Processes in the Mind-stuff

The thinking principle is a comprehensive expression equivalent to the Sanskrit term antaḥkaraṇa. antaḥkaraṇa is a broad term used in Vedanta. It includes manas (mind), buddhi (intellect), citta and ahamkara (egoism or self-asserting principle). The one mind assumes the three other forms, buddhi, citta and aharhkara according to the different functions it performs (vṛittibheḏa), just…

Thought is a Great Force

Thought is as much a thing as the yonder piece of stone. It has weight, colour, shape, size and form. Thought is a dynamic force. It is caused by the vibrations of psychic prar:a (sukðma prana) on the mental substance. It is a force like gravitation, cohesion or repulsion. Thought travels or moves. Thought has…

More Mental Strength

By destroying the vrttis one by one, you gain more and more mental strength (manasic bala) and spiritual strength (atma bala). Do the practice and feel the strength yourself. The annihilation of even one vrtti will give you strength to destroy the second vrtti that is tormenting you. Patience perseverance and persistent sadhana are necessary.…

A Vrtti is a ‘whirlpool’ in the mind-lake

Vrtti literally means a whirlpool. It is a thought-wave in the lake of citta. Citta is the mind-stuff or mental substance. It takes various forms. These forms constitute vrttis. It gets transformed or modified (parinama). These transformations and modifications are the thought- waves, whirlpools or vrttis. If the citta thinks of a mango, the vrtti…

A Guru to Guide

Learn the yoga under a guru (preceptor). Then only will you be able to understand the subtle points. Get practical lessons also from him. Then alone you will grow rapidly. He will remove your doubts and show you the right path, because he has already trodden the path himself. He will point out the pitfalls,…

Union with God

The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to join’. By the practice of yoga, the individual soul (jivatma) is united with the supreme soul (paramatma). Yoga means union with God. Then all samsara (cycle of birth and death) comes to an end. Yoga kills all sorts of pain – miseries and…

The Yogic System

Now I proceed to explain the system of yoga philosophy in brief and bring home to the readers the salient and vital points in the yogic system. Yoga teaches how to control the vrttis (thought-waves) of the mind and get freedom. Yoga teaches how to curb the outgoing mind and attain one’s pure state of…

Yoga with Eight Limbs

Yoga is the state where in there is no sankalpa-vikalpa (thought or doubt). Yoga is the control of mind and its modifications. Yoga is the equal state between jivatma (soul) and paramatma (God). The word ‘Yogi’ signifies an aspirant or a student in the path of yoga, as well as a full-blown developed adept in…

Spiritual Progress

Take stock of the past year. Turn back the leaves of your spiritual diary. Mark your spiritual progress. Note how far you have advanced in cultivating virtues, like humility, courage, truthfulness, cosmic love, purity, etc., and in the control of the senses. Even if there is a set-back in certain things, nil desperandum. March forward,…

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The Yoga of Synthesis

Self-realisation is not a process. It is not a becoming. It is pure being. It is not a new thing to be attained. The aspirant knows that he is the all-pervading, immortal soul. To know that is to become that. Self-realisation is direct, intuitive perception of the atman. All distinctions vanish. The sage is freed…

Practice of Brahmacarya

Walk the Brahman way. Brahmacarya is walking with God or Brahman. Brahmacarya is the Brahman way. Regard a woman as mother or Devi (goddess). This is brahmacarya of the eye. Hear not lustful talks. This is brahmacarya of the ear. Speak not of woman. This is brahmacarya of the tongue. Entertain not lustful thoughts. This…

Who am I?

Now I will tell you what vicara is. Vicara means enquiry. It is an enquiry into the nature of Brahman or atman. Enquiry of, “Who am I?” is also vicara. What is bondage? What is freedom? What is the relation between the jlva and Brahman? How was this Universe born? Who is the Creator? These…