Quote for the Day
Without the control of your senses, your sadhana will be ineffective; it is like keeping water in a leaky pot! When the tongue craves for some delicacy, assert that you will not cater to its whims. If you persist in giving yourself simple food that is not savoury or hot, but amply sustaining, the tongue may squirm for a few days, but it will soon welcome it. That is the way to subdue it and overcome the evil consequences of its being your master. Since the tongue is equally insistent on scandal and lascivious talk, you have to curb that tendency also. Talk little, talk sweetly, talk only when there is pressing need. Also, talk only to those to whom you must, and do not shout or raise the voice in anger or excitement. Such control will improve health and mental peace. It will lead to better public relations and less involvement in contacts and conflicts with others.
– Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1968
Summary of the Discussion
Essence : Control of the senses. Control the tongue, i.e control the cravings for food and stop the unnecessary talk.
1.Swami said in Rama Katha Rasavahini that minds that causes bondage and liberation. At the same time, mind also helps control our senses and it also helps in detachment.
2.Swami says if foot slips, we can apply medicine and cure it. But if the Tongue slips, it is difficult the wound it caused. Because Tongue causes the wound in someone else hearts, difficult to cure.
3.There was a question that If we apologize after the tongue slip, is it acceptable. The answer conveyed was that it is alright to some extent- If we truly regret and don’t repeat the same. But if we repeat the same thing in spite of constantly apologizing, then there will be consequences.
4.One can raise the voice for wishing someone good and to correct them, but avoid using unnecessary negative words.
5.Use the anger to convey the point. With anger, tremendous amount of energy is lost. We should refrain from misusing the energy.
6.Swami said, when you are alone watch your thoughts, when in company watch your words.
7.Personality of Hanuman is a great example. We think him as a form of monkey or ancestor. He is the most wisest person. That is because he has Rama in his heart, who controls his thoughts, words and deeds.
8. Excessive speech lead to harm, excessive thoughts also harm. Kauravas constantly had wicked thoughts and finally it boomeranged on them.
9. 25% of energy is wasted by thought only. Try to keep your mind still without allowing them to wander off.Such control will not only improve health but also bestows mental peace.
10.Spiritual wisdom cannot be obtained externally, should be blossomed with in.
11. One Should always remember what Swami says : You Cannot Always Oblige, But You Can Always Speak Obligingly