Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- We're All Enlightened People
"In a sense, we're all enlightened people.
There's enlightenment in us all. However,
it's covered over and sometimes forgotten.
The light is there already. You are not given
the light by anyonenot even by a spiritual
teacher. You are that light. You are the image
of God. God made everything, everybody in
God's image. Nobody has to give you enlightenment.
If somebody has to give you enlightenment, then,
one day, you'll lose it. So you're all already
enlightened, but you don't know that, your mind
doesn't want to accept that. If the mind accepts
that, the mind loses its power. See? The mind
doesn't want to lose its power. In a way, it's
a tug-of-war between you and your mind. The mind
wants you to be its slave. Through Yoga, you are
learning to control the mind.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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- "When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always."
Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda