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Mind Control
Mysore 1998
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Question: Guruji what is mind control?

Yes mind control is possible, mind control you take, that is yoga.

Question: But what is mind control?

Guruji: What is mind control means? I don't understand (what you mean) (laughs)

Question: You don't understand?

Guruji: Your mind control is possible, you do asanas, that is yoga.

Question: No past thought, no future thought, no thinking somewhere else?

Guruji: Yes, all is control, only for yoga is thinking, is God thinking.

Question: God thinking, this is mind control?

Guruji: Another one thinking, mind is gone completely, asanas no use. But you asanas you control, asanas you want, you take control, you take breathing systems, you take, without breathing systems (vinyasa) mind control is very difficult.

Question: When you take asanas...?

Guruji: With the asanas

Question: When you are practicing, your eyes must focus one place (drishti), ears?

Guruji: Only for nose breathing, sometimes asanas taking time, breathing is coming ears, that is very dangerous, that is no good. Only for nose, complete close your mouth. Nose breathing, that is health. With throat and nose including you take breathing, without throat including, breathing is not cleaning your blood.

Question: And mind? When you are looking one place? Your mind is going this place?

Guruji: No, no, no, why is going there?

Question: I don't know. What about controlling all the senses?

Guruji: Three portions are there, that is called trishtanam. Trishtanam means: one posture, one drishti, looking place, one breathing system. Without these three, mind control is very difficult. That's why you take breathing system, posture and drishti, that is three important. Posture is coming, breathing is correct, posture is correct is coming. Breathing is not correct, posture is not correct.

Inhalation time exhalation is doing, exhalation time inhalation is doing - posture is not correct. Good posture you want, correct breathing you take. After, you look drishti, you take drishti. Nine drishti is there, no three drishti, you take every asana. After, mind gradually is controlling possible.

Jungle, you go, lion, wild animal you tame gradually you take control. Same method you breathing you take your control. Without gradual taming, man is deathing (dying).

Many people who don't know correct yoga method, breathing controlling, they deathing - I looking (I have seen). But people bad food they take, meat eating and wine drinking, and yoga doing, they also is deathing.

Very purified food you take. Food is good, your mind also is good, gradually your mind purified is making possible. That is method. This is also Yoga Sutra, every sutra is saying.

Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodaha (mind is controlled by practicing for a long time with the appropriate attitude), Bhagvad Gita also is telling same method, many shastra (scriptures) is telling.

Question: So we should think of God while practicing? Our mind should be with God?

Guruji: Thinking God, any god, which (ever) god you pray, which god you liking, no problem.