“We are responsible for what we are, and we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”
All our dignity consists of thought. By this must we raise ourselves, not by space or duration which we cannot fill? Then let us make it our study to think well; for this is the starting point of morals-Pascal.
The Atman is to be realized as the pure consciousness. The Atman being infinite is All-pervading by its very nature. Atman is always distinct from the body, senses, mind, intellect, all of which constitute the matter and is the witness of their function’s, the life drama on this body and in the world outside and never a participant, is not the sharer of any of the experiences. The atman reveals as luminous consciousness beneath the layers of matter or bodies. The self, the life spark in us is the nourishing factor of all life. It gives the organs their capacities for manifestations like the steam in the engine supplies the power for the locomotive to pull the train of carriages. The steam has no attachment to compartments or travellers and their destinations.
Mantra Repetition can be used to still the mind, to make the mind totally silent. The mantra can help to make you unoccupied with other words. The need to occupy time is the need of the non-meditative mind.
“Meditation is not a goal or achievement. Meditation has no seeking or desire. In meditation, we become aware of our desires and goals. If someone is seeking any goal through meditation, then it is another game of mind and not worth pursuing it.”
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“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
For many of us, the greatest battles of life are those we have with ourselves. There are times when people can’t forgive themselves for mistakes of the past. It could be due to hurtful things they have said or done. They have somehow been ill-treated either by their parents, spouse, relative, friend or complete strangers and they can’t go beyond this incident. They spend all their time regretting the mistakes they have made.