MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 19-12.



Chapter 19 -Thought-Culture-12.

12. Control of Body and Speech


If you are not able to control any evil thought, control the body and speech first.

Slowly you will gain mental strength and will-force and will be able to control the thoughts gradually.

If, for a moment you think you will not succeed in vanquishing an evil thought, at once get up and set about some work involving physical labour.

One effort after another will make gradually the task easy and, in a few weeks, you will obtain a complete control over your thoughts.


Control the physical body and the speech first.

Then slowly proceed to control thoughts.

Do not speak ill of others. Control the Indriya of speech first. Gradually the mind will not think ill of others.

The mind will say unto itself: "Why should I think ill of others when the organ of speech is not prepared to express what I think?"

You can control your actions only when you have become moral. When you speak ill of a man, you poison the mind of several people.

It is extremely ignoble to speak ill of others. But just comment without hatred or malice is permissible occasionally.


Do not allow useless or evil thoughts to develop themselves into words. Curb the speech. Divert the mind at once to some good thoughts.

Try to remember some Slokas from the Gita or repeat some prayers.

Keep some 'word-image' as "Om Hari," "Om Siva," "Om Narayana." Observance of Mouna (vow of silence) for a couple of hours daily will check the impulses of speech and thinking, will conserve energy and help meditation and thought-control and thought-culture.

NEXT : 13. Vigilance

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....




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