December 22nd, 2007 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Life is really precious. When we have a body, we can do, think and act.When I teach in the class and begin with a question ‘what is psychology’? Pupil answers, it is the study of the mind. Then I always give one example—–There was a saint who had many disciples. During ‘Guru Pournima’ day all the disciples brought gifts for their Guru (teacher). Some gifts were very precious, some were ordinary like sweets and fruits. Guru accepted all the gifts happily, but one of the disciples was sitting at the back and watching all disciples in a doleful eyes. When everyone left, Guru called the disciple and asked him to go to the jungle and collect a bundle of sticks. The disciple got little frightened.

Now I ask the question to the students, why did Guru ask him to bring sticks ?

Most of the students answered, Guru may beat the disciple. Some students answer,— may be Guru needs to cook his food.

Then I explain, psychology is the study of soul, but it is difficult for an ordinary man to believe and accept the soul. Modern psychologists do not consider psychology to be a science of soul because the soul is beyond the reach of the senses and only the saint who has a third eye and worked with soul may see the soul. Soul is the instrument of the mind. It receives the information about the environment. They do not believe even ‘science of mind’ because mind refers to a continuous substance, but a yogi can think of it.

Therefore, after rejecting these definition, the psychologists said that it is the study of consciousness. It is rejected because the state of consciousness constantly changes and has no permanent basis. But the yogi who studied it for many years can see the consciousness of a person.

The Guru who was a yogi understood the soul, mind and consciousness of the disciple, and asked him to bring the sticks.

When he brought the sticks , the Guru asked him to burn all the sticks which symbolises Something…. The Guru said, “if you want to stay with me and learn the yoga by which you can win the material attachment and know the real psychology, then you have to overcome your Ego“. The purpose of our life is to be free from birth and death, freedom from desire, freedom from cause and effect, freedom from from failure and success. Every human being craves for sweet liberty. Learning these yogic activities make the man understand his soul, mind, consciousness and behaviour. The man understands the right karma which gives him the happiness what man is craving from generation after generation.

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