Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchdananda
- Slowly Remove the Temper
"Suppression is the opposite of what we are
trying to achieve through Yoga, because anything
that you try to suppress will gain more strength.
It's something, for example, like holding down
the spring in a jack-in-the-box. If I want to
suppress the spring in a jack-in-the-box, should
I take my hand off it? If I did, it would jump
up even higher. Of course, you might hold down
the spring temporarily and it will look like it's
controlled but, the minute you let go, it pops up.
By analogy, meditation and all the Yoga practices
are aimed at slowly removing the temper of the
spring. That is, the spring stays there because of
tempering. Any steel, when it's tempered, becomes
a nice spring. So when we reduce our temper, we won't
spring out too much. Any steel can be re-tempered
by mild heat. And that is the purpose of tapasya ! (
purification) in Yoga practice.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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