Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
How can you tell the "Real Witness' from th imposition of desire?
--- On Sat, 11/27/10, medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2010, 12:14 PM
WestWindWood <westwindwood2003@...> wrote:
> 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.
"By focusing the mind on `I am', on the sense of being, `I am so-and-so" dissolves; `am a witness only' remains and that too submerges in `I am all'. Then the all becomes the One and the One – yourself, not to be separate from me."
Nisargadatta Maharaj from 'I am That'
> --- On Fri, 11/26/10, medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: medit8ionsociety <email@example.com>
> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:29 PM
> Be 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:
Question: I have a growing desire to see God. It has become the thing I want most. But no matter how much I long for Him, my worldly duties and needs get in the way. Can you help me?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: How do you know that you have not seen Him? I heard Him saying, "I have been in front of this person so many times, but he never even recognized Me. He was calling, calling, calling for Me. So I went there many times, stood right in front of him, and he didn't even bother to look at Me. He just brushed Me aside and kept on saying, 'God, where are You? Where are You?'"
Before you look for God, you should know what He looks like, or at least what God is. God has no particular form, but He appears in all forms and names. It is with His consciousness that I am saying all these things; and with His consciousness, you are listening. To simplify it, we say that God is all consciousness - superconsciousness, cosmic consciousness - or peace. God is already there in you as peace, but you disturb your peace by searching for God. Stop searching and disturbing your peace, and you will experience God. A disturbed mind can never understand God. Looking for God is not our first and foremost duty. Our first and foremost duty is to take care not to let the mind lose its peace. You don't have to make the mind peaceful. If you leave it alone, it is peaceful. In our own lives we should see that we don't lose our peace due to our thoughts, words, actions.
Learn to remain undisturbed, unshakeable, as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar. You should treasure the peace of your mind so much that nothing, nothing, nothing would shake you. You should be ready to renounce anything and everything that is going to disturb your peace. Name, fame, money, power, position, relatives, friends - all should be secondary to maintaining your peace. Everything else is nothing compared to peace of mind. With that peace, you will easily see God.
Om shant. Om shanti. Om shanti.