Bliss Divine - Swami Sivananda
The Divine Life Society
A Book of Spiritual Essays On the Lofty Purpose of Human Life And the Means to Its Achievement
By Swami Sivananda
This is the age of skepticism and materialism. Wealth tempts people like a deceptive mirage. It hardens the heart of man and causes pride in him and makes him forget God.
Materialistic civilization has made man insincere and untruthful. Rudderless, the ship of human civilization is heading fast towards the rock of self aggrandizement, hatred, aimless living, and eventually, self-destruction.
The present world is full of fear, suspicion, crimes, conflicts, quarrels and struggles. The philosophy of flesh substitutes license for discipline and self-indulgence for self-sacrifice. The real ideal of religion is forgotten, the spirit of religion is lost, and only a poor external structure remains.
Scientists have conquered the air and the atom. Sputniks circle around the world. But alas! Men have not realized the mysteries of the Atman, their inner Self. They have conquered nature, and outer space, but they have not conquered their arch enemy, mind.
Mere intelligence, without morality and spirituality, is not helpful. It is dangerous. It will lead to disaster.
Today, in the world convulsed by wars and revolutions, there is a great necessity to revive the moral and spiritual value of ancient Indian culture and its everlasting idealism. If the human mind is to be weaned from materialism, if humanity is to be brought together, the only way is the practice of Yoga and Vedanta.
Yoga and Vedanta are basically the same. Vedanta is the sublime philosophy that gives a directive to the Yoga way of life.
Unconscious movement is called natural evolution. Conscious evolution is Yoga or the practice of religion.
Religion is not a matter of belonging to a church or of professing a creed. It is a matter of evolving a deeper insight and understanding and expressing it through life.
It is this insight and this understanding which the great Master Sivananda seeks to impart in the pages of BLISS DIVINE.
BLISS DIVINE is an immortal work, a legacy for ages to come. It is a spiritual classic. It is a Bible for the Christians, a Bhagavad-Gita for the Hindus, a Koran for the Muslims, a Zend-Avesta for the Parsis. It sums up the teachings of all scriptures of all ages.
Not only that; it offers comfort and consolation, enlightenment and elucidation, in a manner which makes a direct appeal to the modern mind. No line is vague. No explanation is hidden.
Optimism is the keynote of the book. Its pages abound in constructive suggestions for a fuller, happier life, right now, here on earth.
Each essay is self-contained and can be read apart from the rest of the book. The author has prefaced the book with a beautiful introduction, unsurpassed for depth of meaning and lucidity of presentation.
—THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
1st March 1974.
An immortal book and a legacy for ages to come. Not only is it a summary of all scriptures of all ages, but it also offers comfort and consolation, enlightenment and elucidation, in a manner that makes a direct appeal to the modern mind. 86 self-contained essays, covering all aspects of the life spiritual, each one a fountain of inspirational wisdom. 528 pages.