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Words of Wisdom From Swami Satchidananda

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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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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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