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Date Posted: 12:43
Author: ketch - 14 Sep 2001
Subject: Re: The ways of mind and the path
In reply to: Mike Carris - 13 Sep 2001 's message, "The ways of mind and the path" on 12:41

The ordinary man may try unsuccessfully to restrain his breath by unscientifically holding it in the lungs. The Kriya Yogi, on the other hand, is able to oxygenate his blood scientifically and thus to remove from it most of the carbon dioxide; he requires little breath. His is the real way of controlling the breath.

It is impossible to control the breath by the unscientific way of holding it in the lungs. The discomfort of forcibly withholding the breath proves that the act is injurious to health. During the forcible withholding of the breath in the lungs the oxygen is used up, resulting in a greater accumulation of carbon dioxide in the air tubes. This causes pressure, discomfort, and pain in the lungs. No one should hold the breath in the lungs to the point of discomfort.

Similarly; the ordinary man who tries to control the mind finds himself unsuccessful. But when he practices the scientific method of Kriya Yoga and learns to withdraw his life force from the five sense telephones, his mind is automatically freed from sensations and from the conscious and subconscious thoughts accruing from those sensations.

The aspirant should not be discouraged by initial failure in the most difficult art of mind control. By scientific yoga the beginner finds the right way to free the mind from all conscious and subconscious restlessness. Of course, much depends on one’s intensity, zeal, and continuity. These will help the mind to grow into the habit of peace and to rise above the unnatural mortal habit of restlessness that is rooted in the identification of consciousness with the bodily senses.

Paramahansa Yogananda
“God Talks With Arjuna”
copyright SRF

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