The Mastery of Self

No matter how good a person you are.


Mind is very fickle and sometimes acts against our wishes. That is why we want to control our mind . In fact, our quest to control every aspect of life has made us good at mastering several things in the world around us.  

But it seems to be very difficult to get a mastery of the world within us.

In the present world , we have become slaves not just to our mind but also to our sense organs..

we are so dependent on situations and influenced by people that in no time we get addicted to substances and gadgets, resulting in unhealthy food cravings, most of our valuable time spend on social media , and buying things to impress others.

To make our life meaningful and happy , we have to control our mind and sense organs . There are some ways that get positive results if practiced in life.

Yes, Raj yoga makes us rulers of the self. We have read somewhere that it offers Self-Mastery – where our mind always creates the right thoughts, independent of situations and people’s behavior.  Self-discipline and willpower come naturally to us, and our sense organs serve us, instead of controlling us.

Just as we need to excel in different subjects to get a master’s degree, we need to follow a certain discipline to achieve self-mastery through yoga and meditation. We have to follow certain steps to achieve the desired result..

The first step is Brahmacharya.

 Brahmacharya means simply to always keep God in one’s mind while performing every action. Brahmacharya is to see everything and everyone as an expression of Brahma or God.

 It entails selfless intentions, and responding to situations through our innate samskaras of purity, peace, power, wisdom, love and bliss;

Second step is brahma-mahurat,

Brahma muhurta is the morning period,  an ideal time to wake up between 4 am and 5 am. It is also called Amrit vela, is the highest-vibrational time of the day. After a good night’s sleep, the mind is refreshed, calm and serene. It is best to energize oneself with meditation, yoga and pranayama in this period.

Third step is  jnana yog –

Jnana is a Sanskrit word which means “knowledge or wisdom”. Jnana Yoga is the path of attaining knowledge of the true nature of reality through the practice of meditation, self-inquiry, and contemplation. It engaged in some form of spiritual study. Since content forms our emotional diet; and our aim is to completely refrain from consuming negative content from any platform, because content = thoughts = personality = destiny.

Fourth step is sattvic aahaar –

Satvik ahar is a diet that offers your body a great basis for yogic practices. Satvik ahaar or yogic diet help to maintain the same energized, light feeling that is achieved through yoga.  Diet must have a variety of foods. As is the food, so is the mind. Food needs to be full of high-energy vibrations, not just nutrition. Tamasic food carries low-energy vibrations of fear, anger, violence and death. Cook sattvic food with a peaceful state and eat it mindfully to make mealtime a divine experience.

Fifth steps is karma yoga

According to Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, Karma yoga is the spiritual practice of “selfless action performed for the benefit of others”.  Pay attention to our every thought, word and action, knowing that karmas create our destiny. The karmas of a yogi radiate with vibrations of acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, cooperation and self-respect. Ethical principles need to permeate every aspect of life, for instance, how we earn is more important than how much we earn.

Sixth step is traffic control of the mind –

Our mind is a constant traffic of thoughts and it is always rush hour, day in, day out. Meditation means to watch the movement of thought in the mind. Pause for a minute after every hour and meditate for a minute to rest and recharge the mind.

Seventh step is yog nidra –

Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation, a method of Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) that allows you to scan the body and tap into a state of relaxed consciousness as the mind settles in a place between wakefulness and sleep.

 The sleep of a yogi also needs to be like meditation, so that even when sleeping one radiates pure vibrations. For this, it helps if we write a daily journal and release the day’s clutter from the mind; forgive people and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings, and meditate for 10 minutes before sleeping.

Eighth step is self-restraint –

Self-restraint is the ability to stop yourself doing something that you want to because you know it is better not to do.

The gadgets provide physical comfort and not emotional comforts like happiness or respect. We need to use them only as needed and as much needed, without becoming dependent.

Ninth step is minimalist living

A minimalist lifestyle involves living with fewer resources whether in terms of a house or any possession. It is a part of the thought process how a person chooses to live with all the minimal things in life and yet be satisfied..

It is freeing ourselves from clutter, both emotionally and materialistically. To buy things for comfort or utility is fine, but shopping to seek happiness makes it an addiction. Simple living creates simplicity in the mind.

Tenth step is seva bhava –

Seva Bhava is rendering selfless service, charity, offering words of wisdom and the practice of mansa seva.  No one should be hurt by any of our actions and services of thoughts. We should consciously create thoughts of healing and happiness for the entire planet. This is called Seva Bhav.

Friends, no one is responsible for your emotional reactions except you. Others can say and do anything they like but what happens inside you is only the result of what you are thinking and feeling.

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9 replies

  1. Thank you for sharing! I don’t know if you have posted about the details of sattvic aahaar, but I am very curious what that is made up of!! I am definitely on a journey of enlightenment. Your post has given much insight! 🙂 Annie

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  2. Very nice blog on various yoga and it’s usefulness.

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