“The senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are all separate suggestions of God. I can disconnect them one by one. I used to do that as a boy. I came to realize that this is all God’s movie: true not only to the senses of sight and sound as movies are, but also to the senses of smell, taste, and touch.
“For hours I practiced disconnecting the senses, one by one, by withdrawing the energy from them and bringing it back again, until I’d gained full control over the suggestions they gave to the mind.”
Wow, isn’t that amazing. It is prana that is animating these senses whose job is to relay the messages to the mind. By complete control over this prana, ‘pranayama’, master tells us the secret of sense disconnection.
Do we really need to disconnect from the senses? If we need to know what is true, then yes.
We can play around with virtual reality goggles and enjoy the illusion, but when we are tired of the ‘anguishing monotony’, it’s time to disconnect. Just imagine our plight if we don’t know how to remove them!
“Life, for those who don’t know how to handle it, is a terrible machine. Sooner or later it cuts them to pieces.”
Swami Kriyananda often used to share a give-it-a-try exercise of his experience while visiting the dentist.
An excellent way to rise above physical pain is to divert your mind to something else. I’ve found, for example, when sitting in a dentist’s chair (I haven’t taken Novocain in years), that mentally composing music, or working out some passage in a book I was writing, helped greatly. The dentist’s activities then became hardly noticeable (though often I’ve heard afterward that the dentist himself was perspiring with sympathetic pain!).
Here, swami ji isn’t letting the suggestions of pain enter his mind by engaging them in absorbing activities.
As long as we are colouring the messages from the senses with the brushes of likes and dislikes we are caught in the canvas of duality. But,
when man ceases to be a prodigal child of God, engrossed in a physical world indeed dream, baseless as a bubble, he reinherits his eternal realms. If “escapism” be a need of man, cramped in his narrow personality, can any escape compare with the majesty of omnipresence?
All dream-bubbles must eventually burst at a final wakeful touch. Differentiate, my son Yogananda, between dreams and Reality!”
I hope these suggestions are helpful!