Taken from Mother Radha’s notes, written at Swamiji’s feet.
Excerpt from a book by Swami Yatiswarananda:
Tackle sex at a mental level - imagination plays a dominant role in our life. There is a connection between sex and the imaginative faculty in man. Tackle imagination in a systematic way.
[Sw.S] The mind must never be allowed to see the wrong pictures. Use counter thoughts. For example: for hate you think love. For passion you think repulsion. Mentally you must like the right thing (God and Guru) so much that you want to do the right things. A diary will show that you think of bad things the whole day, not good things. Think the whole time of good things.
With lust tackle the problem straight away as it arises. The thoughts must be changed. Realise that thinking of God makes you happy. Bring in the positive factor. Think of a holy person and fill your mind with it. Do not let the mind stray. Do not go near lust, physically or mentally.
If someone attracts us on the thought plane, do not communicate with that person, dissociate yourself from them. Raise barriers of feelings of disgust for them. Give all thoughts and feelings to the Divine
alone. If you fail examinations, you must blame yourself and not others – just so with lust.
When you forget God or the higher Self, temptation comes with great frequency. Love your Chosen Ideal intensely. Merge all in the Self shining in you, your real nature. Deprive the destructive images, deprive them of life, bring in good images.
How to deflate the images, must be learned one day or the other. You must practise suggestion, for sex control. Do not let the mind come down. Concentrate on the heart and head. And if the mind goes down? Make it come up. Treat the mind as a friend. We must look on ourselves as the Atman - not as man, woman, body. Think: “I am the limitless self.”
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