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,
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> <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 firstname.lastname@example.org
> > <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 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