Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Peace Be Unto You,Such awe inspiring thoughts. This makes us reflect, live and learnfrom a totally different perspective.Sr. Shelia
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Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 4:57 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
What is Suffering?
"What is suffering? It's just a matter of understanding.
It's not easy to give birth to a child. Behind that
suffering the mother knows she is going to have a lovely
baby, so she faces the suffering, she wants it, she
accepts it. Once you accept it, it's no longer suffering.
There's joy behind it. In the same way, if pain is
understood properly in our lives, we will never be
frightened of pain. On the other hand, we might even
welcome the pain. `Oh pain, come on. Refine me.' You
were fine, but you lost that fine nature by accumulating
dross. So, removing the dross is called re-finement.
A refined person means someone who allowed his or her
dross to be removed by suffering. In this light we can
accept and understand pain.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
LIVING YOGA: The life and teachings of Swami Satchidananda
- 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.