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Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda

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  • Cosmic Phoenix
    Thank you for this message. I visited Yogaville, Virginia this summer and their Lotus Shrine, a very lovely peaceful place. I highly recommend anyone visit
    Message 1 of 193 , Nov 7, 2009
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      Thank you for this message. I visited Yogaville, Virginia this summer and their Lotus Shrine, a very lovely peaceful place. I highly recommend anyone visit there and see the Shrine, as it has altars to all the known and an unknown religion there. It is a dome shaped and decorated like a lotus flower. They have an ashram classes and other events too.

      --- On Sat, 11/7/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
      To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:40 AM

       

      "It's not where you live or how much you possess;
      rather, it is how you live and how much you are
      being possessed by your possessions. You can have
      many things as long as you don't get possessed.
      The minute you allow them to possess you, you are
      doomed. A boat's duty is to stay in the water and
      carry people from one shore to the other shore.
      To do its job, the boat must be in the water, but
      the minute the water is in the boat, you sink.
      A multimillionaire may have numerous possessions
      but may not be attached to them, while a sadhu may
      be attached to his own water pot. It is not the
      thing in itself that binds us, it is our attachment to things.

      "God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."

      For more by and about Swami Satchidananda:
      "It's not where you live or how much you possess; rather, it is how you live and how much you are being possessed by your possessions. You can have many things as long as you don't get possessed. The minute you allow them to possess you, you are doomed. A boat's duty is to stay in the water and carry people from one shore to the other shore. To do its job, the boat must be in the water, but the minute the water is in the boat, you sink. A multimillionaire may have numerous possessions but may not be attached to them, while a sadhu may be attached to his own water pot. It is not the thing in itself that binds us, it is our attachment to things.

      "God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."


    • medit8ionsociety
      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
      Message 193 of 193 , Dec 25, 2014
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        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.


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