Friday, 9 April 2010

The Scripture Of The Yogis – Part 4

I. Renunciation 

The disciple then asks:

What, O Teacher, is the description of one of steady mind, who is in constant contemplation? How does one of steady mind, speak, how sit, how move?

To put the matter plainly this question simply means What is a true yogi like?

The teacher replies:

When a man, satisfied in the Self alone by himself, completely casts off all desires of the mind, then he is said to of steady mind.

Desires, feelings and wishes in the end are nothing but thoughts. To want something is desire. A passion is simply thought, which is held more strongly and intensely than any other thought. Before a desire is formed in your mind, you must think of it. When it appears in your thought, you still think of it. Desires are part of your stream of thoughts. To get rid of the desire you must eventually get rid of that thought. It follows that to live in a condition where thoughts are reduced, means the will to attain peace. Peace is the absence of thoughts and desires. Then only will you have attained the state of the successful yogi who has found the inner self. Once you have achieved this you may have thoughts running through your mind, but they will be unable to disturb your inner peace.

He whose heart is not distressed in calamities, from whom all longing for pleasures has departed, who is free from attachment, fear, and wrath, he is called a sage, a man steady of mind.

Since we are on this Earth we cannot sieve off the troubles of the material life. We can, however change our reaction to these troubles. Defeat in Business will merely amuse one man, but completely beat another. The first person may continue battling for his Business, the second may commit suicide. We  must understand that troubles are unavoidable because they come as a results of what we may have done in former births. But we can accept them with peace and equanimity by controlling our reactions to them. In this regard, however, the teacher points out that if you wish to control the pain, you must also control your reaction to their opposites. Pleasure and bad fortune, pain and good fortune are opposite ends of the same stick. So you must learn to inwardly give up the good things of life. If you are to do this it will follow that when you are suddenly left a large financial fortune, your mind will not be excites beyond control, but will remain calm. Be like the actor on stage, who although playing his part to perfection, remembers who he is all the time. You are inwardly Divine. Be that.

To Be Continued…..