Tuesday, December 9, 2014

27. Mind not just Monkey; its Drunken Monkey bitten by Scorpion.......


There are so many living beings spread out on this planet earth, each have a different perception on the subject that their mind receives from the senses on the outside world. No two minds agree to the same extent as there always will be some degree of change in the bandwidth of thinking. Even the same individual may project different thoughts about a subject depending on the mood and attitude at the time of perceiving a same subject. Hence many scholars have said that Mind is a Monkey. 

Swami Vivekananda feels that a monkey is restless by his own nature. As if that was not enough, if some street urchin feeds it with an intoxicated drink and to make the things even worst and suppose that intoxicated monkey steps on a scorpion and get stung just imagine the way the monkey might behave. This is how our mind behaves when it becomes emotional be it happiness or remorse.

To keep a clam mind it is necessary to have a control on the breath, so says  Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Mind and Breath are like a see saw plank pivoted on the single source called Consciousness. To catch hold of the mind which is like the monkey as mentioned above the control over the breath will help.

Many litterateurs have poured out on this subject, and many breathing techniques have been taught but to clam the mind it is never possible with our mind looking always at the outer world and sense expecting joy from them. It is easy to say that we have to turn inward, but the big question is, is it possible for the mind to remain calm while the outside world is luring the senses?

My personal feel is that unless the Yama (Social Ethics) and Niyama (Personal Ethics) are practiced to perfection my Mind cannot go inward. Enjoy the outside world but do not get involved in their whims and fancies. This was the reason for Sri Sri Sankara to give the seeker the prerequisites qualities that has to be developed called Sadhana Chatushtaya (Four means of practice) namely:

Viveka (Discrimination of Real from Unreal)

Vairagya (Detachment from Sense Objects)

Shat Sampatti (Collective group of necessary Six Virtues)

Mumukshuttva (Immense desire to achieve Eternal Bliss)

Without the knowledge of these it will be hard for the Mind to go inward. Just concentrating on the breath will never help, it will only clam the mind until that process is taken up and thereafter for some time. Hence we can see many who go the workshop arranged by the great masters yet fail to retain the same relaxed and clam Mind even after the workshop. Once the session is over and when they head back to their office or their work place the stress and strain is back again, they have to go to the session when it is organized again. There is no use of being clam and compose for a certain period of time, if one has decided to be free from anxiety he has to pluck it out from its root and throw it away. Sri Ramana Maharshi gives the analogy of the dove in the hunters net as to the calmness of the mind while meditating. The dove caught in the net remains still and once the hunter releases it, it will flutter.

 How to keep the Mind calm always?

Simplest way is just make the Mind aware of the difference between the Eternal Bliss got from the Inner Self and the momentary happiness got from the Outer World. Make the Mind understand this it is important by taking it into confidence and treating it as a friend. Do not impose strict rules and shake it up by frightening or threaten it about the consequences thereafter. This helps us to relate with Mind in a better manner and get a positive response from it to some extent…… Am I right???? 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

26. Message I got from my Grandfathers Groundnut Field ……….


I was ten years and studying in fifth standard when I had been to my native place, Gauribidanur 76 kms from Bangalore in my summer vacation. My grandfather had an acre of wet land and he used to grow groundnuts in it. The land was close to Uttara Pinakini River which had its source in Nandi hills. Every summer holidays we (me and my Akka/Diddi) would love to go to the place, though now there is no river and the sand mining mafia is illegally supplying the demands of the concrete jungle in Bangalore.

On one such occasion my grandfather took me to the farm land where he had the groundnut plants, they were small about two months old. I observed that my grandfather was plucking the plants; I was surprise and asked him why he was doing so. He said, “I am just taking off the weeds (kale) that are grown not the groundnut plant.” That was the first time I came to know about weeds. He further explained, “These weeds absorb all the nutrition from the soil required for the groundnut plant. It is necessary to pull them out every now and then.”  I asked him, “Thata, in the first place why did you sow the seed of that weed?”  He laughed and said, “No farmer would sow those seeds.”  I was surprised “Then how would these weeds grow?” I asked. “They sprout from the soil and grow all by themselves, but if we do not weed them out they out grow the groundnut plants and will reduce the yield” he said.           

