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Divine Life

Swami Sivananda gave the most important call to mankind: 'You are essentially divine. Every man can attain Divinity. It is the birthright of man to attain that Divinity'. He gave a call to seek God within one's own inner recess of the heart. That Atman (Self) hidden deep within is no other than the Absolute. And that is your real nature. Here are some of his teachings on this subject...

Within you is the hidden God,

Within you is immortal Soul!

Kill the little 'I'.

Die to live.

Lead the Divine Life.

Within you is the fountain of joy.

Within you is the ocean of bliss.

Rest peacefully in your own Atma,

And drink the nectar of Immortality.

Lead the Divine Life. Share what you have with others. Have perfect faith in God. Love thy neighbour as thy self. Behold one Atman in all. This is the way to supreme blessedness.

Divine life or Yoga does not ask man to change his religion, or to run away from home. It wants 'Detach. Attach'. Detach the mind from the objects of the world, and attach it to the Lord.

The temple of divine life has four pillars: meditation, purity, love and righteousness.

Let all your actions be full of love, godliness and purity. This is divine life.

To be selfish is demoniac life. To be selfless is divine life.

To speak truth at all costs, to speak sweetly with love, to practise non-violence, celibacy, to behold the Lord in all forms is divine life.

beloved disciple! Feel His presence everywhere. Love all. Serve all. Be kind to all. Be tolerant. Be humble. Be pure. Be patient. Be forgiving. This is divine life.

To be ever in communion with the Lord by annihilating mine-ness and egoism through faith, devotion and self-surrender is divine life.

To study the Gita, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Yoga-Vasishtha, Koran, the Bible, Zend-Avesta, and to follow the teachings contained therein is divine life.

Drive away rajas (passion) and tamas (inertia) and fill the mind with sattva (purity). This is divine life.

Cultivate the divine virtues: straight-forwardness, courage, serenity, generosity, mercy, and self-restraint. This is divine life.

Keep up a balanced mind in success and failure, censure and praise, honour and dishonour, gain or loss, heat and cold. This is divine life.

Divine life is life in God or Brahman. Give up identification with the body, wife, children and property. Identify yourself with the All-pervading, Immortal Brahman, and rest peacefully in Brahman. This is divine life.


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