By Sri Swami Sivananda
A Divine Life Society Publication
(This WWW reprint is for free distribution)
* Publisher’s Preface
* Hatha Yoga
* Karma Yoga
* Japa Yoga
* Nada Yoga
* Bhakti Yoga
* Raja Yoga
* Jnana Yoga
* Adhyatma Yoga
* Kundalini Yoga
* Mantra Yoga
AMRITA GITA or the Song of Immortality is a boon to seekers after Truth.
It fulfils the long-felt need of aspirants who were eager to have in a
nutshell the essentials of Yoga Sadhana, the fundamentals of spiritual
life, the very cream of the scriptures, which they could read or recite
AMRITA GITA is a Scripture for the Sadhaka’s Svadhyaya. Sri Swami
Sivanandaji Maharaj has, in his inimitable characteristic style,
summarised in this small book the very essence of all religious
teaching, and he has strung together a garland of very powerful
Yoga-assertions that will at once elevate and inspire the reader.
AMRITA GITA tells you what you ought to know and what you ought to
practise. Amrita Gita points to you the Path to Immortality. Daily study
of this precious scripture, especially in Brahmamuhurta before the
morning meditation, is bound to awaken the spiritual forces lying
dormant in the reader, to goad him to more and more intense spiritual
Sadhana, and ultimately to take him to the realms of Immortality.
—The Divine Life Society
1. Hatha means any tenacious practice till the object or end is
achieved. “Ha” and “tha” mean the union of the Sun and the Moon, union
of Prana and Apana Vayus.
2. Hatha Yoga concerns with the body and the Prana. It helps to control
the body and the Prana, through Asanas and Pranayama.
3. Hatha Yoga itself is not the goal. Meditation helps you to attain
Samadhi or Superconscious State.
4. The practice of Hatha Yoga awakens the Kundalini Sakti that lies
dormant in the Muladhara Chakra.
5. There are Six Chakras or lotuses in the body. They are Muladhara
(near the anus), Svadhisthana (midway between Muladhara and Manipura
which is in the navel). Anahata Chakra in the heart, Vishuddha in the
neck and Ajna in the space between the two eyebrows and Sahasrara or the
thousand-petalled lotus (Chakra) in the crown of the head.
6. Sushumna rises through all the Chakras. Kundalini passes through the
Chakras and joins with Lord Siva in the Sahasrara.
7. Learn the Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras and the Shad Kriyas
under an expert Hatha Yogi.
8. Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are the three important Nadis in the body.
9. Ida is the Chandra-Nadi. It cools the body. It flows through the left
10. Pingala is the Surya-Nadi. It heats the body. It flows through the
11. Sushumna Nadi flows through both nostrils. It helps meditation. It
12. Attain good health through the practice of Yoga Asanas and
Pranayama. Without good health, how can you earn, how can you succeed in
any undertaking, how can you sit for meditation?
13. Practise Yoga Asanas and Pranayama on an empty stomach in the early
14. Be moderate in eating and sleeping. Then alone can you have success
in Hatha Yoga.
15. Be regular in your practice. Regularity is of paramount importance.
16. Drink a tumbler of milk after finishing the Asanas.
17. Wait for half an hour after finishing Asanas for taking a bath.
18. Do Asanas first and then practise Pranayama.
19. Spend half an hour daily in the practice of Asanas and Pranayama.
This will give you health, vim, vigour and vitality. This will remove
20. Dhauti (cleansing of stomach with a piece of cloth), Basti (drawing
up of water through anus), Neti (cleansing of nostrils with the help of
a thread), Nauli (manipulation of the abdominal muscles), Trataka
(gazing on an object), Kapalabhati (a kind of Pranayama)—are the Shad
Kriyas of Hatha Yoga.
21. Sirshasana is the king of all Asanas. It strengthens the brain and
the brain-centres and improves memory, and helps Brahmacharya.
22. Sarvanga, Hala and Ardhamatsyendra Asanas make the spine elastic.
Sarvanga develops thyroid gland and bestows good health. It helps
Brahmacharya and gives longevity.
23. Paschimottanasana reduces fat and helps digestion. So does
24. Bhujanga, Salabha and Dhanur Asanas remove constipation and muscular
rheumatism of the back.
25. Relax all the muscles through Savasana. Do this Asana in the end.
26. Ujjayi, Sitkari, Sukha-Purvaka, Suryabheda are other kinds of
Pranayama. Through the practice of these Pranayamas Kevala-Kumbhaka
27. Puraka is inhalation of breath; Rechaka is exhalation; Kumbhaka is
retention. Kumbhaka gives you longevity and energy.
28. Sitali Pranayama cools your body and purifies the blood. Bhastrika
warms your body and removes asthma and consumption.
29. Practise Bhandatraya Pranayama. It includes Mula-Bandha or
contraction of anus, Jalandara-Bandha or chin-lock and Uddiyana-Bandha,
drawing the belly backwards at the end of exhalation.
30. Maha Mudra is an important Mudra. This removes piles, enlargement of
spleen, indigestion, constipation.
31. Practise Yoga-Mudra daily. This is a good exercise for the abdominal
1. Work is worship of the Lord.
2. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of selfless action, without agency and
expectation of fruits.
3. Karma Yoga removes the impurities of the mind. It is a potent
purifier of the heart.
4. Karma Yoga prepares the mind for the reception of Divine Light,
Divine Grace, and Divine Knowledge.
5. See God in every face. Behold the Lord in all creatures.
6. Share what you have with others. Serve the saints and sages.
7. Serve the sick. Serve the poor. Serve your parents. Serve your
motherland. Serve humanity in general.
8. Scrutinise always your inner motives. Destroy selfish motives.
9. Work without egoism. Cultivate the Nimitta-Bhava. Feel you are an
instrument in the hands of the Lord.
10. Surrender always your actions and their fruits to the Lord.
11. Have equal vision and balanced mind in pleasure and pain, gain and
loss, success and failure.
