Category Archive: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: What does it mean to go beyond virtue?

Swamiji discusses the relationship between virtue, non-virtue and karma, as well as the need to go beyond the spiritual ignorance of false appearances that lead to suffering.

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: How to have perfect love in the world?

Swamiji discusses being in the world while simultaneously being the silent observer of consciousness, elaborating that the very nature of consciousness is unconditional love.

The Difference Between Controlling and Suppressing Anger

March 18, 2010 Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Q: What is the practical difference between controlling anger as Swami Sivananda taught, and suppressing it in a way that it can continue to affect the person subconsciously? A: According to the teaching of yoga, the main cause of anger is obstructed or …

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Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: To Realize the Self You First Must Become Selfless

Q: What would be the most practical advice for one who wants to realize the Self? Answer: First of all, we need to keep in mind that it is incorrect to say that only a few, rare people have the desire to realize the Self, to know their own essential nature. The truth is that …

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How Do We Develop Courage to Face the Unknown?

How Does One Cultivate Viveka?

Answer: Viveka means discrimination, or the ability to correctly discern one thing from another. For instance, when we go to the market, what do we do? We look for the good vegetables, which go into our basket, and we leave the bad vegetables there. We do the same with good fruit and bad fruit. When …

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Is There an End to Suffering?

How to See God in Everything

Swami Swaroopananda answers the question “What is the most practical way to see God in everything?” Presented at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas.

Have You Seen God? If Yes, When and Where? With Form or Without Form?

Answer: We learn in yoga that guru is God. So yes, I’ve seen God, who in the form of my own guru taught me that God is within. He taught me that if I want to find God, I have to meditate, that within meditation I’m going to find God, which is no different from …

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