Order in Yama and Niyama

There is a deliberate order in the five parts or limbs of yama (self- control). Ahimsa (non-violence) comes first, because man must remove his brutal nature first. He must become non-violent; he must develop cosmic love. Only then does he become fit for the practice of yoga. Then comes satyam or truthfulness. Because the whole…

Brave All Trials

Trials, difficulties, troubles and sufferings are necessary for your purification and to strengthen your will and power of endurance. Face them bravely and come out triumphantly. Press on. Strive on with all your will; only then is the grace of God bestowed. God helps those who help themselves. If bad thoughts enter your mind, simply…

Depression and Devotion

Every aspirant in the spiritual path becomes a victim to the mood of depression in the beginning. You have to overcome this mood through discrimination, reflection, singing God’s name, prayer, etc. This mood is like a passing cloud. It will pass off if you are vigilant. Do not mistake emotion for devotion. Whenever you get…

Consequences of Anger

A terrible fit of anger shatters the physical nervous system. It produces a lasting impression on the inner astral body. Although the effects of a fit of anger may seem to subside in a short time, the vibration or wave, continues to exist for days in the astral body. A slight unpleasant feeling that lasts…

Training of the Mind

If a pebble in our shoe torments us, we expel it. Once the matter is understood, it is just as easy to expel an intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind. Thoughts are the sources of all actions – they are real karma, real action. If, right at the beginning, you can root out all…

Discipline of the Mind

You must have a pure mind if you want to realise the self. Unless the mind is free and it casts away all desires, cravings, worries, delusion, pride, lust, attachment, likes and dislikes, it cannot enter into the domain of supreme peace and unalloyed felicity, the immortal abode. A glutton or a sensualist, a dullard…

Cure for Mental Defects

There are three defects of the mind. They are: impurity, tossing of the mind, and the veil of ignorance. The mind is tossed about among objects of love and hatred like a light feather in a story my wind. It whirls far and wide among sensual objects, far away from the association of the wise.…

Treacherous Mind

Mind is very treacherous. It will hurl you down into the abyss of ignorance. It will say: “Pltva pltva punar pltva punar janma na vidyate”. (Drink, drink again, there is no rebirth). It will say: “Give up sadhana (spiritual practice), you will not gain anything. There is no bliss beyond the senses. The world is…

A deep chasm between fog-draped mountains.

Fasting of the Heart

Form the habit of deep introspection. Good aspirants who enter into deep meditation also march forward in sleep. Taking food immoderately or at the wrong time will affect your system and render meditation difficult. Lead a life of self-restraint and back it up with meditation, japa (repetition of God’s name), prar:ayama (yoga breathing) and asanas…

True Renunciation

The mind is the all in all. Its mastery leads to the renunciation of all. True renunciation is the abnegation of the mind. It consists in renouncing all desires and egoism, not world existence. Through such mental abnegation you will be able to free yourself from pain. Then will come immortality in life – the…

Nirodha

Mind and breath are like milk and water. Raja yoga is control of the mind. He who wants to become a perfect yogi and wants to experience wonderful samadhi (superconscious state), must control mind and breath. He must throughly overcome the five tatvas (elements). Restraint of the mind (nirodha) leads to jnana. Nirodha is the…

Guide to Sadhakas

The first thing a spiritual aspirant has to acquire is mastery over the mind. Like a blind man – look at the objects. Like a deaf man – hear sounds. Do not allow the sense experiences to penetrate within. The mind gets fattened on account of its being fed by sense objects. Restrain the senses…