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Words of Wisdom From Swami Satchidananda

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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
    Message 1 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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      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 2 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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