Yoga means that your will should work in unison with Nature. There
should never be conflict between will and Nature; the resources of
Nature are abundant and the world is provided with all facilities.
Only one has to understand and enjoy the bliss and happiness.
Whenever one gets conflict with the Nature the result is pain,
miseries and problems. The pains, miseries and problems are
obstructing the journey of man's life to reach the goal in time. At
times he drowns himself in these miseries and problems. This is not
only a loss to the individual but also to the whole society.
Whatever wrong one does, the effect of the result has to continue to
the persons living in the society. Therefore, all should live a
harmonious life by following the path of Yogic method of life.
Bhakthi Yoga which is the need of early years of one's life there
are three processes.
Learning to read and write (Language)
Learning to produce things (Production skill)
Learning to form good habit (habit which will not result in pain to
self or others at present or in future to the body or mind).
These processes are combined called as education. In this period of
education, the students or people have to follow the path shown by
the elders that is the persons like parents and teachers. This is
But when one comes to maturity he has to render his services to the
society in return for what he got and what he is getting even now by
which he is enjoying with material comforts through the things
produced by the labour of thousands of persons and the intellect of
very many people. Therefore, he has to render his services to the
society with such an understanding and responsibility. This is what
Karma Yoga is. But Karma Yoga is not aloof from Bhakthi Yoga. It has
to be followed in addition to Bhakthi Yoga.
When some of the persons get very much matured by following Bhakthi
Yoga and Karma Yoga, question may arise in their mind as to why.
- He has to do so?
- What is that?
- Which is that?
- What is the purpose
of life? And so on.
All such questions indicate the need for developing one's
consciousness to understand all the secrets of his life. For this he
has to learn Raja Yoga. There, instead of becoming victim to the
senses, the consciousness has to be developed so as to make senses,
subordinate to the consciousness. That is Raja Yoga. One has to
understand the law of Nature and also has to understand self. Self
consists of four phenomena. They are Body, Mind, Soul and Almighty.
All these four phenomena a jointly condition the personality. To
understand this secret a psychic practice is required. The mind is
the psychic projection of the life-force. So we have to turn the
mind from its outward activities, through sensual perception, and
fix it on the life force itself, so as to reduce the frequency and
finally get attuned with all the levels of universal function and
understand all its secrets and get the facts. This psychic practice
enables one to understand his deficiency by appropriate deeds by
adopting new method of life. All these are covered under the
practice of Raja yoga.
Finally, some have to progress further to achieve total
consciousness and lead the multitude of people, who by themselves
cannot understand the proper method of living, to reach the goal of
life. For this, one has to sacrifice all his services and all his
knowledge for the welfare of the society after understanding that he
is one among the many children of Almighty. The practice for
achieving full understanding with complete dedication and sacrifice
is known as Ghana Yoga.
Now we are starting with Raja Yoga. In olden days Raja Yoga was
learnt by people only to become teachers. Always people were
thinking that they have to learn under a master. So in olden days
both Bhakthi Yogis and-Karma Yogis wanted to learn under the
guidance of Raja Yogis and were learning with complete faith in
master. In this scientific age complete faith or blind faith is not
possible. It is now necessary that one has to understand the reality
and live accordingly. Otherwise life will be miserable. Therefore in
present day world all family people, Bhakthi Yogis as well as Karma
Yogis, have to understand and practise the Raja Yoga so that they
themselves may be able to moralise their deeds, streamline their
Binds and lead their lives in harmony and peace. In our lives
harmony is the prime requirement. There should be harmony between
the body and the soul. If not pain, disease and death are the
there is no harmony between body and soul for maintaining harmony
between body and soul, there should be proper circulation of blood,
heat and air in the body. These three media should be maintained in
sufficient quantity and of good quality. This can be achieved by
carefully regulating the food habits, sexual indulgence, work, rest
and use of thought force. By following these responsibly, one can
maintain circulation of blood, heat and air in proper order. By this
one can maintain harmony between soul and body. Only when the
harmony between body and life-force is maintained in good order,
mind will be able to work properly to be congenial for the
development of consciousness and reach the goal. Physical well being
is a must for all people in life, including for spiritual
development. For maintenance of health first one has to observe some
restrictions in his activities and enjoyments. Many of us are
working in the office sitting in one place and some of us are
working standing in a place. By this blood circulation and other
circulations may be affected. Therefore, there is a need to regulate
the circulations every day by proper exercises. So exercises are
also a part of yoga to prevent mal-circulation of blood, air and
magnetic force in the body. In addition, maintaining or keeping the
mind in peaceful and equilibrium state is also necessary for
maintaining good health. If the mind is in a peaceful state it will
return to the equilibrium state then and there even when there is a
will explain to you how it happens. When the mind is maintained in
the state of equilibrium, the life-force is working in good and
harmonious vibration. Otherwise, there will be change in the
vibration resulting in change in mental frequency. This change will
affect the transformation of life-force into pressure, sound, light,
taste and smell, which will affect the metabolic routine in the
body. There are many ways to cure the diseases in the body, through
blood circulation, through electrical circulation (i.e.) nervous
system, through life-force and mind. We have to find the proper
method which is easily and quickly available. Without mental well
being, the physical body will get deteriorated irrespective of the
way you maintain it. The life-force gets aggravated, whole body gets
disturbed. The blood circulation gets distributed, the heat
circulation gets disturbed and the energy circulation also gets
disturbed. With the result important organs get spoiled. It is
therefore, essential that mind should always be made to work in a
peaceful state. Hence, daily meditation is a must for all family
people. Maintaining mind and body well, there are four processes:
meditation, introspection, sublimation and perfection are necessary.
