"The power to promote and reward, as also to demote and punish the individual and his fate in this world, lies within his mind, its thoughts and feelings. No external agency is necessary to bring this infallible fruition. As the growth and development of a seed, an embryo, or a cell designed and preserved by its own inner makeup, here too the causal forces for what one rightly deserves lurk within one’s own invisible bosom."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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(Kaṭhopanishad 1.3.3 to 1.3.9)

  • The intelligence (charioteer) should look for guidance from the Soul (master of the chariot) – the inner voice of Truth.
  • The mind (reins) must heed the guidance of the intelligence (viveka), winning over the influence of desires and intolerance.
  • The senses cannot be controlled directly by the intelligence. The intelligence has to guide the senses through the mind. Only disciplined senses will act according to this guidance.

Therefore:

  • Discipline the senses (horses) through sensory austerities.
  • Strengthen the mind (reins) through mind-related austerities and disciplines.
  • Sharpen the intelligence (charioteer) by practising viveka (discrimination).
  • Listen to viveka (the voice of Truth).

The disciplined senses following the mind, mind guided by the intelligence, the intelligence always looking for guidance from the Soul, will lead us to the ultimate auspicious goal.


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