Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Expand Your Understanding
"Understand yourself first. Understand your capacity,
then you will say, `Well, it is my capacity now; let
me develop my capacity to understand more.' When a
razor doesn't shave properly it's because the razor
is blunt. So what should be done? The razor must be
sharpened if you want to use it again. In the same
way, our intellect is blunt, it has its own limitations.
So, sharpen your intellect. There is no harm in
wanting to know everything, but if you really want
to know everything, become fit. Develop the capacity
to know everything. Then, it will be revealed to you.
In reality, nothing is hidden from youit is all an
open book. Once you expand yourself, then you will
understand things more and more.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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.