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Quotes of the Week

We've been offering up a Quote of the Week as part of our class announcements for a few months now, and students have begun to request that we share those quotes on our website. What a great idea! Here we have compiled the quotes used thus far. Keep an eye out for more!

 

Jealousy, hate, and the element of competition cause impurities in the mind, obstructing our attempts to find peace. Sutra 1:33 tells us that the mind can be purified by cultivating the attitude of friendliness towards the happy, compassion for those who suffer, gladness about the virtuous and indifference to those who are full of vice. The mind will then grow peaceful and undisturbed.

~ Swami Satyananda, in Four Chapters on Freedom

 

Imagine you are a warrior who puts on body armor each morning and comes back each evening from the battlefield of life with dents, and arrows sticking out of your armor. Before you put your armor away and go to sleep, how do you remove the arrows and repair the dents and prepare it for the next day?

Swami Niranjan suggests that you look at your day from when you awaken, in sequence, and identify those events or situations where you encountered conflict, stress, aggression, or fear.  Be an objective witness to all that has happened. Then without reacting to what has happened, bring a simple thought into your mind: 'Is there a better way to deal with this situation when it happens again?'

~ Swami Niranjanananda, satsang in Venice 2006

 

Spirituality is not a discipline, dogma or a belief system; it is a spontaneous appreciation, worship and adoration of life. Religions are dogmas, belief systems, traditions and ideas.  Spirituality, however, is a process of attaining personal transformation.  Spirituality is qualitatively changing the expressions and behaviors of life, and the discovery of Truth (Satyam) – Auspiciousness (Shivam) – Beauty (Sundaram).

~ Swami Niranjanananda, in Chapters of Spirituality

 

In raja yoga, four different physical states have to be experienced before an asana can be perfected.  The first is awareness of the normal physical posture to which the body is accustomed.  The second is creation of flexibility in the body. The third is adjustment of the internal systems with the posture so that there is no pain or tension. The fourth is concentration of the mind in asana, which leads to perfect stillness and relaxation.

 

~ Swami Niranjanananda, in Yoga Darshan

 

Visualize two scales in front of you. On one place all the negative expressions of your life, and on the other place all the positive. The side holding the negative will be heavier.  People think they should try to remove one negative habit or trait after another, but this is not going to lead anywhere.  By trying to reduce the negative, your awareness is constantly held on the negative and you continuously curse yourself saying, “Look at all this negativity inside me!” There is a constant awareness of negative all the time.

Sri Swamiji says: “What is in you will always be there. You can’t avoid it. You CAN however, make the effort to put more positive, virtuous qualities on the scale so that the good becomes heavier and the bad lighter.” If you work towards adding more positive qualities to your nature, you will remain constantly aware of the improvement that you are trying to make for yourself, and this will shift your awareness from the negative to the positive.

Ignore the detrimental and bad; keep in focus the positive and good.

~ Swami Niranjanananda, in Living the Divine Life

 

The possibility of becoming better is already in you. If you can remain optimistic, positive and creative, balanced in emotions and thoughts, then a new you emerges from the ashes of the old you.

~ Swami Niranjanananda, in Head, Heart, Hands

 

In karma yoga it is not the action itself which is considered to be important, but the frame of mind with which the actions are performed.

 ~ Swami Niranjanananda

 

Keep your mind positive in every situation!  No matter what.  Wherever you find yourself,  in everything you do!  In every situation. KEEP. . . YOUR . . . MIND . . . POSITIVE!  You MUST do it! You MUST remember it!  

~ Swami Nirmalratna, recalling Swami Satyananda’s admonition to her, which she says was “the most magnificent teaching ever given to me.”

 

To attain equanimity. . . live in this world like the tongue lives amongst a set of 32 teeth. How perilous is its condition.  At any moment the tongue can be bitten to pieces, but despite this, it manages to remain unharmed. 

~ Swami Satyananda, in Samatvam

 

Most people are like fragile glass balls; they crack, shatter or go to pieces every time they are bounced by a difficult life situation.  In life, one must become like a rubber ball. . . resilient, strong, flexible in all situations, without allowing the upheavals of life to touch the inner core of your being.  

~ Swami Satyananda, in Samatvam

 

Not allowing the mind to be affected negatively by the contradictions of life is the yoga of equanimity.   

~ Swami Satyananda, in Samatvam

 

 

 


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