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What is the best method to check the advance of lust?

Lust is but a natural tendency of the mind. The best method to check the impulse is the
way of intense and deep Vairagya by a study of religious books, by constant Satsang with
Mahatmas (noble souls), by self-enquiry or “Who am I?” enquiry, by close observance of the
ways of the world, and by an understanding of the diseases and the spiritual degradation that
result from over-indulgence. Remember the saying of the Lord in the Gita:
Trividham Narakasyedam Dvaram Nasanmatmanah
Kamah Krodastata Lobhas Tasmat Etat Trayam Tyajet
(Ch. XVI-21)
Practice the chief Asans and Pranayam as detailed in my books “Yoga Asanas” and
“Science of Pranayama”. Do intense Japa to the point of self-forgetfulness. Treat womankind as
the manifestation of the Devi, the adorable Mother Divine. Maintain Matru Bhav in your
dealings with the other sex. Give up looking at the face of a woman, but look at her feet to avoid
room for evil thoughts to crop up or indiscriminate deeds to arise. Take cold water bath always.
Contro1 the tongue. To give leniency to the tongue means to allow free access to lust to trouble
the being. Always engage yourself in pure and noble thoughts. Realize the glory of
Brahmacharya by studying the lives of Hanuman, Ramdas, etc. Check yourself as per the details
given in my book, “How to Get Vairagya”. Reduce wants and desires. In proportion to the
reduction of the egoistic self, all negative tendencies will disappear.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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