If I introspect the words of my grandfather now, if I am the Kshetra (Field) and Kshetragna (owner of the field) is the Absolute. He would always want superior thoughts, words, and deeds to sprout in the field as my grandfather wanted only groundnut plants to grow. Inferior thoughts, words, and deeds are like weeds that grow by themselves from prakriti (Maya), no matter how much I try to control them, they always germinate. It is important to regularly weed them out every time they grow. Those inferior thoughts devour the vigor that my Consciousness emits for the nourishment of superior thoughts. If I do not constantly examine them they may prosper one day and subdue my superior thinking. Dealing with inferior thoughts as soon as it is obvious is the key because with very few it is manageable. If would be difficult to handle them if it completely takes over as my grandfather told weeds would consume the groundnut plant. Once the weeds (inferior thoughts) have taken over my groundnut field (superior thoughts) it is going to be a back-breaking and painful process to uproot when they are more. Not that it cannot be done, but it requires lots and lots of effort and pain. It is wiser to pluck the first sign of a weed.

With very few or no inferior thoughts, I can align my Individual Consciousness with the Absolute Consciousness and ask for the organic manure called the “Dhi Shakti” (creative power) and with the use of my intellect I can use it to cultivate superior thoughts, words and deeds that come about through me ………..  Isn’t it?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

25. Our THOUGHTS have capacity to alter Our HEALTH!!!!


On an average we have about 60,000 thoughts in a single day!!!!!

All philosophies endorse the importance of good thoughts and warn about the consequences of thinking bad. We need to understand the difference of good and bad thoughts. Definition given to good thoughts is that “Good thought is the act of affirmative thinking and using of intellect to reverse the damaging effects of negative thoughts and get rid of depression, unhealthy feel.”  

A negative thought develops pessimism which is unfavorable to one’s mental health and adds to stress. 
We are unaware of the fact that negative thoughts have physical manifestations on our health. Feelings like fury, uncertainty, worry, envy, greed etc can trigger aches, pains, or illness in the body and also slow down our recovery from diseases.

Pregnant women are advised to read inspirational and motivational literature to enhance good thoughts so that there is no place for negative thinking. The good thoughts particularly at that time will help develop the personality of the child in the womb, since it is aware of the thoughts of the mother.    

Laughter is the best medicine. So let’s keep smiling. It is contagious and spreads positive energy. It requires something like 42 muscles to frown but only 17 muscles to smile. Like wise science has made research in the ill effects of negative thinking, For example: a person who has jealous nature is easily affected with acidity problem. People who are adamant in behaviour are susceptible to jamming of joints, arthritis etc. this is like an indication of their non-flexible behaviour on their body which restricts their movement. Problem of indigestion could have its roots from not accepting the change, new ideas, people, or situations in our life.

It is better to start good thoughts instead of thinking to stop bad thoughts. Always we have to think of the consequences of a thought like: will it yield good fruits or bad, and then decide to apply and implement it. If we don’t like an idea that crops up we have to search and seek the opposite of it.

Instead of thinking of something as a mistake we can think of it as an opportunity for improvement. It may seem like a silly little play on words but it’s a huge difference in approach and attitude in how we think about things.
To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever-increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline - training - is about. - James Clavell, in his novel Shogun 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

24. Free Your Mind from Desires but HOW???


We try to convey our thoughts through words but it is not always possible to convey all that we have in our thoughts through words.

Words are sounds to express our ideas. If I mention the word “Dog” all those who are listening will get the memory of that animal. There are few words which do not bring the same familiar thought in all as the word Dog” did. These words which when expressed bring different thought in every individual and hence we find difficulty in understanding them, one such word is Conscious.”  

We see through our eyes but all that we see does not get registered in our mind, and to perceive what we see we have to be Conscious. The thought that sprout after perceiving a thing can affect our emotions or will power. Therefore Conscious is of threefold nature and our mind is total aggregation of Conscious grouped under Thought, Will Power, and Emotion. We are always experiencing Conscious in our wake stage.

If this statement is to be believed it is so in animals also. Even they have thoughts, emotions, and will power, if so how does our mind differ from that of animal mind?

No two individual will react in a similar way to perceptions, but two animals do normally react similarly. One can easily make out the difference of individual reaction in the human world than in the animal kingdom. Animals react differently within the limits of instinct while humans react according to their material or intellect or spiritual needs. This is the vast difference.

We humans are divine beings and our mind is a glimmer of our own spiritual being. It is this mind which gives us the sense of “I-ness” and uses the sense-organs to perceive the world and make us attentive to our emotional nature and of our ideas. Without it a person is unable to desire for pleasant moments in future or forget his past unpleasant events. Having said that if one observes our mind has more thoughts of future than the thoughts that make it brooding over the past.

So now we can pinpoint the mind to be thinking of future due to desire that has its tentacles gasping and controlling the mind and corrupting the otherwise pure faculty of Conscious. So what is this mind then? 

It is colorless pure and unpainted canvas, being merely “Conscious” but is colored by the alterations that it constantly undergoes by the cause of the limiting thoughts or feelings or ideas on which it is dwelling. While some of these color painted are from past lives, some are new colors of present life. Hence we are told first to free the mind from desire which color canvas of our mind with brushes of senses.   

Is it possible to keep the canvas of mind pure and prevent the desire from excreting pressure on senses to paint on the canvas? 

YES..... If so, How??

Mind is a one of the conscious principle among the unified hormonal trinity namely Atma (Soul), Buddhi (Intellect) and Manas (Mind). Therefore it has three features: the Will Power feature (Soul), the Emotional feature (Intellect), and the Thought feature (Mind). 

Mind (thought feature) if influenced by Soul is Spiritual Will Power and if illuminated by Intellect it is Intellectual Will Power. If mind is not influenced by either by Soul or Intellect it is driven by the Kama (Desire) propelled by any one of the five Indriyas (Senses) to spin the web of wantons.

If one assumes that desire must let go of the mind it will never happen, but when one understands that it is mind that has to refuse abide to the pull of desire then there is a start. The next level is Spiritual Will Power feature of mind that comes into play when one realizes the necessity of freeing the mind from desire with the Intellectual Will Power.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

23. The Four Essentials and the Fifth……………!

In this modern world every thing seems to look as make believe. The ability to perceive the inner sense is lost. What appears outside is easily accepted. Wealth is appreciated but the way at which that richness is earned is not the point of view. The reality is veiled by illusion in each and every step. There is an enormous and continuous effort by the developed countries to subdue the real economy and make us believe of stability in the time of recession. Why are we cheating ourselves by becoming attracted to make believe world? Was it so like this before? 

This human mind is the one which is attracted to whatever it finds fascinating. Though the senses are the first to get notice of the facts outside our body, it is our mind which is attracted to the one that give immense pleasure to it. In a way it is the mind that is the enjoyer of the pleasure. Hence it has become a slave of it and also wants the same to be projected out. This attitude of the mind will never let the intellect to justify the pros and cons. 

This is not a recent feature for the mankind, a poet writes “A person has to have the four essentials called
VIDYA (Knowledge), VINAYA (Modesty), VAK (Good Speech), VIVEKA (Wisdom), to live in a society.” After writing this verse he continues that even if all the above said four essentials are absent in him he can survive if he has VASTRA (Dress). This is Make Believe!!!!!!! Being well dressed is quite natural but doing it to impress other is not the way. 

Once a British asked Swami Vivekanand, Why can't you wear proper clothes to look like a gentleman? Swami Vivekanand smiled and said, In your culture, a tailor makes a gentleman; but, in our culture, character makes gentleman.

What was Gandhiji’s take on dressing? Was he not respected by the people across the globe? Was it the appreciation for his Dhoti or for the Vidya, Vinaya, Vak, and Vivek he had? 
And by that he wore on his body he could impress the whole world! We all know how his contemporaries who were well dressed behaved too. A person may impress anybody by the way he has dressed but the deep inside he will very well know that without the Vastra, which is outward attribute he is a big ZERO if he does not posses the other essential four............Right??????

