Soundworks in Southville provided a calm and peaceful atmosphere for this satsang event with Satyananda. There were about forty of us attending this “meeting in truth” and eager to find out more about achieving inner peace.
“Satyananda was born, Bernardo Lischinsky, in Uruguay in 1964. At the age of 22 he came to Europe to travel. Here, he was introduced to the way of “self-enquiry” as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi.
The name Satyananda, which means “the bliss of truth” was given to him by his teacher. Since that time, he has offered his life in the service of Peace. Many people have been attracted to his Satsangs and been inspired to cultivate his liberating insight in their own lives.” (www.satyananda.org)
Prompted by a question on karma, Satyananda spoke about how karma is constantly being created and that to achieve freedom from karma, you have to free your mind from what it thinks karma is. And that to have a life without any of life’s difficulties is kindergarten. We should not try to deny or try to rid ourselves of them. Karma is changed by self-discovery if you can reach the place where you exist with no name and grow your awareness of this. This will change your karma and prevent you being so caught up in yourself.
Satyananda enouraged us to live our change, to become alert not invasive. Everyone is on their own path and we can help by being an example of unconditional love, compassion and humbleness. This includes having compassion for yourself. You need to forgive yourself for your attachments, emotions, fears and limitations.
A question was raised about resistance to daily practise and Satyananda replied that our awareness doesn’t need daily practise to be expanded as it’s already limitless therefore the resistance to practise is because we know that we don’t need it. The fight between your mind and what you already know is your ego’s journey, breaking the attachment with your mind is what will give you freedom. Know yourself and relax. Know that you’re already OK the way you are. You’re not perfect and have much to learn but be compassionate for your mistakes. Stillness is the essence of consciousness and consciousness manifests through the mind, form and ego, so it has compassion for it’s own manifestation. Take a step from your mind and explore the space within where there is peace and no need for why or because. This stillness is unconcerned with what the mind is doing. Go beyond the ego’s journey to be enlightened or not, be yourself, be natural. When you become aware of this, you will see the constant birth and death of new egos and you will realise that your own mind is a comedy that keeps on creating.
Talking about money as a flow of energy, Satyananda said it is important to be good at what you do and do it for the wellbeing of the world, for society, be in service to it and not just in it for your own good. Be outstanding and be free of your own benefit asi f you don’t need recognition or ownership of your own action. It doesn’t matter what you do in life – just do it with passion and involvement.
Satyananda’s over-riding message of the evening was one of freedom – that we are all already free, we just don’t know it. There is nothing to journey or strive for, just focus your awareness beyond mind, form and ego to the stillness within.
It was a perfect place to finish with and I left feeling calm and peaceful and more compassionate with myself about my attachments. What we resist persists and by resisting these attachments I’m creating their persistance. Driving home my mind was calm enough to notice the luxury of these long, light evenings and the ripeness of the midsummer moon instead of being caught up in the endless chatter inside my head. What a relief!