The Inner Voice We talk a lot, but the more we talk the more we miss someone talking from within. Mahatma Gandhi used to say that it is the Antaratma, theMessage 1 of 176 , Aug 11, 2012View SourceThe Inner Voice
"We talk a lot, but the more we talk the more we
miss someone talking from within. Mahatma Gandhi
used to say that it is the Antaratma, the inner soul,
the light within you, that guides you, that speaks
to you always. But unfortunately, because we are too
noisy, we seem to miss that guidance from within.
In deep meditation we try to still the mind. You should
not think that only by talking aloud, you are talking.
Even without any audible sound, you can talk. The moment
you think, you are talking. Every thought is a word.
Thinking has its own form and it disturbs that stillness.
By mere thinking you are talking internally and you
could disturb that stillness, thus missing the talking
of the inner voice or inner consciousness.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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