The Consummate

You Cannot Borrow Happiness From Outside

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, subculture, swami satchidananda, WTF, yoga by the consummate on March 29, 2012

The mind is restless; it is always looking for a change. That is the nature of the mind. It can never be satisfied. It might rebel and want you to go live in a teepee in the mountains. After a while it won’t be happy with your teepee on the mountaintop; it will think that only putting a teepee in the valley will make you happy. Once you are in the valley, it will want a teepee on Mars. There is no limit for the mind’s restlessness.

You have to educate the mind. Ask it:

“Why do you want to go to the mountain?”
“To find peace there.”
“Why do you want to come down?”
“I am tired of that and want to be with people.”

What does it all mean? That you are trying to borrow happiness from outside. Once you realize that peace and joy are always within you, you will be happy no matter where you are. Whether you are in the valley or in the mountains, it is the same thing.

Whether you are on the earth or on Mars, it is the same thing. Wherever you are, you should have a purpose. Go to the mountain for a purpose; come down for a purpose. And don’t let that purpose be a selfish one. The purpose should be for the benefit of others, for service to humanity.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

– Swami Satchidananda

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Come Together

Posted in spirituality, subculture, yoga by the consummate on October 23, 2010

“Yoga means to unite, to come together. The moment we think of coming together we really become yogis, so let our entire lives be based on this coming together, being together, becoming together. We should become one, or, in other words, we should realize that oneness that is already within us. We are already one, but, unfortunately, nobody has ever answered exactly why we are separate. Different saints have explained the cause of separation in many ways: It is due to ignorance, to illusion or to life in the material world. There are many answers to why we feel separate from each other, but, probably, the true answer will come to us only after we realize our oneness. In that oneness, you find peace within and without.”

– Swami Satichidananda

Keep Giving

Posted in artists, beauty, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on June 1, 2010

If you keep giving, the world will take care of you.

– Sri Swami Satchidananda

Don’t Even Go Near Fear

Posted in beauty, health, judaism, life, love, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on April 6, 2010

Have complete faith. Don’t even go near fear. Remember: If anything has to happen, it will happen. Think, “All right, let it happen. I am bold! What’s the use of being afraid of it? I’m not going to be able to stop anything that is meant to happen.”

If you really have faith, you don’t have to be afraid of anything. That doesn’t mean that you should not be careful. Be careful, but don’t be afraid.

– Swami Satchidananda

The Golden Present: Nothing Is Impossible To Accomplish

Posted in beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, photography, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on December 9, 2009

9 December

Nothing Is Impossible To Accomplish

The entire life is based on imagination. In a way, you are also imagining in meditation. In meditation, you think of God. Have you ever seen God? No. So you are imagining, “That must be God. God should be like this. God should be like that.” That is your God. Another person would imagine the same God in his or her own way. That is why even God’s form varies according to the person who imagines God. That is the proof that everything comes from within.

In meditation you are imagining something that you want to ultimately become or develop. “God is almighty, God is all-powerful, God is all-forgiving, God is all love.” You constantly think of certain things and the mind assumes that image, assumes that quality. But one thing is important: you should think strongly. You should be strong enough in your suggestions. That is what you are trying to develop in your meditation. You are strengthening your thoughts by constantly thinking of the same thing. To make yourself strong in your thoughts, you have to keep on dinning that into your mind. “This is what I want to become. This is what I want to become.” That means you imagine that you are going to be like that – that you are that. Then certainly you will become that. Once you achieve that kind of thought power, nothing is impossible to accomplish.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

– SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA / The Golden Present

Integral Yoga

Posted in spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 29, 2009

“What does the term ‘Integral Yoga’ mean? The very term ‘integral’ reminds us of integrity and, also, that there is a neutral, tranquil force, which has many faces and is all embracing. Integral Yoga is good for a worldly person or for one who is totally dedicated to spiritual life. Anyone can follow this method to gain at least some benefit. Even in the worldly sense, a business person can become a better business person, a sales person can make more sales, and a doctor can improve in his or her field, and so on. Why? Because Integral Yoga serves all the different aspects of the individual: the physical, vital, mental, moral, intellectual and spiritual.

God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Swami Satchidananda

Gurudev

Posted in life, san francisco, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 19, 2009

Swami Satchidananda

Thoughts of you today.

More on the life and work of Swami Satchidananda.

Beautiful chants by Gurudev.

Change of Form

Posted in life, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 11, 2009

image courtesy of Bruno Dayan

“Death means change of form, that’s all. It is inevitable and it is happening every minute. You are not the same person you were a minute ago. A part of you is already dead and a part is being born. The soul simply changes vehicles.”


Sri Swami Satchidananda


Be a Humble Teacher

Posted in life, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 3, 2009

Be a Humble Teacher

“If you want to enlighten others, get enlightened yourself. What you read in books is not enough. As a Yoga teacher, you should show your students the way because you know it well. Don’t pose as an all-knowing person. That’s the problem: Are you going to teach or preach? Preaching is not important.

Practicing is what’s important.

In fact, nobody is a teacher; we are all learners. Sometimes, we learn from the students themselves. So be humble and gently impart what you know. Say: ‘This is all I know; this what I’m hoping for. You try. You may even get it before me.’ That kind of humility is important.

“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda

A One-pointed Mind

Posted in life, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on July 20, 2009

 

A One-pointed Mind

 “When the mind is concentrated, it gains more strength. Anything that is dissipated loses its strength. If you gather all the thought forms and concentrate on one idea or object, the mind will reveal the inner secret of that idea. That is what inventors do. They are deeply concentrated, their mind are one-pointed, so nature reveals its secrets to them. Because these individuals’ minds were one-pointed, they could penetrate the secret of the atom. That control, that one-pointedness is possible. With that you can gain anything you want in this world. There is nothing in this world that a one-pointed mind cannot gain.

God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda

Pranayama.

Posted in health, yoga by the consummate on April 2, 2009

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