Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- A Divine Mind
"A clean and controlled mind becomes a
divine mind. It draws the entire capacity
of the Self of the individual. The Self is
the image of God. You are made in the image
of the divine. That means we have God within
us. In that case, we should have all the
capacities of God, but we don't seem to
because of the improper instrument through
which the divine potentialities are to be
expressed. The power is there, the light is
there, but it's not expressing itself because
of the enclosure. The mind and the body are
such enclosures. Imagine there is a candle
burning. If there is a dark smoky chimney
placed around it, it will not allow the light
to shine forth. Clean the smoke, and you will
see some light. Clean the mind and you'll see the divine.
"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.