Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Freedom from Desire
"When you dedicate everything to God, you
are free from being affected by the dualities:
ups and downs, pleasure and pain, merit and
demerit. That means that you achieve chitta
vritti nirodhah, the cessation of the
fluctuations of mind, which is the goal
f Yoga. Thought forms happen because of
desires and because of the desire to possess
the reactions of your action. When you are
free of these desires, then there are no
fluctuations; the mind is clean and enjoys
rest. That is called tranquility of mind.
Those interested in tranquility of mind should
act just for the sake of the action, for the
benefit of the universe, not for one's own
benefit. It is only when a personal motive is
present that we are we subject to the dualities
and that we become perturbed. It's for our own
peace that we dedicate all the actions to God,
to Nature or to others.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
For more by and about Swami Satchidananda:
Question: I have a growing desire to see God. It has become the thing I want most. But no matter how much I long for Him, my worldly duties and needs get in the way. Can you help me?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: How do you know that you have not seen Him? I heard Him saying, "I have been in front of this person so many times, but he never even recognized Me. He was calling, calling, calling for Me. So I went there many times, stood right in front of him, and he didn't even bother to look at Me. He just brushed Me aside and kept on saying, 'God, where are You? Where are You?'"
Before you look for God, you should know what He looks like, or at least what God is. God has no particular form, but He appears in all forms and names. It is with His consciousness that I am saying all these things; and with His consciousness, you are listening. To simplify it, we say that God is all consciousness - superconsciousness, cosmic consciousness - or peace. God is already there in you as peace, but you disturb your peace by searching for God. Stop searching and disturbing your peace, and you will experience God. A disturbed mind can never understand God. Looking for God is not our first and foremost duty. Our first and foremost duty is to take care not to let the mind lose its peace. You don't have to make the mind peaceful. If you leave it alone, it is peaceful. In our own lives we should see that we don't lose our peace due to our thoughts, words, actions.
Learn to remain undisturbed, unshakeable, as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar. You should treasure the peace of your mind so much that nothing, nothing, nothing would shake you. You should be ready to renounce anything and everything that is going to disturb your peace. Name, fame, money, power, position, relatives, friends - all should be secondary to maintaining your peace. Everything else is nothing compared to peace of mind. With that peace, you will easily see God.
Om shant. Om shanti. Om shanti.