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@...
- 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.