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November/December 2009

Satsangs at Rikhiapeeth
This issue of Yoga is dedicated to satsangs given by Swami Satyananda at Rikhiapeeth during the years 1998 and 2000.

Beginning of Spiritual Life

Faith

Nishkama Worship

Icons in the Brain

Morality

Ambition and Love

Nature of the Mind

The Principle of Opposites

Time, Place and Object

History through Puranas

Knowing and Realizing

Correct Judgement

God’s Will

Purushartha

Aim of Life

Beyond Material Success

Basis of Happiness

Internal Change

Sthita Prajna

Fourth State of Consciousness

Disciplining the Mind

Sadhana and Guru

Vairagya

Sannyasa Ashrama

Brahma Jnana

The Effulgent Spirit

God-realization

Understanding the Source



Morality

If your servant brings vegetables from the market and pockets five rupees, you become resentful. It is not because you are poor. For the sake of that small amount, you talk about ideals, truth, honesty and integrity.

We need to possess the disposition that makes us want others to have money. I will give you an example. I often give cows to the villagers here in Rikhia. Once a villager sold the cow that I had given to him. When I was informed about it, I said, “He did the right thing. He must have received a few thousand rupees; perhaps he will get his daughter married with that, buy some medicines or get drunk. How does it matter?” But even the ashramites could not understand this.

The day God gave birth to you he gave you everything. He gave you intelligence, wisdom, energy, manipulating skills, opportunity and a destiny; did you not sell all that? Did you not use it? Did you not sell the power given to you by God? When we behave in this manner with God, then how does it matter if someone who received a cow behaves in the same manner! I did not resent it; it did not occur to me that I gave something to him and he cheated me.

Human morality should not be subjective; morality should be objective. Morality needs to be viewed from many different perspectives; it cannot be seen or considered from just one perspective. Right now, what we consider as moral for us may be harmful for someone else. Thus morality should be universal. I am repeating the words of Mahatma Gandhi. Morality does not belong to a country, neither is it based on our beliefs. Morality is based on the welfare and happiness of all: bahujan hitaye, bahujan sukhaye, not on the welfare and happiness of one individual. Therefore, whenever you think in terms of goodness, consider the welfare of all and not just your own.

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