maintenance of proper circulation of blood, air, heat and
life-force, the harmony between body and soul is achieved. The
harmony between soul and mind can be achieved by practice of
meditation, introspection and sublimation. Suppose the soul is
functioning at a certain vibration required for the construction or
maintenance of the body, if at that time mind functions in a
different way, it causes sudden exhaustion or aggravation to the
life-force due to the resulting change in vibration. Therefore, if
there is no harmony between mind and soul, the body function and the
mental function will be disturbed. Therefore, everyday you have to
work for harmony between soul and mind. For this meditation,
introspection sublimation and perfection will be very helpful.
Then harmony comes in the family and the society. Here, man has five
kinds of duties.
has to maintain and develop himself, maintain his personality in
has to maintain harmony with friends.
has to maintain harmony with relatives.
has to maintain harmony with society.
has to maintain harmony in the work.
everyone has duty in five ways. Therefore, no action or deed should
give conflicting result to the other four. Suppose one wants to
maintain himself, but it should not be at the cost of the other
four. However, sometimes it may be inevitable to involve in such
actions but it should not be indulged always. Similarly, in
fulfilling his duties to the family one should not cause hardship to
the society or by spoiling himself. When one works only for his
family or society or the world without taking care of the
maintenance of his health he is prone to get sick. With that he will
not be able to perform his duties to the family, society or the
world. On the other hand, he becomes a burden to the society. So it
is a double loss. Therefore, maintenance of one's health is not
selfishness. It is also one of the duties to the society. In such a
way, one has to understand his responsibility in performing his
this regard, I will tell about one incident in
One sister was very much agitated and came to me and said. "Swamiji
I am very much suffering with family troubles and I am thinking of
leaving the house and going to some other place to be free". I asked
her where she wanted to go. She said "I want to go to an Ashramam
and serve God and be free from all troubles." I enquired what she
wants to serve there. She replied "I want to serve the society
instead of the limited family". The conversation went on like this.
"All right how many children do you have?
am having five daughters and two sons.”
“What are they doing?”
"One is an MSc and is working as a music teacher in the
another daughter is teaching psychology in another college and so
on." Sister you have your children in such a way so that they are
helping the society in one way or the other and are very much useful
to the society. So, you are serving the society indirectly. You are
great here as you have developed your children to be useful to the
society. When you are work for your daughters and sons, who, in
return, are working for the society. Without you their services
would be hampered or restricted. So you are the cause for their
service to the society. Now you can understand our rule in the
service to the society. If you go from here to any Ashram you have
to take a room and sweep it. If you do not do it may not give you
food, Further you will have to become a member of a new family.
Where you are now, you are great, simply because you want a change,
you are all these without knowing that.
you have opened my eyes. I am very much satisfied”, saying this she
prostrated before me and took blessings before she left.
only understanding is necessary as to where we are, what we are and
what we are doing to get satisfaction. Around us, there are
thousands of provisions and happiness. Only one has to get
satisfaction in doing his duties. Whatever duty you do, whatever
deeds you do, the results will go to the society. One has to ensure
that the result is good; result is harmonious and beneficial to one
and all in the society. Even if it is also beneficial to yourself it
is also service to the society because you are helping one member in
the society and through that member you are able to do service to
the society continuously. So whatever way you live, every work every
action has to be helpful to one and all in the society. In such a
way, we have to maintain our existence and be useful. That is
enough. If you do not understand, you think that you are only
working for money or working for some cause.
Always you are a member of the society. Society has produced you and
is maintaining you and you are working for the society. When you are
leaving this world, you are leaving every thing to the society only.
Therefore, everyone is a Gnani. When this truth is understood, then
there is no burden. Only the understanding is necessary. Try to
develop this understanding and awareness. When the awareness is
maintained there is no emotion. Emotion is only in the forgetful
state. Awareness always gives you the light of knowledge. In this
age, Yoga is the best method to understand the realities of life and
to follow the best system and best method of life. Thus you will
make your life successful, harmonious and happy.