“Yoga is the cessation of mind.”
~ Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
“When the mind is completely empty – only then is it capable of receiving the unknown.” …… “Only when the mind is wholly silent, completely inactive, not projecting, when it is not seeking and is utterly still – only then that which is eternal and timeless comes into being.”
~ J. Krishnamurti
“I think with intuition. The basis of true thinking is intuition.
Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. ”
~ Albert Einstein
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.”
~ Albert Einstein
To think or not to think,
that is the question!
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
“Life is not a problem to be solved,
but a reality to be experienced.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard
Mute The Mind
Bliss abides when thought subsides.
When all thoughts cease, we are at peace.
Spirit speaks when mind is mute.
Mute your mind to hear your heart.
The power to think is a great gift;
but, the power to not think is a greater gift.
So, to think or not to think, that is the question.
Ron’s audio recitation of “Mute The Mind”
Ron’s comments on “Mute The Mind”
When you hear the word “yoga”, what do you think of?
You probably think of a widely practiced art of physical postures and related practices, not necessarily associated with religion, for harmonizing body, mind and spirit. But you don’t think of mental stillness or mind control.
However, according to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the most ancient and central Sanskrit yoga text, yoga is defined as “cessation of mind”, not merely as methods to achieve such a state of thoughtless awareness. The word “yoga” is rooted in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning to unite or integrate. And for millennia Vedic seers called Yogis have followed various disciplines – such as wisdom enquiry, devotion, meditation, service, body postures, austerities and breathing techniques – attempting to merge their apparently limited human consciousness with Universal Awareness or Brahman.
I have today posted the foregoing brief poem and quotations about the importance of stilling the mind, without suggesting any method for achieving “yoga”. I have learned from experience that quieting the mind can help us lead happier and immeasurably more fulfilling lives, while hastening our spiritual evolution, whether or not we achieve “enlightened” states of awareness.
Until meeting my Guruji, Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas, who was a great Yogi, I knew virtually nothing about yoga and yogic science. But through his teachings and exemplary behavior I gradually have been enabled to experience countless blessings from an often silent mind.
Before meeting Guruji I was philosophically mostly influenced by the world’s ‘great thinkers’. But now I’m mostly inspired by the world’s greatest non-thinkers — mystics, intuitives and shamans from Eastern, Western and indigenous spiritual traditions, and those who have acted authentically and intuitively in secular life, like Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein.
Einstein observed that:
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
And he taught that we raise our level of consciousness by emphasizing intuition over rational thought. He said:
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
I respectfully offer the foregoing quotations and poem with the hope that they may inspire us to more and more realize the importance of mental silence and of honoring intuition over rationality, and thereby to gradually still our mind so we can hear and follow our Heart.
And so may it be!