Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- "Find a Beautiful Thought"
"The mind becomes disturbed merely by thoughts.
All the things that you see or hear through these
gates of the body are converted into thought
forms and directly affect the mind. Perhaps you
see an apple. That won't affect you unless you
translate it into a thought, which you had stored
earlier, 'I know that is an apple. I remember the
person who brought one to me once and made me happy.'
Thoughts disturb the mind, but it is impossible to
not think at all. Even to think of not having any
thoughts at all is a thought. Then how is it possible
to have no thoughts and keep the mind still? Just
find a beautiful thought. Since you must think of
something, choose thoughts that will not disturb
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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The Right Thing
How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It's very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That's all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: "Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?" If you are joyfully serving someone, even going through some pain doesn't affect you. You are still happy; you are simply using a little of your energy to help someone. You can't call that unhappiness.
Sometimes when you help somebody, you feel depressed. Why is that? It is because you had expectations. "I am helping that person. The person should accept my help and get the benefit." When you don't see that person getting the benefit you expected, you get upset. That means it's not a selfless act, it's a selfish act. "I did something and I want a result."
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be positive thoughts behind your actions. Certainly send your prayers, think about the welfare of the person. The difference is this: you want him to be happy of course, but you don't demand it. You are not attached to the outcome; you leave that up to God.
In simple words, I would say an action without any selfish expectation whatsoever is a right action. Such an act will never disturb your mind or body.
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti