Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race
"In Yoga asanas or in yogic breathing, one should
never exert oneself. Always make sure you do the
practices easily, without straining. That is a
safe rule. There is no strenuous aspect in Yoga
practices. In meditation, if you are going to
fight with the mind, then the mind will become
rather violent and it will threaten you. Then,
whenever you sit for meditation the mind will
revolt. So there is always an easy way of doing
things, and we should not be hasty in our desire
to get the real benefits. Let things come in
their own time. Our duty is simply to do the
practices continuously. If you do them slowly
and steadily, you'll win the race.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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