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FROM SWAMI SIVANANDA'S TEACHINGS




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Being a great force, thought carries tremendous power. It becomes a matter of great moment to know how to use this power in the highest possible way and to the greatest possible effect. This can best be done by the practice of meditation. Careful reflection will show you that the entire universe is in reality a projection of the human mind. Purification and control of the mind is the central aim of all yogas. The mind in itself is but a record of impressions that keep expressing ceaselessly as impulses and thoughts. Thought impels you to action; activity creates fresh impressions in the mind. Yoga strikes at the very root of this vicious circle by effectively checking, controlling and stopping the root function of the mind i.e. thought. When thought is transcended, intuition functions and self-knowledge supervenes.

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THE STORY OF SAVITHRI

A STORY FROM THE MAHABHARATA
THE BRAVE WOMAN WHO FACED YAMA, THE GOD OF DEATH

She was Savithri, the daughter of a powerful king-a beautiful princess, The king’s fond and sustained efforts to find her a suitor were fruitless, As the charming princess was determined to find him on her own.
Thus set out she with the king’s guards, and soon enough found her prince, Knowing whose background made her father the king wince! For Satyavan was the son of a once-upon-a time king, poor and blind, Who, along with wife was dependent on his wood-cutter son, who was kind.
As nothing would dissuade Savithri in spite of all persuasion, The king agreed reluctantly, to honor her firm decision.