Below, please find copies of articles written by Swami Yogaratna and other well-versed teachers, to help inspire and deepen your understanding and spiritual insight.
BOY AND THE WILD HORSE
From 'Yoga Darshan' by Swami Niranjanananda, Chancellor of Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first deemed Yoga University in the world:
Right now, the mind is the master and we are the slave. If the mind says, 'Do this', we do it. If the mind says, 'Do not do this', we do not do it. If the mind says, 'Accept this', we accept it. If the mind says, 'Do not accept this', we do not accept it. Most of our life is governed by the mind and the different manifestations of the mind.
In yoga it is the reverse of this process. We try to control, we try to become the master of the mind. In the world, we find many different types of yogas: hatha yoga, jnana yoga, kriya yoga, kundalini yoga etc. But, out of all these, there is one yoga that is the most important for everyone. It is known as the seer's yoga.
In this yoga the practices are really simple. If you get an opportunity, learn them. They are very beneficial, very helpful, for dealing with the tension in which we live. They are more effective than hatha yoga, raja yoga or karma yoga. The process here is that through certain other practices of yoga, we develop an attitude towards our actions, thoughts, feelings and behavior ...We must observe everything that takes place in our life, in our mind, in our surroundings, in our family, in our work. We must become the "observers."
Another word for this is 'awareness'. In Satyananda yoga we say this is the most important thing to develop.