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Roadmaps to joy!

Happiness is the ultimate goal in life

 The goal

All your actions in this world, weather eating food, getting married, or having children, homes or friends, are an attempt to find happiness. But do they give you happiness? They offer the best of joys--- for a moment--- but they do not give you everlasting joy. You find their joy, and then return again to the same world of conflict, sadness sorrow, and worry. Human union gives you a joy that is only a glimpse, a foretaste of something higher, which is everlasting.

~ Swami Rama, Transcending desires and purifying the sanskaras, Art of Joyful living

Prayer for meditation, May all be happy.

Cat's eye.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
Mas Kaschid Dhuka Bhag Bhavet


Sanskrit to English Translation
Sarve-all; bhavantu-may be; sukhinah-happy; niramayah-free from disease;
badrani-prosprity; pashyantu- may enjoy; ma-not;kaschit- anybody;
dukkshbhag-one who suffers; bhavet-may be

Translation:
May all be happy. May all enjoy health and freedom from disease. May all enjoy
prosperity. May none suffer.

How can I quiet my mind?

how can i quiet my mind

“Your meditational method should be completely systematic, and you should discipline your body and breath and mind and it will become quiet. ...I am explaining why students cannot meditate.”

~ Swami Rama

Methods of discipline

The person who is slave to physical comforts should gradually eliminate all that is superfluous and train himself to be content with bare necessities.

Anyone who finds it difficult to overcome physical lethargy and rise early in the morning should drag himself out of bed by sheer force of will.

One who is inclined to over-eating should by degrees reduce the quantity of his food

A person who has the habit of talking unnecessarily should practice stillness by persistent control of all useless motions.

Such practices not only increase our power of concentration and meditation, but do much to improve our bodily health and make us happier in every way. Also as we learn to meditate our outer being falls into rhythm.

~ Swami Paramananda

Meditation as a whole-souled occupation

Swami Krishnananda's quote The practice of meditation is to be regarded by honest spiritual seekers, as a whole-souled occupation. It is not to be regarded as one among many other items of daily activity. It is the principal work or function for which one is here. Almost all our other functions are contributory to the effectiveness of the principal function  - meditation of our self on the Selfhood of things.

~ Swami Krishnananda

Guide map to meditation – Swami Rama

You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know.

—The Art of Joyful Living, pp. 47

“The point is that you don’t need much external information;
you already have true knowledge within.
You need to learn how to apply the knowledge that you have.
You are taught: “Be good, be nice, be gentle, be loving.”
You have all been taught that, but you should learn
to practice, understand, and to apply that knowledge to yourself.
You need to understand how you function,
and the process that results in your actions.” More...

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