[The remaining part of the previous discourse]
In connection with eternal vasanas (habitual tendencies) it is written:- janmaantara shataabhyastaa mithyaa saMsaaravaasanaa . saa chiraabhyaasa – yogena binaa na kShiiyate kvachit.h .. [Muktika Upanishad 2:2:14]
From previous hundreds of years routine worldly vasanas have been the habit; therefore there has been delusions and without long practise they will not decrease. Also, in connection with abhyaasa (routine, practise, habit, meditation) it is written:- na shakyate mano jetu.n vinaa yuktimaninditaam.h [Muktika Upanishad 2:2:43]
The mind cannot be conquered without defectless reasoning (methods), by merely sitting, Without tactics the mind cannot be conquered (of habitual tendencies). The skill is acquired from sadgurus (true gurus). Therefore, search for sadgurus for gaining the skill of subduing one’s senses and practise them continually. Many lifetimes appear and his own pure form of sachchidaananada (truth, consicousness, bliss) is gained, the life of man will be accomplished. vasanas are of two kinds, good and bad. It is written:- shubhaashubhaabhyaaM maargaabhyaaM vahanti vaasanaasarit . [Muktika Upanishad 2:2:5]
vasanas are similar to a river flowing by two routes, good and bad, sometimes by the good route and sometimes by the bad. If the tamo guna (quality of darkness) predominates the inner self the river flows by the bad route and by the good route if the satva-guNa (quality of vigour) predominates.
The man who is in the bad route should lock himself to the name of Bhagwan. The significance of the one possessing vasanas (habitual tendencies) on the bad route getting tied to the name of Bhagwan is this; that time when the tamo guNa increases in the inner self, and becomes directed by kaama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (delusion), mada (intoxification), matsara (jealousy), etc., forbidden feelings arise. At that time you should begin doing kirtan (singing devotional songs) or japa (silent repetition of a mantra), or you should apply yourself to doing bhajana (prayer) or you should apply yourself to studying Ramayana, Gita, etc. With assistance the method of bhagavannaama (the name of the Lord) or singing the qualities of God, you should stop the bad feelings. By this method of fixing a lock on the form of the Lord’s name, will stop the bad route of the stream of the river of being possessed by vasanas (habitual tendencies), and then you will be saved and only float on the good route, that is to say, afterwards only good vasanas will arise in the inner self and accordingly there will only be good karma (actions) and bad vasanas in the inner self arise very slowly and the form of their effect becomes altogether stopped. This is the method that bad vasanas will become decreased.
Now, for the complete removal of vaasanas (habitual tendencies) it is necessary that the good vasanas will be suppressed too. Therefore this is a beautiful scheme of offering the good vasanas, by means of good actions, towards Bhagwan. Good vasanas having the form of a river it becomes like meeting in the great sea of the refuge of God. Afterwards, when the naama-roop (name and form) become destroyed too he will not be having any separate existence.
That is to say that the good vasanas and by way of delivering the good actions to Bhagwan the desire for God will become predominant in the mind and also very slowly good vasanas (habitual tendencies) arise in the inner self, and using the river of good vasanas (habitual tendencies) in the spring of the desire only for God, change will come. At that time, without good vasanas, in the inner self the whole feeling of sachchidaanandamaya (absolute bliss consciousness) arises, and the individual’s own true quality form becomes successfully obtained.
This method for the destruction of vasanas (habitual tendencies) with the support of Bhagwan, by stopping good vasanas and giving good vasanas (habitual tendencies) to God. Usually by this natural means abandoning vasanas is easy. This is also an explanation of desireless karma-yoga (yoga through action)