Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Why We Practice Yoga
"Normally, the mind is supposed to be like a
lake without any waves. Once a desire goes into
the mind, it is something like a stone falling
into a lake. Once the stone falls in, it creates
a depression. Simultaneously, when a depression
is created, a crest forms. That is why, very
often, you say, `Oh, I am very depressed.'
Knowingly or unknowingly, you even use the
appropriate words. What's more, to get out of
the depression, you try filling it with things.
Then once you fill it up, what happens? You come
back to the original level. The depression is
filled and you no longer feel depressed. Learning
how to keep the stones from falling into the mind
is why we practice Yoga.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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- "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