PRESENT VIOLENT CAMPUS POLITICS IN BHARATHAM : - STUDENTS, SPIRITUAL LITERATURE AND SWAMI SIVANANDA-7.
Sub : STUDENTS, SPIRITUAL LITERATURE AND SWAMI SIVANANDA.- 7
Sri Swami Sivananda
Ref : PRESENT VIOLENT CAMPUS POLITICS IN BHARATHAM : -
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
*REQUEST ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS MUST READ THIS TOPIC
**IT IS URGENT IMPORTANCE IN THE PRESENT SITUATION OF THE NATION
7. Secret Of Svadhyaya :
Ques: What is the benefit of reading books like the Ramayana and the Gita, again and again, every day, Swamiji?
Ans: I shall tell you why repeated Svadhyaya or study of spiritual literature is necessary.
a). You will understand it better if I give you an illustration.
Take a nail and try to hammer it somewhere, in one stroke.
The whole of the nail will not go in.
You will have to hit it repeatedly, several times before it gets in well.
b). Also if you wish your body to grow or a plant to grow you don’t simply feed or water it once and sit quiet.
You have to take nourishment daily.
You water the plant daily. You do this day after day without fail.
c). Similar is the case with study of spiritual literature.
It is only by daily reading that the ideas will get deeper and deeper into our mind.
The mind will be gradually purified.
Study of sacred scriptures like the Gita set up beneficial vibrations and thought-currents in your mind.
*They will shape your life nicely and you will also gradually become a hero like Arjuna or Bhishma or Hanuman by constantly dwelling on their noble virtues.*
Even if you read these holy scriptures without understanding their meaning, the atmosphere wherein you read them will be purified—just as a cheerful atmosphere is created when you meet your friends and exchange some words of greeting which may not have any significant meaning.
Reading of scriptures is always good and when it is done with a knowledge of the meaning, the benefits are increased manifold.
Moreover, as you breathe fresh air regularly, constantly and continuously in order to sustain your Prana and similarly eat food daily month after month, and year after year in order to nourish your physical body, even so you must understand that the moral and the spiritual being of man need to be given their own nourishment. Devotional and spiritual practices are the indispensable nourishment for our soul.
They form the essential spiritual sustenance to the inner being.
Man is not merely a physical body and animal activity.
He is an ethical being and his essential nature is Divine Consciousness.
To nourish these latter, higher aspects, to develop and strengthen them and to attain perfection the inner spiritual life is very necessary.
Svadhyaya or daily reading of spiritual books forms an important and indispensable item in this inner spiritual life.
By such reading and study, there is a daily intake of noble, pure, elevating and inspiring spiritual ideas.
These ideas are an effective safeguard to prevent the mind succumbing to temptations or sliding down from its true ideals.
They help most effectively to keep the heart and mind ever uplifted and highly pure and in an inspired state.
They infuse the person with moral and spiritual strength, make life sublime and ultimately lead to all-round perfection in life.
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