17707RE: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Jul 6, 2011
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.
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 key.
Meditation literature is funny that way.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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