Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- A Mantra's Benefits
"A mantra has two purposes. One purpose is to
make your mind strong, clear and collected.
The other purpose is, when you concentrate on
a mantra for a long time, it slowly dissolves
and you are no more repeating the mantra. Even
that goes away, and your mind becomes still.
That means that, through the mantra, your mind
is collected and focused on one point at the
cost of all other thoughts. Your final goal is
to make the mind 'thought-less,' or free of
disturbances. You start with a mantra and then
the mantra brings you the real benefit: It slowly
dissolves, leaving your mind completely still and free."
"God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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NOTHING LESS THAN THAT
Just be happy, have fun, enjoy life and don't get caught. When I say, "don't get caught," I am not talking about someone else catching you. I am talking about your own mind. Choose the kind of fun that won't bind you. If a certain kind of fun will bring you unhappiness later on, then it's not fun at all. Our goal is unending joy.
Sometimes people think that to be a spiritual seeker or a good, religious person means being always very serious. They think that such a person can't have fun, can't laugh. That is no kind of life. Life means being always joyful, always happy, jubilant. Every minute should be a celebration. Every minute should be a festivity. That is possible only if you keep your mind in good shape and don't allow it to get into mischief.
Be conscious of all your actions. Before you do anything, question yourself: "What am I doing it for? To be happy, to have fun. Okay, will it be fun always or will it only be fun for a little while and then start creating problems? Will anyone be hurt by it? How long can I be happy? Will there be an end? What is the price I have to pay?" After all this analysis, if your answer is, "Yes. I will always be happy. It will never bind or bother me," then go ahead.
Remember, our intention is to enjoy life, to be happy always-nothing less than that.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi