December 22, 2017 marks the birth anniversary of Integral Yoga founder, Swami Satchidananda. On the occasion, Integral Yoga Magazine is reprinting a message that Swamiji gave in 1965 at his ashram in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was requested by devotees to give a special message on his 51st birthday:
A birthday message! For whose birthday is this message required? Is it for that of the real “me?” If so, I am sorry there can be no such message, for it is impossible to give a message for the birthday of the real “me.” The Self always was and is. “I am” as I am. “I” was never born and “I” will never die. So also, the real “you” was never born and will never die. “You” are never changing, never moving, never a part of anything. “You” are Eternal, Whole, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Ever Pure, Ever Blissful and Ever Free! This is the eternal message. Realize this and be Free.
Just a moment! Oh! Now I see that you wanted a message for the birthday of Yogiraj Swami Satchidananda. Well, that could be given. Because the form and name Swami Satchidananda came into existence once and they will one day cease to be. As you want a birthday message now, you may later need a deathday message too. All that comes will go, and all that is born will die. They are all swayed under the influence of the so called dualities, such as heat and cold, pleasure and pain, profit and loss, success and failure and so on. Please remember that these are impermanent, ever changing and connected with this Namaroopa Prapancha (Universe of name and form). Do not have any faith in these nor hope to gain any lasting happiness from them. Do not forget that they are worldly, just name and form, and the products of the three gunas. Rise above these and rest in your own Atma Swaroopa.You are Nithyan (eternal) Sudhan (ever pure) Budhan (ever wise) Muktan (ever free)!