Steadfastness in mind

One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.” – Bhagawad Gita.

Being steady in mind is something of a quality that one develops over time. It takes a lot of Yoga to achieve this. Typically, one thinks Yoga is all about postures and breathing, but it is more. Yoga is a way of life. How you deal with things at the moment, how you control your senses, what principles you practice in life, how much self-study you do, etc. The eight steps of Raja Yoga is what it is ALL about. When you practice all the first seven (yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara and dhyana, dharana – principles, restraints, postures, breath control, control of senses, meditation, concentration respectively), it leads to samadhi or nirvana or enlightenment which is steadfastness in mind. You may think only a few people get to this state, but you will be surprised. The third and fourth steps are purely physical. They are present to have a healthy body. A healthy body is the basis for a healthy mind. Many people are indeed Yogis. They don’t just go through a course of Yoga to become Yogis. They believe in themselves, they are honest and hard-working, they control their senses, they do the right things. Man is given incredible powers and how he uses them make him a Yogi or not.

I love the quote from the movie ‘Spiderman’ – ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. So you need to decide what you want to do at the moment, how best to use it. Once you do a thing right, then it stays as part of You and will influence how you do other things in the future. This is called Samskara in Hindu and Yogic philosophy. Samskara – accumulation of results of your past actions – can also be negative. You are solely in control of how you build your own Samskara.

AAPL had some selling yesterday. Profit taking for sure. The volume was up slightly above average. A buying opportunity, if I had the money. For now, I stand-by and watch. Given summer is coming up, the markets take a breather. If AAPL and the markets holds through summer, then there are much bigger moves ahead. I was calculating my performance yesterday – I had made about 10% gain – both realized and unrealized included – in the past 2 months. My 401K had a 6.5% return after investing in mid-cap funds.

Saturday morning in Worcester, PA – it is hot and humid. I need to step out to get some chappatis and flowers. Afternoon is busy with a lunch at Surmeet’s and dinner at Chetan’s. Have a wonderful Saturday.

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