28 Jul Q&A on ‘Balanced State of Mind’ at the Satsang
The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 28th July, 2013 was ‘Balanced State of Mind.’
Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.
Listen to the audio:
Q. During illness, the mind tends to lose stability and tends towards negativity. How can this be avoided?
Dr. J: Well, remember the name of God as often as you can, try to recollect certain good sentiments. Little, little tips like that can help.
Smt. H: Remember that this illness is also temporary, this shall also pass and after every illness, body and mind become stronger. I have seen that even children, after an illness, look more grown-up. Illness doesn’t harm, to come out of it, we develop more strength. So take illness positively, not negatively; the mind should not get disturbed.
Q. Why is it that sacrifice and control is only for the woman; like Sati, divorce, woman touching man’s feet, woman going to husband’s house after marriage? Man can marry several times, is it because man is physically stronger and generally financially strong?
Dr. J: I think you will have to sit down and note down where women are strong and men are strong and you will find that the equation is equal.
Smt. H: This is how the whole system is made after lots of observation. Woman is such a personality who can take many in her arms and function well in life, she functions cohesively. Man can’t do too much at a time, so he focuses more. So somehow, maybe this was the reason that she can leave her house and go to another house and bring two houses together and so slowly societies come together because people coming together bring strength and progress. That is why, when Buddha’s formula was given, it was Buddham Sharanam Gacchami – Surrender to Buddha, Dhammam Sharanam Gacchami – Surrender to Dharma. Buddha doesn’t mean the person but Buddha-hood, balanced state of mind. Dharma is the duty concept, everyone should be doing their duties well in life and third was Sangam Sharanam Gacchami – collectively, being together make us stronger. One stick can break easily but ten sticks together are difficult to break. We are social animals and we have to be in society. So woman can do this job much better and that’s why they must have had this approach. Women are very strong emotionally. Man is stronger physically and can focus better. So two types of personalities are there and our wise people have given much thought to it, so things are followed like that.
Q. Sometimes I do not have the courage to speak out what is on my mind. Please help.
Dr. J: Go to a bathroom and speak out whatever you want.
Smt. H: If you can’t speak then write down. When you write, you will be more focused and able to understand exactly what you want to say.
Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.