Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Swami Sivananda says that Self-Control is control exercised over one’s self. It is the power or habit of having one’s emotions, desires and appetites, senses and mind under control.

Control yourself first. Then you can control others.

Self-control clears the mind, strengthens will-power and judgment. It elevates your character. It gives you freedom, peace, bliss and joy.

He who conquers himself is greater than the commander-in-chief who conquers a country.

Control the senses and mind. You will attain self-realisation.

Conquer thyself. Till you have done this, you are only a slave of your senses.

He who rules his passions, desires, cravings and senses is the real king of kings. Crowns are nothing for him.

Every temptation that is resisted, every evil thought that is overcome, every desired or craving that is destroyed, every wrong action that is checked paves a long way to the attainment of everlasting peace and bliss.

Self-control gives you power to withstand trial, to bear suffering and to face danger.

Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do.
– Lou Holtz.

Source: Editor Speaks, Wisdom May 2011.

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