How to Live Yoga

Yoga is something that you live. If you want to be a Yogi you should be a Yogi always, not just while you are standing on your head. If you are a Yogi only when you stand on your head, then what are you when you walk on your feet? If you are a Yoga…

Finding the Balance

The only way to experience permanent peace and joy is to develop equanimity. Equanimity or neutrality is the ability to raise above the duality in life.   By gaining that equanimity you will be able to experience the God within. In order to know God, you need to have peace of mind. Why? Because you are…

Eastern vs. Western Psychology

Question: What is the best way for me to express my anger? Answer: Modern psychology says buy a pillow and pierce it, tear it apart, punch the pillow. Psychologists say you have to express your anger. Why? Because you are told not to suppress it. Eastern psychology says don’t suppress, but don’t express it either.…

The Cosmic Force

Prana is the vital energy that makes up the entire cosmos. Even the movement in an atom is due to the prana within it. When you see a flame, and you see the heat in that, that is the prana. Your car moves with prana. Your gasoline is a liquid form of prana. You need…

Challenges

There is a Hindu scripture that compares our human mind with a monkey. It says that the mind is like a monkey—a drunken monkey. And not just like a drunken monkey, but like a drunken monkey bitten by a scorpion. Just imagine the condition of that monkey! So, how are you going to control the…

Blessing of Ahimsa

Ahimsa (non-violence) is one of the foremost vows of good life. It is a supreme duty of man – ahimsa paramo dharmah – thus scripture declares. In the regeneration and divinisation of man, the first step is to eliminate the beastly nature. The predominant trait in beasts is cruelty; therefore wise sages prescribed ahimsa. This…

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.…