Yoga in Daily Life
The world is for your education. You learn several lessons daily. If
you learn all the lessons you can, if you utilize all the opportunities
to the best advantage, in the spirit of yoga, then your capacities and
will power will develop. You will grow, evolve and expand. Aim for real
and lasting success, and remember that an ounce of practice is better
than tonnes of theory. Become a practical yogi by following these instructions:
- Watch your speech. Watch every word. Speak no word that is impure
or vulgar or that can hurt the feelings of another. Speak no word that
is disrespectful and contemptuous. Speak measured and sweet words. Think
twice before you speak and thrice before you act.
- When you have failed in an attempt, reflect for a while. Try to be
more careful in the next attempt. Try to remove the factors that led
you to fail previously. Fortify yourself now.
- Put yourself in the place of others. Learn this great secret. What
you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
- Worry is a waste. Avoid it. Rather sing, pray, meditate, enquire,
cogitate and discriminate. You will rise above all worries.
- Reduce your wants to the barest minimum.
- Adapt to circumstances.
- Never be attached to anything or anybody.
- Share what you have with others.
- Be ever ready to serve.
- Never leave the practice even for a day.
- The guru will only guide you, but you alone must tread the path.
- Maintain a daily spiritual diary and record your progress and failures.
Stick to resolves.
- Do not complain that there is no time for sadhana. Reduce sleep and
tall talks. Stick to meditation in brahmamuhurta.
- Never postpone a thing for tomorrow if it is possible for you to do
- Do not boast or make a show of your abilities. Be simple and humble.
- Spiritual pride is more dangerous than the ordinary pride of wealth
and power. It is also more difficult to eradicate. Aspirants should
be ever vigilant and cautious. They should always keep up the spirit
of service and humility.
- It there is any good virtue in you, think that there is much more
in others. This will infuse humility in you and check your haughtiness.
- Be slow to promise, but quick to perform. Keep your word at any cost.
- Always be cheerful.
- Be indifferent to things that do not concern you.
- Fly away from idle discussion.
- Be careful in the selection of your company.
- Be alone for a few hours daily.
- Give up backbiting, criticizing and faultfinding. If you harm someone,
it will be returned to you. Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
If you are aware of this law you will not harm anyone. Remember this
law when you become irritated.
- Respect the moods, sentiments, convictions and views of others. Tolerance
is an important virtue in an aspirant.
- Take to sankirtan, satsang and prayer when the mind is overpowered
by lower instincts.
- Care not for criticism when you are on the path. Yield not to flattery.
- Accept your mistakes and foolishness. You will grow quickly.
- Take care of your health. Do not neglect daily asanas and exercises.
- Always be active and nimble.
- When you are walking do not look here and there. Always look at the
tip of your nose. Practise this and it will become a habit.
- Desires multiply misery. Develop contentment.
- Do not lose your temper when anybody insults, taunts or rebukes you.
Remember that it is a mere play of words and a variety of sound. Try
to nip anger in the bud when it tries to emerge from the subconscious
mind to the surface of the conscious mind. Watch the small impulse or
wave of irritability carefully. Do not allow it to burst out and assume
a wild form.
- Be moderate in everything. Extremes are always dangerous.
- There is nothing absolutely right and nothing absolutely wrong in
this relative world. There is a grain of truth in every statement of
every individual according to his own experience. Remember this.
- Give up curiosities on the spiritual path. Conserve your energy and
concentrate. Think little of food, body and associations. Think more
of atman, spirit. You must realize in this very birth itself.