Understanding Reality

“Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. But he certainly believes that, as his knowledge increases, his picture of reality will become simpler and simpler and will explain a wider and wider range of his sensuous impressions. He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth.”

Albert Einstein, The Evolution of Physics, 1938, co-written with Leopold Infeld


Albert Einstein at the age of three, 1882

Mantra and Mind

Mantra should be received from a guru. A book cannot determine the correct mantra for you. Just as a cartridge needs to be struck by the hammer of the gun in order to fire, so the mantra needs to be struck by the hammer of the guru in order to explode the consciousness. The relationship between the guru and disciple is only the mantra. When guru gives mantra to the aspirant, he becomes a disciple. One who is working with and developing the mantra is a disciple. With the help of the mantra, he is trying to fix the samskaras, the different formations of the mind.

The guru has to decide the mantra for you on the basis of your zodiac sign, temperament, illness, or spiritual path. After receiving the mantra from your guru, you must practise it every day for five to ten minutes. No matter how powerful your mantra is, unless you practise it, you will gain nothing.

The mantra has to be repeated thousands of times. In the beginning you repeat it on the audible plane. The vibrations are external and the effects are gross. But gradually, as your mind becomes quieter and quieter, the vibrations grow more powerful. The mantra then goes deeper into the consciousness, pierces through the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and penetrates into the unconscious mind. Once the mantra enters into the unconscious mind, it destroys all samskaras and mental formations. Therefore, the mantra must be repeated regularly with the mala. If your mantra is Om, practise five malas every day. If you don’t have time in the morning, do it at night. Many householders never practise mantra at night because they are confused about certain taboos. They feel that it is not proper to practise mantra after maithuna, but according to tantra, the effect of mantra is far greater at this time. So if you have fixed five malas each night, you must do it. Regardless of what sort of life you lead, practise first and then sleep.

The mantra is a purifying force. Nothing in the world can pollute the mantra; nothing can make it impure. Mantra can purify all corruption. It is such a great purifier that no matter what you eat, how you live, what you think, or which religion you belong to, it will dominate and destroy all the samskaras. When the samskaras are destroyed and the veil is split asunder, you will see the divinity shining like the sun before you. What you have been searching for is not far away. There is only a veil between you and me, which has to be destroyed by the mantra shakti, mantra yoga. Om is the most powerful, the most benign of all the mantras.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

Mirror, mirror…

“I didn’t know my life was a reflection of me.”



Developing the Seer
Few people understand the power of the mind. You can create anything by the mind, good or bad. It is a force, an energy. All our sufferings are due to the mind.

In physics, the scientists have clearly stated that both matter and energy are creations of the mind. Time and space are both spanned by the mind. The time/space/object continuum is created by the mind, just as we make a candle out of wax. The wax is the candle and when it melts, there is no candle. In the same way, the mind is extending itself.

You must realise that the mind is a creative force. A thought is an expression of creation and you don’t know it. You think a thought and something happens somewhere. Therefore, man’s unhappiness, physical illness, intellectual limitations, emotional breakdowns and lack of many other faculties in his life, can all be attributed to incorrect handling of the mind. In order to handle the mind, we must first develop the faculty of seer. Unless we do this, we can never manage the mind.

Man has been following a mirage, a world of delusion. He should realise the world within, the happiness which is non-material, does not depend on the object. There is a greater happiness which is homogeneous and absolute, and that is the Self, beyond the mind. …

According to Swami Satyananda Saraswati


wite horses

Once upon a time there lived a king who had a most beautiful but rampantly wild horse. The beast could not be tamed. The king decreed that he would handsomely reward anyone who could subdue his stallion. Prompted by thoughts of wealth many people came. Each man tried to match the horse with strength, but none was strong enough to overcome the animal by mere force. Even the mightiest were thrown off or injured.

Some time passed until one day the king saw the horse meekly obeying a newcomer’s instructions. The king was amazed, and demanded to know how this man had succeeded where so many others had failed. The horse tamer replied: “Instead of fighting your stallion, I let him run freely to his heart’s content, following his own impulses. Eventually he became fatigued and submissive. It was then no problem to befriend your horse and gain command.”

It is the same with the mind. If we  fight and wrestle with the mind, we will never achieve mastery over it. The method to adopt is simmilar to that of the wise horse tamer – let the mind follow its impulses and tendencies without restriction until it becomes ready and willing to accept your authority. Give the mind free rein. Do not suppress it, but merely watch and get to know it. We must observe, analyze and respect whatever thoughts or experiences come into the mind.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Befriending the mind