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Seat of Power

--by Swami Vivekananda (Apr 25, 2005)


We know that the greatest power is lodged in the fine, not in the coarse. We see a man take up a huge weight, we see his muscles well, and all over his body we see signs of exertion, and we think the muscles are powerful things. But is the thin thread-like things, the nerves, which bring power to the muscles; the moment one of these threads is cut off from reaching the muscles, they are not able to work at all. These tiny nerves bring the power from something finer, and that again in its turn brings it from something finer still -- thought, and so on. So, it is the fine that is really the seat of power.

Of course we can see the movements in the gross; but when fine movements take place, we cannot see them. When a gross thing moves, we catch it, and thus we naturally identify movements with things which are gross. But all the power is really in the fine. We do not see any movement in the fine, perhaps, because the movement is so intense that we cannot perceive it. But if by any science, any investigation, we are helped to get hold of these finer forces which are the cause of the expression, the expression itself will be under control.

There is a little bubble coming from the bottom of a lake; we do not see it coming all the time, we see it only when it bursts on the surface; so, we can perceive thoughts only after they develop a great deal, or after they become actions. We constantly complain that we have no control over our actions, over our thoughts. But how can we have it? If we can get control over the fine movements, if we can get hold of thought at the root, before it has become thought, before it has become action, then it would be possible for us to control the whole. Now, if there is a method by which we can analyse, investigate, understand, and finally grapple with those finer powers, the finer causes, then alone is it possible to have control over ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda


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On Jan 30, 2008 princess wrote:
l love the way God has led you into my life this year,praise God and may his love that endures forever be with us all.God bless you abundantly

On Jan 29, 2008 Diane wrote:
After reading the previous reflection, I am speechless..It was beautiful!

On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

this thought is quite humbling. Reminded of a quote by Gil Fronsdale "The more aware you are of your intentions, the greater your freedom to choose" Made a connection between this thought and the Power of Now, because in this moment is really where all these subtle movements take place. The ability to really focus in on the present moment is then in many ways the ability to find this seat of power which Vivekananda speaks of. Paramahansa Yogananda teaches what he calls energization exercises, where one can learn to use thought and intention to exercise the muscles without the need of any weights, for we can create the same tension a weight would create just by intending it and using our own will. Swami Vivekananda has been such an inspiration to my own life, there is so much energy and power in his words that set me afire when I read it. In molecular biology, we learn that certain proteins are what cause the muscles to move. But it also see  See full.

  • this thought is quite humbling. Reminded of a quote by Gil Fronsdale "The more aware you are of your intentions, the greater your freedom to choose"
  • Made a connection between this thought and the Power of Now, because in this moment is really where all these subtle movements take place. The ability to really focus in on the present moment is then in many ways the ability to find this seat of power which Vivekananda speaks of.
  • Paramahansa Yogananda teaches what he calls energization exercises, where one can learn to use thought and intention to exercise the muscles without the need of any weights, for we can create the same tension a weight would create just by intending it and using our own will.
  • Swami Vivekananda has been such an inspiration to my own life, there is so much energy and power in his words that set me afire when I read it.
  • In molecular biology, we learn that certain proteins are what cause the muscles to move. But it also seems the mind itself has some ability to control muscles and the body. So what is the link between these biological processes and the impulses sent by mind?
  • One of the best books I've ever read is the picture biography of Vivekananda. Always felt that he was so popular not just because of what he had to say, so much as his intense spiritual magnetism which people in the west had never seen before.
  • "As a rule, man is fool
    when it's hot, he wants it cool
    When it's cool, he wants it hot
    always wanting what is not"
  • There's a thought that says when someone speaks, 70% of what is conveyed is just in presence, and only 30% are the words and intellectual constructs.
  • The idea of the bubble rising from the bottom of the ocean to the surface - there's a *lot* of water from the surface to the bottom, many layers inbetween. It's kind of exciting to realize we can even experience this whole process within ourselves.
  • There is so much awe around us. We have hands & eyes, but how do these hands move? And our eyes, even sight itself, isn't this incredible how all this came to be?
  • Feelings seem to really rule over nearly all decisions and situations. What can really be done about these? Can we control these feelings? Seems we have to start just by watching them arise, without thinking too much about what to do with them.
  • When we are present with our feelings, we are really taking responsibility for not only where they come form, but where they are going, and thus where we are going.
  • mystery might be the best word of what lies behined thoughts, feelings and intention.
  • There is a point of awareness when thoughts, feelings and actions become one thing.
  • In Sankya philosophy it is spoken of two kinds of perceptions. The first one is the gross sense perception. What is the second type? We've been using words such as subtle, deep and so on. When we go deep, where do we go deep? Words and concepts themselves cannot capture whatever it is we are trying to talk about.
  • As soon as I observe that I am 'in the flow' then that flow comes to a close.

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