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The consequences that follow the above mentioned distractions and obstacles, which can all be categorised as being under the influence of tama-guna, are grief, despondency, infirmity and irregular breathing. Grief makes a person lament over what he has lost or was unable to pursue. Despondency is brought on by self-pity due to failures, or hopelessness. The bodily reaction to failures and depression is it becomes torpid and weak. When the mind and spirit are at unease in an infirm body then breathing is erratic. Sometime the breathing is hard and quick, other times it is accompanied by long sighs, and so on. The beginner should realise that embarking on the inward journey toward self-realisation, is fraught with obstacles not only from external influences but also from within ourselves. The novice must be prepared to bear relapses and struggle. Unaware we experience these hindrances through random impulses from the subconscious stratum of the mind where impressions of many lifetimes are stored.

When in the immediate preceding incarnations if a person had led a fairly disciplined life then these impressions are sure to come to his/her assistance when practising the yogic way of life. When this is not the case then those unused to leading a disciplined, regimented lifestyle in this lifetime will experience that the psyche, as if instinctively, puts up a resistance to the new routine. In such cases the endeavour taken to surmount this resistance is tremendous, but certainly not impossible. To practice spiritual discipline requires iron will. With determination nothing is insurmountable. Failures are but foundation stones for the edifice of realised knowledge.

Initially, the novelty of a new spiritual paradigm and lifestyle is very attractive and hold full of promises , much like the first days of the new school year in the next higher class. The class room is different, the books are fresh from the printers and kind of smell tangy from the ink. The air is surcharged with expectations and the students are excited. But as the year progresses, the student feels the pressure of studies, home work and tests. The heady freshman's days must give way to serious learning. Similarly, the novice may apply himself with enthusiasm in the early days of yoga practice, however, as is the nature of human psyche, once the interest begins to slacken due to the rigours of regimentation it gnaws at the root of enthusiasm.

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