12. Develop nicely adaptability. Serve always with Atma-Bhava and
13. Sing Sitaram, Radheshyam or Hare Rama while you work. Remember the
14. Give up Abhimana of all sorts. Kill the Vairagya-abhimana,
Seva-abhimana, Tyagi-abhimana, Kartritva-abhimana, male-female-abhimana,
15. Do not expect even thanks or appreciation for your work.
16. Do actions as your duty, duty for duty’s sake.
17. Never say: “I have helped that man.” Feel and think: “That man gave
me an opportunity to serve.”
18. Watch for opportunities for service. Never miss even a single
19. Cultivate amiable, loving, social nature, generosity, catholic
nature. Kill selfishness. Control the senses, practise self-restraint,
tolerance, sympathy and mercy. These are the qualifications of a Karma
20. Bear insult, injury, harsh words, criticism, heat and cold.
21. If you are a doctor, treat the poor free of charge. If you are an
advocate, plead for the poor. If you are a teacher or a professor, give
free tuition to poor boys. Give them books free.
22. Keep Twelve Tissue Remedies or some household remedies and treat the
23. If anyone is suffering from acute pain, shampoo the painful part.
Feel you are shampooing the body of the Lord.
24. Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work.
25. Keep always some small coins in your pocket and distribute them to
the poor and the decrepit.
26. Feed the poor. Clothe the naked. Comfort the distressed. Remove
glass pieces from the road.
27. There are three kinds of Karma, viz., Sanchita, Prarabdha and Agami
28. Sanchita is the accumulated storehouse of actions of previous
births. Prarabdha is that part of Karma which has given rise to your
present birth. Agami is current action.
29. Sanchita is destroyed by Brahma-Jnana. You will have to enjoy the
Prarabdha. Agami has no binding force as there is no agency or egoism in
30. Do not be attached to the work itself. You must be able to give it
up at any moment.
31. As you sow, so you reap. Virtue gives you happiness. Vice gives you
32. You are the master of your destiny. You sow an action, reap a habit.
You sow a habit, reap a character; you sow your character and reap a
destiny. Destiny is your own making. Abandon desires and change your
mode of thinking. You can conquer destiny.
33. Think you are man; man will you become. Think you are Brahman;
Brahman will you become. This is the immutable divine law.
34. If there is no agency, if there is no selfish motive, action becomes
an inaction. You are not bound by an action.
35. Sastras and saints and your own pure, clean conscience will point
out to you what is right, what is wrong. Follow them and do the right.
36. An egoistic man alone thinks: “I am the doer.” Really it is the Guna
or Prakriti or the sense that does the action. Atman is actionless,
37. Practise your Svadhanna, your Varnashrama Dharma unselfishly,
without egoism. You will attain purification of heart. Knowledge of
Brahman will dawn in your heart.
1. In this Iron Age, Japa Yoga is an easy way for attaining God-realisation.
2. Japa is the repetition of any Mantra or Name of the Lord with Bhava
3. Japa removes the impurities of the mind, destroys sins and brings the
devotee face to face with the Lord.
4. Every Name is filled with countless powers; just as fire has the
natural property of burning things, so also the Name of God has the
power of burning the sins and desires.
5. Sweeter than all sweet things, more auspicious than all good things,
purer than all pure things, is the Name of the Lord.
6. Name of the Lord is a boat to cross this Samsara. It is a weapon to
destroy the mind.
7. The repetition of the Mantra again and again generates great
spiritual force and momentum and intensifies the spiritual Samskaras or
8. Mananaat Trayate iti Mantrah: By the Manana, constant thinking or
recollection, one is released from the round of birth and death; so it
is called Mantra.
9. Repetition of Mantra raises vibrations. Vibrations give rise to
definite forms. Repetition of Om Namah Sivaya gives rise to the form of
Lord Siva in the mind; repetition of Om Namo Narayanaya gives rise to
the form of Lord Hari.
10. The glory of the Name of God cannot be established through reasoning
and intellect. It can certainly be experienced or realised, only through
devotion, faith and constant repetition.
11. Japa is of three kinds, viz., Manasic Japa, Upamsu Japa or humming,
and Vaikhari Japa, loud and audible Japa.
12. Mental repetition of Japa, Manasic Japa, is more powerful than loud
13. Get up at 4 a.m. and do the Japa for two hours. Brahmamuhurtha is
most favourable for Japa and meditation.
14. If you cannot take a bath, wash your hands, feet, face and body, and
sit for Japa.
15. Face north or east when sitting. This enhances the efficacy of the
16. Sit on a Kusha-grass seat or deer-skin or rug. Spread a white cloth
over it. This conserves body-electricity.
17. Do some prayer before starting the Japa.
18. Have a steady pose. Have Asana-Jaya or conquest over Asana. You must
be able to sit in Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana for three hours at a
19. When you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude that
the Lord is seated in your heart, that Sattva or purity is flowing from
the Lord to your mind, that the Mantra purifies your heart, destroys
desires and cravings and evil thoughts.
20. Do not do the Japa in a hurried manner, just as a contractor tries
to finish his work in a hurried way. Do it slowly with Bhava,
one-pointedness of mind and single-minded devotion.
21. Pronounce the Mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat
it too fast or too slow.
22. Use not the index finger while rolling the beads. Use the thumb, the
middle and the ring fingers. When counting of one Mala is over, revert
it and come back again. Cross not the Meru. Cover your hand with a
23. Be vigilant. Keep an alert attention during Japa. Stand up and do
the Japa when sleep tries to overpower you.
24. Resolve to finish a certain minimum number of Malas before leaving
25. Mala or rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God.
26. Sometimes do the Japa without a Mala. Go by the watch.
27. Practise meditation also along with Japa. This is
Japa-Sahita-Dhyana. Gradually Japa will drop and meditation alone will
continue. This is Japa-Rahita-Dhyana.
28. Have four sittings for Japa daily—early morning, noon, evening and
29. A devotee of Lord Vishnu should repeat “Om Namo Narayanaya”; a
devotee of Lord Siva, “Om Namah Sivaya”; a devotee of Lord Krishna, “Om
Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”; a devotee of Lord Rama, “Om Sri Ramaya
Namah” or “Om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram”; a devotee of Devi,
Gayatri Mantra or Durga Mantra.
