Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Be Nothing
"When you really understand the limitations
of your physical level and your mental level,
then you become really thirsty to get into
the spiritual level. Then, you know that
what you have known, what you have learned
and what you have understood all these years
is just nothing. You become, actually,
nothing; in the words of the Zen philosophy:
you have to become nothing. Until this stage,
you feel that you are something. Don't we
hear people saying, `Oh, he or she is really
something'? But that something should become
nothing. When we really become nothing, then
we get into a sphere where we become everything.
And that nothingness is expressed as devotion,
faith, respect and humility. It really takes
a lot of courage to let go and to be nothing.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
For more by and about Swami Satchidananda:
- "When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always."
Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda