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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> > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami
> > 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.
> > >
- Watch your mind. Watch your breath. Become an observer, which is the key to Jnana Yoga. Don’t worry about particular techniques. Just sit back and observe the breath, mind, and thoughts. Just see what’s happening within you. Become a witness, which is a wonderful form of meditation. Be still and watch what is happening in your mind and in your body. Maybe you have been repeating a mantra or focusing on one object for a time. You may then relax and sit calmly and watch the mind; observe the peaceful vibrations that come. Listen to the silence completely. Observe your own brain. See how peaceful you are. The mind seems to be totally at rest. You might think the mind is almost asleep, yet you are still conscious of the whole thing. The body is resting. The breath has very much slowed. The mind is almost sleeping but you are aware of everything.
Ask yourself, “Who is aware of them? What is this awareness? Who knows all these things? That is You, the Knower. You are totally different from your body, from your mind. You are the witness—what you call the Self, the pure Self—the witness of the body and mind. If you could maintain this witnessing constantly, still knowing you are the witness all the time, you would reach Self-awareness or
Self-realization. Keep up this awareness, even in your day-to-day activities. When you are eating, when you are walking, and especially when you are distressed, you can still witness. You will constantly enjoy supreme peace. Through this practice you become the master of your own body and mind. You’ll walk through life like an undisturbed sage.