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Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda

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  • medit8ionsociety
    The Purpose of Practice The purpose of all our spiritual practices is to slowly make the mind thinner and thinner and thinner. In order for the mind to get
    Message 1 of 200 , Nov 17, 2012
      The Purpose of Practice

      "The purpose of all our spiritual practices is to
      slowly make the mind thinner and thinner and thinner.
      In order for the mind to get thinner, we should
      understand why it gets thickened. The mind is thickened
      by the thoughts, by the desires. The more thoughts
      in the mind, means the bigger and thicker the mind.
      When the thoughts and desires are reduced little by
      little, then the mind becomes thinner and thinner.
      And in a thoughtless condition, the mind is almost nil.
      Think of a piece of cloth. Because the threads are
      arranged in a particular way, you call it cloth.
      If you slowly pull off the threads, what happens to
      the cloth? It vanishes. So, this is how meditation
      and other Yoga practices help us to transcend the mind.

      "God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
    • medit8ionsociety
      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
      Message 200 of 200 , Feb 9, 2016
        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.


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