30. It is better to stick to one Mantra alone. See Lord Krishna in Rama,
Siva, Durga, Gayatri.
31. Regularity in Japa Sadhana is most essential. Sit in the same place
and at the same time.
32. Purascharana is repetition of the Mantra Akshara-Laksha, one lakh of
times for each letter.
33. Japa must become habitual. Even in dream you must be doing Japa.
34. Japa Yoga is the easiest, quickest, safest, surest, and cheapest,
way for attaining God-realisation. Glory to the Lord! Glory, glory to
35. O man! Take refuge in the Name. Nama (Name) and Nami (Lord) are
1. Sound helps to control the mind easily. When the mind is absorbed in
melodious sound, it does not run after sensual objects.
2. Do Japa or Soham with breath (Ajapa Japa). Practise Pranayama for one
or two months. You will hear the ten sounds (Anahata sounds) clearly and
enjoy the music of the soul.
3. The sound that you hear will make you deaf to all external sounds.
4. Sit on Padmasana or Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Close the ears with the
thumb. This is Shanmukhi Mudra or Vaishnavi Mudra.
5. Now hear the music of Anahata sounds. You will have wonderful
6. Abandon all worldly thoughts. Subdue your passion. Become indifferent
to all sensual objects.
7. Practise Yama (self-restraint), or Sadachara (right conduct);
concentrate on the sound which annihilates the mind.
8. The first sound is chini, the second is chin-chini, the third is the
sound of a bell, the fourth is like that of a conch.
9. The fifth is like that of a lute. The sixth is like that of a cymbal.
The seventh is like that of a flute.
10. The eighth is like that of a drum. The ninth is like that of a
Mridanga. The tenth is like that of thunder.
11. Hear the sounds through the right ear. Change your concentration
from the gross sound to the subtle. The mind will soon be absorbed in
12. You will get knowledge of hidden things when you hear the seventh.
13. You will hear Para-Vak when you hear the eighth sound.
14. You will develop the divine eye when you hear the ninth.
15. You will attain Para Brahman when you hear the tenth.
16. The sound entraps the mind. The mind becomes one with the sound as
milk with water.
17. It becomes absorbed in Brahman or the Absolute. You will then attain
the Seat of Eternal Bliss.
1. God is love. Love is God. God is nectar. God is Prema.
2. Bhakti is supreme love towards God. It is love for love’s sake. The
devotee wants God and God alone. There is no selfish expectation here.
3. Bhakti is the greatest power on this earth. It gushes from one’s pure
heart. It redeems and saves. It purifies the heart.
4. Devotion is the seed. Faith is the root. Service of saints is the
shower. Communion with the Lord is the fruit.
5. Bhakti is of two kinds, viz., Apara Bhakti (lower type of devotion)
and Para Bhakti (highest Bhakti or Supreme Love). Ringing bells and
waving lights is Apara Bhakti. In Para Bhakti, there is no ritualistic
worship. The devotee is absorbed in God.
6. In Supreme Love, the devotee forgets his self entirely. He has only
thoughts of God.
7. Para Bhakti and Jnana are one. Bhakti melts into wisdom in the end.
Two have become one now.
8. Bhakti grows gradually just as you grow a flower or a tree in a
garden. Cultivate Bhakti in the garden of your heart gradually.
9. Faith is necessary for attaining God-realisation. Faith can work
wonders. Faith can move mountains. Faith can take you to the inner
chambers of the Lord, where reason dares not enter.
10. Japa, Kirtan, prayer, service of saints, study of books on Bhakti
are all aids to devotion.
11. Sattvic food is a help to devotion. Take milk, fruits, etc.
12. Evil company is an enemy of devotion. Give up evil company. Take
recourse to Satsanga or company of the saints.
13. Pray to the Lord thus; “O Adorable Lord of Compassion and Love! Give
me faith and devotion. Let my mind be ever fixed On Thy Lotus Feet. Let
me have constant remembrance of Thee. Let me sing Thy glory always.”
14. The Name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop, shelter
and abode. Name is divine nectar. Nama and Nami are inseparable.
15. Keep a picture of the Lord and concentrate on it—the face or feet or
the whole picture. Then visualise the picture in your heart or the space
between the two eyebrows.
16. Repeat your Ishta Mantra—Om Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Narayanaya, Om
Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya—mentally, sometimes verbally when the mind
17. The five kinds of Bhavas are: Santa Bhava, Dasya Bhava
(master-servant relation), Vatsalya Bhava (father-son relation), Sakhya
Bhava (friendship), Madhurya Bhava (the relationship of lover and
18. Bhishma had Santa Bhava; Hanuman had Dasya Bhava; Jayadeva and
Gauranga had Madhurya Bhava; the Gopis had Sakhya-Bhava; Arjuna and Guha
had Sakhya Bhava; Yasoda and Vishnuchitta had Vatsalya Bhava.
19. Have any kind of Bhava that suits your temperament. Develop it again
20. Practise the nine modes of devotion or Nava-vidha Bhakti, viz.,
Sravana (hearing the Lilas of the Lord), Kirtan (singing His Name),
Smarana (His remembrance), Padasevana (service of His Feet), Archana
(offering flowers), Vandana (prostrations), Dasyam (servant-Bhava),
Sakhya (His friendship), and Atmanivedana (self-surrender).
21. Say unto the Lord: ‘I am Thine, all is Thine, Thy Will be done’.
Feel you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord, that the Lord works
through your mind, body and senses. Offer all your actions and the
fruits of the actions unto the Lord. This is the way to do
22. Do Anushtan frequently. Live on milk and fruits for a week. Observe
Mouna or silence and do Japa and meditate in an intense manner.
23. Manasic Puja or mental worship is a great help for increasing
devotion and attaining concentration. Offer flowers, incense, etc.,
mentally to the Lord.
24. Consider your house as a temple of the Lord, every action as service
of Lord, the light that you burn as waving lights to the Lord, every
word you speak as the Japa of the Lord’s Name, your daily walk as
perambulation to the Lord. This is an easy way of worship of the Lord.
