Lesson 9. Wild Horse

Once upon a time there lived a king who had a most beautiful but rampantly wild horse. The beast could not be tamed. The king decreed that he would handsomely reward anyone who could subdue his stallion. Prompted by thoughts of wealth, many people tried. Each man matched and pitted all his strength against the horse, but none was strong enough to overcome the animal by mere force. Even the mightiest were thrown off or injured. Tired and frustrated, the contestants withdrew.

Some time passed until one day the king saw the horse meekly obeying a newcomer’s instructions. The king was amazed, and demanded to know how this man had succeeded where so many others had failed. The horse tamer replied: “Instead of fighting your stallion, I let him run freely to his heart’s content, following his own impulses. Eventually he became fatigued and submissive. It was then no problem to befriend your horse and gain command.”

It is the same with the mind. If we fight and wrestle with the mind, we will never achieve mastery over it. The method to adopt is similar to the wise horse tamer – let the mind follow its impulses and tendencies without restriction until it becomes ready and willing to accept your authority. Give the mind free rein. Don’t suppress it, merely watch and get to know it.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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