A message from Swami Sitaramananda, Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. Om shanti ~
In this new year make resolves to use your time more profitably for your evolution. Some questions you may ask yourself to help you prioritize:
Will this lead me up or bring me down?
Will this bring me closer to myself or make me more distracted?
This also will pass. Can I live without it?
Today, it’s my unique opportunity to do this meaningful thing. I will do it now! Do not procrastinate.
When my mind resists to do something good for myself, it will say “I have no time”. On the contrary, when it likes to indulge in something, it will say “I have time now”. So pay attention to the illusion of having time or not having time to do something good.
Time is an illusion created by the mind.
Before doing something, ask “is this good only for me, or for everyone?” An action that brings good for everyone is in itself a good action.
Instead of asking myself, “Am I liking this or not?” ask, “Is this good or not?” Distinguish between what is pleasant and what is good. The mind swings between likes and dislikes, pleasure and pain. Be free from this trap of the mind and do what is right .
Remind myself of the changing nature of phenomenas, of sceneries and people. When I find myself longing for a change, make sure that it is not only changing of names and forms, which is at the end no change at all, but changing from unessential to essential- which gives more satisfaction and sense of power.
Swami Visnhu devananda would ask you everyday: “What is the difference between today and yesterday? One day closer to Immortality or God OR one day closer to Death?” How do you bring yourself one day closer to Immortality? Do Sadhana (yoga conscious practices) to free your spirit and feel “I am”. Anything else will waste your time and perpetuate your idea of “I am this mortal body, I am therefore limited, vulnerable and my existence is uncertain”.
Swami Sivananda to the contrary reminds us to “assert our True Nature as Spirit” and feel strong and secure . In your choices of priorities, make sure to consider your inner spirit and become a fulfilled, wholesome, aware, self controlled and joyful conscious being in the New Year. May this New Year be a breakthrough for you! A brilliant future is awaiting you!