Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- 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."