Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- The Unchanging
"All these differences among us are caused by
our wrong perception, by our perceiving what
is not the spirit as the spirit, or by attributing
the mind and bodily changes to the spirit, which
never changes. When we know this, we will see
that there are two entities in us all: the one
that is common and never-changing, and the one
that is always uncommon and ever-changing. A person
and his or her mind changes alwaysminute by minute,
second by second. We're not the same in that we
don't possess the same body or the same mind, but
we are the same in that we always possess the same
spirit. And that's the same in everybody and in
everything. So that is the real vision of unity in
diversity. Yoga aims for that perception.
"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.