Why is the control of the tongue and the other senses critical for a spiritual aspirant? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us and explains how to do it.
Without the control of the senses, sadhana is ineffective; when the senses are given full sway, it is like keeping water in a leaky pot. When the tongue craves some delicacy, assert that you will not cater to its whims. If you persist in giving yourself simple food that is not savoury or hot, but amply sustaining, the tongue may squirm for a few days, but it will soon welcome it. That is the way to subdue it and overcome the evil consequences of its being your master. Since the tongue is equally insistent on scandal and lascivious talk, you have to curb that tendency also. Talk little, talk sweetly, talk only when there is a pressing need, talk only to those to whom you must, and do not shout or raise the voice, in anger or excitement. Such control will improve health and mental peace. It will lead to better public relations and less involvement in contacts and conflicts with others.
– Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1968.