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Words of Wisdom From Swami Satchidananda

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    Learn from the Ups and Downs Learn lessons from the ups and downs in life. You need failures; otherwise, you won t have stepping stones to go up. Nobody has
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 18, 2011
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      Learn from the Ups and Downs

      "Learn lessons from the ups and downs in life.
      You need failures; otherwise, you won't have
      stepping stones to go up. Nobody has ever gone
      up without failures. It's just natural. The more
      intense you are in the spiritual field, the
      greater the tests that will come. If you read
      the life stories of sages and saints and great
      devotees, nobody was spared from that. Don't think
      that you will be always praised. But, if you know
      that this process is natural, you won't get disturbed
      over it. On the other hand, you'll know that you're
      growing. The tests, themselves, are proof that you're
      on the right path and that you're being tested.
      Don't get disheartened by that."

      "God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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    • medit8ionsociety
      Mantras Vibrate the Body Mantras themselves have vibrations, so when you repeat them, even mentally, they produce a kind of vibration within the body. They
      Message 2 of 7 , Dec 31, 2011
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        Mantras Vibrate the Body

        "Mantras themselves have vibrations, so when
        you repeat them, even mentally, they produce
        a kind of vibration within the body. They shake,
        they vibrate the entire body—all the molecules,
        all the cells of the body—and they rearrange
        your entire personality, they tune your personality.
        After a certain amount of practice, the entire
        body begins to vibrate in the same wavelength.
        And because mantras are the divine part of the
        cosmic vibration, when your system begins to vibrate
        in that wavelength, you will begin to communicate
        with similar vibrations in the cosmos. This is what
        you call communication with God. Yes, mantras have
        certain special powers; they're not just meditation
        alone. For the sake of meditation, though, you can
        use any mantras you want. Just make sure that the
        mantras you choose will always elevate you.

        "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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      • medit8ionsociety
        Yoga is a Joy Yoga practice is not about self-denial. It should be fun and joyful. You don t have to deny your senses. You have taste buds for a reason, so
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 7, 2012
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          Yoga is a Joy

          "Yoga practice is not about self-denial. It should
          be fun and joyful. You don't have to deny your senses.
          You have taste buds for a reason, so you can enjoy
          eating—just be sure that it's the right amount and
          that it doesn't create indigestion. Give the senses
          the proper enjoyment, in the proper way, at the proper
          time. There's no harm in eating tasty foods. But don't
          eat just for the sake of taste. When you eat, enjoy
          the taste. Eat for the sake of eating, and, while eating,
          enjoy the taste. On the other hand, if you eat only for
          the sake of the taste, then trouble comes. And that's
          why you should know your limitation. Yoga is a joy, it's
          to be enjoyed. Yoga should never be a hardship.

          "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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        • medit8ionsociety
          Be a Well-charged Battery All movements—physical and mental—are caused by prana, the vital energy. The entire cosmos is filled with prana. During
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 21, 2012
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            Be a Well-charged Battery

            "All movements—physical and mental—are caused
            by prana, the vital energy. The entire cosmos
            is filled with prana. During meditation a kind
            of static energy is built up because you're
            keeping your body and mind motionless, still.
            When the body and mind are active, the energy
            is discharged by all the movements. During meditation,
            when you stop the discharging, the prana continues
            to get produced. So what will happen then? It's
            like charging a battery. When there's no discharge
            from the battery and when the battery is fully
            charged it becomes a storage battery. In the same
            way, during meditation, due to the static prana,
            pressure is built up and the energy rises up, mainly
            through the spinal column. All the stored and dormant
            energy opens up the nerve centers and rises upward.
            Through meditation, you become a well-charged battery.
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            "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
          • medit8ionsociety
            Meditation Will Run to You What are the beginning steps in Yoga? The yamas and niyamas. These are ten observances to help keep the mind clean and free from
            Message 5 of 7 , Jan 29, 2012
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              Meditation Will Run to You

              "What are the beginning steps in Yoga? The yamas
              and niyamas. These are ten observances to help
              keep the mind clean and free from greed, anger,
              jealousy, avarice, pride. They teach you to do
              everything as an offering—Ishvara pranidhana—and
              not to return pain when you get pain from somebody
              else's actions. Santosha is contentment, to be
              always happy. If one follows these beginning
              steps—just one or two moral virtues—that's enough.
              Meditation will run to you, you don't need to go
              meditate. The mind just becomes calm. You are a
              lready meditating. But, without these observances
              in your life, if you meditate—maybe you're keeping
              your mind under control by force—the moment you get
              up from your meditation, you're still the same old person.

              "God bless you. OM Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."

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            • medit8ionsociety
              Prayer and Mantra If you find it difficult to focus the mind with a mantra, try some prayer first. Prayer brings in more thoughts and ideas, but it can also
              Message 6 of 7 , Feb 18, 2012
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                Prayer and Mantra

                "If you find it difficult to focus the mind
                with a mantra, try some prayer first. Prayer
                brings in more thoughts and ideas, but it can
                also lead into a peaceful feeling and calmness
                of mind. It can really help you embody divine
                attributes, because you are communicating with
                God and what you think you will become. Repeating
                a mantra has a little different effect. It creates
                a harmonious vibration, that even helps the body.
                Before you begin your mantra japa, you can say a
                little prayer. The prayer collects the mind, makes
                the mind more calm, one-pointed and elevates it
                with nice ideals. When the mind becomes quieter,
                more one-pointed, then you can slowly go into the
                repetition of the mantra. In this way, you can
                combine prayer and mantra japa.

                "God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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