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  1. Srinivasan
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  3. 23 March 2019
Hari Om Swami ji,

Can you please give me an example on the introspection for January, February and March exercises as I am unable to make an improvement in my next days activities because of this exercise. Should we answer the questions only in a yes or no. Or we need to do further analysis of the situation and record it so that we have it as an example to improve our future experiences.

Hari Om and Regards,
Srinivasan
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Hari Om Srinivasanji,

Hope you are well. Firstly, let me outline some points from Gurudev's message on this topic in Meditation and Life (Page 65, 66)

"Introspection, Detection, Negation and Substitution - constitute the preliminary process in the purification and tempering of the seeker."


Now, let us elaborate


Introspection:


1. Order a parade of the day's incidents, thoughts, words, actions, emotions and reactions for your IMPARTIAL review.
2. Impartial review means - without any attachment to Body, Mind or Intellect. We stand apart from the thought (like a watch tower at the top of the beach).
3. Self analysis and self criticism are hard and relentless tasks.


Detection

Initially, when we do our parade we come out as a saints on Earth. However, as we practise more and more and from deeper analysis, we find we are not after all saints rather we uncover a number of weaknesses, animalisms and faults in our life. This can be discouraging and disappointing.


Negation

Once we realise our negativities, we become ashamed of ourselves, at that moment those traits are dead. This is negation.
Half the battle is won now.

Substitution

The next step is understand we need to substitute the negative identified with a opposite quality. We will be able to notice, substitution grows to be stronger.

Now, as Gurudev has outlined, the above needs to be applied diligently everyday.

Example of application of the above process. In the parading (introspection) of the day's events, we identify (detect) we are having a strong affection towards coffee (we just can live without it). We understand Coffee is not good for our health and we are ashamed that we have so much affection towards it (Negation). Now, we replace/substitute this with a opposite - drinking hot water whenever we feel the need to have coffee. Slowly, we see Hot water take over the urge for drinking coffee.

In MGML, Swamiji specifically requested us of two-three key sadhanas (two listed below)

1. Did I encourage negative thoughts or emotions (which made be sorrowful).
2. Did I work for the sake of doing work (as a intrument in His Hands)


To make the above happen, we would need to


1. Create a though parade.
2. Identify when I encouraged negative thought or when I worked out of full egoism (I and My). Outline them for the day.
(We have so far completed - Introspection, Detection)
3. Now, we know we should be feeling bad for this as our Guru has mentioned how to live life (so Negation will happen)
4. Substitution Stage - We need to find the best way to substitute the negativity. Example: If I encouraged negative thought, then I need to substitute with Positive thought (If I got a car fine, instead of grieving for the fine, be positive and happy that I am given a opportunity to pay the City Council/Police some money to improve the community... we switly shift our focus from negativity to positivity and erradicate SORROW).
Another example: If I worked for particular promotion in the company, then I need to shift the thought to the fact that Bhagavan alone gave this work and Bhagavan only is working through me. So, all praise to Him. So, work as intrument in His Hands, surrender it to His Feet and accept whatever He gives (Karma Yoga)

Hope the above helps.

Prem and Om
At His Feet
Varun
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Thank your Varun ji for the reference.
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Just my two cents, just start being aware of your "mistake", it may have taken you a long time to get this habit, so it may take a long time to leave. But be aware of it, and be equanimous and don't judge it just be aware that it is part of your sanskaras; without judgement. That is what makes you human, but being aware and not judgmental (equanimous) especially to ourselves starts the process of us becoming "holy" and "divine"
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Hari Om Manohar ji,

The word abhyasa is very helpful for my sadhana.

Thanks and Regards,
Srinivasan
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Hari Om,
I am also unable to remember most of the incidents of the day for introspection. Is there any technique of remembering most of them?
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Hari Om,

It is not important to remember each and every detail of the day just the main things. If you have trouble recollecting things then keep a journal. With a smartphone you could download any notes / journal app and jot down your reaction.

Since you mentioned that you are aware of the mistake happening it means that you already have memory about it. The challenge is being aware when it is committed and exercise your restraint. This is also a beautiful sadhana and worth your efforts.

I will just say keep it simple to start with and work on the most important things.

Pranam,
Manohar
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Hari Om Varun ji,

Thank you for the clarity. But what if the same mistake repeats even though I don't like to do it. How do we get rid of such a weakness.

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Hari Om Manisha ji,

Thank you. I will follow that.

Hari Om

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By constant efforts until you conquered it. That's a simplistic answer but how do we really apply it because it appears insurmountable and we seem to fail in this.

Let me explain it in some more details using the terminology of Sadhana that was mentioned in one of the videos.

Why does the mistake repeat even though we feel unhappy doing it? It is because the mind has become habituated to do the action when such a situation arises. It has become a pattern. Even though deep within we don't want to do it, still under the sway of mind we commit the mistake. This dichotomy of the mind and self is what causes unhappiness.

That you have a strong desire (Mumukshatvam / मुमुक्षुत्वं) to get rid of it, means you are on the path of overcoming it. Now to come to the means to achieve it and how a Sadhak will do it.

The first Sadhana was to introspect daily and be aware of our limitations or mistakes. Proper identification of this is the first step. You have known faults and shortcomings. Now you have to train further (Sadhana). This involves developing discrimination and dispassion (विवेक & वैराग्य) to deal with your weakness.

But what do you do when you just started. Draw upon your faith (श्रद्धा), that you can do it. Perseverance (तितिक्षा) is needed during this time.

Initially, if you consider your weakness too strong to overcome, are you in a situation that you can avoid? Then you can remove yourself from it. Sooner or later you will have to face your weakness. Use all your skills. You might fail here, but be dispassionate & don't give up the efforts.

There is also a moment to moment Sadhana - you can call it mindfulness. You need to be alert and aware when you are becoming weak or your efforts are slackening. Increase your intensity and desire to win (मुमुक्षुत्वं) and you can overcome it.

The understanding that mistake committed is not helpful to your growth and that there is no joy in doing it is discrimination (विवेक). Also you are not your Mind and have greater power over it! This knowledge can help you overcome your weakness.

So by constant efforts & practice (अभ्यासेन) one can overcome one's weaknesses.

अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च गृह्यते | 6.35

Hari Om.

Here I mentioned you, but it applies to all Sadhaks, including myself.
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Hari Om Manohar ji

Thank you. I will follow the advice.

Regards

Srinivasan
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