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Who's Driving your Chariot?
A Question for Yoga
Meditation Practitioners

by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

Symbol of our inner instruments: The chariot is used by the ancient Yoga sages as a symbol for how to train your mind and senses. Though most of us do not use horse drawn chariots, the lesson is as practical today for Yoga as it was thousands of years ago. Allow your mind to visualize this image, and it will become a wonderful tool in your Yoga practices and daily spiritual life.

How to drive your chariot

Roads  The many roads down which the chariot may travel are the countless objects of desire in the world and our memory. 
Horses  The ten horses are the ten senses (indriyas) through which we relate to the external world by perception and action.
Reins  The reins are the mind (manas) through which the senses receive their instructions to act and perceive.
Charioteer  The charioteer is the higher intellect (buddhi), which is supposed to be the wise giver of instructions to the mind. 
Passenger  The passenger is the Self, the Atman, the pure center of consciousness, which is always the neutral witness. 
Chariot  The chariot itself is the physical body, the instrument through which the Self, intellect, mind, and senses operate. 

Who's driving your chariot?: For many of us, much of the time, the charioteer is not on duty. The reins called mind are flapping around freely without the proper guidance of our inner wisdom. When the reins are free, they give no instructions to the horses called senses. The horses (senses) roam freely down any road they feel pulled towards in the moment, in response to their memories of the past (chitta). The chariot (body) takes a beating, the horses (senses) get tired, the reins (mind) get frayed, and the charioteer (intelligence) gets lazy. The passenger is completely ignored.

Put the charioteer back on the job: The solution to the problem is to retrain the charioteer (intelligence) to pick up the reins (mind) and start giving some direction to the horses (senses). This training is called sadhana, or spiritual practices. It means training all of the levels of ourselves so that we might experience the still, silent, eternal center.

Allow the charioteer to serve the passenger: As the charioteer (intelligence) becomes more stabilized in being back on the job, there is an ever increasing awareness of the fact the the entire purpose of the chariot, horses, reins, and charioteer, are to serve as instruments for the passenger, the true Self.

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This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.