Precepts For Practice

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Sri Swami Sivanandaji's writing are characteristic in being free from the rigid technical nomenclature and the austere logic usually met with in texts dealing with super-mundane matters and in thus being accessible even to the most non-intellectual type of aspirants.

These priceless precepts have already been made available to seekers of Truth all over the world through "My Magazine of India" for over twenty-five years.

A point worth mentioning here is that most of the earliest disciples of the Master (e.g., Sri Swami Paramanandji, Sri Swami Narayananandaji, Sri Swami Chidanandaji come into contact with Sri Gurudev and His message through the pages of "My Magazine of India".

For the benefit of the devotees, these precepts were brought out in a book from in the year 1958.

This beautiful production is a joyous hand-book to one and all in their daily life, which instructs like a philosopher, coaxes like a mother, and makes merry like a friend. A page from this book cannot go without seriously benefiting its reader. We have no doubt that it will illumine many a soul that seeks light.


Back of the Book

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he though his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963, he entered Mahasamadhi.




Chapter One
The Golden Precepts
(i) Key-notes of Sadhana 13
(ii) Strive for Self-Culture 17
(iii) Unto Peace 22
(iv) The Divine Science 26
(v) Streams of Philosophy 30
Chapter Two
Precepts For Bhaktas
(i) How to Develop Devotion 34
(ii) Conditions Pre-Requisite 40
(iii) Sadhana 42
(iv) Sources of Inspiration 45
(v) Renunciation 48
(vi) Your Duty 50
Chapter Three
Precepts on Practical Sadhana
(i) The Path of Blessedness 54
(ii) Means to Salvation 57
(iii) Pearls of Truth 61
(iv) Ways of Self-Purification 64
(v) Gospel of Brahmacharya 66
(vi) Keep a Diary 69
Chapter Four
Precepts on the Blessed Life
(i) Sadhana: The Sine Qua Non of Life 71
(ii) Surrender and Spiritual Experience 75
(iii) Stand Up and Fight O Hero 77
(iv) Such is Life 79
(v) Mind the Mind 80
(vi) Path to Permanent Freedom 81
(vii) Glory of Yoga 83
(viii) Hints for the Modern Man 84
(ix) Strive for Liberation 88
Chapter Five
Precepts on Saintliness
(i) Marks of Saintliness 92
(ii) Guiding Lights 95
(iii) Glory of the Guru 98
(iv) Jiva-Brahma-Aikya 99
(v) Points to Remember 101
(vi) Attain the Goal Here 104
(vii) Develop Intuition 107
(viii) Pilgrimage to Param-Dham 110
Chapter Six
Precepts Perennial
(i) On Control of Mind 115
(ii) Tapas or Austerity 118
(iii) Adieu! Maya!! 121
(iv) Who Am I? 124
(v) Who is God? 126
(vi) Philosophical Truths 128
(vii) Appeal to the Supreme 130
(viii) The Mysterious Delusion 132
(ix) The Different Yogas 136
(x) Pearls of Divine Wisdom 138
(xi) Surrender and Grace 142
(xii) The Goal and Its Attainment 144
Chapter Seven
Precepts For Perfection
(i) This Samsara Is Asara (Essenceless) 149
(ii) Asparsa Yoga 152
(iii) This Marvellous Mind 155
(iv) Aid to Spiritual Progress 158
(v) Rise Above the World 160
(vi) Economics and Life Divine 163
(vii) The Path of Purity 165
Chapter Eight
Precepts on Practical Religion
(i) Sane Way to Salvation 170
(ii) Real Religion 172
(iii) The Great Quest 175
Chapter Nine
Precepts on Self-Purification
(i) Transcend Temptations 179
(ii) Qualification of a Karma Yogi 181
(iii) Gospel of Freedom 182
(iv) The Power of Purity 184
(v) The Supreme Blessing 186
(vi) Cream of Yoga-Vedanta 188
(vii) Where Is God? 190
(viii) How to Become Immortal 192
Chapter Ten
Precepts on The Practice of Yoga
(i) Secret of Success in Meditation 195
(ii) Universal Teachings of All Saints 196
(iii) Eradication of Evil 198
(iv) The Wise Aspirant 200
(v) Sparks of Wisdom 202
(vi) Truth About God 204
(vii) The Highest Sadhana 204

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