This again is from the same book “A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya”by Swami Satyananda Saraswati – Book 1 Lesson 2. The chapter is titled “The Root Cause of Tension”. Code 5 and 6 are two codes that I am very familiar with ………………experientially. These codes are not meant to be preachy.
REPROGRAMMING THE MIND
This is definitely possible, at least to a degree.
The content of our mind is due to our
environmental interactions since birth. Our
mental programming has been written in
response to the situations we have faced in
life. It is continually being updated and
modified in the light of new experiences. In
this way it is possible to influence the direction
in which our mind is being programmed by
consciously developing attitudes such as the
ones suggested at the end of this topic. Of
course, we can never overcome deep-seated
mental impressions. These can only be removed
or at least neutralized by the deeper
exploration of our mind through meditational
techniques. But the process of consciously
developing attitudes to life is a positive step
towards cleaning the whole mind, gaining
relaxation and starting to live life joyously.
The choice is ours: we can either take steps to
make this world a veritable heaven on earth or
we can remain as we are.
Codes for mental reprogramming
The codes we have formulated are not intended
to be moralistic. They are a means to an
end. To reiterate, they are suggestions by
which you can start to consciously alter your
attitude towards life’s situations. They are
intended to relax you sufficiently, so that you
can eventually delve into your mind through
meditational practices and thereby root out
the deeper negative aspects of your mental
These codes are not supposed to change
your lifestyle, and we don’t advise you to force
them on yourself at all times. Only remember
them as you go about your daily routine and
their presence will help you from within, from
your subconscious ‘attitude centres’.
Make the effort to begin to accept other people
fully. Try not to see them merely as objects to
be used for your own gratification. Try to
accept others as also acting in accordance with
their mental conditioning. What you see in
them is only an external manifestation of their
mental program. In this way they are no
different from yourself, except their program
may be a little different. You are now aware of
your dependence on your mental conditioning;
perhaps they don’t realize it yet. If you
can accept others more they in turn will start
to accept you. Laugh at yourself, at your
behaviour and at your antics.
Accept yourself. Know that your actions are
the result of your mental makeup. For this
reason don’t worry about your deficiencies
and problems. Accept your limitations. But at
the same time feel the need to clean the mind
of its conflicts. It is our inability to accept
ourselves that causes so much anguish in life.
Watch your habituated reactions to people
around you and to your environment. Watch
how your attachment to the external can result
in so much discontentment. Try to reduce your
need to find happiness in outside things. This
does not mean that you should not follow
external attractions for this would result in
suppression, which causes more harm than
good. It means that you should carry on your
life as it is now, but if you don’t get what you
want then accept it with a shrug of the
shoulders, with a sense of detachment.
Find out your greatest needs, attachments,
desires, etc. Be as critical as you can. A good
method of discovering your attachments is to
trace the cause of your present anger or your
present unhappiness back to its source and
there you will find the emotional and mental
attitude that caused the disturbance. Particularly
notice how you react with people whom
you distinctively dislike or don’t get on with.
These persons will help you to recognize and
to eventually remove your emotional hangups.
View the whole world and everyone in it as
being your teacher.
Try to live in the now. Don’t live in the past by
worrying about what has already happened or
by reliving pleasurable past experiences. Don’t
anticipate the future. Plans can be made, but
see the planning as being part of the now, not
as really being for the future. Try to live each
moment, each present moment as fully as
possible by giving your attention to the now.
In this way you will start to live life to the
fullest. When you do anything, from taking a
bath to eating food, or sweeping the floor to
earning your living, try not to think of when it
will be finished. Enjoy every action that you do
at the time that you do it. Try to enjoy the fact
that you exist and that an expression of your
existence is in your every action.
Don’t identify yourself completely with your
actions, your body or your mind. Though you
are trying to change your mind, it is only part
of you. It is not your consciousness – the
witness that sees all events that occur in your
life. Most of us identify ourselves completely
with our minds and bodies. We ignore the
consciousness that lies behind everything we
do. As we purify our mind and body we will
begin to see and identify ourselves with this
Try to be more open towards other people.
Express your true feelings as much as possible.
When we try to be what we are not, when we
try to impress people and when we hide our
inner feelings from others, we immediately
experience mental tension and alienation. This
tends to intensify our feelings of ‘me against
the world’. Remember also that even the most
insensitive person can detect to a degree if
you are trying to hide something, or if you
have a guilty secret, for he might also be
hiding or have hidden the same type of guilty
Remember that everyone has the potential to
attain higher levels of awareness. A man’s
present attitude towards his environment or
toward you is caused by mental programming.
His present mode of living is temporary” and
will change and become more harmonious if
and when he starts to understand himself and
his mind. All of us have unrealized potential
just waiting to be tapped. Try to see this
potential in all people, no matter how difficult
it may be.
Don’t avoid difficult situations. Normally we
shape our lives so that we interact with people
we dislike as little as possible. We continually
try to associate ourselves with people and
situations which tune in with our emotional
programming. As such we continue to live in a
way that reinforces and satisfies our individual
prejudices. Treat difficult situations and
enemies as the greatest teachers. It is they
who can show us most clearly the way in which
our mental program works. It is our enemies
who bring to the surface our emotional
conflicts and prejudices. Very few of us are
really aware of programming and conditioning.
When we recognize it then we can start to
deal with it.
Try to put yourself in other people’s shoes.
Instead of blindly reacting in ways that you
are programmed, try to see the other person’s
point of view. For example, if a person leaves
the door open you may become angry. Instead
of becoming angry ask yourself why he left the
door open. Perhaps he was in a hurry. Perhaps
he was thinking of some other business.
Perhaps it is part of his mental programming
to leave doors open; maybe he was brought
up in a house that did not have doors. Also it is
your programming to become angry when
someone leaves the door open. Remember
your reaction is purely automatic. Try to
change your response so that doors that are
left open don’t cause emotional upsets. Apply
this to other situations in your life.