Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Austerity : Swami Brahmananda

To a question of a disciple, Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj said :
Real austerity depends on three things :
First : You must be Truthful. Completely establish your life on the truth and then perform action.
Second : You must conquer lust.
Third : You must conquer worldly cravings.
Observe these three basic principles. To assimilate them in your life is real austerity.
Of these, the second one is most important - conquering lust. Our scriptures say, 'God realization is easy for those who have strictly practiced brahmacharya for twelve years. This is very difficult. I am telling you from my own experience that deep meditation is not possible without practicing brahmacharya. It is a difficult task to control subtle desires.
It is the nature of the mind to enjoy beautiful objects. Unconsciously the mind enjoys many things, and this is harmful to spiritual life. When your life is established in brahmacharya, you will see the manifestation of Divine in everything. By observing Brahmacharya one accumulates OJAS(spiritual energy) in the brain.