Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Happiness and Unhappiness are in the Mind
"Those living in a body that has been disabled
or handicapped for a long time, or permanently,
should know that it's only the body and not the
soul that's disabled. Don't get depressed. You
can travel far and wide and do a lot of service
through the mind itself. Think well. Pray for all.
You don't have to limit yourself within your body
or the place where you are. If you can't get the
condition corrected or healed, don't worry about
that, accept it. Worrying isn't going to help you.
Don't get depressed. Know that happiness and
unhappiness are in the mind, not in the body.
Whatever the body goes through, let it go through,
and don't allow your mind to get depressed. Don't
get confined within your body. A body is a sort of
prison. It limits you, but, mentally, you can rise above it. !
"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.