Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Love Everybody as Your Own Self
"Once you see the peace and the light within you,
your perception is changed. You see that peace,
that light, everywhere. When you see the Atmic
bliss in you, you don't see anything else outside.
You see everybody as your own Self. Then, you don't
even think that you're helping somebody while doing
something for them. That means that you're doing
something for your own Self. At that level, you
become a better, more service-full person. You can
be useful to the entire humanity in a better way,
because you love everybody as your own Self. Only when
that realization comes, can one love in that way.
Until then, you love as the individual. You are
So-and-So, he is So-and-So and you're loving him
as your friend or as somebody. You can't love the
other person as your own Self if you don't realize
your own Self within you.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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- 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.