Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Dig Deep
"I see people running after different practices
and teachings constantly: One day they practice
this, one day they practice that, and they read
all the books. It can get complicated. Sri Ramakrishna
said that wherever you dig, you get water; there's
not even a single place where you can't get water,
only the depth might vary. But you have to dig in
one place. If you keep on changing the place, even
after you've dug 15 wells, you'll still have no water.
If you had stuck to one place and had dug deeply
there, you would have gotten water. There's water
everywhere, no doubt. Similarly, every teacher who
realized the truthas well as every scripturetells
you how he or she found it out. What you follow is
immaterial, but follow one thing at a time.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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- 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.