For the conquest of mind - the first step is the control of senses, the second is the control of emotions and impulses. The third is the mastery of balance and equipoise. The next is the regulation of breathing and movement of the vital airs, the fifth is the preventing of outer influences from deviating the mind, the next is one-pointed attention on one's own progress, and then, we come to real dhyana or meditation on one's real reality which easily leads to its realisation in samadhi. Without the preliminary rungs, you cannot hop straight on the seventh! And then, skip on to the eighth!
- Baba -