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.— Swami Satchidananda
The most competitive Swami Satchidananda quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean.
Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.
Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.
Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
Our own true nature is Infinite Joy! Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.
The greatest victory you can win is over your own mind.
Everything begins in the mind. If you want to see clearly, you need clear vision.
If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness;
if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. (99)
God knows your breaking point. You simply don’t know your own strength.
The light is within. It is already there. Take your time to see it.
. . . I feel we don’t really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures? (233)
If you are becoming more easeful, peaceful & useful then you know you are growing.
If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself. (67)
Don't give up your power to change things.
Negativity and unhappiness are caused by you. You can change your attitude.
Not only does charity begin at home. Everything begins at home, including spirituality.
Never give up; nothing is done overnight. Anyone who achieved anything in life always did it after many failures. Don’t give up hope.
Equality comes in realizing that we are all doing different jobs for a common purpose. That is the aim behind any community. The very name community means let's come together to recognize the unity. Come ... unity.
The stones of a river start out rough, but with the current continually bumping and polishing them, they end up being beautiful.
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. (225)
Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. (3)
There is one Cosmic Essence, all-pervading, all-knowing, all-powerful.
This nameless formless essence can be approached by any name, any form, any symbol that suites the taste of the individual. Follow your religion, but try to understand the real purpose behind all of the rituals and traditions, and experience that Oneness.
When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face.
There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.
We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.
You are not given the light by anyone—not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.
There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places.
Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again. (52)
One truth, many paths.
Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.
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. (23-24)
When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil.
Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. (151)
Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time.
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. (81)
The purification of the mind is very necessary. (72)
In not only the physical science, but in the real mental silence, the wisdom dawns.
[C]ontinence 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. (140)
Do you want to know the secret of life? If you want to have everything, don’t want anything. Everything will run after you.
Don't depend on something that comes from outside. Outside things are never going to make you happy.
If we only look within, we will see he Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror. (122)
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.
Every pain has a gain behind it
Any kind of expectation creates a problem.
We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful.
True love knows no bargains. It is one-way traffic: giving, giving, giving.
Just as a little bird cracks open the shell and flies out, we fly out of this shell, the shell of the body. We call that death, but strictly speaking, death is nothing but a change of form.
[O]ur own bodies are changing every second.
Yet we take the body to be our Self; and, speaking in terms of it, we say, “I am hungry” or “I am lame”; “I am black” or “I am white.” These are all just the conditions of the body. We touch the truth when we say, “My body aches,” implying the body belongs to us and that therefore we are not that. (87)
Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting.
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. (Beyond Word, 119)
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? (136-137)