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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It's very simple. Keep your body as clean as possible, your mind as clear as possible. That's all you need. And do it in any way you can, in your own way. It doesn't matter. That's why I say 'peaceful body, peaceful mind'. And then you'll be useful. You don't have to become a useful person. You will be useful.

Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize. Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate.

Though we can't always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.

A wise person will never expect joy from the outside world or by contact with outside objects. The truth is, joy can never come from outside. Even if it seems to be coming from outside, it’s only a reflection of your own inner happiness.

Just do, leave it there, if it comes let it come, but don't look for it.

Show the same love to one and all. Let nothing get harmed, hurt, or pained, even by your thought. Love everything and everybody as God would love: unconditionally.

True love knows no bargains. It is one-way traffic: giving, giving, giving.

All the scriptures tell us one thing: ‘Know thyself.’ If you have known yourself, you have known everything else. Know that, by knowing which, you will know everything else. The Bible says, ‘Seek that kingdom within you.’ It is not outside. Seek that within you. Once you have found That, then everything else will be automatically added unto you; you don’t have to go looking for outside things, they will all come to you. So learn that first.

Keep this in mind: I am here to serve; I am doing everything to serve others.

Temples and churches have become social centers. They have lost their original purpose because the minds of the people are more attracted to worldly things than to prayer. The lips repeat the prayer mechanically like a phonograph record, but the mind wanders to other places.

Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.

At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.

Meditation is an accident, and yoga practice makes us accident prone.

The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles.

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?

Continence is a very important part of yoga. If a handful of people come forward with strong wills, nothing is impossible. One Buddha changed half the globe; one Jesus, three quarters of the world. We all have that capacity.

Meditation is to calm the mind, bring the mind together. If you are already restful, peaceful, why do you need meditation? Meditation is a sort of medication. The same way, when you feel the disturbance in the mind, then you try to calm down the mind, and that's why you practice meditation. So don't get disappointed that you couldn't meditate right away. Nothing is achieved overnight. When did you learn to walk or run? From the beginning? No. When you were a baby, you couldn't even stand up, you couldn't even crawl. Then you gradually learned to crawl, and walk, and run. Meditation is also like that.

The entire world is nothing but your own projection. It is based on your thoughts and mental attitude. If there is hell in your mind, you won’t see heaven anywhere. If there is heaven in your mind, even hell will be a heaven for you.

We can see the same spirit in everybody only when we know we are that spirit, Atman or Self. Only a person who has understood his own Self can see that Self in everybody

Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all.

Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.

The essence of Yoga and all the faiths and traditions is to be easeful in body, peaceful in mind and useful in life. The aim of Yoga is to make the body healthy and the mind tranquil and pure. With a pure mind and a healthy body, you become a useful instrument for.

We don’t exhaust the Bible even after reading it hundreds of times. Each time we read it we see it in a new light. That is the greatness of the holy scriptures. They are that way because they were created by holy prophets who experienced the truth. Each time we read these works we elevate ourselves to see a little more.

Devotion gradually progresses to higher levels. . . . One type goes to God and asks Him to remove his suffering. Another one will ask for money or material things. A third will request liberation or release from his bondage. And the fourth will not ask for anything. He will just enjoy praying and praising his Lord. That is the highest form of prayer.

Music is the celestial sound, and it is sound that controls the whole universe, not atomic vibrations. Sound energy, sound power, is much, much greater than any other power in the world.

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Indian Religious Teacher, Spiritual Master and Yoga Adept, Author