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What a life changing experience!!! It is so far the most amazing thing I have done for myself and I would recommend it to anyone. Excellent does not even qualify for the amount of devotion, care, patience, and understanding I received from the team at the ashram. The food was truly amazing, accommodation to suit everyones budget, and I will be forever grateful for the high quality teachings and training received. This course formed my foundation to a much happier life.
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What a life changing experience!!! It is so far the most amazing thing I have done for myself and I would recommend it to anyone. Excellent does not even qualify for the amount of devotion, care, patience, and understanding I received from the team at the ashram. The food was truly amazing, accommodation to suit everyone's budget, and I will be forever grateful for the high quality teachings and training received. This course formed my foundation to a much happier life.
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Sara Sanabria Love this picture 🙂

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In honor of our 50th anniversary, we welcomed Kamala to share stories of our founder, Swami Vishnudevananda. As his biographer, she is able to share stories such as how Swami Vishnudevananda founded the ashram, how he influenced the Beatles in their spiritual practices, and other stories about his life. The Beatles story begins at 42:00!

#thebeatles #georgeharrison #celebratingourhistorywelcomingourfuture #50yearsofashramlife #sivanandabahamas #bahamasyogasivanandabahamas.org In honor of our 50th anniversary, we had the pleasure of listening to Kamala, a devoted direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and his...
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Ay what time starts?

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In the light of our 50th Anniversary a beautiful compilation of historical images of Swami Vishnudevananda and this very spot we are still gratefully holding up!

#celebratingourhistorywelcomingourfuture #50years #SAYRanniversary #sivanandabahamas #ashramlifeEnjoy these historical images of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas and Swami Vishnudevananda from the 1970s and 1980s. In 2018, as we celebrate 50 ye...
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Thank you for this #pearlofwisdom Brant Secunda!
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Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda | sivanandabahamas.org

How to Acquire Faith

Question: What is faith, and how does one acquire it?

Answer: Faith, first of all, is not blind belief. Faith is a way of knowing, or is a way of knowledge. Faith is a way of knowledge, not through the five senses, not through the intellect, but through the avenue of higher intuition. Faith is knowledge through the avenue of higher intuition, and this comes through the purification of the mind, and more important, the purification of the heart. How do we purify the heart?

The most important thing to purify in order to bring about faith is to purify the heart. How do we purify the heart? In yoga we learn this. We say we purify the heart by the practice of Karma Yoga, selfless service to all fellow beings. The method is very simple. We have to start to serve others; simple. We have to stop thinking that we are the most important people in this universe. We are not. In Karma Yoga, the most important person is our fellow being. My fellow being is the most important person. This idea that “I, I, I; me, me, me” has to go gradually.

Usually, if you notice it, when we come to a place, we think, “What can I get out of it?” Rarely do we think, “What can I give to it?” This is how our psyche works. In Karma Yoga, the ego-centric tendency is replaced by this love to our fellow beings and this desire to alleviate, to remove the suffering of our fellow beings, to improve their well- being, to cheer them. And it can take many forms. Every moment, we have an opportunity to serve. Also, it is not just a quantity issue—how much did I serve? Even small service is important. I will tell you a story. Examples are always the best.

In the Bahamas, we met a person, who, in my opinion, is a saint. I have known him for many years. Swami Vishnudevananda also knew him. He is Christian, and he is—like the Mother Teresa of the Bahamas. He is a saint. He is 90 years old now. One day I asked him, “What is your secret?” We like to know the secrets. “What is your secret?” He said, “It is very simple. Every day,” he says, “do one good deed and that is it. Every day, do one good deed. Simple.” I meditated upon it, and I found it is profound, and it is also true.

When we come to Karma Yoga, it is not the quantity, but it is the persistence. We have to persevere. That tendency, that ego-centric tendency has to go. Who will benefit the most from the practice of Karma Yoga? The karma yogi himself will benefit the most! People are asking how to be happy. It is very simple. Make another person happy; that is the easiest way. Cheer another person. It is easy. The whole day, be egotistic. And once a day make another person happy. Just one act of Karma Yoga a day is enough. It does not have to be a lot.

The reason I am bringing it up is because Karma Yoga purifies the heart, and when the heart is pure, faith is coming—to the degree that the heart is pure, more faith. Faith is not blindness. Faith is not what people think. It is not blind belief. Faith is knowledge. I remember reading from the New Testament, when Jesus was saying, “Can’t you believe” — talking to his disciples — “Can’t you believe without seeing?” Can you not believe without seeing? It is easy to believe after seeing. Everyone can do it. Can you believe without seeing? That is more difficult. Faith is like this.

Faith is knowledge, but not through the senses. Not through the intellect – through a higher faculty—much higher. There is a practical way to it, and it is also a good way which definitely would benefit everyone. The way to faith is through Karma Yoga — selfless service to our fellow beings.

Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

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June 29, 2018
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Swami Swaroopananda answers aspirants’ questions, clears troubled minds, and inspires listeners to advance on the spiritual path.

 
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Swami Swaroopananda answers aspirants’ questions, clears troubled minds, and inspires listeners to advance on the spiritual path.

 

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