Spiritual Straight Talk March 2004
Sadhguru: ?I want to control the thought' ? this itself is a thought. Once you get into this ?trying to control the thought process', there is no end to it. It is an endless fight. One way is the way of spiritual awareness ? just let it be. Don't bother about it. Let it go on by itself. You just be aware of it. Slowly it loses its momentum and it falls away. That's one way.
Another way is controlling your prana, or your vital energies. Ultimately, whether it is your thought or your heart or the cellular activity, whatever is happening in the body and within you is primarily supported by the prana. If you have sufficient mastery over your prana, you have mastery over your thought, your body and all the organic functions of the body.
The control will not come because you try to control your thirst or try to control your hunger. It will simply happen because the prana is in control. Similarly with the thought process also. If your prana is in control, as the energy level rises and the flow is steady, your thought process will naturally be in control. When you need thought it is there. When you don't, thought is not there.
I've always been talking about this - the difference between looking, simply seeing and thinking. Just looking does not need the thought process. Looking does not mean only with your physical eyes. Even with eyes closed you can look. Once you develop awareness, you start looking, not thinking. When you are in full awareness there is no thought process. The moment the thought is there, your awareness has gone, generally. Maybe in meditation you are aware of the thought process, but generally you are not.
It needs application and I find this is lacking, because people still think spirituality is only a side business, that life is elsewhere and spirituality is just on the side. It is okay; right now most people have structured their lives like this. If you are willing to settle for only a little happiness, okay.
But if you really want to see how big the inner world is, it has to be your top priority. Only then things begin to open up for you. You can literally peel yourself like the petals of a flower. Step by step, every day you can peel yourself off. Everything disappears. What is perfectly real, only that stays. You are spending all your life just trying to support things that are always trying to fall. What is going to fall, let it fall. Then you will approach the essence of your true self very quickly.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is an international spiritual teacher, author and authority on yoga, with profound spiritual and cultural insights on health and human values. Send your questions for Sadhguru to: Isha Foundation, 10 Belcaro Circle, Nashville, TN 37215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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