25. Shall I wash Thy Feet with holy water, O Lord? The very Ganga flows
from Thy Feet. Shall I give You seat? Thou art all-pervading. Shall I
wave lights for Thee? Sun and Moon are Thy Eyes! Shall I offer flowers
to Thee? Thou art the essence of flowers—this is Para Puja.
26. Feel the presence of the Lord everywhere. He dwells in the chambers
of your heart, too. He is in the breath in the nostrils; He glitters in
your eyes. He is nearer to you than your jugular vein. Behold Him in
27. Horripilation (Romanchana), tears from the eyes (Asrupat), Kampan or
twitching of muscles, Svarabhanga (choking of the voice) are marks or
Lingas of devotion.
28. A realised Bhakta is free from lust, egoism, mine-ness, hatred,
jealousy, greed. He is full of humility, compassion and kindness. He
sees God in all beings, in all objects. He has equal vision and a
29. Draupadi was an Arta-Bhaktini; Nachiketas was Jijnasu-Bhakta; Dhruva
was an Artharthee-Bhakta; Suka Deva was a Jnani-Bhakta; Prahlada was an
absolutely Nishkama Bhakta.
30. Bhakti is immortalising nectar. It transmutes a man into divinity.
It makes him perfect. It bestows on him everlasting peace and bliss.
1. Raja Yoga is an exact science. It aims at controlling all
thought-waves or mental modifications.
2. Where Hatha Yoga ends, there Raja Yoga begins.
3. Hatha Yogi starts his Sadhana with his body and Prana. He practises
Asanas and Pranayama and through control of Prana, tries to control the
4. A Raja Yogi starts his Sadhana with the mind. He starts meditation
and tries to control the mind.
5. The eight limbs of Raja Yoga are: Yama (self-restraint), Niyama
(religious observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama (regulation of
breath), Pratyahara (abstraction of the senses), Dharana
(concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (superconscious state).
6. Yama consists of five parts, viz., Ahimsa (non-injury), Satyam
(truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), and
7. Niyama is observance of five canons, viz., Saucha (internal and
external purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Svadhyaya
(study of religious books and repetitions of Mantras), and
Ishvarapranidhana (self-surrender to God, and His worship).
8. Ahimsa is perfect harmlessness and positive love also. This removes
the brutal nature in man and strengthens the will.
9. He who practises meditation without ethical perfection, without the
practice of Yama-Niyama cannot obtain the fruits of meditation.
10. Purify your mind first through the practice of Yama-Niyama. Then
practise regular meditation. Then you will attain illumination.
11. The practice of Yama is a Mahavrata, universal vow. It must be
observed by all.
12. Any easy, steady, comfortable pose is Asana.
13. Asanas steady the body. Pranayama checks the outgoing tendencies of
the mind. Pratyahara gives inner spiritual strength. It removes all
sorts of distractions. It develops will-power.
14. Real Raja Yoga starts from concentration. Concentration merges in
meditation. Meditation ends in Samadhi.
15. Retention of breath, Brahmacharya, Sattvic food, seclusion, silence,
Satsanga, not mixing much with people are all aids to concentration.
16. Sleep, tossing of mind, attachment to objects, subtle desires and
cravings, laziness, lack of Brahmacharya, gluttony are all obstacles in
17. Reduce your wants. Cultivate dispassion. You will have progress in
Yoga. Vairagya thins out the mind.
18. Do not mix much. Do not talk much. Do not walk much. Do not eat
much. Do not sleep much. Do not exert much.
19. Never wrestle with the mind during meditation. Do not use any
violent efforts at concentration.
20. If evil thoughts enter your mind, do not use your will force in
driving them. You will tax your will. You will lose your energy. You
will fatigue yourself. The greater the efforts you make, the more the
evil thoughts will return with redoubled force. Be indifferent. Become a
witness of those thoughts. Substitute divine thoughts. They will pass
21. Never miss a day in meditation. Regularity is of paramount
importance. When the mind is tired, do not concentrate. Do not take
heavy food at night.
22. The mind passes into many conditions or states as it is made up of
three qualities—Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
23. Kshipta (wandering), Vikshipta (gathering), Mudha (ignorant), Ekagra
(one-pointed), and Nirodha (contrary) are the five states of the mind.
24. By controlling the thoughts the Sadhaka attains great Siddhis. He
becomes an adept. He attains Asamprajnata Samadhi or Kaivalya.
25. Do not run after Siddhis. Siddhis are great temptations. They will
bring about your downfall.
26. A Raja Yogi practises Samyama or the combined practice of Dharana,
Dhyana and Samadhi at one and the same time and gets detailed knowledge
of an object.
27. Control the mind by Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (dispassion).
28. Any practice which steadies the mind and makes it one-pointed is
29. You must practise Yoga steadily with great patience and zeal. Then
alone will you attain perfection.
30. Concentrate on Trikuti (the space between the two eyebrows) with
closed eyes. This is the best spot for concentration. The mind can be
easily controlled, as this is the seat for the mind.
31. Dull Vairagya will not help you in attaining perfection in Yoga. You
must have Para Vairagya or Theevra Vairagya, intense dispassion.
32. Tapas, Svadhyaya, Ishvarapranidhana constitute Kriya Yoga. Kriya
Yoga purifies the heart quickly.
33. Meditation on OM with Bhava and its meaning removes obstacles in
Sadhana and helps to attain Samadhi.
34. Avidya (ignorance), Asmita (egoism), Raga-Dvesha (likes and
dislikes), Abhinivesha (clinging to mundane life) are the five Kleshas
or afflictions. Destroy these afflictions. You will attain Samadhi.
35. Samadhi is of two kinds—Savikalpa, Samprajnata or Sabija, and
Nirvikalpa or Asamprajnata or Nirbija.
36. In Savikalpa or Sabija, there is Triputi or the triad (knower, known
and knowledge). The Samskaras are not burnt or fried.
37. Savitarka, Nirvitarka, Savichara, Nirvichara, Sasmita and Saananda
are the different forms of Savikalpa Samadhi.
38. In Nirbija Samadhi or Asamprajnata Samadhi there is no triad. The
impressions are fried in toto.
