Questions and Answers On Education

Question: In schools of psychology they train students in the technical application of counseling but not how to act with wisdom with unique individuals in unique situations. Do you think this sort of wisdom is teachable? lf so, what suggestions would you make? Answer: Wisdom is not something that you teach. No. You learn by…

Questions and Answers The Emotions

Question: How can we maintain a balanced state of mind without suppressing our feelings? Answer: To remain balanced does not mean you suppress your feelings. Suppression will never make you a balanced person. Instead, you should analyze the situation. Remember, every time you express a negative emotion, it gets renewed. Any kind of thought—any want…

You Can Enjoy the Same

For one month live a totally surrendered life. Try that life for a while. For a sample week, or a sample month. Just say, “Let God take care of me. And let me do my duty. Whatever God has given me to do, let me fulfill it.” That means wherever you are, God has placed…

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…

Have Heaven in Your Heart

Wherever you go, you carry your own imagination. Even if you go to heaven, you won’t be able to see it as heaven if there is a hell in your heart. If you have a heaven in your heart, you would even enjoy hell. Yes, it’s true. Because you would see heaven there. It’s all…

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…

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…

Meditation

Meditation starts with concentration. Meditation actually begins when the mind is well-focused and it learns to become totally still. When the mind becomes completely still it seems to be losing itself. That is what you call transcending the mental state. All authentic types of meditation should ultimately help you to transcend the mind’s limitations. Through…

In the World, Not Of the World

The majority of the emotional pain that people experience is caused not by something outside of themselves but by their internal reaction to things. And those reactions that bring pain are usually based on attachments and expectations that are unfulfilled. You make an appointment with you and they don’t fulfill your expectations so you get…

How to Succeed in Yoga

Yoga means to control the mind, to master the mind. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras begin by saying, “Control of thoughts is Yoga”: Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah.”(I.2) But how is it to be done? Even the ideal disciple, Arjuna, says to Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, “My mind is verily restless, turbulent and obstinate. I deem…