Exercises in Meditation

Keep a picture of Lord Krishna with a flute in his hand. Sit in your meditative pose and gently concentrate on this picture until you shed tears. Think of his feet, adorned with anklets. Think of his yellow silken garment. Think of the ornaments around his neck. Think of the long garland of beautiful flowers…

There Is Nothing to Be Afraid Of

Sometimes we somehow get frightened,  and  a  fear  gets  into the subconscious mind. Consciously din into the mind that you are immortal and that there is nothing to be afraid of. Think in a positive way. Boldly meditate on it. Convince your conscious mind, and let the conviction sink into the subconscious mind. You can…

Hearticulture

You must have a pure mind if you want to realise the self. Unless the mind is set free, unless the mind casts away all desire, craving, worry, delusion, pride, lust, attachment, likes and dislikes, it cannot enter the domain of supreme peace. Mind is compared to a garden. Just as you can cultivate good…

Develop Your Perceptions

Organs deteriorate if you do not use them properly – just as hands and legs are atrophied by disuse and are developed by muscular exercise, etc. There is intimate connection between sight and memory, and between hearing and memory. He who has acute sight, keen perception, good powers of observation and hearing – he will…

Trataka

Trataka is steady gazing. Write the word Om in black on the wall. Concentrate on it with open eyes till tears come in the eyes. Then close the eyes; visualise the picture of Om. Then open the eyes and again gaze till lachrymation manifests. Gradually increase the period. There are students who can gaze for…

Your Foremost Duty: Concentration

Sri Shankara writes that a man’s duty consists in the control of the senses and the concentration of the mind. As long as one’s thoughts are not thoroughly destroyed, through persistent practice, a man should ever be concentrating his mind on one truth at a time. Through such unremitting practice, one-pointedness will accrue and instantly…

Withdraw the Mind

Pratyahara is abstraction or withdrawal of the senses. From it starts the real inner spiritual life and the external world is shut out. Yama, niyama, asana, pranayama – all prepare the aspirant for the practice of pratyahara. The mind is rendered calm by the practice of brahmacarya (celibacy) and aparigraha (non-covetousness). Asana and pranayama squeeze…

Develop Will Power

Attention, power of endurance, overcoming aversion, dislikes and irritations, fortitude in suffering, tapas, fasting, patience, command of temper, forbearance, clemency, mental power of endurance, firmness in meeting danger, power of resistance in attack, keeping up daily diary – all these pave a long way towards developing the will. You should patiently hear the words of…

Memory Culture

Take up memory culture. Take to any exercise that suits you best and put it into daily practice. Keep a daily record – this is very important. Mere skipping over the pages will not do. You will not be benefitted. If you really want rapid improvement, if you want to become a real man, put…