Development of An Independent Personality
For someone to be independent, it is necessary that he be
able to discriminate between a right demand and a wrong demand and thus
accept the former and reject the latter. The power of discrimination and
of rejection lies at the root of the development of an independent
One can thus preach : reject the demands made by the senses
and by attitudes and desires.
But the question is whether mere preaching and sermonizing
of this kind can achieve the desired results. Can the students really
develop the power to reject by merely being preached to do so? Here it is
important to note that theoretical knowledge and understanding by itself
are not capable of giving a man the necessary power to translate them into
action. The teachers of spirituality have laid the greatest emphasis on
the development of the vital energy or the life-force. When this energy,
this force is developed, all other powers become automatically activated.
Ecological pollution has literally poisoned the atmosphere
and men do not often get adequate life-sustaining oxygen to breathe.
Furthermore, for awakening the life-force we need full and long breath. We
breathe inadequately and this further reduces the quantity of oxygen
inhaled by the lungs. The result is we are unable to get rid of all the
toxicity accumulated in the system.
In the initial stages one may experiment with mere
breathing, but later on one has to learn how to draw the life-force from
every part of the body. One has to lie down in the relaxed posture of
kayotsarg and start breathing intently. One has then to start drawing
the life-force from the entire body by actually experiencing that every
cell of the body is taking part in the process of breathing. By so doing,
sensitivity will be awakened in every pore of the body and the entire
organism will become inundated with the life-force.
There are three important centres from the point of view of
such spiritual practice and experimentation :
1. Prana Kendra (the centre of the life-force),
which is the nasagra, or the tip of the nose.
2. Darshan Kendra (the centre of intuition), which
is at the middle point between the eyebrows.
3. Jyoti Kendra (the centre of controlling and
disciplining one's temperament and nature), which is in the middle of the
The first thing is the development of vital energy or the
life-force. For this it is necessary to concentrate for prolonged periods
on the Prana Kendra, i.e. the tip of the nose.
Finally, we come to discuss the development of discipline.
As mentioned earlier, the seat of control is situated in the middle of the
forehead - what we called the Jyoti Kendra. Of all things, this
needs concentrating upon most. Even physiological science recognizes the
crucial importance of the pituitary, the pineal, and the hypothalamus in
controlling and governing our entire personality. The Darshan Kendra
develops intuition, the Jyoti Kendra develops all
behavioural traits, and the front brain controls body temperature. The
master controller or governor is the hypothalamus which controls even the
pineal, which, in turn, controls the pituitary.
It is only after these three developments take place - of
the vital energy or life-force, of intuition, and of discipline - that an
independent personality is developed. A man who is tied down to animal or
biological urges and drives can never be independent. Only practice of
spirituality and meditation in the sense explained above leads to the
awakening of intuition and once that happens, all ties, all bonds to
animal passions loosen automatically.