How to develop the ‘Atma Balam’ in oneself? What is the difference between Atma balam and Manobalam? Are they same?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
If you maintain your body healthy, that is strengthening the body (‘Sarira Balam’)
If you keep the ‘Prana’ (breath) under control, then that is strengthening the breath(‘Prana Balam’)
If you control the mind and tune it in the proper direction, then that is strengthening the intellect.
If you keep your mind thoughtless and positive, and keep it one-pointed, that is strengthening the mind (‘Mano Balam’)
By merely having ‘Mano Balam’, it is possible to perform superhuman tasks like bending an iron rod, or extracting the juice from a fruit without touching it and so on. But these are occult practices.
The soul (aatma) is beyond the mind (manas). The power of the true Jnanis is Atma Balam, and that is the real strength.
Chanting the Mahamantra increases the ‘Aatma Balam’.