Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Insights and Inspirations (Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2) — Gurudev Swami Sivananda

April 8, 2021

 Gurudev Swami Sivananda & Swami Venkatesananda     Often we come across descriptions of enlightened sages, yogis who had attained self-realization and jivamuktas (they who have gained liberation while still living here).

      Once one begins to think of Swami Sivananda, remember him, remind yourself of the way in which he walked and talked, the way in which he laughed and lectured, the way in which he smiled and frowned, your whole being is flooded with reminiscences which keep flowing as if the dam had burst.

      Sometimes we are tempted to compare Swami Sivananda with this or that holy man. But truly he was incomparable. In fact, he was indefinable and therefore unpredictable. He had no stereotyped behavior, set responses and rigid routines. In him contradictions were reconciled into a complete wholeness and the changes blended into an unchangeable light that defied description. There was no dogma in him and yet he was not necessarily opposed to dogma. He was not opposed to anything, not even to opposition! He was incarnate love, and that love was unlike anything you and I have experienced.

      “Brahmavit brahmaiva bhavati,” declares the scriptures: "he who knows Brahman becomes Brahman." In him the ego ceases to be recognized as an independent entity. When we speak of one another we are really speaking of the little ego — praising or condemning, affirming or denying. But when we speak of Gurudev Swami Sivananda, we speak of Brahman the infinite, in whom there is no ego to be thus described nor an (egotistic) state known as egolessness.

      One can only say that if God (truth or love) walked the earth, it would be as Gurudev Swami Sivananda did. His life was divine. It is, it shall ever be. He exists and shines in your heart as your own Self.

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