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Good memory is symptomatic of an intelligent mind that has been trained to recall to memory ideas, words, thoughts, and objects seen, heard of, or perceived of in the past. For any purpose or undertaking memory is an asset, it awards a person great advantages. In the practice of yoga, good memory aids swift in progress. The mind's concentration and grasping capacity increases, and the practitioner does not require shaking off him/her from ennui or flagging enthusiasm, since he/she does not forget the goal and its benefits. The mind does not have to grapple with remembering previously learnt concepts, ideas and details of practices gone hazy in the mind. The best way to develop good habits and qualities is to rigidly practice everyday. Any normal person can develop a good memory by constant practice. Thus repeated efforts to follow a discipline or regimen for long enough time for the practice to become firm and steadfast, leads to success in the cultivation of any good quality or character.

The other important quality besides regular practice of discipline is to develop non-attachment. The yearning to acquire or exploit the resources of material nature leads to attachment. Attachment to anything mundane, be it a house, car, a dream, one's beautiful looks, or a dogma, invariably makes a person vulnerable. Attachment engenders fear, - the fear of loss of anything desirable. Human beings are buffeted between greed for what we do not possess and lament over losses. Attachment also means subjective projection.

Factually, matter is inert and neutral, the observer who desires to possess an object projects his/her sense of aesthetics, likes or dislikes on the object, depending on which we make our choices. It is our desires and expectations that award the object a certain value. The truth is, we become attached to the projected part of ourselves on the object or idea, rather than to the object or idea itself. The camel loves to chew thorny bushes on dry, because its taste buds savour only its own blood, not the sapless bushes. Our expectations goad us on in our endeavor to acquire an object and then gradually over the time it stays in our possession we embellish it with our emotions and expectations. However, since matter is constantly in the process of disintegration, its termination is inevitable, simply a matter of time. Just imagine the child's sadness when the balloon flies away, or rudely bursts. The great Bengali poet Rabindranath Thakura wrote lamenting, Alas! The treasure trove of wonderful memories of the past unfortunately cannot keep safely locked away to be opened at will, like a bird in a golden cage.

Whereas practice is an external application, non-attachment is developing a state of mind which one develops also through diligent practice. To understand this process better, it is appropriate to cite the Bhagavad-Gita, where it states that by contemplating the objects of senses one develops attraction, leading to attachment and the desire to possess and enjoy it. All sensual enjoyments are short lived, or at least not long enough to give us full satisfaction. This results in frustration and anger. From anger the mind becomes clouded and we temporarily loose the ability to discriminate which then confuses us about what action to take and which to avoid. In this state of delusion the memory becomes bewildered. We are unable to assess the concomitant consequences of actions we perform, as well as of those we do not perform, in given situations. Loss of memory drags our consciousness down into the deep dungeon of despair and ignorance.

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