Discipline of the Senses

Control the indriyas (senses), through introspection. Destroy the thirst for objects and sense-enjoyments then you will be established in supreme peace. Speak the truth and talk little. Observe silence for two hours daily. Speak only sweet, loving, soft words. Do not go to cinemas; do not look at ladies with a lustful look. When you…

Dama – Sense Control

Dama is self-restraint. It is control of the senses. It is a vedantic sadhana (practice). It comes after the practice of sama (restraint of mind). It is one of the Shat-sampat: (sixfold wealth). It does not allow the senses to run outwards. It gives strength, peace and concentration. It develops will-power. It  helps you to…

Your Real Enemy

The senses are your real foes. They draw you out and disturb your peace of mind. Do not keep company with them. Subdue them. Restrain them. Curb them just as you would curb your enemies on the battlefield. This is not the work of a day. It wants patient and protracted sadhana (practice) for a…

Rise above the Two Moods

In vedanta there are only two kinds of moods – joy, exultation or exhilaration and grief or depression. Now there is joy and five minutes later there is depression – the currents alternate. They belong to the sad urmis (six waves, i.e. grief, delusion, hunger, thirst, decay and death). People of gloomy moods attract gloomy…

Uphill Task

True freedom results from the dis-enthralment of the mind. He is a real potentate and ruler who has conquered the mind. He who has conquered desires, passions and the mind is the richest man. If the mind is under control, it matters little whether you stay in a palace, or a cave in the Himalayas;…

Conquer the World Within

He who has controlled his mind is really happy and free. Physical freedom is no freedom at all. If you are easily carried away by surging emotions and impulses, if you are under the grip of moods and cravings, how can you be really happy, O sweet beloved child? You are like a rudderless boat.…

True Dispassion

Vairagya (dispassion) does not mean abandoning social duties and the responsibilities of life. It does not mean detachment from the world, or a life in a solitary cave of the Himalayas or in the cremation ground. It does not mean living on neem leaves, the wearing of matted hair and carrying a water-pot made of…

Smile at Him

Question: In order to overcome my fear of being beaten up, I am learning how to fight. Is this the proper course? Answer: First of all, let me remind you that however well you might learn to fight, there will always be a better fighter than you. You may not be beaten up by a…