The Importance of Mouna

The organ of speech is a very great distractor of the mind. Too much talking indicates that the man is rajasic (restless). Talking makes the mind outgoing. Mouna (vow of silence) is almost death for the worldly man. It is a great blessing for the spiritual aspirant. A worldly man always wants company and talk.…

Tapas

That which purifies the impure mind is tapas. That which regenerates the lower animal nature and generates divine nature is tapas. That which cleanses the mind and destroys lust, anger, greed etc., is tapas. That which destroys tamas (dullness) and rajas (impurity) and increases satva (purity) is tapas. That which steadies the mind and fixes…

Supreme Peace Is Your Goal

Every man in the world is restless and is striving after something. What it is he does not know. In the accomplishment of ambitious projects he seeks the rest that he feels he is in need of – but he finds that worldly greatness, when secured, is a snare and a delusion. He does not…

Raja Yoga Questions and Answers

Swami Satchidananda was one of the earliest teachers of Raja Yoga in the West. On November 21, 1966, in New York, he lectured on this topic and answered questions about the Yoga Sutras. The second sutra gives the aim of Yoga in a nutshell: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah.” Just four words. Yoga means the control…

Purity and Contentment

Shaucha is internal and external purity. External purity generates pure thoughts. Practice of shaucha is internal and external purity. brings disgust for one’s own body and the body of others also. You will soon give up mamata (mineness of body). Take a bath in the early morning and wear simple, clean cloth. You will get…

Benefits of Non-covetousness

Aparigraha is the fifth limb of yama (self-restraint). Parigraha is covetousness or greed, to possess and enjoy objects of the senses. Aparigraha is the opposite of parigraha. This is non-covetousness or non-acceptance of gifts; it is the absence of craving to possess and enjoy sensual objects. It is a mental state (bhava), wherein the sensual…

Steps to Celibacy

There are four processes in the practice of brahmacarya (celibacy). First control the sex vasana (habit) through dama (control of senses) and pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), then practise conservation of sex energy. Shut all holes through which energy leaks; then divert the conserved energy into the proper spiritual channels through japa (repetitien of God’s…

Thieves!

Asteya is non-stealing. This is one of the five limbs of yama (self- restraint). This is also another form of self-restraint. Why does a man steal? He wants some thing. When he cannot get it by legitimate ways of earning, he begins to steal things. Desire (tr�r:a) or want is the root cause for stealing.…

What Is Satyam?

God is truth. He can be realised only by speaking truth and observing truth in thought, word and deed. Truthfulness, equal vision, self-control, absence of envious emulation, forgiveness, modesty, endurance, absence of jealousy, charity, thoughtfulness, disinterested philanthrophy, self-possession and unceasing and compassionate harmlessness are the thirteen forms of truth. Your thoughts should agree with your…

Ahimsa is Supreme VIrtue

That work which gives elevation, joy and peace to the mind, is right. That which brings depression, pain and restlessness to the mind is wrong. This is an easy way to find out what is right and what is wrong. Selfishness clouds understanding. Therefore if a man has got even a tinge of selfishness, he…

Blessing of Ahimsa

Ahimsa (non-violence) is one of the foremost vows of good life. It is a supreme duty of man – ahimsa paramo dharmah – thus scripture declares. In the regeneration and divinisation of man, the first step is to eliminate the beastly nature. The predominant trait in beasts is cruelty; therefore wise sages prescribed ahimsa. This…