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Sivananda's Personality-95.

Sri N. Ananthanarayanan

The Master never gave long lectures, nor talked on high philosophy. He demonstrated the teachings of the Gita and Upanishads in every action of his daily life. That is why his teachings and writings have such an impact on the minds of people.

As a true Bhakta, the Master worshipped all Deities, respected and adored all saints, celebrated all festivals. As a Vedantin, he was always established in the non-dual God-conscious state. As a Karma Yogi, he served the Lord in all creation in whatever way he could. As a Raja Yogi, he exercised, consciously and unconsciously, various psychic and supernatural powers but again, only for the good of others.

Beneath his simple looks and unassuming answers to the questions of curiosity-mongers, lay a wealth of spiritual experience. During his days of spiritual practice—and it must be noted that he continued to practise them even after he became a sage—he appeared to have undergone a myriad spiritual practices, reaped as many experiences, and also acquired as many powers.

All these experiences he gave out to the world through his writings, not under the title, "My Experiences", but in the form of spiritual lessons. He gave the minutest instructions on even the most subtle problems that arise in the course of spiritual practice. These lessons cover every field of Yoga, every known variety of spiritual practice. They fill more than a hundred volumes.

To be continued ...
Swami Sivananda
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