In a way of celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Paramhansa Yogananda, some of us went on a pilgrimage to Kolkata recently. We went to Master’s house in Kolkata and his Master’s house in Serampore.
After some stroll along the lanes, I couldn’t help but notice the many open drains and the ubiquitous mosquitoes reminding me many things including that this ‘is God’s way of keeping us always moving toward Him’.
Master dedicates two major spiritual concepts to the mosquitoes in Autobiography of a Yogi in the chapter ‘Years in my Master’s hermitage’ – Swami Sri Yukteswar’s samadhi state and interpretation of Patanjali’s yoga aphorisms on Ahimsa. I told my friend, that probably outwitting the mosquito might as well be one of the pre requisites of Ashram life here.
As I reflected on my statement during my meditation, lest to just portray Kolkata on a ‘brighter vein’, a Chennai mosquito caught my attention and when I was about to scratch, an opportune memory sprung up, that it’s not a good idea. Years of experience has taught me that it is better not to give into scratching the site although it seems pleasurable at that instant.
Isn’t our desires act that way. They are too irresistible at the instant and they taste good, but ‘poisoned honey will kill you’.
So how do we keep the mosquitoes at check?
- First of all, we don’t entertain the breeding grounds in our surroundings.
- If the clever beings get into our houses through a hole, let’s switch on the Pranayama or ‘Just say “No,” and get up and go.’
- If they are on us, at least let’s stay mentally detached from them and not give into them.
This is the battle we go through everyday and let’s make a chant out of it!
A favourite chant of Sri Yukteswar’s sung in his hermitage.
Desire, my great enemy,
With his soldiers surrounding me; is giving me lots of trouble, oh, my Lord.
That enemy I will deceive, remaining in the castle of peace
Night and day in Thy joy, Oh, my Lord.
What will be my fate? Oh, Lord, tell me.
Pranayam be thy religion,
Pranayam will give thee salvation.
Pranayam is the wishing tree.
Pranayam is Beloved God,
Pranayam is Creator Lord,
Pranayam is the Cosmic World.
Control the little Pranayam, become all-pervading Pranayam.
You won’t have to fear anything anymore.
You can listen to it here: