Sivananda Yoga Ashram Qld - practising yoga sadhana for 42 years. Swami Amshananda has been influenced by the ancient vedic prayers. This is an ashram where we practice tapasya. The ashram gives wisdom. It is run jointly by Amshananda, Amrita Nadananda and Badri Narayana.
These souls see that they need to change their nature.
Adapt, Adjust, Accomodate. Bear Insult. Bear Injury. Highest Yoga.
There are many swamis around the world ... but how many get self-realised?'
Swami Nada Brahmananda said that if one has financial problems and an ashram to run, it is impossible to develop this Nada Yoga music.
Swami Nada Brahmananda was the modern master of the science of Nada Yoga.
Please abandon egoism and jealousy, for real success on the spiritual path.
If you want to understand who is God, listen to Sri Swami Chidananda’s explanation of Bol Hare, an ancient prayer hymn ... here
A saint by the name of Surdas was a blind devotee of Sri Krishna. He lived several centuries ago. He was immersed in total devotion to the Supreme. He refused to sing the praises of Emperor Akbar in the royal court. He cared not for wealth or wordly recognition. He sang only for God.
A lady named Prema from Switzerland has been learning with us for the past five years. She drives for 2 hours, stays for three nights and learns, every couple of months. She is giving it the best shot she can. She is a rare species. Nada Yoga is not an art that can be learned quickly.
If one lives in the environment of the guru, it puts a good foundation. Eka sadeh, saba sadeh. When one comes correct, all come correct. Swami Nada Brahmananda used to say this to us often.
It doesn’t matter what wrong the guru has done in the past, what matters is your sincerity to the guru. Every saint had a past, every sinner has a future. If you plant the idea in your mind that you know more than the guru, you will have to accept the consequences.
In this Kali Yuga anybody can be a guru. One who teaches yoga exercises is not necessarily a guru.
When one has pride in the beginning, the guru will help to erase those lower qualities. Do not think you can go to a guru with the idea you can take and run. This is the downfall of many practitioners of yoga.
The yoga exercises (asanas) are only a small portion of the yoga practice which are to help lift the consciousness.
The purpose of yoga is to detach and attach. Detach from the world, and attach to the Supreme. If you multiply attachments, this will multiply the sources of future pain. Correct your faults and defects.
You have had many children, many fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles in previous lives. Grieve not for the living, nor for the dead. The Soul is Immortal.
When one takes to the practice of yoga with the thought of practising for the purpose of changing oneself, all the lower qualities are overcome quickly. On the other hand, when a person takes to the practice with other motives, the practice becomes fruitless.
One must first be a disciple before becoming a guru. One cannot expect to do a six week yoga training course and expect to be a guru.
The real seeker or practitioner of yoga is represented by Radha. Krishna, the Infinite Being, is represented by the guru.
Someone who reads this and takes to the practice of yoga for changing, will see these things clearly, smile and give obeisance to the writer.
These days many who get exposed to a real teacher, someone more wise than themselves, instead on keeping close to the teacher and getting knowledge, they keep far away. This is caused by the ego or ‘I-ness’
Man has a brutal instinct, human element and Divine Ray. It is difficult to curb the brutal instinct, perfect the human element and realise the Divine Ray. It is only achieved through discrimination between the real and the unreal, through dispassion towards the pleasures of the world, and by sincerely following the teachings of a saint and true spiritual teacher.
Yoga discipline and protracted concentration is the basis for meditation. It is not meant to be easy. In the early days of the ashram in Brisbane we held a weekend retreat. After the first morning satsang, Bharata assigned people various cleaning tasks to perform for Karma Yoga. Soon after a young lady ran out the front door yelling ‘this place is a concentration camp!’. We never saw her again. Anyway, years later Bharata, whilst he was teaching the beginners’ yoga courses, used to amusingly tell the students ‘this place is a 'concentration' camp, this is where you learn to concentrate!’
For those who have been exposed to us and learnt through us the following people must be thanked as they helped us materially along the way. Dr Jim Hannan, Andrew Little, Des Steele, Peter Mikolai, Warren Clark, Parsram and Bhumi, Sue Quinnell, Franz Shroetter (Shambhu), Naresh Midha and Meera, Narain and Nancy Singh, Alan Piper, Scifleet motor company, Lindsey Alford, Frank Weijers, Robert Kurz (Coastline BMW), Bob Kendall, Iain McConnell, Richard Moye, Kirti Pabari, Shaka Hatcher (Shivam), John Hulcombe (Jaganandan) … and others who we may have overlooked.
If you jump a stop light you may either have an accident or get charged by the police for a traffic offense. The road rules are for peoples’ safety, and the orderly flow of traffic. Breaking those rules comes at a price, somehow or another, at some time or another, if not right away.
When an individual takes to the practice of true yoga for changing the mind, there is no doubt that he or she will get tremendous benefits.
Otherwise it takes longer to reach the goal. To take a ball up a set of steps takes time and energy. However, the ball falls back down very quickly when dropped.
Systematic sadhana or discipline of the body, mind and senses endows one with awareness and practical mindedness. One may read about karma but not understand it due to the turbulent senses which blur the memory and understanding. What is needed is a refined discrimination and logic. What one cannot understand today, can be understood another day, or another year. The opinions of the wise men change as they evolve.
