Mantra

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Can the mantra act in the case of turbulences stemming from previous incarnations?

The turbulences which you have inherited will continue. You will have to accept them. Any effort to overcome the turbulence is not desirable. The moment you want to avoid or you want to remove the turbulence you are hitting the mind.

You should think that all your spiritual life, all your yoga is not for overcoming mental turbulence. Whatever you are doing you should not do for overcoming the mental turbulence – this is what I want to tell you.

The mantra you are practising is for the awakening of the universal spirit. You must say, "I don't care for the turbulence of mind. I care for the mantra. My universal spirit will awaken. Let the turbulence continue." You must know how to live with turbulence.

—9 May 1980, Belgium