Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
Great! that's how to start, but the last line is a doozy: "So, locate the real witness within
you and feel that you are that." In other words, find enlightenment and then evolve towards God.
--- On Fri, 11/26/10, medit8ionsociety <email@example.com> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
Date: Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:29 PMBe the Witness
"Witnessing the mind means that you just
watch anything and everything that happens
in the mind just as you allow children to
play and you watch them. Do not interfere.
Let any thought come in and simply go on
watching it. When you do it continuously,
you will see that the thoughts themselves
slowly subside. Let the thoughts feel that
you are witnessing them. Once they know
that you are witnessing them, they won't
be restless. They will slowly calm themselves,
and that is the idea behind observing
the mind. So, locate the real witness within
you and feel that you are that.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
For information about Yogaville, Swami Satchidananda's ashram:
The Right Thing
How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It's very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That's all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: "Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?" If you are joyfully serving someone, even going through some pain doesn't affect you. You are still happy; you are simply using a little of your energy to help someone. You can't call that unhappiness.
Sometimes when you help somebody, you feel depressed. Why is that? It is because you had expectations. "I am helping that person. The person should accept my help and get the benefit." When you don't see that person getting the benefit you expected, you get upset. That means it's not a selfless act, it's a selfish act. "I did something and I want a result."
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be positive thoughts behind your actions. Certainly send your prayers, think about the welfare of the person. The difference is this: you want him to be happy of course, but you don't demand it. You are not attached to the outcome; you leave that up to God.
In simple words, I would say an action without any selfish expectation whatsoever is a right action. Such an act will never disturb your mind or body.
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti