Raja Yoga

What Is Raja Yoga

The Impediments

Sat Ripu - The Six Enemies

Moral Practice

Yama and Niyama

Moral Practice By Sri Tailang Swami
Transcript by: Rachel Toren

(1)  A dissatisfied man cannot satisfy any one: the man, who is always content, can cheer all.

(2) Tongue is ever ready to speak sinful talks, so there is a need to control it.

(3) Laziness is the root of all wrongs, so it should be given up with effort.

(4) The world is a testing place for religion and irreligion. So one should continuously work examining what is religious and what irreligious.

(5) One should not have faithlessness in any religion. All religions are true and truth is definitely latent in them.

(6) We should give donation to the poor: it is useless to donate to the rich.

(7) The association of saints is heaven and company of vicious is the root of hell.

(8) Self-knowledge, donation to deserving and contentment provide salvation.

(9) Those who are reading scriptures and knowing their essence and do not practice are worse than a sinner.

(10) The basis of any beginning of a work must be religion or it leads to failure.

(11) One should never commit violence, nor should kill any creature for any aim, good or bad.

(12) The person, who, without getting rid of sin, having no moral character or followers of truth: puts on saffron cloth and poses as

a  devotee, is a blot on religion.

(13) Just as rain falls freely in the roofless house, similarly enemies enter the heart of a careless person.

(14) A sinner is roasted in the furnace of repentance in this life. Whenever he remembers his bad actions, the repentance arises.

(15) Contemplation is the way to immortality and worry is the way to death.

(16) None should ever be arrogant and should not worry for passion.

(17) A wrong path follower can cause more harm than an enemy.

(18) Just as a bee collects honey without destroying the beauty and fragrance of the flowers, you also learn to gain knowledge without being attached to the sins.  

(19) Exceedingly ignorant man worries and suffers calamity thinking this is my son; this is my wealth. When he himself is not his own, how can his son or property be his?

(20) Very few people reach across, while most of them continue running on this side following a fake religion.

(21) The person, who wins over lacs of people in war, is not the real victor: the one, who has won himself, is the real victor.

(22) Do not be free from anxiety thinking that sin will not attack you. As a pot is filled drop by drop, similarly an innocent person gradually becomes a sinner.

(23) One should speak harsh words to anyone, on doing so one has also to hear harsh words. To strike will result in bearing the stroke. To make other weep means one has to weep himself.

(24) One, who has not been able to control passions, cannot make his mind clean by a naked body, wearing long hair, applying ash on body, fasting and sleeping in the soil.

(25) First mould yourself, what you want to preach others. One, who can fascinate himself, can also fascinate others, as fascinating oneself is very difficult.

(26) Vice or virtue is one’s own deed; a man cannot purify another.

(27) This world is like a bubble of water and a mirage. One, who imparts a little knowledge to this world, death cannot see him.

(28) One, who can control the irritated anger like a running horse, is the real charioteer; the others hold only the reigns.       

(29) Conquer anger with love, inauspicious with bliss, selfishness with selflessness and untruth with truth.

(30) One should follow with a concentrated mind the preaching of Guru.

(31) Do not speak unnecessarily. One, who speaks much, definitely talks untruth. For peace, as far as possible, one should speak the least.