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We synchronize breath and movement
to balance body and mind.
Fast on Ekdashi (auspicious fasting)
days or live on milk and fruits only. This got
very annoying because I knew that my hearing was fine. Stick to
Speak Trush at any cost. ”
Serve Sadhus, Sannyasins (virtuous
people) and poor and sick persons.
Take Sattwic (pure) Ahara (food).
Speak a little.
Reduce your wants. Lead a happy,
contented life. Eventually, my parents had
my hearing checked by a doctor.
Think of God as soon as you get up and
when you go to bed. Do Japa
(mantra recitation) and meditation.
“For years, my family kept insisting that I had this hearing problem. But yoga teaches us to be
creative yet remain present at the same time.
Observe Mowna (silence) for two hours
daily and during meals also.
Have the motto: “Simple living and
“Now, having a creative imagination is a good thing.
Preserve Veerya (the vital force).
222 YOGA FOR MEN
Mark Donato on yoga, breath, and “being”:
“When I was a boy, my family thought I had a hearing problem. When thoughts pop up in our heads, we label
them ‘thinking,’ exhale, and come back to our breath.
Sit in Padma (lotus ) or Siddha (perfect)
asana for Japa and Dhyana (meditation). m. Do
not overload the stomach.
Give up smoking, intoxicating drinks,
and rajasic (stimulating) food.
Never hurt the feelings of others. Thoughts are about the past
or the future.
Do not depend on servants. ”8
—Swami Sivananda’s Twenty Spiritual Instructions
Do charity one tenth of your
income. What was
happening was that I was deeply caught up in my creative imagination—thinking
of unicorns, dolphins, and performing in movie musicals. Be
kind to all.
Study systematically one chapter
Think of the mistakes you have done
Keep a daily spiritual diary.
“The sitting meditation practice I now teach has us watching our breath as a
way of being in the present moment. I wasn’t being present to
the moment, and so I didn’t hear them.
Have a separate meditation room under
lock and key. The doctor confirmed that there were no problems. Being in the present moment is a state of being, not of thinking. daily. ”
—Mark Donato, a boy who grew up to be a performing artist and yoga teacher
Swami Sivananda on the yoga way of life:
“Get up at 4 a.
Have always a Japa Mala (rosary) around
your neck or in your pocket.