39. A Bhakta gets Bhava-Samadhi, a Jnani gets Badha-Samadhi, a Raja Yogi
gets Nirodha Samadhi.
1. There is an Atman or soul independent of body and mind. This soul is
immortal, unchanging and infinite. Realise this Atman and be free.
2. This Atman is Satchidananda (Existence-Absolute,
Consciousness-Absolute, Bliss-Absolute). It exists in the past, present
and future. So it is Sat. It is pure or Absolute Consciousness without
any thought. So it is Chit. It is absolute Bliss. So it is Ananda.
3. The unreal body perishes, but the Atman or the indweller is Immortal.
So, you should not grieve when anyone dies. In essence everyone is
4. This Atman cannot be hurt by anyone. It is subtle, all-pervading. It
is the Innermost Self of all.
5. This Atman is birthless, deathless, changeless. When the body is
killed, He is not killed. Therefore grieve not, lament not, regret not.
Be always cheerful.
6. Fire cannot burn this Atman, sword cannot pierce this Atman, bomb
cannot destroy this Atman, machine-guns cannot kill this Atman.
7. This Atman is eternal, immovable, secondless, self-existent,
self-centred. Therefore, knowing this to be such, thou shouldst not
grieve, when your father, mother, son, wife or relative dies.
8. This perishable body will certainly pass away. Indweller can never
perish. Thou art the immortal soul. Therefore, over the inevitable thou
shalt not grieve.
9. Brahman or Atman is beyond the reach of the mind and speech. He is
beyond logic, reason, mental process, science. He must be realised
10. You cannot deny or doubt your existence. You always feel that you
exist. This existence is Atman or your own Self. The knower of the doubt
or denier always exists. That knower is your own Atman.
11. In dream you are distinct from the physical body. In deep sleep, you
are distinct from the body and the mind. You enjoy peace and bliss in
deep sleep. This proves that you are neither body nor mind, but you are
12. There is only one Reality or Truth. That is Brahman or Atman. All
appearances are unreal. They are the effects of Maya, the illusory power
13. Behold the one Immortal Atman in all names and forms. This alone is
14. Ignorance is the cause for pain and sorrow. Annihilate this
ignorance through Brahma Jnana. All miseries will come to an end.
15. This Atman is beyond time, space, causation. Time, space, causation
are mental creation.
16. Just as snake is superimposed on the rope, this world, and the body
are superimposed on Brahman.
17. Bring a light, the snake vanishes; rope alone remains. Attain
Illumination, this world and this body vanish. Atman alone remains. That
Atman thou art. Tat Tvam Asi.
18. I-ness and mine-ness, agency and enjoyership bind you to the
Samsara. Destroy these notions. Identify yourself with the Atman which
is non-doer, non-enjoyer. You will attain Immortality and eternal Bliss.
19. Sensual pleasure is only pain. It is momentary mental excitement,
momentary sensation of flesh, momentary itching and scratching of the
senses. You can have eternal bliss in your own Inner Atman alone.
20. Enquire ‘Who am I?’ Deny or sublate the limiting adjuncts (body,
mind, etc.); know the Self and be free.
21. Constantly think of the Immortal, all-pervading Atman. Give up
thinking of body. You will attain Self-realisation.
22. You are ever free. You are already free. Moksha is not a thing to be
attained. You will have to know that you are Atman, that you are free.
23. Destroy the Vasanas, subtle desires, and Trishnas, cravings. This
will lead to the annihilation of the mind. Destruction of the mind will
lead to the attainment of Brahma Jnana or wisdom of the Self.
24. This world is illusory. Brahman alone is real. You are identical
with Brahman. Realise this and be free.
25. The liberated sage is ever blissful. He rests in his own
Satchidananda Svaroopa. He is free from egoism, lust, hatred, greed,
anger and the pairs of opposites. He has equal vision and balanced mind.
He is Brahman Himself.
26. OM is the symbol of Brahman. OM is your real name. Meditate on Om
with Bhava and its meaning. You will attain Self-realisation.
27. “I am the All-pervading, Immortal Soul. I am Pure Consciousness. I
am Satchidananda Svaroopa. I am witness or Sakshi.”—These are the
formulas for constant meditation and assertion.
28. Equip yourself with the Four Means. Hear the Srutis, reflect and
meditate. You will attain Self-realisation.
29. Thou art not this perishable body. Thou art not this changing mind.
Thou art all-pervading, immortal, infinite, changeless Soul or Atman.
Realise this and roam about happily.
30. Watch the breath. It sings Soham, ‘So’ during inhalation and ‘Ham’,
during exhalation. It reminds you ‘I am He’. Meditate on ‘Soham’ and
31. ‘I am body. I act. I enjoy. She is my wife. He is my son. This is
mine.’—This is bondage. ‘I am Immortal Soul. I am non-actor,
non-enjoyer. She is my soul. Nothing is mine.’—This is freedom.
1. This world has no real, independent existence. It appears to exist,
because Brahman or the Absolute exists for ever.
2. There is no body before its birth; there is no body after its death.
Think and feel that which you see now does not really exist. That which
does not exist in the beginning and end does not really exist in the
3. Sensual pleasure is the womb of pain. The cause for pain is absence
of pleasure. Sensual pleasure is imaginary, illusory, fleeting and
tantalising. Abandon sensual pleasure and rejoice in the Eternal Bliss
4. He who has destroyed desire is really a harmonised, peaceful and
5. Slay anger and desire. Control the thoughts. Know thyself. You will
enjoy Supreme, Everlasting Peace.
6. Desire is insatiable. It is born of Rajas or passion. It is born of
ignorance. It is an enemy of peace, wisdom and devotion. Master first
the senses and then slay this desire which abides in the senses, the
mind and intellect, ruthlessly through enquiry, discrimination,
dispassion, devotion and meditation.
7. Anger also is born of Rajas. When a desire is not gratified, anger
manifests itself. Anger is a form of desire only. Slay this anger
through Vichara, discrimination, patience, love, meditation,
identification with the ever-serene Atman.
