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ADVERSITY & BENEVOLENCE

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Adversity is affliction or misfortune or calamity. Adversity is a state or condition characterised by untoward, harassing circumstances, severe trial or affliction. lt is opposed to prosperity. Adversity is an event or series of events which oppose success or desires. lt is a state of unhappiness.
Adversity is a blessing in disguise. Sweet are the uses of adversity. lt strengthens the will power and the power of endurance and turns the mind more and more towards God. lt instill dispassion or Vairagya in the heart. lt is the first path to truth.
Adversity is a virtue. lt makes the idle industrious. lt draws out the faculties of the wise. lt puts a man to the necessity of trying his skill.

The crucial test is your conduct under hardship and adversity. The storms of adversity rouse the faculties and talents of an individual and generate prudence, skill, fortitude, courage, patience and perseverance. Adversity makes one think, invent and discover.

Adversity is the only balance to weigh friends; prosperity is no just scale.

Adversity will mould you properly. lt is your great teacher. lt is the best and severe instructor. Great persons and saints have been tried, smelted, polished and glorified through the furnace of adversity.

Do not weep when you are in adverse conditions. Adversity strengthens your nerves and sharpens your skill.

The best thing in this world is pain or adversity. During pain only man remembers God. Pain is the eye-opener. The quest of God begins from pain. The starting point of philosophy is from pain. Had there not been pain in this world, man would never have attempted to get freedom (moksha). He would have been satisfied with mundane life only. ln trying to get rid of pain, he comes across Truth or the abode of Peace, Parama-Dhama. He starts prayer, Japa, charity, selfless seryice, study of religious books, etc. Bhaktas always pray to God, “O Lord! Give us sufferings always so that we shall ever remember Thee.”

Adversity develops power of endurance and will-force. Adversity develops fortitude and forbearance. Adversity melts a stony heart and infuses devotion to God.

Benevolence
BENEVOLENCE

Benevolence. Latin: Benevolentia a good feeling; bene – well, and volens – to wish. Benevolence is the disposition to seek the well-being or comfort of others. lt is the desire to alleviate suffering or promote happiness. lt is love of mankind or kindliness of heart or charitableness.

Benevolence is the all-inclusive virtue. ln order to attain the perfection of benevolence itself the moral judgment of men requires all the other most cardinal virtues both of will and of judgment.

Benevolence is the minister of God. lt is a rare virtue. To feel much for others and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfish and excercise our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature.
No one in this world is perfectly independent. He is in need of the assistance of others. Man is placed in society to receive and confer reciprocal helps and mutual obligations.

Your food, your clothes, your health, your protection from injuries, your enjoyment of the comforts and pleasures of life-all these you owe to the assistance of others. Therefore, be benevolent to others. Be a cosmic benefactor. Be a friend to mankind.
The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect, but it is only the benevolent man who wins our affection.
A benevolent man enjoys peace, joy and tranquillity. He rejoices in the happiness and prosperity of his neighbours and all other people. He who employs his wealth, his thought, his speech, to advance the good of others is a glorious man. He is a veritable god on this earth.

Excerpts from “HOW TO CULTIVATE VIRTUES AND ERADICATE VICES” by Sri Swami Sivananda

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Obstacles in God-realization #1

Swami SivanandaAn intelligent and comprehensive understanding of the various obstacles that act as stumbling blocks in the path of God-realisation is indispensably requisite for an aspirant.

According to Patanjali Maharshi the following are the obstacles in God-realisation:
Vyadhi- styana- samsaya-pramada-alasya-avirati-bhrani
darsana-alabdha bhumikatva-anavasthitatvani
chitta-vikshepaste-antarayah.


Diseases, remission of Sadhana, doubt, carelessness, laziness, worldly-mindedness, illusion, false perception, tossing of mind and inability to remain in the state of Samadhi on account of Vikshepa are the obstacles in the path of God-Realisation. (I-30.)

Poor Health

You will find in the Yoga-Kundalini-Upanishad:
“Diseases are generated in one’s body through the following causes, viz., sleeping in the day time, late vigils overnight, excess of sexual intercourse, moving in crowd, the checking of the urine and feces, the evil of unwholesome food and laborious mental operations with Prana. “

God-realisation is not possible without Sadhana or spiritual practice. Spiritual practice is not possible without good health. A sickly, dilapidated body stands in the way of doing Abhyasa or discipline. The aspirant should try his level best to keep good health always by regular exercise, Asana, Pranayama, moderation in diet, walking, running in open air, regularity in his work, meals, sleep, etc. He should avoid drugging as far as possible. He must take recourse to nature cure such as fresh air, wholesome food, cold bath and dietetic adjustment. He should always keep a cheerful attitude of mind, under all conditions of life. Cheerfulness is a powerful mental tonic.
Vedanta says: “Have no attachment for this body. But keep it clean, strong and healthy for constant rigid Sadhana. This body is a boat to cross to the other shore of Immortality. It is a horse to take you to the destination. Feed the horse well-but give up ‘mine-ness’.”

Impure and Immoderate Food

Mind is formed out of the subtlest portion of food. If the food is impure, the mind also becomes impure. Food plays an important part in the evolution of mind. It has direct influence on the mind. Meat, fish, eggs, stale, unwholesome food, onions, garlic etc., should be avoided by spiritual practitioners as they excite passion and anger. The food should be simple, bland, light, wholesome and nutritious. Liquors and narcotics should be strictly abandoned. Chillies, condiments, spiced dishes, pungent articles, hot things, things that are sour, sweetmeats etc., must be rejected.
Aspirants should not overload the stomach. Ninety per cent of diseases take their origin in immoderation in diet. People have developed a strong habit of eating more food than what is actually necessary from their very boyhood. Overloading brings drowsiness and sleep immediately. The night-meals should be very light for Sadhakas. Half a seer of milk, with one or two plantains is quite sufficient. Overloading is the chief factor in bringing night-pollution.

Excerpts from “Practice of Bhakti Yoga” by Swami Sivananda

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Buddha speaks…

Sri-Lanka-BuddhaAs a flower that is lovely and beautiful, but is scentless, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who practices it not.

“Opinion, O disciples, is a disease; opinion is a tumour; opinion is a sore. He who has overcome all opinion, O disciples, is called a saint, one who knows.”

“In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

“Tune as the sitthar, neither high nor low, and we will dance away the hearts of men.”

“Live in joy, in love,
even among those who hate.

Live in joy, in health,
even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, in peace,
even among the troubled.

Look within, be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
know the sweet joy of the way.”

“In separateness lies the world’s great misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

Full Moon

“Greater than all the joys
Of heaven and earth,
Greater still than dominion
Over all the worlds,
Is the joy of reaching the stream.”

“Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”

Gautama Buddha