The other day at the Satsang (2.5.2010), we mentioned that we should keep ourselves busy, extremely busy, so that our minds will not become the Devil’s workshop. Swamiji Sri Sivananda Maharaj has prescribed the following daily routines for everyone: students, busy people, retirees and aspirants. Please make use of the time-table that suites your lifestyle:

Daily Routine for Students/Pupils

Asana, Pranayama: 4.00 am – 4.25 am
Tratak, Japa, Meditation: 4.25 am – 5.00 am
Study of School Lessons: 5.00 am – 6.30 am
Physical Exercises and breakfast: 6.30 am – 7.00 am
Mantra Writing: 7.00 am – 7.15 am
Study of Gita: 7.15 am – 7.30 am 
Preparation for Class Lessons: 7.30 am – 9.00 am
Bath, Meals: 9.00 am – 10.00 am
School Hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Games, Walking, Nishkamya Karma: 5.00 pm – 5.45 pm
Japa and Dyana: 5.45 pm – 6.45 pm
Study of School Lessons: 6.45 pm – 8.15 pm
Meals: 8.15 pm – 8.30 pm
Swadhyaya, Study of Religious Books: 8.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Kirtan, Prayers: 9.00 pm – 9.15 pm
Self-analaysis, Introspection, Spiritual Diary: 9.15 pm – 9.30 pm
Sleep: 9.30 pm – 4.00 am

Note: Giving free tuition to poor students or serving the sick persons during intervals will constitute Nishkamya Karma

Daily Routine for Busy People

Asana, Pranayama: 4.00 am – 4.30 am
Tratak, Japa, Dyana: 4.30 am – 6.00 am
Physical Exercises and breakfast: 6.00 am – 6.45 am
Mantra Writing: 6.45 am – 7.00 am
Study of Gita: 7.00 am – 7.15 am 
Study of Spiritual Books: 7.15 am – 8.00 am
Nishkamya Karma and Household Duties: 8.00 am – 9.00 am
Bath, Meals, Going to Office: 9.00 am – 10.00 am
Office Hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Evening Walk, Nishkamya Karma: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Japa and Dyana: 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm
Meals: 7.45 pm – 8.15 pm
Kirtan, Bhajans, Prayers: 8.15 pm – 8.30 pm
Study of Spiritual Books: 8.30 pm – 9.15 pm
Atma-Vichara, Self-analaysis, Introspection, Spiritual Diary: 9.15 pm – 10.00 pm
Sleep: 10.00 pm – 4.00 am

Daily Routine for Night Duty People

Kirtan, Prayer and One mala of Japa: 30 minutes (after duty)
Sleep: 6 to 7 hours
Silent Japa: 30 minutes after getting up
Asana, Pranayama: 20 minutes
Rest, Bath, Food: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Study of Gita and Mantra Writing: 30 minutes
Tratak, Japa and Dyana: 1 hour 30 minutes
Household Duties: 1 hour 15 minutes
Swadhyaya of Religious Books: 1 hour 10 minutes
Self-analaysis, Introspection, Spiritual Diary: 30 minutes
Food Dressing and Going to Office: 45 minutes
Office Duty: 8 hours

Note: If there be leisure dutring office hours, silent mental Japa or study of spiritual books can be done.

An Ideal Time-Table for an Aspirant

Sleep: 7 hours
Walk: 1 hour 30 minutes
Mouna: 15 minutes
Study of Gita and other Scriptures: 4 hours
Bath, etc.: 1 hour
Asana and Exercise: 50 minutes
Pranayama: 10 minutes
Japa and Meditation: 2 hours
Food and Nishkamya Seva: 3 hours

Mantra Writing: 30 minutes
(pgs. 455-458, Sadhana)
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