Chapter 14 -SAMSKARAM-S :- 12.3.

12. How To Acquire Good Samskaras -3.

New, healthy Samskaras can be implanted by new, healthy suggestions.

Suppose your brain is a plank in which are driven nails which represent the ideas, habits and instincts which determine your actions.

If you find that there exists in you a bad idea, a bad habit, a bad instinct,-a bad nail, as it were, in the plank of your mind-you should take another, viz., a good idea, habit or instinct, place it on the top of the bad one and give a hard tap with a hammer.

In other words, you should make a healthy, useful suggestion.

The new nail will be driven in perhaps a fraction of an inch while the old one will come out to the same extent.

At each fresh blow with the hammer, that is to say, at each fresh suggestion, the one will be driven in a little further and the other will be driven out just that much until, after a certain number of blows, the old habits will be completely replaced by the new habits, new ideas. It demands, doubtless, strenuous efforts.

It needs constant repetition of the new, healthy suggestions.

Habit is second nature.

But, pure, irresistible, determined will is bound to succeed eventually.

When you repeat


or the Mahavakya of the Upanishads

"Aham Brahma Asmi" once,

one Samskara of the idea that

"I am Brahman or the Absolute" is formed in the subconscious mind.

The object in doing Japa or silent repetition of "OM" 21,600 times daily is to strengthen this Samskara.

Next : 13. Death Of Samskaras Leads To Moksha -

Swami Sivananda
To be continued ....