USE OF FEELING IN THE EVOLUTION OF PERSONALITY
Tranquil yogi, polite and tender,
Neither guileful nor inquisitive,
Capable, humble, master of his senses,
Learned in scripture, in austerities confirmed,
Lover of religion, firm believer,
Fearful of sin, introversive,
Temperate eater of wholesome food, healthful,
Which develops his power of resistance,
Activating the nervous system,
Promoting the development of knowledge!
His love of red colour
Shows him to be possessed of tejoleshya.
Q.The inner current of feeling is of two kinds---clean and
unclean. Similarly, the aura is of two kinds--bright and dull. What kind of
feeling or aura one has, is known only to a particular individual, or do even
common people come to know it? Has it any special characteristics?
Ans. The purity of feeling and the brightness of the aura are interrelated. Pure
feeling makes the aura bright, and a bright aura makes for pure vision. The
purity of feelings and colours is a strong factor. But then there are degrees of
purity. There exists an evolutionary order in which red, yellow and white are
recognised to be pure, the purer, and the purest respectively. The red colour is
the entrance door to spiritual development; the yellow is indicative of a stage
ahead, and the white of still further development.
Unsteadiness is a problem. Steadfastness is the solution to it. The activation
of tejoleshya marks the beginning of the development of mental, verbal and
physical stability. The growth of steadiness means the development of
religiousness or spirituality. That a man should be religious or spiritual, and
yet unsteady, is impossible. More complex than the unsteadiness of body and
speech, is the unsteadiness of the mind. With the decrease of mental
unsteadiness, there occurs a corresponding decrease in rude or impertinent
behaviour, with a corresponding development of politeness.
The greatest impediment in the achievement of stability is the lack of control
over the senses and the mind. Indisciplined instincts give rise to pride,
deceitfulness and inquisitiveness. With the growth of tejoleshya, all these
behaviours begin to change and positive feelings manifest themselves. Arrogance
is transformed into gentleness, deceitfulness into sincerity, and
inquisitiveness into detachment.
Q.Do the current of feeling and the aura affect only the outward behaviour of a
person or does a change also occur in his inner attitude?
Ans. As long as unclean leshya and colours are predominant, one's interest in
studies remains unrefined. The literature of violence and sex appeals only to
those whose current of feeling is uncultured. With the development of tejoleshya
the mind begins to evince greater reverence for and growing interest in
spiritual and religious books. Disinclination towards penance and austerities is
also transformed into intelligent inquiry. Those people do better in sadhana in
whom the vibrations of tejoleshya become activated.
The vibrations of tejoleshya turn an individual into a lover of religion and a
firm believer therein. In the case of unclean leshya being, dominant, there can
be no reverence for religion, nor any strong faith. The mind becomes a prey to
doubts on the slightest excuse. In the face of little opposition, or
unfavourable circumstances, one's faith begins to waver. But with the refinement
of leshya, a positive approach towards religion is awakened. But this in itself,
is not enough. Without will-power no pledge can be carried out. For a firm
determination to continue in the accepted religion and for the acquisition of
such capacity, it is necessary to keep alive in oneself the vibrations of
Q.There is a psychological theory that evil is contagious. An individual gets
infected with it without any effort on his part. What should a person do to
protect himself from evil?
Ans. One great cause of an individual being infected by evil is his lack of
resolve to avoid it. There's nothing bad about it, "everybody does it", "That's
the way of the world",---such formulations can only serve to push a man further
towards evil. The vibrations of tejolesyha create in him a fear of evil or the
desire to avoid it. This is a big achievement. It is called "the fear of sin or
of doing wrong." Of course, some evils are habitually perpetrated, but even in
the evaluation and change of habits, "the fear of sin" plays an important role.
With the development of "the fear of sin" also develops goodwill towards all. An
individual who wishes everybody well, in his own interest and in the interest of
all, avoids harmful pursuits and works for the welfare of all. The cause of this
mental attitude is the man's innate power of resistance. Whenever in a man's
body or mind, the power of resistance or rejection is activated, the atoms of
evil cannot assail him. In view of this, the individual who wishes to avoid evil
and wants to be associated with universal well-being should purify his feelings.
Q.Resistance or rejection does not constitute action. In the opinion of certain
thinkers, the talk of resistance or rejection only blunts action. The vibrations
of tejoleshya develop the power of resistance. Does not resistance, then, result
in stilling a person's capacity for action?
Ans. The red colour denotes agility and vigour. The vibrations of tejoleshya
tone up the functioning of the nervous system. Lethargy and inaction disappear.
Again action quickens the development of knowledge and knowledge in turn
purifies action. Therefore, there is no possibility of the vibrations of
tejoleshya causing frustration or stupefaction.
The colour of tejoleshya has been recognised as red. This colour is of two
kinds---auspicious and inauspicious The virtue of the red colour vibrations
mentioned earlier, is associated with the auspicious red. The vibrations of the
inauspicious or dark red give rise to cruelty and passion. Light-red or pink
colour is the auspicious-red proper.
Recognising the great contribution of the red colour and of the feelings aroused
by it in the evolution of personality, every individual should be active in
purifying his current of feeling and his aura.