Saturday, January 29, 2011

How to Know Your Self

The aim of all spiritual practices is to know your real Self, to know the Knower. The Bible says, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But without knowing what your Self is, how can you love your Self in him? Know your Self and then see your own Self in your neighbor's Self. Then you can love him as your Self. To love everybody or everything as the spirit, you should realize your spiritual truth; you should realize the God in you.

Have you ever seen yourself, even your physical self? Have you ever seen your face? Only in a mirror. Suppose I breakthe mirror, could you still see your face? No, but would you have lost it then? No. What you see in a mirror is the image, not the original.

If you look for your true nature in a distorted mirror you will see a crooked face. Is your face really crooked? What is the mirror in our case? Our minds. To see our true Self we must have clean, clear, calm minds. Some people keep the mirror clean and realize that they are beautiful. Others do not dust it well. Some break it; some bend it.

When you make the mind calm and serene, you realize that the soul and God are one and the same, without any distortions, without any color. The body should also acquire that serenity that is called the relaxed or pure state. A very healthy and relaxed body with a calm and serene mind will allow the true light or the true nature of the Self within to express itself without any distortion.

Primarily one should take care of the mind because the body is only an instrument of the mind. Normally, we identify ourselves as a mind and a body. That is why we call ourselves by different names and seem to differ from each other. The variations and definitions come only when we identify with the body and mind.

By nature we are at ease and in peace. However, due to negligence or efforts aimed at satisfying selfish desires of the senses, we disturb that ease and peace. And when we disturb the ease, we feel "dis­eased." We were fine originally and lost that fine-ness. That's when we became defined. Unfortunately, the moment we define ourselves—or limit the Self—we are no longer fine.

All the scriptures, all the sages, saints and prophets say to stop defining. This is the process of re-fine-ment. This is the essence of all Yoga and all scriptures.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Don't Expect Anything

“Selfishness can be very, very subtle. If I expect you to appreciate me, I will have anxiety. When I answer your questions, I will try to answer very nicely so that you will appreciate me. That very expectation will bring anxiety. I have lost my peace, and, if you don’t appreciate me at the end, I lose still more of my peace. I go away an unhappy man. It will be a double loss: loss of time and loss of happiness. But if I speak to you without any expectation, whether you appreciate me or not, at least I don’t lose my peace. So for the sake of my own peace, I should not expect anything from you. I’m so selfish in keeping my peace that I don’t want to expect anything from you.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Yogic Approach to Problems

“The more you think of your problems, the deeper you go into them, actually meditating on them. Instead, put in new ideas, constructive ideas, and let those ideas take the place of the mental fixations. That is the spiritual way, the yogic approach. When something worries you, create opposite thoughts. If you hate somebody, instead of trying to find ways to get out of that hatred, just ignore it and try to love. Think of love, love, love, and the hatred will slowly go away, automatically. With regular practice of both physical and mental Yoga, for example, prayer, meditation, japa, asanas and pranayama, along with proper diet, you can easily overcome this trouble instead of worrying about it and constantly thinking about it.

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

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Make Yourself Strong

“Make yourself strong before you go to help somebody. Suppose a house is on fire and you are supposed to go there to pour water. You say you don’t have time to find water and all you have is a gallon of gas. Would you want to pour gas on the fire? When you want something to happen, you should make sure that you have what is necessary to do the job. In the same way, you are using your mind and body to go and serve others, so take care of your mind and body first. There’s no rush to go there and add more problems. We are all interested in helping others, but we can’t help others unless we have the capacity to do that.