8. Subdue the lower self by the Higher Self. Annihilate all desires.
Slay egoism. Destroy all attachments. Meditate and rest peacefully in
your own Innermost Atman, which is Existence, Consciousness and Bliss
9. If you want to attain immortality, go beyond the pairs of opposites.
10. Endure bravely heat and cold, pain and sorrow, loss and failure,
censure and dishonour. You will attain equanimity of mind, peace and
11. If you are balanced in pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and
defeat, sin will not touch thee; you will not be affected by the fruits
of your actions.
12. Keep the senses from attraction and repulsion. Attain mastery over
the senses. Discipline the senses and the mind. You will not be affected
now even if you move among sense-objects.
13. He who is free from desires, cravings, attachment, egoism, and
mine-ness, attains the Peace of the Eternal.
14. Stand up. Have mastery over the senses. Be devoted to Atman. Destroy
all doubts through Satsanga, study, enquiry, meditation and wisdom.
15. Do actions without the idea of agency, without expectation of
fruits, without attachment to the actions themselves, balanced in
success and failure. You will not be bound by actions.
16. Selfless actions will purify your heart and lead to the attainment
of wisdom of the Self.
17. Constantly do your duty without attachment. Your heart will be
purified. You will attain immortal bliss.
18. Think and feel that Prakriti or Svabhava or Guna does everything.
Identify yourself with the Actionless Atman, the Silent Witness and thus
free yourself from the bondage of action.
19. Surrender all actions unto the Lord. Fix your mind on Him. Free
yourself from egoism, attachment, desire. No action will bind you.
Actions are burnt by the fire of Wisdom. Such actions are no longer
actions at all. You will attain the Supreme Abode of everlasting bliss
20. Conquer likes and dislikes which abide in the senses. You can
conquer mind and attain the Peace of the Eternal.
21. Serve your Guru. Be devoted to your Guru. Obey him. Have implicit
faith in his teachings. You will grow in spirituality. The veil will be
torn down. You will attain Self-realisation.
22. All actions culminate in Jnana or wisdom. Bhakti also terminates in
wisdom. Without Bhakti, Jnana is impossible.
23. Knowledge of Atman burns all actions. There is no purifier in this
world like Brahma-Jnana.
24. Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, speaking,
grasping, etc., are actions of the senses. Atman is the silent witness.
Thou art really the Atman or the Witness, Sakshi. Never forget this.
25. Behold only the One Atman or the Self in all beings—in the ants,
dogs, cows, horses, elephants and outcastes. This is equal vision or
26. Give the mind to the Lord and the hands for the service of humanity.
Always think of Lord only. You will soon attain God-realisation easily.
27. Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer, whatever you
give, whatever austerity you do, do it as an offering unto the Lord.
Your heart will be purified. You will not be bound by actions. You will
soon attain the Lord.
28. Cultivate the divine qualities: humility, harmlessness, purity,
steadfastness, self-control, dispassion, unostentatiousness,
non-attachment, balance of mind, fearlessness, angerlessness,
compassion, non-covetousness, steadiness. You will attain Wisdom of the
Self or Brahma-Jnana.
29. Be cautious. Be vigilant. Be diligent. Be alert. The senses are very
turbulent. They will hurl you down into the abyss of ignorance at any
moment. Always do Japa, do Kirtan. Meditate ceaselessly.
30. Sin is only a mistake. Knowledge of Self will burn all sins. The
Name of the Lord will destroy all sins. Therefore, repeat His Name and
attain Wisdom of Atman.
31. Have faith in your own Self, in the existence of Brahman, in the
teachings of your Preceptor, in the sacred Scriptures. Then alone can
you attain Self-realisation.
32. Behold the Lord in the effulgence of the sun, in the fragrance of
flowers, in the brilliance of fire, in the sapidity of water, in the
birds, beasts, in the air, ether, in the mind, intellect, in the heart,
in the sound, in music.
33. The Lord is seated equally in all beings. He is imperishable. He is
the Supervisor, Supporter, Enjoyer. He who thus seeth, he really seeth.
34. Be firm in the vow of Brahmacharya. Control the senses and the mind.
Abandon greed. Cultivate dispassion. Make the mind one-pointed. Sit
steadily on Padma, Siddha or Sukha or Svastika Asanas. Now meditate and
practise Yoga. You will attain Samadhi or the superconscious state.
35. Now you will behold the One Atman in all beings and all beings in
36. Withdraw yourself. Annihilate all attachments and external
sense-contacts. Be in tune with the Infinite. Find joy in your own
Atman. You will realise Immortal, Undecaying Bliss.
37. Control the senses and mind, and sit for meditation. Do not allow
the mind to think of sensual objects. Again and again withdraw the mind
and fix it on the Lord.
38. Get established in the Eternal. Be balanced. Pain and sorrow will
not touch thee.
39. Rejoice in the Atman. Be satisfied in the Atman. Be contented in the
Atman. Rest in Atman. Root yourself in Atman. All your desires will be
gratified. Your heart will be filled with the Self.
40. Rajas is passion, motion. It causes attachment and thirst for
mundane life. Inertia is darkness. It causes heedlessness, laziness,
indolence, and sloth. Sattva is purity, harmony. It produces peace and
41. When Rajas predominates, Sattva and Tamas are subordinated; when
Sattva preponderates, Rajas and Tamas are subordinated. When Tamas
predominates, Sattva and Rajas are subordinated.
42. Hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, are demoniacal
qualities. They are enemies of wisdom and devotion. They are obstacles
in the path of Yoga. Slay them ruthlessly.
43. Sattvic food helps Yoga Sadhana. Take green gram, spinach, milk,
fruits, barley, bread, Lauki, bitter-gourd, plantain stem and flower,
and cow’s ghee. These augment vitality, energy, vigour, health, joy and
cheerfulness. They are delicious, bland, substantial and agreeable.
44. Give up chillies, sour, overhot, pungent, dry, burning, too much
salted things. These are Rajasic substances, which produce pain and
sickness. Abandon them.
45. That which is stale, putrid, corrupt, useless leavings of a meal,
eggs, fish, etc., are Tamasic foodstuff. Give up these things also.
