I see, think and feel that Sri Ramana and Sri Satchidananda are both advocating an Advaita- Vedanta teaching that has a goal, which is theMessage 1 of 176 , Jul 6, 2011View SourceI see, think and feel that Sri Ramana and Sri Satchidananda
are both advocating an Advaita- Vedanta teaching that has
a goal, which is the experience/realization of the non-dual
Self. Ramana points to Self-enquiry in the form of asking
"Who am I" as the "navigation tool" to reach the goal.
His teachings are 100% in agreement with Swami Satchidananda's
statement of "We must always keep the goal
clear and see that our every action is recorded,
measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
must become navigators." Both are pointing to a goal
of freedom from bondage (Jnana), Maharshi using the vehicle
of Self-enquiry and Satchidananda with Integral Yoga.
Swami Satchidananda actually spent 2 years at the
feet of Sri Ramana before getting his permission to
leave and seek his goal elsewhere. The goal was reached
after finding his Guru, Swami Sivananda. He always showed
love and 100% trust in Sri Ramana and his teachings.
Peace and blessings,
--- In email@example.com, "Aideen Mckenna" <aideenmck@...> wrote:
> I've noticed that, too. Mentally, I delete the "goal" part. My own
> practice is based on Buddhist sutras - the Pali canon. No goals there, &
> the Buddha was consistent. I found that practising in a goal-free manner
> was difficult for a while, because so many of us are conditioned to be
> goal-oriented, myself included. Still, I like much of what I read here by
> Swami Satchidananda.
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> Sent: July-06-11 6:37 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami
> Hi. I was struck by something in your last couple of posts. This:
> "We must always keep the goal
> clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> must become navigators."
> may actually be inconsistent with this:
> "The degree of the absence of thoughts is the
> measure of your progress towards Self-realization.
> But Self-realization itself does not admit of progress,
> it is ever the same."
> One takes the position that mindfulness/eye on the goal/etc. is key to
> self-realization. The other that no-mind/absence of goal or direction is the
> Meditation literature is funny that way.
> --- In email@example.com
> <mailto:meditationsocietyofamerica%40yahoogroups.com> , medit8ionsociety
> <no_reply@> wrote:
> > Keep the Goal Clear
> > "From looking at many people's lives, we often see
> > that they are almost like rudderless boats. They're
> > just tossed here and there. There is no direction
> > for them. Even a small wind can toss them here and
> > there. And to such people it's very, very difficult
> > to say when they will reach their goal, and how.
> > In Yoga it's the same. We must always keep the goal
> > clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> > measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> > must become navigators. The body is like the boat;
> > inside is our common sense, and our intelligence
> > is the navigator.
> > "God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
> > Follow Swami Satchidananda on Twitter at
> > twitter.com/SwSatchidananda for daily inspiration.
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt? Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how muchMessage 176 of 176 , Oct 26View Source
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how much you can give. You cannot give beyond your capacity. If you have done a lot of service that day, and if you are really tired, you should say no. Otherwise, you are saying no to your own body or mind. In the name of helping others, you should not put your body into a situation where it might get hurt. Your conscience will tell you if you are just finding an excuse; but if you really need the rest, then you can honestly say no. You don't have to feel guilty about it.
Why should you feel guilty? Nobody expects you to go beyond your capacity, If you try to do something beyond your capacity, you might even make a mess of it. So, know your capacity, know your limitations. Then offer your services. There's no need to feel guilty at all. If you feel guilty, then maybe you can do it but you just don't want to. If your conscience is clear, you don't have to feel guilty.
Ask advice from your own pure Self. Your conscience is always clean. That's the part of God in you. It's what you call the guru within. It's not necessary to always get advice from someone outside. The conscience is constantly giving us advice, but often we don't listen to it. We don't even want to listen. Someone else can only help you for a while. You should learn to ask that buddy within.
Sometimes you might feel a conflict: "I don't know which is the Self and which is the ego. One says 'Do it;' the other says, 'Don't do it.'" In that case go to someone who is capable of recognizing the difference. But, ultimately, we have to develop the capacity to discriminate within ourselves. That is why meditation is so important. Until you become established in that, at least in meditation you should be able to hear your own inner Self.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi