Modus Operandi For A Serene And Tranquil Mind By Patanjali
Vanakkam!!! I truly regret for such a late post. When I was reading through Yoga Sutra, one of the significant yogic text written by Patanjali, I have come across a beautiful statement which I really wish to share as many as I can. Trust me it is a life changer provided if you follow it.
Let me put forth the verse here
Though the above verse looks very tiny, the depth and the meaning of each and every word, the way the words are coined together is unfathomable!!
MAITRI AND SUKHA:
Maitri – Friendship
Sukha – Happiness/contentment
Get yourself associated with people who are very happy and content in life. Always feel happy for anyone who you come across have achieved or won or received the best thing in his life, never jealous of them and not under any circumstance compete with them. Let all the good habits of happy people inspire as well as aspire you. You are your own competitor!! Work hard to get yourself better and better every day.
KARUNA AND DUKHA:
Karuna – Compassion/Love
Dukha – Sorrow/Dejection
Feel compassionate towards the one who is going through very tough time in life and be supportive to them to get through the worse situation. Make sure on no occasion, one should get delighted on other’s despair.
MUDITA AND PUNYA:
Mudita – Happiness/Ecstasy
Punya – Virtue/Righteousness
Express beatitude towards the one who is doing a morally good act and being upright in any activity he/she does. Learn to inculcate the righteous behaviour of the virtuous being in your life and practise them incessantly till it becomes a part of you.
UPEKSHA AND APUNYA:
Upeksha – Indifference/Apathy
Apunya – Vice/Evil
Show apathy towards the one who is involved in vicious actions, exhibits wrong behaviour and entailed in wickedness. Swami Sivananda says “The very act and thought of the covetousness needs to be punished but not the one who committed it”. The vicious person can be punished for his wrong doing, but not even a single adverse thought about the person should be registered in our mind and be indifferent towards them.
Bhavanataka – Constant Practise
Chitta – Mind
Prasadanam – Pleasant
The above mentioned four methodologies need to be practised consistently to achieve peaceful, calm and serene mind.
Our mind was trained in a habit pattern of getting jealous and greedy towards a happy being, ecstatic and euphoric on other’s misery and sorrow, discourage and demotivate the virtuous act and abuse and derogate the one who does the vicious action which leads us towards more disturbed and disorganised mind veiling the true happy nature of us. I would say ceaseless practise is the only way to get out of this habit pattern. Never give up even if you fail. I do fail at times, but I am all geared up to travel towards a more serene and calm mind. I would like you also to join my journey.
– Shalini B