46. Worship the Gods, the preceptor, the wise, sages, Yogis, Munis,
saints and Sannyasins, learned Brahmins. Be straightforward. Be pure.
Observe Brahmacharya. Practise Ahimsa. This is austerity of body.
47. Speak the truth. Speak that which generates love. Speak that which
is beneficent. This is austerity of speech.
48. Be equanimous. Be cheerful. Be self-controlled. Be pure in nature.
Control the thoughts. This is austerity of mind.
49. A glutton is unfit for Yoga. One who starves cannot practise Yoga.
Similarly, one who is filled with inertia and so sleeps much, or one who
sleeps very little and is ever engaged in Rajasic activity is also unfit
for Yoga. Adopt the golden mean. This is the Path of the Wise.
50. He who is alike to foe and friend, who is balanced in pleasure and
pain, heat and cold, honour and dishonour, censure and praise, who is
without attachment and egoism, who is ever content and harmonious, who
is compassionate, who does not hate any creature, is a devotee of
God-realisation. He has crossed the three qualities.
51. A liberated Sage is free from passion, attachment, fear, anger,
egoism. He has a balanced mind and equal vision.
52. No one can slay or destroy this Atman or soul because It is
extremely subtle, formless. It is Spirit, not matter.
53. Mind is greater than the senses. Pure Intellect is greater than the
mind. Atman is greater than the intellect. There is nothing greater than
54. Brahman is without senses, mind, Prana, quality. He is within and
without all beings. He is Immovable. He is extremely subtle.
55. He is the Light of lights. He is beyond the three qualities. He is a
mass of wisdom. He is attainable through wisdom.
56. Just as one sun illumines the whole world, the one Brahman illumines
57. Control the senses and the mind. Burn all desires. Aspire fervently
and intensely. Kill fear and anger. You will attain Liberation or the
58. Think of Brahman. Meditate on Brahman. Be devoted to Brahman. Get
merged in Brahman. Get established in Brahman, This is Brahma-Abhyasa or
Jnana-Abhyasa, or Vedantic Nididhyasana or Ahamgraha Upasana.
1. Kundalini is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies all
organic and inorganic matter within us.
2. ‘Kundala’ means coiled. Her form is like a coiled serpent.
3. Kundalini Yoga deals with the practical methods which will awaken
this great pristine force in individuals.
4. Kundalini Yoga is an exact science. It treats of Kundalini Sakti, the
six centres of spiritual energy, Shat-Chakras, the arousing of the
sleeping Kundalini Sakti and its union with Lord Siva in Sahasrara
Chakra, at the crown of the head.
5. Kundalini Yoga is also known as Laya Yoga.
6. The six centres are pierced (Chakra-Bheda) by the passing of
Kundalini Sakti to the top of the head.
7. Asanas, Bandhas, Mudras, Pranayama help in awakening Kundalini.
8. Neti, Dhauti, Nauli, Bhasti, Kapalabhati and Trataka are the
Shat-Kriyas or six Yoga Kriyas.
9. Mula-Bandha, Jalandhara-Bandha, Uddiyana-Bandha, Maha-Bandha—are the
10. Maha-Mudra, Yoni-Mudra, Sambhavi-Mudra, Khechari Mudra,
Sakti-Chalani Mudra and Vipareeta-Karani Mudra are the important Mudras.
11. Sarvangasana, Sirshasana, Paschimottanasana are the important
12. Learn the Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudras under an expert,
Siddha Yogi Guru.
13. A Guru is one who has full illumination, who is endowed with all
divine virtues, who is able to remove the doubts of his disciples and
guide them in the path of Yoga.
14. The Guru transmits his powers to the disciple through Sankalpa
(willing), Drishti (sight), Sakti-Sanchar (touch).
15. A Sadhaka should observe perfect discipline in diet. He should take
Sattvic food in moderation. A glutton cannot dream of success in Yoga.
16. Do not fast much. It will produce weakness.
17. He who has firm faith in the scriptures, who has Sadachara (right
conduct), who constantly engages himself in the service of his Guru, who
is free from lust, anger, delusion, greed, vanity, hatred and egoism can
awaken Kundalini, attain perfection and enter into Samadhi quickly.
18. The first step in Kundalini Yoga is the purification of Nadis.
19. Kanda is situated between the anus and the root of the reproductive
organ. It is like the shape of an egg. It is the centre of the astral
body. The Yoga-Nadis spring from Kanda.
20. Nadis are the astral tubes made up of astral matter. They carry
21. There are 72,000 Nadis. Of these, three are most important. They are
Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
22. Kundalini, when awakened will pass through Sushumna Nadi which
passes through the spinal column.
23. Sushumna Nadi extends from Muladhara Chakra to Brahmarandra or crown
of the head.
24. When Sushumna-Nadi flows through both nostrils, you will have
wonderful concentration and meditation.
25. You can change the flow of breath in Ida and Pingala Nadis through
concentration on the left and right nostril, through Khechari Mudra,
26. When you practise Pranayama vigorously, take butter and sugarcandy.
Live on a small quantity of milk.
27. He who has Chitta-suddhi or purity of heart will be benefited by the
awakening of Kundalini Sakti.
28. He who is addicted to sensual pleasures, who is arrogant, proud,
dishonest, untruthful, who disrespects the Guru, Sadhus and Saints can
never attain success in Kundalini Yoga.
29. Kundalini Sakti passes through the Muladhara, Svadhishthana,
Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna Chakras and finally enters the
Sahasrara at the crown of the head.
30. The Yogi attains different Siddhis at each Chakra and experiences
Ananda or bliss in various degrees.
31. Anima, Mahima, Laghima, Garima, Prapti, Prakamya, Vasitvam, Ishatvam
are the major eight Siddhis.
32. Doora-Darshana (clairvoyance), Doora-Sravana (clairaudience),
Manojaya (control of the mind), Kamarupa, Parakaya Pravesha,
Iccha-Mrityu are the minor Siddhis.
33. During the ascent of Kundalini layer after layer of the mind becomes
fully opened. The Yogi experiences various visions, knowledge and bliss.
