Develop Your Sight

Whenever you meet a person, look at his figure carefully from top to bottom. Mentally note his peculiar features – the condition of his eyes, eyebrows, teeth, arms etc., the sort of dress he is wearing, what kind of cap he wears, whether he has a moustache or not. Notice his behaviour, his looks, his…

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini shakti is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies all organic and inorganic matter. It is the primordial energy that lies at the basal centre (muladhara chakra) in a dormant, potential state. Kundalini yoga treats of Kundalini shakti, the seven chakras (centres of spiritual energy), and the arousing of this sleeping kundalini. Nadis…

See the Results

For those who have poorly developed chests, respiratory exercises are necessary. For those who have excess fat in the abdomen, abdominal exercises are essential. Exercises that are best calculated to improve the function of vital inner organs of the body and tone them up to counteract the tendency towards disease, are also indispensable. The lungs…

Develop the Body Too

Physical culture or development of the body is as important as the development of the mind, will or memory. If the body is not kept strong and healthy, vigorous and active, no culture is possible. All cultures depend on a sound body. There is a wise saying: “A sound mind in a sound body.” The…

The Best Victory

So much discipline is necessary to fight a war, and that is only a simple war against other human beings whom we call “enemies.” The war that spiritual seekers are trying to fight is against a bigger enemy. Unfortunately you cannot even see the enemy. Your enemy works through your eyes, through your nose, through…

Every Action Has a Reaction

Question: Do we incur bad karma each time we kill a bug or insect or frog while driving down the road? Answser: Yes. Whatever we do, knowingly or unknowingly, brings karma. There’s no doubt about it. Even when you walk you might step on many insects. What should we do about that? The scriptures have…

Regular Japa

Never do japa (repetition of God’s name) in a hurried manner. Do it slowly with one-pointedness of mind and single-minded devotion. Pronounce the mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat it too quickly or too slowly. Do not use the index finger while telling the beads. Use the thumb, the middle and the ring…

Instruction in Japa

Make the divine name the sheet-anchor and prop of your life. If you take to the recitation of the divine name, all inauspiciousness will certainly vanish. Om Tat Sat is the most excellent of mantras (mystic formula). One becomes a siddha (perfect being) by japa of this mantra, Om Tat Sat. By repetition of this…

Study the Scriptures

Svadhyaya is study of scriptures and books written by realized sages. It is one of the limbs of niyama (discipline) in raja yoga. Svadhyaya is also enquiry of the nature of atman (self), or “Who am I?” It is recitation of mantras (sacred formulas) also. Svadhyaya is indirect satsarig, when you cannot get positive satsariga…

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…