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Guiding Lights on Yoga

by Swami Sivananda

1.Love is the greatest force on this earth. It is the Power of the Soul. Develop it.

2.Mind is now annoyed and now quiet. Never yield to it. Be serene.

3.Sex-instinct is the greatest urge in human life. Sublimate it.

4.Equal vision is wisdom. All unnatural cravings and wild desires are enemies of peace and knowledge.

5.The best way to remove an evil traits is to think of the opposite virtue. Perfect yourself. Entertain sublime thoughts.

6.Be mild but firm; be gentle but bold; be humble but courageous; be simple but dignified.

7.Conquer all that is base in you. Let truth, justice and reason rule your life.

8.Greed is the root of all evil. Confusion and destruction are caused by greed.

9.Look at the veneer and glitter of the world! Fools are immersed in it! The wise are vigilant. Grow wise.

10.Cultivate a melting heart, the giving hand, the kindly speech and an impartial attitude.

11.Ignorance obstructs your true vision and deceives and degrades you. Destroy it.

12.The Lord is Omnipresent. Feel His Divine Presence everywhere. You need not despair.

13.Prayer that comes from a sincere, pure heart is at once heard by the Lord.

14.Spiritual evolution cannot be attained all at once by a miracle. Be dynamic and diligent in spiritual practices


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