Satchidananda, fully Swami Satchidananda, born C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

Satchidananda, fully Swami Satchidananda, born C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

Indian Religious Teacher, Spiritual Master and Yoga Adept, Author

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I feel we don’t really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures?

No person is an untouchable. Differences come, not with the work one does nor the caste into which one is born, but with the state of mind. Essentially we are all one and the same. All are God’s children.

The purification of the mind is very necessary.

When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.

If anybody asks me, “What is your philosophy or God?” I say, “Peace is my God.” If they ask, “Where is He?” I reply,” He is in me and He is everywhere. He is all-peaceful; He is all serenity. He is to be felt and experienced within oneself.”

Not only does charity begin at home. Everything begins at home, including spirituality.

The same thing can be both good and bad. Whenever you speak of good, bad is also present. The world is a mixture of both. There is not good without bad. They are both sides of the same coin. Both are necessary. We have been given free will and discriminating capacity to select what is beneficial to us and to avoid what is detrimental to us. Even Cobra poison can be used as medicine.

When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.

If we only look within, we will see the Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror.

One thing I very much wish you all to remember ‘ with sound we can make, and at the same time break’ So let all our actions and all our arts express Yoga. Through the sacred art of music let us find peace that will pervade all over the globe. The future of the whole world is in your hands. You can make it or break it. The entire world is going to be watching. The entire world is going to know what the American youth can do for humanity.

The stones of a river start out rough, but with the current continually bumping and polishing them, they end up being beautiful.

Why are you eating? Not to develop the biceps and triceps; you are eating to gain enough energy to serve others. Why are you going to sleep? You are tired, you can’t serve, you have to go and rest well, then get up fresh to serve others. The goal is, ‘I am preparing myself to serve others.’ Then you are not preparing for yourself, you are preparing for others. So, your service to yourself becomes others’ service. Whatever you do, that should be your ultimate goal, then it is a service always.

If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.

Our own bodies are changing every second. Yet we take the body to be our Self; and, speaking in terms of it, we say, I am hungry or I am lame; I am black or I am white. These are all just the conditions of the body. We touch the truth when we say, My body aches, implying the body belongs to us and that therefore we are not that.

The whole world is an ocean filled with waves. Learn to float on them and don't get caught in them. Equanimity, or balance, is Yoga. Learn to balance yourself - then you will enjoy everything.

Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.

If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.

Our own true nature is Infinite Joy! Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.

There is only one thing that hurts me. If I feel I have caused anyone else’s unhappiness, I won’t be happy. Until I see that person’s smiling face again, I will feel sorry.

Yoga is not only learning to stand on your head but also learning to stand on your feet.

In not only the physical science, but in the real mental silence, the wisdom dawns.

Peace and joy is our goal. Whatever we do, we are doing it for that. Not everyone believes in God. But the real God, the absolute God, the cosmic God who is being searched for by one and all, is that peace and joy. Everyone wants that.

There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again.

Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the chittam; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct.

In the worldly, selfish life people live for themselves, using their scientific knowledge for themselves, while in the religious life that same scientific knowledge is utilized for others. Even in the religious field, if people are selfish they are really living a worldly life.

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Indian Religious Teacher, Spiritual Master and Yoga Adept, Author