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Meditation Talks

In this section of our temple’s website, we have built a collection of 545 early morning meditation talks given daily by Swami Atmaswarupananda at The Divine Life Society (Sivananda Ashram) in Rishikesh, India. The special value of these talks is that they express traditional Vedic teachings in a way that both touches the heart and is easy for the modern mind to understand. Each talk should take no more than a few minutes to read but will provide inspiration for the entire day and longer.
Canadian-born Swami Atmaswarupananda (called Bill Eilers before he entered the monastic life) came to Sivananda Ashram in 1974 at age 49 at the suggestion of his guru, Swami Chidananda, the then president of The Divine Live Society. He has remained there ever since. After he had spent twenty years living a life of study and reflection, he was requested by his guru to give a brief talk each morning at the conclusion of the early morning meditation gatherings at the Ashram. Swami Atmaswarupananda has given these daily talks in the sacred Samadhi Shrine of Swami Sivananda since 1995 and continues to do so to this day. His daughter Swami Amritarupananda, who has been at the Ashram since 1980, records, transcribes, and edits them. We are grateful to both of them for granting us permission to post the talks.
For one year, from July 30, 2007 to July 29, 2008, we posted one talk each day. Starting in August 2008, we switched to a weekly posting, completing the series with talk number 545 on January 1, 2012. In these talks, “Gurudev” refers to Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) and “Pujya Swami” refers to Swami Chidananda (1916-2008).
367. Our Fundamental Good Fortune
368. Seek Beyond
369. A Key Understanding
370. Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of God and Guru
371. Avoiding a Comfort Level
372. Returning Home
373. Being Positive
374. Surrender and Action
375. Total Satisfaction
376. Total Surrender
377. Living Life Intelligently
378. Japa
379. Knowing the Truth
380. The Two Keys to Liberation
381. It Is a Moral Choice – I
382. It Is a Moral Choice – II
383. Acknowledge, Trust, and Express God
384. The Razor’s Edge – II
385. Living the Truth
386. Seeing God
387. The Secret of Lasting Happiness
388. Faith
389. Through the Eye of Faith
390. Benefiting From Adverse Circumstances
391. From Exclusivity to Inclusivity
392. Beyond Materialism and Idealism
393. Stop Searching For a New Me
394. Defining Integral Yoga
395. A Concentrated Mind
396. Avoiding a Fall
397. Coming to Lord Krishna
398. Beyond Heaven and Hell
399. A Simple Fact That We Must Not Overlook
400. A Simple Sadhana
401. Shifting Our Base
402. What Is Meditation?
403. Make God Real
404. Silence Reveals the Here and Now
405. Purification, Purification, Purification
406. See God in All
407. Finding the Unfindable
408. Reconciling Our Thinking and Intuition
409. Become Like God
410. Spirituality Includes Our Entire Life
411. Peace, Happiness, and Surrender
412. The Unknowable
413. Resolving a Paradox
414. Willingness and Humility
415. No Differences Here
416. Knowing No Differences
417. Our Eternal Support
418. Discrimination
419. Growing Older Usefully
420. Listening to the Guru Within
421. Healing the Mind
422. Enquiring, Who Am I?
423. Fundamentals Are Not Meant to Become Fundamentalism
424. The Connection Between Surrender and Common Sense
425. The Real Purpose of Spiritual Experiences and Insights
426. The Truth That Is Always There
427. The Middle Path
428. What God’s Name Can Do for Us
429. The Natural State – II
430. We Are Always the Same Person
431. Renouncing the I
432. How Do We Realize God?
433. The Ultimate Conquest of Fear
434. Knowing God by Inference
435. Beyond Feelings
436. Our First God
437. Avoiding a Comfort Level – II
438. The Natural State – III
439. Dynamic Be Good, Do Good
440. Getting Our Mind Off Ourselves
441. Becoming Like God
442. Seeing Nothing Except God
443. Live Each Day as a New Birth
444. Seeing Nothing Except God
445. Divinity, Goodness, and Evolution
446. What Gurudev Taught
447. What Is Our Actual Goal?
448. Our Two Fundamental Questions
449. Verses Addressed to the Mind
450. It is Our Own Self
451. The Real Measurement
452. Pujya Swami Chidanandaji’s Last Will
453. Good Friday
454. Easter Sunday
455. Yoga and Understanding
456. The Genius of the Four Aims and Four Stages of Life
457. Letting Go and Remembering
458. Seeing It from God’s Point of View
459. Loyalty to the Guru
460. See Nothing Except God
461. Changing Our Angle of Vision
462. Is God Personal or Impersonal?
463. Swami Sivananda and Divine Life
464. Choose That Which Unifies
465. Die to Live
466. Total Satisfaction
467. We Are Part of the Universe
468. Be Who You Are
469. The Secret of a God-Centered Life
470. Making God Real
471. In All Things Give Thanks
472. Liberation Is From I and Mine
473. Not I, Not Mine
474. Beyond the Mind
475. Kill This Little I
476. Empty Thyself
477. Be Gunatita
478. An Authentic Life
479. Our Outer and Inner Worlds
480. Freedom and Obedience
481. Navaratri and Vijaya Dasami
482. Do We Need a Guru?
483. God Cannot Be Limited
484. The Second of October
485. Why We Need Lord Skanda
486. Using Our Common Sense
487. The Great Challenge
488. Never Forget the Higher
489. Seeing Nothing Except God
490. A Purified Heart
491. God Is Purity
492. Choice
493. Choosing Both Being and Doing
494. The Importance of Duty
495. You Must Introspect
496. True Aspiration
497. Inner Spiritual Strength
498. Making a Contribution
499. Three Renunciations
500. The Universal Angle of Vision
501. The Divine Name
502. Feeling the Need of God
503. The Danger of Comfort Levels
504. Freedom from the Known
505. The Present Moment
506. Can We Know the Unknowable?
507. Being Good and Doing Good
508. The Crucial Need of Aspiration
509. Dual Awareness
510. Seeing No Differences
511. Making Our Mind Our Best Friend
512. True Conversion
513. What Are We To Be Liberated From?
514. The Great Challenge
515. Cast Your Burden Upon the Lord
516. Just As We Are, We Are That
517. Becoming Like God
518. Becoming Like The Guru
519. The Significance of Obedience
520. The Need for Fundamental Change
521. Pujya Swami Chidanandaji’s Call
522. Know Thyself at All Levels
523. Mutual Superimposition
524. Upside Down
525. The Need for Fundamental Change
526. Pujya Swami Chidanandaji’s Call
527. Know Thyself at All Levels
528. Mutual Superimposition
529. Becoming Like the Guru
530. Making God Real
531. We Are Divine
532. The Second of October
533. The Real Need for Integral Yoga
534. The Real Purpose of Sadhana
535. Where True Happiness Lies
536. The Path that Never Fades
537. The Practice of Wisdom
538. The Need for Introspection
539. True Security
540. You Are Who You Think You Are
541. The Essence of the Teachings
542. Discrimination is Different Than Judgment
543. The Vital Importance of Ahimsa, Satyam, and Brahmacarya
544. A Life Undivided
545. Using Our Common Sense