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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



Nature of the Mind

The nature of the mind is restless. It is like the flag that continues to flutter even when there is no breeze. Thus, no matter to what extent lust, anger, greed and delusion are removed from the mind, or desire, dislike and attachment are finished, it will still be restless. The mind will always run about. If you expect that the mind should become still and steady, that it should stay at one place, you are expecting an impossible thing. It is pointless to try to still the mind. To fight with the mind is like a small child pulling at an elephant’s tail.

The only aim should be that you become anchored in God, that you begin to enjoy uttering God’s name, that your time is spent in worshipping God. If the mind runs helter-skelter, let it. For example, when a woman is cooking a meal, she is not entirely focused on the cooking. She thinks of her child, her husband, her household, but she still manages to cook a delicious meal. So if a meal can be cooked despite a restless mind, why can’t love for God awaken?

If you want to enjoy repeating God’s name, it is not possible to experience the enjoyment and also have a still mind. If the mind stops, the enjoyment will also end. Pleasure is an experience of the mind. So it should be enough that this mind which runs here and there is now engrossed in the pleasure of repeating God’s name. Don’t ask for anything else.

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