[Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- "Aideen Mckenna" <aideenmck@...> wrote:
> It's a bit of a mind-hurting conundrum for a person practising a Buddhist
> philosophy . Awakening is a goal of sorts but the goal thing goes against
> Buddhism as most understand it. Not clinging, not being attached to the
> concept of a goal is perhaps how to think about it..
> Anyway, mette to all in this lovely Meditation Society on this perfectly
> lovely July day.
I feel at one with what you're saying about Buddhism,
but, talking/reading/writing about conundrums; has anyone
ever worked harder towards a goal than Buddha?
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> I see, think and feel that Sri Ramana and Sri Satchidananda
> are both advocating an Advaita- Vedanta teaching that has
> a goal, which is the experience/realization of the non-dual
> Self. Ramana points to Self-enquiry in the form of asking
> "Who am I" as the "navigation tool" to reach the goal.
> His teachings are 100% in agreement with Swami Satchidananda's
> statement of "We must always keep the goal
> clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> must become navigators." Both are pointing to a goal
> of freedom from bondage (Jnana), Maharshi using the vehicle
> of Self-enquiry and Satchidananda with Integral Yoga.
> Swami Satchidananda actually spent 2 years at the
> feet of Sri Ramana before getting his permission to
> leave and seek his goal elsewhere. The goal was reached
> after finding his Guru, Swami Sivananda. He always showed
> love and 100% trust in Sri Ramana and his teachings.
> Peace and blessings,
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> <mailto:meditationsocietyofamerica%40yahoogroups.com> , "Aideen Mckenna"
> <aideenmck@> wrote:
> > I've noticed that, too. Mentally, I delete the "goal" part. My own
> > practice is based on Buddhist sutras - the Pali canon. No goals there, &
> > the Buddha was consistent. I found that practising in a goal-free manner
> > was difficult for a while, because so many of us are conditioned to be
> > goal-oriented, myself included. Still, I like much of what I read here by
> > Swami Satchidananda.
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> > Satchidananda
> > Hi. I was struck by something in your last couple of posts. This:
> > "We must always keep the goal
> > clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> > measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> > must become navigators."
> > may actually be inconsistent with this:
> > "The degree of the absence of thoughts is the
> > measure of your progress towards Self-realization.
> > But Self-realization itself does not admit of progress,
> > it is ever the same."
> > One takes the position that mindfulness/eye on the goal/etc. is key to
> > self-realization. The other that no-mind/absence of goal or direction is
> > key.
> > Meditation literature is funny that way.
> > Best,
> > W
> > --- In email@example.com
> > <mailto:meditationsocietyofamerica%40yahoogroups.com> , medit8ionsociety
> > <no_reply@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Keep the Goal Clear
> > >
> > > "From looking at many people's lives, we often see
> > > that they are almost like rudderless boats. They're
> > > just tossed here and there. There is no direction
> > > for them. Even a small wind can toss them here and
> > > there. And to such people it's very, very difficult
> > > to say when they will reach their goal, and how.
> > > In Yoga it's the same. We must always keep the goal
> > > clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> > > measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> > > must become navigators. The body is like the boat;
> > > inside is our common sense, and our intelligence
> > > is the navigator.
> > >
> > > "God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
> > >
> > > Follow Swami Satchidananda on Twitter at
> > > twitter.com/SwSatchidananda for daily inspiration.
> > >
The Final Straw
You cannot say exactly what will open your mind and when it will happen. The real knowledge or wisdom will not dawn slowly. Once you get it, you have it. If you don't get it, you don't have it. The realization doesn't come little by little. Realization is instantaneous. When will it happen? Nobody can tell you. Even a small, trifling thing could do it.
I will tell you a story about a saint named Patinatar. His father was a very rich man who had made a lot of money from shipping and other businesses. The father had seen many saints and sages and had studied a lot, but nothing had opened his mind to the Truth. He repeated his mantra regularly, performed religious rituals, did all the spiritual practices, but wisdom didn't dawn in him. One day he asked his son, Patinatar, to take his ship and go buy some merchandise. Patinatar went to an island and saw the poor people there. He spent all the money, millions of dollars, on helping these people. Patinatar realized that he couldn't go home with an empty ship, so he filled the entire ship with cow dung cakes, which were probably worth a hundred dollars or less. Then he sailed home.
As soon as the boat arrived, some of the boatmen ran to the father and told him, "Your son has gone crazy. He spent all of your money, and all he came back with is cow dung." The father was so upset that he didn't even want to see his son. When Patinatar arrived at the house, his father was not even there to greet him.
Patinatar gave a small package to his mother and said, "Please give this to my father when he comes. I will see you later." With that, he walked out. When the father came home, he asked, "Where is my son?" His wife told him that Patinatar had come and gone, and gave him the package. When the father opened the package, he found a broken sewing needle and a note. The note said, "Even the eye of a broken needle will not come with you on your final journey." As soon as he read those words, he immediately took off his fancy clothes, put on a loin cloth, said goodbye to his house and his businesses, and walked out. Realization had dawned in him. He had heard many hundreds of stories before, he had read volumes, he knew all the philosophy, but nothing had opened his eyes until he saw these few words.
Realization can dawn with the smallest thing. It doesn't have to be a big blow. That trifling thing is what you call the final straw. Wisdom dawns that way. At any moment, anything could be the last straw for you. Then you are enlightened. Until then, you are still preparing yourself. You are getting ready for that moment.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi