RE: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
Hah! I know! I can’t argue with that, but I know some Theravada monks who probably could.
"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
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> > <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.
> > >
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.