In today’s world of science and technology, the message of conservation is flashed frequently every where i.e. on big hoardings around the city or on T.V., papers every where. “Power saved is power generated” is one of the examples. Many of us have learnt to train our behaviour, mind, activities accordingly. E.g. power saving bulbs. The old superstition of leaving electricity on in every nook and corner of the house is no longer there. We have become alert, aware of the hike in electricity bills, which are a cause of big hole in our pockets. Power saving, energy saving is considered smart today not miserly.
But how many of the spiritual aspirants have ever paid attention to the conservation of their own energy which is an important tool in God realization. Mouna has been glorified to a great extent by all saints. How many of us are able to follow it diligently with sincerity. To observe silence in solitude comes naturally but in householders with so many worldly people around them, it becomes next to impossible. Mind keeps on tossing from one thought to other, always finds out a way to shun it at the earliest possible opportunity. Even if the sadhak is strong willed, the circumstances, situations do not let it happen. Temptations are too great to resist.
“SPEECH IS A POWERFUL ENERGY.”-SWAMI SIVANANDA
This simple teaching gives a lot of food for thought. Every sadhak should conserve each and every ounce of energy for the attainment of his goal. Silence must be observed daily for at least 1 to 2 hours. The results are amazing. One can think better, work better, feel more energetic. Swami Ji has explained it in very simple words, “A householder if unable to observe complete silence should talk less, avoid unnecessary talks, long debates and discussions whenever possible.” Every one thinks differently, so why entangle yourself with others. Stay in your inner being and conserve your energy.”
The second most important part of energy conservation is the conservation of mental energy. An untrained mind is the major cause of the energy loss, of the precious Ojas i.e. energy used for spiritual progress.
“Drive all the unnecessary thoughts from your mind.”- Swami Sivananda
As soon as thought enters our mind, a chain is formed. E.g. got up late in the morning- why late? - Late night party- who met in the party? - Whom I liked best?- topic of discussion- occasion…. The list is endless. Unknowingly the sadhak is drowned in the play of lower mind. The precious time and energy is lost which leaves the sadhak miserable and guilty. In order to conserve this energy start accepting the wayward tossing of mind, watch it and gently bring it back to the object of concentration, without any remorse. Antermouna can’t be achieved easily. It takes a lot of patience and sincerity to train the mind to remain focused on one point.
Too much mental or physical work also results in loss of energy. Moderation should be adopted in all spheres of life. Some times in our extra zeal we are tempted to finish the task in one go even if it is taxing our body or mind. Over doing must be avoided carefully.
By being in communion with God and Guru, many good thoughts are generated in the mind. The good thoughts are diet for a sadhak’s mind as they bring a lot of positive energy along with the grace of God and Guru. These very thoughts drive the negative thoughts out and play a vital role in the conversion of lower mind into higher mind. A mind which becomes all powerful can receive God’s grace and commands and paves the way for the spiritual progress of a sadhak. Gradually as one is established in one’s own inner self, one realizes the truth of one’s identity, one’s purpose on this earth and becomes a channel for God. This leads to God Realization and is a sure short way of achieving peace and happiness.