The art of dealing with desires.
The name in original Kaavya-kalaa is altered here to be Kaama-kalaa as the latter reading is pregnant with more profound meaning. Please also see original serial no. 322 giving the name Kaama-kalaa-roopaa.
The evolutionising practical work primarily consists of bringing the six enemies within reasonable limits of control. The six internal enemies are anger, avarice, pride, envy, desire and infatuation. This is done by practice and by establishing the united strength of thought-forces constantly reminding one of the beneficial and disastrous results of good and bad thoughts ,emotions and actions. As soon as due to some external circumstances or happening a bad thought desire,emotion, or motive tries to drag the mind in favour of the further fulfilment, there must be sufficiently powerful army of good thought-forces to subdue and crush down the further working of the bad thought and emotion.
One fact however of a largely practical nature should be born in mind, viz., that the army of good thought forces is not always powerful enough. There is the habit force on both sides. SO PRACTICE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
Under the Mother's ideal, every achievement has to be made by one's own self, by exertion, exhaustion and expansion. No progress takes place automatically, simply because you have pious wishes or sympathizes or praiseworthy opinions or precious knowledge. Each of the six enemies to be taken one by one and subdue not only by refusing to submit to him but by even inviting and creating circumstances and seeking opportunities to practice harder and harder tests. The psychological law should be born in mind, viz., that every conquest or defeats makes you more strong or more weak, while meeting the next test.
A subtle and funny method is to set one enemy against another.Thus once a man sought my help in overcoming his ill-temper of easily running into fits of wrathfulness, I asked him," are you avaricious also?" He said that also unfortunately he was. I told him "say fortunately " " you take a vow that the day you lose temper, you will pay Rupees five to me." He laughed outright and for sometime whenever he got angry I made the demand of my due. The evil tendency gradually disappeared.
After the acquisition of the fair control over these six enemies the outward tendency of all the Indriyas towards their pleasing objects should be minimized. This is called DAMAN दमन . Next after that by habit you have uprooted the outward tendency, the mind simply meditates on pleasures and gets extremely disturbed although not powerful enough to overthrow the conquering force. Bringing mind to a fairly good stage of peacefulness is SHAMA शम above described.
The present name refers to the further stage , viz., trying to uproot the seed of desire. You have stripped off the leaves, you have to cut of the tree but there is no knowing when under suitable a season another small plant may offshoot.
Kalaa is a tenderness-conveying word, and in the work of evolution there is another point to be noted. It is that according to Mother's Ideal, you have not to act fanatically or rudely. In the word Kalaa there is the suggestion of a warning against drastic repressive measures as they are not successful due to reaction.
The conquest is to be achieved not like a wrathful tyrant but as an artist, not in the manner of physical force of a law and order enforcing-department, but in the manner in which a virtuous strong-willed infatuating woman improves her drunkard and way-ward husband.
By a constant, preserving, watchful, patient, long practice with cheerfulness, one should gradually lessen the force of habit which is second nature, not by abrupt abstinence but by general dilution and weakening of the opposition.
Abrupt repressive measures, austere twisting and torsioning do not help you. There is a strong reaction. A fasting belly is followed by the most gluttonous palate. After a long sexual starvation, while performing penance there comes a strong desire for sexual enjoyment.
Uprooting the seeds ( Vaasanaas वासना ) is an art ( Kalaa कला ).
Kaama-kalaa is Mother that teaches the art.
ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 758
EXTRACT FROM : MOTHER & MOTHER'S THOUSAND NAMES
AUTHOR : MAI SWARUP MAI MARKAND
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