There are a large number of techniques for cleaning out the mind and inducing tranquillity. In psychiatry there are methods such as initiated symbol projection, dream interpretation, picture association, narco-analysis, etc. We have given the ones that we think are most practical and effective. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the subject of cleaning out the mind is finished, for the whole aim of yoga is directed towards this very end.
In the first part, we mentioned the basic problem of lack of meaning in life. This is a problem that will certainly dissolve and disappear in the course of making progress in yoga. But you must find this out for yourself and not take our word for it. There is another factor. We strongly advise you to follow your own aspiration in life. As much as possible express your talent through work or play – artistic, organizational, etc., as this also helps to eliminate mental strife, for one becomes caught in a flow of concentrated activity. If you are flowing with the current then you are not concerned with the eddy currents or obstruction at the river’s edge.
In fact, we see external expression as a necessary part of exhausting mental problems and of yogic life in general. But as much as possible it should be karma yoga, selfless action, so that one does not become too ego-centred and self-preoccupied.
Man, both in the past and in present times, has devoted most of his attention to mastering outer events, caring little for the inner events. This is the reason he has so many problems, for there has to be knowledge of the inner environment to achieve peace of mind and higher awareness. There has to be a progressive movement towards harmony, both in the internal and external worlds. Internal problems must be progressively erased from the subconscious mind. Any higher experiences will hasten this process until one wipes the accumulated ‘dust’ of past conditioning and impediments from the mind. Then you will know what Christ meant when he talked about: ‘the peace that passeth understanding’.