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Swami Hariharananda Aranya Teachings

A collection of teachings of Swami Hariharananda Aranya.

Placing one’s own mind in the tranquil mind of God is placing self in God and God in self. By thinking that all unavoidable efforts are being done by Him, as it were, one can give up all desires for fruits of action and thus be able to completely surrender all actions to God. Such a devotee considers himself as established in God in all his actions and thus is perfectly at peace and continues his physical existence in a detached manner until his senses stop their functions. By meditating on God as Consciousness within self, a Yogin realises his individual Self.


Constant devotion to God easily leads to the attainment of Samadhi. Other Yamas and Niyamas conduce to the attainment of Samadhi by other means, but devotion to God directly leads to Samadhi, because it is a form of contemplation favorable to Samadhi. That contemplation becoming deep, makes the body motionless and restraining the organs from their objects, culminates in Dharana (fixity) and Dhyana (meditation) and ultimately in Samadhi. Surrender of all thoughts to God means mentally merging oneself into God.