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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- Watch your mind. Watch your breath. Become an observer, which is the key to Jnana Yoga. Don’t worry about particular techniques. Just sit back and observe the breath, mind, and thoughts. Just see what’s happening within you. Become a witness, which is a wonderful form of meditation. Be still and watch what is happening in your mind and in your body. Maybe you have been repeating a mantra or focusing on one object for a time. You may then relax and sit calmly and watch the mind; observe the peaceful vibrations that come. Listen to the silence completely. Observe your own brain. See how peaceful you are. The mind seems to be totally at rest. You might think the mind is almost asleep, yet you are still conscious of the whole thing. The body is resting. The breath has very much slowed. The mind is almost sleeping but you are aware of everything.
Ask yourself, “Who is aware of them? What is this awareness? Who knows all these things? That is You, the Knower. You are totally different from your body, from your mind. You are the witness—what you call the Self, the pure Self—the witness of the body and mind. If you could maintain this witnessing constantly, still knowing you are the witness all the time, you would reach Self-awareness or
Self-realization. Keep up this awareness, even in your day-to-day activities. When you are eating, when you are walking, and especially when you are distressed, you can still witness. You will constantly enjoy supreme peace. Through this practice you become the master of your own body and mind. You’ll walk through life like an undisturbed sage.