Q&A on ‘Victory Over Bad Habits’

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 2nd March, 2014 was ‘Victory Over Bad Habits.’

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra.

Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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Q. How to overcome smoking, the yoga way?
Dr. J: First thing is, don’t buy cigarette packets.
Smt. H: If you are determined that you really want to stop smoking. Make one decision in the mind and from all sides help will come to you. Medical placebos and medicines are available which help reduce dependency on smoking. Come for the 7 Day Camp here and your habit will go.

Q. I have an impatient nature and tend to find a solution to my problems in a hurry. How to overcome this weakness?
Dr. J: The realization that this is bad, is necessary. If you believe that this nature is alright, then you will never be able to overcome it. So the clear thinking can help.
Smt. H: I have found that if a person tends to be impatient, they should not make decisions. They should find a partner or somebody who should take the decision. Because, through impatience, many wrong decisions are taken and then you have to suffer for a very long time. So it’s good that you have realized you need to change. The thinking can change. Sit and meditate for a while, sleep over the matter for one night and then take the decision the next morning based on your first thought that morning. When your mind is balanced, peaceful, in a meditative state, that is when a decision should be taken, otherwise not.

Q. For people working in the night shift, is it necessary to sleep in the afternoon? How should they sleep?
Dr. J: People working in the night shift should sleep. Only, they should not sleep too long.
Smt. H: People working in night shift have to sleep during the day. So drink a glass of milk and sleep. Or, sleep two hours after your breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is necessary.

Q. Is watching TV while doing Asanas advisable?
Dr. J: I would say it is not advisable.
Smt. H: Naturally it is not advisable. If your attention is on the TV, it cannot be on yourself, and in the process you may pull a muscle. The entire purpose of doing asanas is lost in the process. We practice asanas to study ourselves and bring the body in the right state. It’s better to get rid of the TV.

Q. How long should one watch TV? Is it advisable to watch serials like Adalat, CID, Crime Patrol and Emotional Atyachar?
Dr. J: You have given many names. Select one and see that one only.
Smt. H: See for some time. And see only the one which you can watch and sleep by 10 at night. You can watch something from which you can learn like Mahabharat. And it would be even better if instead of watching TV, you could sit with family, share jokes and play some games like carrom.

Q. I want to leave my habit of getting angry. How to do that?
Dr. J: Find out an alternate activity and follow it. Have a glass of water instead, or a cup of tea, some such habit.
Smt. H: Decide what you should do instead of what not to do. When they get angry, some people keep Mauna (Silence), or go away from there. My music teacher used to go for a cold shower when he got angry. There are people who just keep walking or sing till the anger dies down. Another person used to write God’s name ‘Ram Ram Ram’ in a diary till his anger settled down. So we have to find for ourselves what will work for us. But decide not to do any action when under the influence of anger. Just try and see, it works wonders.

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.

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