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Yoga and the Mind – Part 2

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati

We have seen how the reality of the Self is quite different from what we take ourselves to be.  We are like the boy in the story of The Ten Boys, where the one who is searching for the 10th boy is the 10th boy himself.  We are searching for happiness, immortality, knowledge and intelligence outside of ourselves, while all this is our very nature.  It may sound unbelievable that the one who takes him to be mortal is,

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Yoga and the Mind – Part 1

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati


yogaThe word yoga means joining.  When we study what yoga teaches us, we find that it is not a process of joining something with something else, but rather, a process of disjoining or disconnecting two entities that are as though united.  We take the two entities to be one and are not able to distinguish between them.  Yoga teaches that this perceived oneness of the two entities is the cause of all the pain and sorrow that we have in our lives.

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Eight Significant Verses of the Bhagavad Gītā

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Published with detailed commentary in the 16th Anniversary Souvenir 2002 of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.]

bg_hsc1. The two-fold committed life-styles

loke ‘smin dvi-vidhā niṣṭhā purā proktā mayānagha |
jñāna-yogena sāńkhyānāṃ karma-yogena yoginām || 3-3||

anagha – Oh! Sinless One; asmin – in this; loke – world; dvividhā – two-fold;
niṣṭhā – committed life-styles; purā – in the beginning; mayā – by me;

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Viveka, What Do I Really Want?

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Transcribed by Constance Dimartino from classes on Vākya Vṛitti by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg — September, 1997]

SwamiDayanandaOne has a certain discriminative knowledge with reference to what one wants. Because you seem to want a lot of things, you have to discriminate about what you really want. For instance, you may want money. This desire for money may simply be due to a pragmatic need or it can be based on a value attached to it beyond its actual worth.

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Discovering Love

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Transcribed from a speech Swami Dayananda Saraswati gave at Chennai in 1998]

discoveringloveLove is a very ancient topic. Gods, playwrights, musicians and poets have glorified the meaning of the word ‘love’. But love is not like other emotions. It is not that there are many emotions of which one is love. No, it is the only emotion. In certain forms, it is called compassion, empathy and sympathy,

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Global Warming – a solution

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Published in the Indian Express]

himalayan_glaciersThe Himalayan glaciers have been the perennial source of water for the rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna,Brahmaputra and, Sindhu. Now the disturbing news is that the glaciers are receding due to global warming. This problem of increase in global temperature is real and in India it will cause irredeemable damage in more than one way if it is not addressed. One will find it difficult to believe the contention of some ecologists that the river Ganga would cease to be perennial in six to forty years of time,

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