Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Master Your Self
"Become the master of your mind. Do not allow
your thoughts to run where they want. We always
want to be the master over others, but we don't
turn the tide inward. That's why Yoga begins with
`Yoga Citta Vritti Nirodha,' which means,
`Control of the mind is Yoga.' To control the
mind, we have to keep it pure; keep it clean.
To keep the mind clean, we have to keep the senses
clean. And to keep the senses clean, we have to
keep the body clean. Do Hatha Yoga to make the
body healthy, so you can control it. Learn to
regulate your breathing through pranayama and,
gradually, you will be able to control your breath,
your senses and then, ultimately, the mind.
Once you have the purity of control, you become
the master and you will realize the true Self.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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- 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.