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SONY DSCQuestion: I can’t get into chanting. I like meditation and Hatha yoga, but chanting seems very alien to me.

Answer: You don’t want to do that, what’s alien to you? If you go to India and try to take idli and sambar and curry, its quite alien. You prefer to have hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s a habit. To change this habit, you must practice. Practise makes perfect. And how long will it take until you become perfect? The amount of time is immaterial, just practice, practice, practice. Hatha Yoga is not just Asanas. It is the control of the mind. There are eight limbs: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. Hatha Yoga is Raja Yoga in its practical aspect. Raja Yoga is only theory. There is nothing there to control your mind. Asana is only the third step and Pranayama is the fourth step. These two are not complete. Many people don’t understand. Even teachers, when they say Hatha Yoga, they think only of Asanas. Asana is not all Hatha Yoga; it is only one aspect.

“Ha” means Sun and “Tha” means Moon. Hatha is the union between the sun and the moon, or positive and negative energy, or yin and yang. The two opposite energies are united. The Sun energy is the Prana by which breathing takes place. “Tha” is the energy going downward to the sexual organs. When these two energies are brought together, the energy starts going upwards, as I mentioned before. And, when it reaches the Sahasrara, you have united yourself with the supreme Siva. It doesn’t come in a day or two. You have to develop it just like you develop your muscles. Each day that you come here (ashram/centre), you put some impressions in your subconscious mind. One day it will come. Even to have asked this question means you are developing. It doesn’t come if your mind is not evolved. But you are not happy; you want an answer and you are struggling. This happens to all on the spiritual path. It’s very difficult. You are walking on a razor’s edge. You can fall either this way or that way. By keeping Satsang positive qualities will develop. So don’t worry about alien tastes. Just start eating the same food everyday and it will become very tasty.