Monday, December 14, 2009

Conquering Mind




"Mind is the king of the senses. One who has conquered his mind, senses, passions, thought and reason is a king among men. He is fit for Raja Yoga, the royal union with the Universal Spirit. He has Inner Light."
-B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, nineteenth paragraph of the Introduction.

Mind is King when she rules over, and manages well the ministers of sight, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling.

How can one conquer the Mind when she is King? My mind tells me stories about the world based on the info brought in by the sense organs. This is why the Mind thinks that she is right: her info is pure. But she is not always right. So the King must be conquered!

When someone has conquered the Mind, and her Sense Ministries, as well as her Passions, Thoughts, and Reasoning this person is a King among other People.

So Mind can only rule a small district: the senses. But when Mind is conquered, she is fit for Raja Yoga, or Royal Yoga! This is yoga or union with spirit--a much larger territory.

Let's be suspicious of Mind. Mind thinks that she is King. She is deluded. King is something larger than the wants, needs, and reasoning of an individual person.

Truth is bigger than one Mind.


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