Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Everything Vibrates with OM
"In the Himalayas, wherever you go you, very
often you hear the sound of OM. Every thing
chants OM in the Himalayas, even the river.
When the Ganga flows, it chants OM. Even the
animals in the jungle roar OM. You can hear
the OM sound everywhere. It vibrates every cell
in your body. It brings such a nice feeling of
peace. Just sing OM and dance OM, because this
sound creates a special rhythm in your system
that puts you into an ecstatic mood. OM is the
basic vibration. And when you add Hari, the
meaning becomes, `One that removes all obstacles'
or, `One that purifies the entire system.' It's a
very great, sacred formula. So, chant Hari OM and
experience the benefits.
"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.