Bhakti Yoga and the stream of Wisdom

The Master said to the seeker: Witness everything!

Close your eyes and watch your breath. When you sit quietly you hear yourself breathing. The sound reminds you of the sea, it reminds you of the beach. And before you know it, you are walking on the sand looking for seashells, building castles and enjoying the cool breeze.

The moment you become aware of it, the stream of thoughts and images disappears and your attention returns to the breath. But then in a while, comes another thought. Silently, quietly. Didn't catch it, did you?

Once again you return to your breath. And once again a thought comes.  What do you do?

Stop your Yoga practice? Condemn yourself? None of these.

Just relax. Let the stream of thoughts, images and memories flow. Be a Witness.

Follow the stream to the Source of Wisdom. The Source is silent.

When you enter here you drop all your identities, gave up all your old roles, you go beyond all opposites, beyond pain and pleasure, beyond sorrow and happiness, beyond good and bad. You become One.

Being. Not becoming. This is Wisdom.

Source Guide

Autobiography of a Yogi : Includes Bonus CD

The Art of Joyful Living

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (8 volume set)


Roslyn from USA:
This is very well put as i find i am to simply witness thoughts as they arise and go away. Bubble up as it were. Sometimes i find i become entangled in a thought for a while and sometimes it takes a while to get one's focus back to the breath.

Do you think this entanglement in thought is what a cloudy mind is? Or is it something that perhaps mind is saying i should contemplate or look at more closely.

I find that i drift off quite a lot these days. Sometimes after a Hatha class where we meditate for a short while afterwards, i am filled with very colourful and formless shapes. Then i am forgetting my breath for a longer period of time and find myself amused at what i am watching within. Is this a part of cloudy mind also ?

Thanks for this site :)

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