34. When it reaches the Sahasrara, he gets the highest knowledge and
bliss. He reaches the highest rung in the ladder of Yoga. He becomes
free in all respects. He is a full-blown Yogi.
35. Eventually the Yogi attains Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the state of
superconsciousness. He gets intuition. Real knowledge flashes in him.
36. These are the signs that indicate that Kundalini has been
awakened—viz., dispassion, fearlessness, joy, ecstasy, peace, unruffled
state of mind, Siddhis or powers, contentment.
37. Kundalini can also be awakened by devotion, strong, pure,
irresistible, dynamic will, the grace of the Guru and recitation of
38. A Kundalini Yogi attains Bhukti (enjoyment) and Mukti (liberation).
1. Mantra Yoga is an exact science. ‘Mananat trayate iti mantrah’—by the
Manana (constant thinking or recollection) of which one is released from
the round of births and deaths, is Mantra.
2. Every Mantra has a Rishi who gave it to the world; a Matra or metre
which governs the inflection of the voice; a Devata or a supernatural
being; the Bija or seed which gives it a special power; the Sakti or the
energy of the form of the Mantra; and the Kilakam or the pillar which
supports and makes the Mantra strong.
3. A Mantra is Divinity, Mantra and its presiding Devata are one. The
Mantra itself is Devata. Mantra is divine power, Daivi Sakti,
manifesting in a sound-body. Constant repetition of the Mantra with
faith, devotion and purity augments the Sakti or power of the aspirant,
purifies and awakens the Mantra Chaitanya latent in the Mantra and
bestows on the Sadhaka Mantra Siddhi, illumination, freedom, peace,
eternal bliss, immortality.
4. By constant repetition of the Mantra the Sadhaka imbibes the virtues
and powers of the Deity that presides over the Mantra. Repetition of
Surya Mantra bestows health, long life, vigour, vitality, Tejas or
brilliance. It removes all diseases of the body and the diseases of the
eye. No enemy can do any harm. Repetition of Aditya-hridayam in the
early morning is highly beneficial. Lord Rama conquered Ravana through
the repetition of Aditya-hridayam imparted by Agastya Rishi.
5. Mantras are in the form of praise and appeal to the deities, craving
for help and mercy. Some Mantras control and command the evil spirits.
Rhythmical vibrations of sound give rise to forms. Recitation of the
Mantras gives rise to the formation of the particular figure of the
6. Repetition of Sarasvati Mantra ‘OM Sarasvatyai Namah’ will bestow on
you wisdom and good intelligence. You will get inspiration and compose
poems. Repetition of ‘Om Sri Mahalakshmyai Namah’ will confer on you
wealth and remove poverty. Ganesha Mantra will remove any obstacle in
any undertaking. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will remove accidents,
incurable diseases and bestow long life and immortality. It is a Moksha
7. Repetition of Subrahmanya Mantra ‘Om Saravanabhavaya Namah’ will give
success in any undertaking and make you glorious. It will drive off the
evil influences and evil spirits. Repetition of Sri Hanuman Mantra, ‘Om
Hanumanthaya Namah’ will bestow victory and strength. Repetition of
Panchadasakshara and Sodasakshara (Sri Vidya) will give you wealth,
power, freedom, etc. It will give you whatever you want. You must learn
this Vidya from a Guru alone.
8. Repetition of Gayatri or Pranava or Om Namah Sivaya, Om Namo
Narayanaya, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, one and a quarter lakh of
times with Bhava, faith and devotion will confer on you Mantra Siddhi.
9. OM, Soham, Sivoham, Aham Brahmasmi are Moksha Mantras. They will help
you to attain Self-realisation. Om Sri Ramaya Namah, Om Namo Bhagavate
Vasudevaya are Saguna Mantras which will enable you to attain Saguna
realisation first and then Nirguna realisation in the end.
10. Mantra for curing scorpion stings and cobra bites should be repeated
on eclipse days for getting Mantra Siddhi quickly. You should stand in
the water and repeat the Mantra. This is more powerful and effective.
They can be recited on ordinary days also for attaining Mantra-Siddhi.
11. Mantra Siddhi for curing scorpion sting, cobra bites, etc., can be
attained within 40 days. Repeat the Mantra with faith and devotion
regularly. Have sitting in the early morning after taking bath. Observe
Brahmacharya and live on milk and fruits for 40 days or take restricted
12. Chronic diseases can be cured by Mantras. Chanting of Mantras
generate potent spiritual waves or divine vibrations. They penetrate the
physical and astral bodies of the patients and remove the root causes of
sufferings. They fill the cells with pure Sattva or divine energy. They
destroy the microbes and vivify the cells and tissues. They are best,
most potent antiseptics and germicides. They are more potent than
ultra-violet rays or Roentgen rays.
13. Mantra Siddhi should not be misused for the destruction of others.
Those who misuse the Mantra power for destroying others are themselves
destroyed in the end.
14. Those who utilise the Mantra power in curing snake bites, scorpion
stings and chronic diseases should not accept any kind of presents or
money. They must be absolutely unselfish. They should not accept even
fruits or clothes. They will lose the power if they utilise the power
for selfish purposes. If they are absolutely unselfish, if they serve
the humanity with Sarvatma Bhava, their power will increase through the
grace of the Lord.
15. He who attained Mantra Siddhi can cure cobra bite or scorpion sting
or any chronic disease by mere touch on the affected part. When a man is
bitten by a cobra a telegram is sent to the Mantra Siddha. The Mantra
Siddha recites the Mantra and the man who is bitten by a cobra is cured.
What a grand marvel! Does this not prove the tremendous power of Mantra?
16. Get the Mantra initiation from your Guru. Or pray to your Ishta
Devata and start doing Japa of the particular Mantra, if you find it
difficult to get a Guru.
17. May you all become Mantra Yogis with Mantra Siddhi! May you all
become real benefactors of the world by becoming divine healers through
Mantra cure! May Mantra cure, divine healing centres be started all over
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quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest
Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the
center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is
one and the same with the Absolute Reality.
This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga
Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the
intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which
complement one another like fingers on a hand.
We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti
Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha,
and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer
finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final
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