The real teacher of yoga is someone who has tyaga, or spirit of renunciation, and seva, spirit of service. He, or she, is someone who is accustomed to hard work and self sacrifice, and does not merely sit back whilst others do the work. Yoga is not laziness.
The real Guru is someone who is able to dispell the darkness of ignorance within the mind of the spiritual seeker. This is only possible if the Guru himself has overcome ignorance within his own mind through protracted sadhana, self discipline, discrimination and dispassion.
Kings and rulers in ancient times used to go with prostrations to ascetics, or yogis, in order to seek advice. As a matter of fact, the wiser ones in India still do this today. Decision makers should ask advice from ascetics and true yoga teachers.
The hungry fox tried to reach some grapes high up on a vine, but could not quite reach, although he jumped with all his strength. He gave up and trotted off saying to himself, 'The grapes are not even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes.'
People often talk down the things that they cannot attain.
Once the practitioner lays the foundation for spiritual life, and has withdrawn the mind and senses (just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs), the process of spiritual evolution surely continues like a river flowing to the sea.
'Abandoning cravings that bind; attaining perfection of mind; delighting in his perfect Self; merges with the Universal Self'.
When one has created within himself the qualities such as balance of mind, perfect sense control, and mastery over the passions; when one is neither depressed in pain nor jubilant in gain, and when all the scattered rays of the mind are withdrawn within, one becomes established in meditation. Meditation requires being perfectly established in all the spiritual qualities. Without the establishment of these, meditation does not come spontaneously. Meditation cannot be created in thin air; it is created by hard work. Refinement of mind comes through systematic practise and sustained effort. For some people it may be a short time, for others it may take longer.
The practitioner with desires and ambitions cannot be really meditating. You may be trying to concentrate and doing some breathing etc but you will need to go through a valuable process of discipline. It will prepare the mind for meditation.
One should become perfectly desireless and should be full of Vairagya before attempting to awaken Kundalini. It can be awakened only when someone rises above Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (infatuation), Mada (laziness) and other impurities. Kundalini can be awakened through rising above desires of the senses. The Yogi, who has got a pure heart and a mind free from passions and desires will be benefited by awakening Kundalini. When Kundalini is awakened there are many temptations on the way, and a Sadhaka without purity will not have the strength to resistSri Swami Sivananda
The yoga system that has been moulded by Patanjali and other ancient rishis, stresses deeply the development of the student. The student, and a real guru who dispels the darkness of ignorance, must have a relationship that is like father and son. The society at that time supported the ashram. Later the parents who wished to have their children study in accordance with the guru disciple relationship (gurukhul), began to pay the guru, and give some rations, perhaps a cow for milk, or a piece of land etc. This system was seen to be of paramount importance in maintaining a stable and prosperous society, both materially and spiritually.
Well done Vikram Gandhi ('Sri Kumare') for revealing the truth about the 'guru phenomenon'!
'Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet' is an amusing and thoughtful insight into this topic.
The guru is supposed to clear the doubts of the disciple and lead the soul along the path of wisdom, guided by the light of truth. However, many so called gurus are still in darkness, and it becomes a case of 'the blind leading the blind'.
Sri Swami Sivananda wrote over 50 years ago that 'gurudom has become a thriving business'. Little has changed since then. A true spiritual teacher should not be out to exploit people in an unethical manner.
There is a simple story from India that illustrates the necessity for the teacher to be sincere, and behave in an exemplary manner. A father once took his son to a guru in order to cure him of the habit of eating black sugar (a kind of natural candy). The guru simply told the father to bring the boy back in one week. After a week the father took the son back to the guru. The guru then told the child to simply stop the habit of eating the black sugar from that very day. The father was perplexed and asked the guru why he couldn't give this advice one week before. The guru replied that since at the time he too had the habit of eating black sugar, it would be hypocritical to advise the child to stop the habit. In the one week that had passed, the guru himself exercised restraint and gave up the habit, thereby his words had power and meaning. It is a matter of leading by example.
A man once went in search of a Satguru. At last he found one and asked the Guru, “O venerable Sir, give me Upadesha.”
The Guru asked, “What sort of Upadesha do you want?”
The disciple asked, “O Beloved master! Who is superior; disciple or Guru?”
The Guru said, “Guru is superior to disciple.”
The disciple said, ”O Beloved Guru! Make me a Guru. I like that.”
Such disciples are plenty these days.
A good person will recognize other good people. A spiritually developed person will recognize those who are spiritually developed. When someone whose consciousness has lifted finds a good place of learning, that person should go about the process of learning with humility. Knowledge should never inflate the ego.
Ashram life means that the sadhaks, or spiritual practitioners, learn under the guidance of a sannyasi (renunciate) who along with other senior sadhaks, will guide the new sadhaks along the path and help them overcome their faults and defects.
A true sannyasi, a rishi, or a muni, gives the society an opportunity to serve them. The society in turn needs to see the true reason for serving. They will get the grace of the sannyasi, who helps them to lift their consciousness.
Salutations to All World Teachers
Krishna, Rama, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Mohammed, Zoroaster