Supreme Peace Is Your Goal

Every man in the world is restless and is striving after something. What it is he does not know. In the accomplishment of ambitious projects he seeks the rest that he feels he is in need of – but he finds that worldly greatness, when secured, is a snare and a delusion. He does not…

How can I be less judgemental?

Question: Please, blessing and joy to you in all ways. My judgment seems to persist no matter what I mention or insist upon to my mind.  Even as an observer, I find myself judging my judgment. I have embraced them, ignored them, and firmly requested they leave the premises. And still they persist. Answer: Judging…

The Guru Within You

“Satchidananda” is the common name for all of us and every thing. Satchidananda is your own essential name. And that is the real Guru within. That essence is what you call Satchidananda. It is divided into three parts: Sat, Chid, Ananda. Sat is existence, Chid is knowledge; the Truth revealed. And then by knowing that,…

Beyond Words

I do believe that silence is golden. I always recommend speaking in measured words. I don’t believe in going to extremes—either complete silence or endless talking. Talk only when there is a need. And even there measure your words. Because speaking itself takes a lot of energy. And not only that but, unnecessary speaking can…

Self-mastery

As human beings, the biggest task we face is training the mind. The great thinkers have said, “It is easy to win victories over all the continents, to conquer the entire world, but the biggest victory ever won is over your own mind.” If you can master your mind and make it listen to you,…

Right Action

How do we find the right work—the work that we are meant to do? The first thing to do is to look within. Ask yourself, “What is my natural aptitude, taste, temperament, and capacity?” You don’t have to do anything that does not feel natural. All you have to do is to look back over…

Raja Yoga Questions and Answers

Swami Satchidananda was one of the earliest teachers of Raja Yoga in the West. On November 21, 1966, in New York, he lectured on this topic and answered questions about the Yoga Sutras. The second sutra gives the aim of Yoga in a nutshell: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah.” Just four words. Yoga means the control…

Questions and Answers on the Yamas

Question: In the Ramayana and Mahabharata, it’s clear that there was killing. The Gita itself takes place on a battlefield. How is this explained and justified in terms of ahimsa? Answer: In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks about non‑violence to Arjuna and says, “You should be a good yogi following non‑violence, so get up, go…