In this spirit which I placed before you, it is incumbent on the part of every one of us to live our life not only for our salvation, but for the similar fulfilment of everybody else, also. How are we going to do this? It is by intense discipline of consciousness, by tapasya.
The principle of divine living is tapas. It is a continuous effort from morning to evening, diligently, to offer the sense organs, as the Bhagavadgita puts it, as a yajna, in an act of self-restraint. All sadhana, all spirituality and religion, is summed up in the one word ‘self-restraint’ – which means to say, the restraint over the arrogance manifested by the lower indiscriminate self defying the call of the higher spirit. Uddhared ātmanātmānaṁ nātmānam avasādayet (B.G. 6.5), says the Bhagavadgita. Let us live in our higher Self every day. Let us withdraw the lower self into the higher Self – not by rejecting it as an external object, but by sublimating it into the very substance of the higher Self.