiations ofthe Master. О Gurudev, I am the path under thy feet, —the Path that leads to you, and may all march upon it, if only it is soft and sweet to your blessed and beloved feet. Perhaps I am Mira to have felt such intense j oy to find you in human form.
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