imageSwami Sivamurti - Integrity

Develop an integral personality. Tie all the loose ends in your character. Become a man of high moral principles. Lead a life of righteousness. Everyone will trust you, obey you, respect you and revere you.

—Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Integrity is being honest, truthful and leading a life of righteousness. When Swami Niranjan was in Greece, in 2000, he said, “The definition of dharma in Sanskrit is ‘the beauty that you hold within and that you express’ - dharyate iti dharma. Express the beautiful you, and you will be a dharmic person.” It is a striking definition for dharma. Dharma is leading a life of righteousness, being a good person, adhering to one’s code of honour and high principles, and living accordingly.

Swami Niranjan lives and breathes dharma. Nothing will make him forsake dharma, righteousness, the good, right and appropriate. Swamiji Sivananda said, “Dharma is the virtue which upholds the world.” Swamiji lives a life of dharma; it is difficult and rare to find a person with his level of integrity.

When Swami Niranjan was called back to India from America in 1982, to take over the administration of the Bihar School of Yoga, he had just acquired land on which to establish an ashram in America. He told Sri Swamiji that he preferred to stay in America, “but one thing is definite, if you are calling me, then there is no power on earth that will stop me from coming to you.” In spite of the fact that his preference was >to stay in America, when Sri Swamiji called him back he immediately made arrangements to discontinue the work he was involved in. He returned to India and set himself to the task of bringing the institution to the high standards we see today.

Integrity is trying to bring together the fractured personality.

—Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

An extract from Swami Sivananda’s 18 ITIES & the Practice of Pratyahara, Yoga Publications Trust Munger, 2013, pp.111-114. By Swami Sivamurti Saraswati.

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