>Vain Discussion and Waste of Time

Posted: January 6, 2010 in Effort, Guru, Maya, Mind, Sadhana, Satsang, Scripture

>Here is a pundit: good learning and old age.

Pundit, “What is divine life, Swamiji?”

Swami Sivananda, “To observe Ahimsa, Satyam and Brahmacharya. To do Japa, meditation, Kirtan. To study Gita, Upanishads. To serve all. To love all. —That is divine life.’

Pundit, “How to control the wandering mind?”

Swami Sivananda, “By Vairagya and Abhyasa.”

Pundit, “How to develop Vairagya?”


Pundit, “I think you are not well acquainted with Hindi, Swamiji. Shall I talk in English?”


After the pundit had abruptly left, Swami Sivananda said: “Vain discussion. He will never do anything in his life. They have studied some books. They ask some stock questions of every one they meet. They will go on asking. If we also go on replying, a discussion will arise—heated debate—hot words—then: you are a fool, you know nothing! It is a waste of time talking to them. Do they not know the simple thing—Japa, Kirtan, Swadhyaya, God’s grace, etc.? They will never practise. Nor will they approach any one with Bhav.”

8th June 1948 (Inspiring Talks of Swami Sivananda)

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