Satsang by Swami Amar Jyoti
Meditation and the Simple Life

Emptying the mind is the greatest activity. It seems as if you are doing nothing. It seems like escapism and selfishness to those who are egocentric. But only one among millions can do it.

ACCORDING TO THE Mundaka Upanishad, the Imperishable Supreme is called the Akshara. Why do we not cling to that indestructible, Imperishable One? What makes us to not meditate upon it? Or when we do sit in meditation, why doesn’t the mind think only of That? The answer is that we are attached to the perishable, to people, situations and things. Our consciousness is so identified with the perishable that it does not lift from that to the Imperishable. This is habitual unconsciousness. The reason so many thoughts come during meditation is because we have created so many karmas and they have left their impression upon our minds. How do we prevent our minds from being occupied with karmas? First: create no more karmas, which create more thoughts. Second: patiently go on letting go of the karmas that are already formed. When your karmas begin to reduce, even though you have not yet realized the Imperishable, you will begin to feel joy. As karmas or samskars—lifetimes of patterns or impressions on the mind—go on reducing, in that proportion joy begins to increase. The mind becomes lighter.

Swami Amar Jyoti at Jyoti Ashram, Pune, India, 1998. 

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