Self-Analyses / Introspection:
In VMSKY along with the meditation practices, the aspirant is taught practices of
self-analysis, which we call ‘Introspection’, designed to sublimate the personality.
The five primary aspects of introspection are; 1. Moralization of Desire 2. Neutralization
of Anger 3. Eradication of worries 4. Analysis of Thought 5. Realization of Self
Analysis of thought:
A man’s character is nothing but the character and qualities of his Mind.The mind
is the only instrument available to us for understanding itself and for observing
its activities.Observation of the Mind is possible only when the Mind turns inward
and proceeds towards its source. The process through which the Mind traces its own
source is called a perceptive Meditation.
When we thus observe the Mind and its functioning, we discover that every action
of our accepting those motivated by instinct is invariably preceded by a thought.
Thoughts and action are inter-linked and one follows the other in an unbroken chain.
If we analyze our thoughts, we will understand the causes that motivate them.
Moralization of Desire:
All living beings have three kinds of sensation – those arising from hunger, variations
in climatic conditions and excretory forces. Man is not exempt from this Law of
The process of Moralization of Desire is a must for all people who want to lead
a better, prosperous, healthy and peaceful life. Whenever a desire arises in one’s
mind, the following questions should be posed:
1) What is the root of the thought (Desire)? 2) Is this desire to the good? 3) Can
I not live and be content without this enjoyment of desired thing? 4) What exactly
will be result to me if I achieve the desired thing or enjoyment? 5) If it is clear
that I can live without such enjoyment or thing, why should I unnecessarily create
Neutralization of Anger:
When does Anger arise in man? When he experiences a need, he looks for some commodity
or facility to balance the need. If there is any obstruction to his effort, he tries
to remove it with his force. If the obstruction stands firm to ordinary force, then
he uses more force.Unmindful of the consequences of his action, the thwarted man
steps up his force still further in his effort to remove or even destroy the obstruction.
It is precisely this mood that is called Anger.Sometimes, however, the Anger works
beyond and out of proportion to the reason. When you allow such Anger to function
again and again it becomes a psychic disease.
Anger harms man long before it hurts the other person and Anger has to be pre-empted.
Wrong thoughts and evil deeds have their source and origin only in emotions. It
would be clear that Anger has to be neutralized at the source itself. When one trains
them out of emotions one by one, spiritual progress will be steady and calmness
would become an integral part of culture and personality.
Eradication of Worries:
Worry is a kind of mental disease arising out of wrong calculations. The state of
one’s inability to achieve the things desired or to estimate the consequence correctly
and then lose one’s mental balance is worrying. Inefficiency and fear are the two
main factors that give rise to worries. Worry wears down health. In its developed
stage, life becomes a failure or a struggle in itself. Man has to eradicate such
an evil from his mind.
The eradication of worries by a systematic practice is an Art of Life. It is an
education for adults and also in an intrinsic need for a man of this Age. Problems
are part of life. With patience and proper planning we should proceed to deal with
the problems.As for problems that are not of our making, we should develop the skill
to tackle them with clear thinking, free of emotion. Through mature wisdom, we can
solve our problems successfully and tactfully.
Harmony in life:
Harmony is a precious treasure of human life. Real success, satisfaction and happiness
are but the different facets of harmony. If We are to enjoy the benefits of life
to the full, it is necessary for us to develop and maintain harmony; and for this
of course, understanding and practice are required. Harmony should be maintained
in five aspects of life and these are:
(1) Between body and life; (2) Between wisdom and habits; (3) Between self and habits;
(4) Between the purpose of life and the method of living; and (5) Between Will and
Harmonization is the art of streamlining the mind and disciplining the body by following
the seven important principles. They are: (1) Creativity; (2) Receptivity; (3) Acceptability;
(4) Adoptability; (5) Tolerance; (6) Humility; and (7) Magnanimity