Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Never, Ever Complain
"Acceptance is what you see among children.
That's why they're always happy, with smiling
faces. The childlike innocence is in you always.
Remember that. So, leave it to God:
`God, whatever you do is fine for me.'
Accept God's ways. Never, ever complain.
If God gives something, accept it. If God
doesn't give, accept it. Rise above the
likes and dislikes, wants and don't wants.
Then, you can be happy, always. Nobody wants
to be unhappy. So don't create unhappiness
in your life. The simple way to be always
happy is to accept everything: profit or
loss, pain or pleasure, praise or blame.
Nobody needs to give you happiness. It is
your own. You are happy, but if you want to
make yourself unhappy, go ahead until you
learn to be happy.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
For more about and by Swami Satchidananda:
- 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.