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Words of Wisdom From Swami Satchidananda

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    If You Want to Be Happy Why are you unhappy? If you are sincere in asking that question, an honest answer will come: Your actions have been selfish. You
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 26, 2009
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      If You Want to Be Happy

      "Why are you unhappy? If you are sincere in
      asking that question, an honest answer will
      come: Your actions have been selfish. You
      wanted to possess something for your own sake,
      for a selfish reason. That is the reason why
      a selfish person can never, ever be happy.
      All the scriptures of the world say this in
      one voice: `Be dedicated; be selfless.' Either
      you become selfless for the sake of your peace
      or for the sake of God. If you want to use the
      term God, then you say, `Give everything unto
      God.' Offer your very life to God. Once you
      dedicate, sacrifice or renounce everything in
      the name of God, you will never be unhappy. If
      you don't believe in God, then at least you
      believe in your own happiness. So, if you want
      to be happy, do not be selfish.

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

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      Learn from the Ups and Downs Learn lessons from the ups and downs in life. You need failures; otherwise, you won t have stepping stones to go up. Nobody has
      Message 2 of 7 , Dec 18, 2011
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        Learn from the Ups and Downs

        "Learn lessons from the ups and downs in life.
        You need failures; otherwise, you won't have
        stepping stones to go up. Nobody has ever gone
        up without failures. It's just natural. The more
        intense you are in the spiritual field, the
        greater the tests that will come. If you read
        the life stories of sages and saints and great
        devotees, nobody was spared from that. Don't think
        that you will be always praised. But, if you know
        that this process is natural, you won't get disturbed
        over it. On the other hand, you'll know that you're
        growing. The tests, themselves, are proof that you're
        on the right path and that you're being tested.
        Don't get disheartened by that."

        "God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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        Mantras Vibrate the Body Mantras themselves have vibrations, so when you repeat them, even mentally, they produce a kind of vibration within the body. They
        Message 3 of 7 , Dec 31, 2011
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          Mantras Vibrate the Body

          "Mantras themselves have vibrations, so when
          you repeat them, even mentally, they produce
          a kind of vibration within the body. They shake,
          they vibrate the entire body—all the molecules,
          all the cells of the body—and they rearrange
          your entire personality, they tune your personality.
          After a certain amount of practice, the entire
          body begins to vibrate in the same wavelength.
          And because mantras are the divine part of the
          cosmic vibration, when your system begins to vibrate
          in that wavelength, you will begin to communicate
          with similar vibrations in the cosmos. This is what
          you call communication with God. Yes, mantras have
          certain special powers; they're not just meditation
          alone. For the sake of meditation, though, you can
          use any mantras you want. Just make sure that the
          mantras you choose will always elevate you.

          "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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          Yoga is a Joy Yoga practice is not about self-denial. It should be fun and joyful. You don t have to deny your senses. You have taste buds for a reason, so
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 7, 2012
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            Yoga is a Joy

            "Yoga practice is not about self-denial. It should
            be fun and joyful. You don't have to deny your senses.
            You have taste buds for a reason, so you can enjoy
            eating—just be sure that it's the right amount and
            that it doesn't create indigestion. Give the senses
            the proper enjoyment, in the proper way, at the proper
            time. There's no harm in eating tasty foods. But don't
            eat just for the sake of taste. When you eat, enjoy
            the taste. Eat for the sake of eating, and, while eating,
            enjoy the taste. On the other hand, if you eat only for
            the sake of the taste, then trouble comes. And that's
            why you should know your limitation. Yoga is a joy, it's
            to be enjoyed. Yoga should never be a hardship.

            "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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            Be a Well-charged Battery All movements—physical and mental—are caused by prana, the vital energy. The entire cosmos is filled with prana. During
            Message 5 of 7 , Jan 21, 2012
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              Be a Well-charged Battery

              "All movements—physical and mental—are caused
              by prana, the vital energy. The entire cosmos
              is filled with prana. During meditation a kind
              of static energy is built up because you're
              keeping your body and mind motionless, still.
              When the body and mind are active, the energy
              is discharged by all the movements. During meditation,
              when you stop the discharging, the prana continues
              to get produced. So what will happen then? It's
              like charging a battery. When there's no discharge
              from the battery and when the battery is fully
              charged it becomes a storage battery. In the same
              way, during meditation, due to the static prana,
              pressure is built up and the energy rises up, mainly
              through the spinal column. All the stored and dormant
              energy opens up the nerve centers and rises upward.
              Through meditation, you become a well-charged battery.
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              "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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              Meditation Will Run to You What are the beginning steps in Yoga? The yamas and niyamas. These are ten observances to help keep the mind clean and free from
              Message 6 of 7 , Jan 29, 2012
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                Meditation Will Run to You

                "What are the beginning steps in Yoga? The yamas
                and niyamas. These are ten observances to help
                keep the mind clean and free from greed, anger,
                jealousy, avarice, pride. They teach you to do
                everything as an offering—Ishvara pranidhana—and
                not to return pain when you get pain from somebody
                else's actions. Santosha is contentment, to be
                always happy. If one follows these beginning
                steps—just one or two moral virtues—that's enough.
                Meditation will run to you, you don't need to go
                meditate. The mind just becomes calm. You are a
                lready meditating. But, without these observances
                in your life, if you meditate—maybe you're keeping
                your mind under control by force—the moment you get
                up from your meditation, you're still the same old person.

                "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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              • medit8ionsociety
                Prayer and Mantra If you find it difficult to focus the mind with a mantra, try some prayer first. Prayer brings in more thoughts and ideas, but it can also
                Message 7 of 7 , Feb 18, 2012
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                  Prayer and Mantra

                  "If you find it difficult to focus the mind
                  with a mantra, try some prayer first. Prayer
                  brings in more thoughts and ideas, but it can
                  also lead into a peaceful feeling and calmness
                  of mind. It can really help you embody divine
                  attributes, because you are communicating with
                  God and what you think you will become. Repeating
                  a mantra has a little different effect. It creates
                  a harmonious vibration, that even helps the body.
                  Before you begin your mantra japa, you can say a
                  little prayer. The prayer collects the mind, makes
                  the mind more calm, one-pointed and elevates it
                  with nice ideals. When the mind becomes quieter,
                  more one-pointed, then you can slowly go into the
                  repetition of the mantra. In this way, you can
                  combine prayer and mantra japa.

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