Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Source of Emotions

How the emotions arise. What are the subtleties of emotions. Now one thing people forget is the divine source of emotions. That is where a lecture like The Theatre in God comes in. The source of all knowledge is Divinity. And the source of all sentiment is also Divinity; the rasa principle. And not enough is being said about that. People are all working on emotion, emotion, emotion, you know, because they are looking at it only as a human problem. Okay, it's no problem. It's a manifestation, see, from the unmanifest rasa, the essence, the flavor of Divinity, which is ananda. All emotion is a reduction in the quantum of ananda. All negative emotion is a warping and a knotting in the reduced quanta of ananda. That is the definition. And bhakti is reversing the process to the Supreme Emotion. Reversing those quanta back to their Supreme Source. Reversing the reduced quanta of ananda back to the Supreme Ananda is bhakti, devotion.

Self Awareness

Frittering with the hands is a waste of energy. Fiddling with the toes is a waste of energy. Use the relaxation exercise . . . to conserve your energy. Use that exercise. And as you conserve your energies you will be able to center them in the right direction. When you speak of your powers to someone else, ordinarily until it is mature, ripe and properly controlled, a word spoken is power lost. Gather your power, strengthen it slowly, practice it silently, consult your teacher. Fine. But don't get a hang up about it, don't speak about it, and don't advertise it. Those who go around advertising their powers and occult faculties and this and that, I'm afraid when I hear those coming to town to lecture, I don't go.
You see you have the conscious mind, you have these chambers. You have the Atman. You have the supreme surrounding it all. From all these sources, things come to the conscious mind and you have to learn after careful practice from which one of these sources it's coming to the conscious mind.

Fill Your Vacuum

And, you know, I feel so sad at those of you whom I see with some frequency. I perceive the problem you have, and I say, "My goodness!  This person is not seeing where his problem is really coming from."  And nobody else can show it to you: "My wife does not let me come to the Meditation Center."  "My husband is unhappy."  This, that, so on, so forth.  "Am I recognized over there?"  "Is my importance acknowledged?"  "Was I greeted with due honor when I entered?"  You see, these are very shallow symptoms where you are trying to compensate through the externals.  This "honor," "respect," "acknowledgement" stuff [points to] some other inadequacy that you feel elsewhere.  Someplace inside you there is inadequacy which you are unable to fulfill because you're unable to acknowledge it.  You are unable to see it.  Or, even though you see it rationally, you have not the courage to fill that weak spot in you.  So you are trying to look for strength, for compensation for that inadequacy in somebody else acknowledging you, in somebody else honoring you, in somebody else giving you an uplift. That is not the way of serving the world, or serving your students.  "Are my students acknowledging me?  Are they respecting me?  Am I making a good impression?"  These are all emotional blocks.  If you will be concerned on making a good impression on your students, you will never make a good impression.

Increasing Pleasure

As I said, the less the frequency, the greater the intensity of the pleasure. So when you restrain yourself from frequency, it does not mean that you are depriving yourself from the pleasure. It actually means that you are intensifying your pleasure because you will have it with greater concentration. In the meantime the principle of the conservation of energy will enhance your life force. So the principle of restraint in matters of pleasure.

Understanding the force of desires. From where do they arise? Long ago sometimes in the seventies I gave a series of lectures at our Meditation Center in Minneapolis on the origin of desires. Someone can dig that out and study it. Desires arising at this time may be nothing but memories of pleasures we have had in the past lives. Memories means samskaras, means imprints. That is not a genuine desire, but the imprint generates a fresh desire. If you observe the desire as you observe any other emotions and you understand its origin, then the force of that desire will be reduced. So is this a fresh desire or is it something that is coming from the past samskaras and it's just letting you know that you have already had this pleasure and what you have already had you don't need again?

Mastering Your Senses

That is what is meant by mastering the state of wakefulness, using whatever volume of intensity you find effective in the application of the power of your senses.  How much you want to sense with your eyes, with your ears, with your nostrils, with your tongue, with your tactile sense, is in the hands of your mind, so that you do not experience through the senses involuntarily. At present, all your sensing is accidental and passive.  The light happens to fall on the eyes, so you happen to see.  The sound just happens to enter your ear, so you just happen to hear.  You do not see consciously, hear consciously. You do not taste consciously.  You do not touch consciously.  You do not smell consciously because you have not learned to withdraw your senses, so that your senses are not keen, are not acute. The same applies to the application of conscious mind.  I remember, once in California, which is an earthquake-prone area, I was leading a long relaxation to a group of 20-30 students in the yoga room.  An earthquake hit. Nobody moved. I continued with my guidance, and they continued to receive it. Not a twitch! Then I would say that the group has made spiritual progress. Every little twitch in your wife's or your husband's cheeks makes you feel like an earthquake has struck!