How to tame it?


Arjuna says:

“O Krishna, this Yoga

You describe as equanimity

Points towards a communion

Which is ever steadfast.

But the mind is inconstant:

Troubling and powerful,

So strongly shaken

In the grip of the senses:

Gross and grown hard

With stubborn desire

For what is worldly.

How to tame it?

Truly, I think,

The wind is no wilder.”

 Paramahansa Yogananda:

 “Meditators, even after experiencing peace during the practice of Yoga, will yet be confronted by restless thoughts suddenly springing to the surface of consciousness from long-dormant subconscious sources.  This invasion should not influence them to abandon their practice through disbelief in its power to produce a lasting tranquility.  With regular Sadhana, they will find that the subconscious habits of restlessness will gradually cease to appear in the mind which has become strongly fortified by the regular practice of meditation.

 Oh Yogi!  If by a few dives into the ocean of divine joy, you do not find the pearls of God-communion, do not blame the ocean as lacking in divine presence.  Rather, understand that your skill in diving needs refinement.  Do not be discouraged.  Again and again, sink into the ocean of meditation and seize there the pearls of blessed communion.

In this verse we find that even a wonderful student like Arjuna, who has many times experienced the perfect calm and equilibrium of Yoga, harbors doubts about the effectiveness of Yoga to permanently banish mental disharmony, instead of finding fault with the quality of his own practice.  Arjuna compares the mind to the wind.  The deeper meaning of ‘wind’ is breath.  The changeableness and waywardness of the mind is inescapably bound up with breathing patterns.  India’s ancient sages discovered the liberating truth: control the breath and the mind will be controlled.

 The student should not be discouraged by initial failure in the most difficult practice of mind mastery.  Through scientific Yoga, the beginner finds the right means by which to free the mind from all conscious and subconscious restlessness.  Much depends upon one’s intensity, zeal, and regularity of practice.  These will help the mind speedily develop peace, as it rises above the habit of restlessness, which is rooted in the identification of consciousness with the body, the mind, and the senses.”

 Swami Shivananda:

 “The word Krishna is derived from the root Krish which means ‘to scrape’.  He scrapes the scum from the hearts and minds of his devotees.”

 [He will scrape, but it is up to us to provide a suitable environment for scraping.]


About dhavalrajgeera

Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA.

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