When asked about the possibility of attaining a free mind, Swami Satyananda was cautious. "Before you think about making the mind free it must be educated, trained and disciplined, otherwise it might bring destruction to you and to others," he said. "If you do not discipline yourself before making the mind free, it will make you unhappy and depressed. It will create hatred, likes and dislikes, attachments and repulsions, and it could influence you towards self-destruction. Nowadays, we are all suffering because our minds are undisciplined...Discipline of mind and freedom of mind should go together, they are not independent of each other."
According to Swami Niranjanananda, sankalpa--resolve--and sadhana--practice--are the two essential elements for disciplining the mind and preparing it for freedom. This halfway point in the year may be a good time to come back once again to the sankalpa we made at the beginning of the year. Are we still working with it? How has it evolved over the first half of this year? How disciplined has our daily practice been these past six months? Where are we on our journey toward a free mind?
Come explore the connection between freedom and discipline with us at this Sunday's sadhana, 5:45 p.m., Ruscombe Community Health center.