Sri Yogi Anand - Founder of Adwait Yoga School

Fight or Struggle – an Essential part of Holistic Life

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Fight or struggle is an essential part of Holistic Life. Without struggle one can’t move even a step ahead in the life. While walking, if you want to move a step ahead, your foot/feed need to struggle with the ground, only then you move a step ahead. The Law of Motion is dependent on struggle and burning the energy. Struggle needs energy or power. Without power, struggle/fight can’t be won. Power comes out of mind. Alert, conscious, concentrated, collected, cool, calm, composed, merciless (non-attached), truthful, broad, celibate and pure mind possesses immense power, therefore invincible.

Struggle of Fight being an essential part of Holistic Life, is also suggested by Lord Buddha in his Eightfold Path, as Right Efforts. He has described 4 Great Efforts for Absolute Enlightenment/Holistic Life, viz.

  1. the effort to avoid,

  2. the effort to overcome,

  3. the effort to develop, and

  4. the effort to maintain.

1. What is the effort to avoid?
There, the disciple incites his mind to avoid the arising of evil, demeritorious things that have not yet arisen; and he strives, puts forth his energy, strains his mind and struggles.

Thus, when he perceives a form with the eye, a sound with the ear, an odor with the nose, a taste with the tongue, a contact with the body, or an object with the mind, he neither adheres to the whole, nor to its parts. And he strives to ward off that through which evil and demeritorious things, greed and sorrow, would arise, if he remained with unguarded senses; and he watches over his senses, restrains his senses.

Possessed of this noble “Control over the Senses,” he experiences inwardly a feeling of joy, into which no evil thing can enter. This is called the effort to avoid.

2. What, now, is the effort to Overcome?
There, the disciple incites his mind to overcome the evil, demeritorious things that have already arisen; and he strives, puts forth his energy, strains his mind and struggles.

He does not retain any thought of sensual lust, ill-will, or grief, or any other evil and demeritorious states that may have arisen; he abandons them, dispels them, destroys them, causes them to disappear.

If, whilst regarding a certain object, there arise in the disciple, on account of it, evil and demeritorious thoughts connected with greed, anger and delusion, then the disciple should, by means of this object, gain another and wholesome object. Or, he should reflect on the misery of these thoughts: “Unwholesome, truly, are these thoughts! Blameable are these thoughts! Of painful result are these thoughts!” Or, he should pay no attention to these thoughts. Or, he should consider the compound nature of these thoughts. Or, with teeth clenched and tongue pressed against the gums, he should, with his mind, restrain, suppress and root out these thoughts; and in doing so, these evil and demeritorious thoughts of greed, anger and delusion will dissolve and disappear; and the mind will inwardly become settled and calm, composed and concentrated.

This is called the effort to overcome.

3. What, now, is the effort to Develop?
There the disciple incites his will to arouse meritorious conditions that have not yet arisen; and he strives, puts forth his energy, strains his mind and struggles.

Thus he develops the “Elements of Enlightenment,” bent on solitude, on detachment, on extinction, and ending in deliverance, namely: Attentiveness, Investigation of the Law, Energy, Rapture, Tranquility, Concentration, and Equanimity. This is called the effort to develop.

4. What, now, is the effort to Maintain?
There, the disciple incites his will to maintain the meritorious conditions that have already arisen, and not to let them disappear, but to bring them to growth, to maturity and to the full perfection of development; and he strives, puts forth his energy, strains his mind and struggles.

Thus, for example, he keeps firmly in his mind a favorable object of concentration that has arisen, as the mental image of a skeleton, of a corpse infested by worms, of a corpse blue-black in color, of a festering corpse, of a corpse riddled with holes, of a corpse swollen up.

This is called the effort to maintain.

Truly, the disciple who is possessed of faith and has penetrated the Teaching of the Master, he is filled with the thought: “May rather skin, sinews and bones wither away, may the flesh and blood of my body dry up: I shall not give up my efforts so long as I have not attained whatever is attainable by manly perseverance, energy and endeavor!”

This is called right struggle or effort.

        The effort of Avoiding, Overcoming,

          Of Developing and Maintaining:

          These four great efforts have been shown

          By him, the scion of the sun.

          And he who firmly clings to them,

          May put an end to all the pain.

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Yogi Anand Adwait

Sri Yogi Anand is an ordained Himalayan Yogi, Yoga Mediation Master, Spiritual Guru, Life Coach, Writer, Eloquent Speaker, and Founder of Adwait Foundation® and Adwait Yoga School.

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