Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Free from Identification
"You are not the mind, not the body. They are your instruments.
You are not your intellect. You should teach yourself to be
completely free from wrong identification. When you really
understand that you are not the body, when the skin droops a
little you won't be unhappy, you won't try to have plastic
surgery for that, because after all it's just skin. If you have
a lot of money in the bank, you say, `Oh I am rich.' All of a
sudden, if the bank collapses, do you become poor? Don't
identify yourself with money, name, position, the body, the
mind and so on. Then you will really enjoy this life and the
world. When you know that you are different from what you possess,
then you won't allow those things to possess, define and bind you.
"God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
The year 2014 marks the auspicious occassion of the
centennial (100th birth anniversary) of Sri Gurudev
Please join Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville and Integral Yoga International in creating a Global Garlandin celebration of the Centennial and to honor the many contributions of by the world
by Sri Gurudev. During 2013 we hope you will join us in planning special events, programs, activities, that will be a growing and inspiring global garland to offer Sri Gurudev during 2014.
The Global Garland officially begins on December 22, 2013 with
the opening of an Ayurvedic Center in Pune, India in honor of
Sri Gurudev and will culminate back in India on December 22, 2014 with the dedication of the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine under construction now at Satchidananda Alayam (Sri Gurudev's birthplace) in Chettipalayam (South India). Be a part of the Global Garland
by visiting our Facebook pages and sharing your ideas and
activities so that the entire year of 2014 is filled with
offerings that share the timeless teachings of Yoga that we
have been so blessed to receive from Sri Gurudev.
Thank you. Om Shanti. Jai Gurudev!
Here's the page - www.facebook.com/GlobalGarland
Here's the group's page - facebook.com/groups/GlobalGarland
To post to the group (after joining) by email - GlobalGarland@...
The Right Thing
How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It's very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That's all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: "Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?" If you are joyfully serving someone, even going through some pain doesn't affect you. You are still happy; you are simply using a little of your energy to help someone. You can't call that unhappiness.
Sometimes when you help somebody, you feel depressed. Why is that? It is because you had expectations. "I am helping that person. The person should accept my help and get the benefit." When you don't see that person getting the benefit you expected, you get upset. That means it's not a selfless act, it's a selfish act. "I did something and I want a result."
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be positive thoughts behind your actions. Certainly send your prayers, think about the welfare of the person. The difference is this: you want him to be happy of course, but you don't demand it. You are not attached to the outcome; you leave that up to God.
In simple words, I would say an action without any selfish expectation whatsoever is a right action. Such an act will never disturb your mind or body.
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti