Mind is the Wielder of Muscles

“The force of a hammer blow depends on the energy applied; the power expressed by a man’s bodily instrument depends on his aggressive will and courage. The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind. Through pressure of instincts from past lives, strengths or weaknesses percolate gradually into human consciousness. They express as habits, which in turn manifests as a desireable or an undesirable body. Outward frailty has a mental origin; in a vicious circle, the habit-bound body thwarts the mind. If the master allows himself to be commanded by a servant, the latter becomes autocratic; the mind is similarly and slaved by submitting to bodily dictation.” — Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

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  1. Wow, I have tried to read more about Paramahansa Yogananda and her Kriya Yoga, but I have to admit that it is not so easy to understand =)

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    1. I think it’s more about getting the essence of it. From what I understand of this, it’s more to do with how one can train the mind and how the mind is directly linked with the state of the body. And we can either choose to be slaves to our bodily sensations or master our body through the power of the mind.

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  2. Hi Laura,

    Thank you, that helped.
    I hope you are doing well with your writing.
    I have started to write an article some days ago for my blog, but I just don’t manage to finish it. To be inspired it’s a tricky thing. By the way, it would be great if you also link to my blog.

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  3. Thanks Leo, am posting it up now. Btw, “she” is actually a “he” 🙂

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