Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- A Yogic New Year's Goal
"The real way to celebrate the happy New Year
is not to run after happiness outside of yourself.
Try to find that hiding happiness within you.
If you don't have happiness in you, you won't
find happiness anywhere outside. Essentially we
are all happy, we are all joyful, we are all
peaceful. Nobody and nothing can make you happy.
Whether new year or old year or good year or bad
year, don't blame the year for that. It is up to
you to enjoy your own happiness or to run after
the borrowed happiness, temporary happiness. So
may this New Year make you realize your own happiness
and to celebrate not only the New Year, celebrate
new minutes. Every minute is new. And the easiest
way to find happiness is to put yourself in the
hands of the Almighty, the supreme God. Whatever
you do, do it in the name of God. Let that be your
New Year's goal. May God help you to achieve that.
Thank you, and God bless you.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
For more by and about 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.