Monday, October 6, 2014

22. Chanting helps to calm the Mind………!!!!

A King who was on a hunting trip found an old lamp and he rubbed it and out came a genie. The genie told the King that we would do whatever the King orders him to do but on a condition that he has to be kept always busy. If the King fails to give him work he would devour the King. King thought he can use this genie to do the endless chores in the kingdom and keep him engaged all the time. So King took the genie with him to the kingdom and asked the genie to plough fields in his kingdom, get grass for the cattle, build castles etc. The genie completed these works very swiftly and came back to the King for more work. The King gave some more tasks that the genie completed even that in no time. Now the King ran out of tasks to be given to the genie. The genie threatened that if it does not get any task to do, it will kill the King. This scared the King. Finally, the Queen came up with an idea. The Queen asked the genie to erect a pole in the backyard of the palace. Then the Queen instructed the genie to keep climbing and getting down the pole over and over again. This way, she kept the genie busy and used it only when required. Rest of the time, the genie had to climb up and down the pole over and over again. Queen saves the life of the King.

Our mind is also like the genie it is hard to keep it still. It is always projecting thoughts which are constantly doing the flip flop. To keep the mind still it has to first reduce the projection of too many thoughts, so an important and ancient method of keeping the mind still is by Chanting (Nama Japa). Chanting has the power to transform an ordinary disturbed mind to a peaceful mind. It is said that if we chant repeatedly each syllable in any chanting has its own particular vibration frequency which resonates the petals of the imaginary chakras present in our vertebrate.

Our language has also got the same syllables and every time we talk those resonances is felt but there is no rhythm and are irregular, but in chanting a Nama Japa there is rhythm and regularity. This rhythm helps mind to stay calm and thoughts are reduced, once there are fewer thoughts there is stillness in mind and a still mind is peaceful mind. A peaceful mind generates power is always happy and satisfied in its presence and not easily disturbed by the unexpected circumstances that may appear on our life path. It has the power to overcome and prevent stress and anxiety and awakens inner strength and confidence. A peaceful mind is crucial for clear thinking and to generate creativity.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

21. Mental Discipline can assist a Seeker to achieve Bliss..!


Every living being has a mind which is connected to the outer world through the five senses. We humans are fortunate to use the mind to connect the inner world as well. How can we utilise this facility that is been bestowed only specially to our species? Are we different from animals and birds that also have a mind like us? Yes, it is an extra gift from Absolute given to us through which we can know about our own mind. Sri Sri Sankara says to get a human birth is very difficult; hence it has to be utilised in such a way that it assists the seeker to achieve the much sought blissful state. It is the mind which can bind us or liberate us. To use the mind for liberation instead of getting entrapped in the cycles of birth and death we need to know what mind is. Is there any benefit in knowing our mind? Yes, by knowing about the mind we can observe the way it behaves and it is easy to identify the spot that need modification. This modification can prepare the mind to assist the seeker to excel further spiritually.      

Initially when we all were kids our mind was open and was willing to seek answers. As we reach certain age this mind became a little rigid and lost its zeal as it accommodated prejudices, dogmas and opinions. To live in a society our mind has to transform and that is how life goes on, but can the mind remain as it was in our childhood? 

In our childhood it was innocence and not being aware of outer world that could be cited as the reasons for the mind to remain open, but as we reach adolescence automatically the mind starts to go wavered. It is necessary to keep the mind open even in this stage of our life and further till shedding of mortal coils. Is it possible??? Why not???

An open mind is one which does not approve what every the ego acknowledges instead it inquires about the experiences. By doing this the open mind turn into a rational mind and does not incline to superstitions and false concepts. It neither contradicts nor accepts any experience without clarity. Here the mind discriminates the happenings without falling prey to the likes and dislikes. The discriminative mind realizes that the end result in game of life is “Love-all” since it is the play of duality; every gain is inevitable without a loss and every loss in inevitable without gain. But in the middle of the game there was an illusion of scores shifting sides, which depended on craving and desires which in turn exists due to parting of knower and the known. The discriminative mind therefore is ready to abandon sense gratification which avoids falling to emotional traps created by wantons.

Attachments have its roots in sense gratification. A dispassionate mind helps to restraint from those objects which draw the senses strongly towards them. This does not mean that it is indifferent to objects but enjoys the experience they provide but do not crave for them. Such a mind takes the fortunes and miseries in life as they come and will never go after fortunes or try to avoid miseries. This is mental discipline which brings in equanimity, the BLISSFUL state. And Blissful state is to align with what you really are.......What say????

Monday, September 8, 2014

20. Blissful State from Transcending Higher Mind to No-Mind!!!!!


This is in continuation of the earlier blog on http://manonuga.blogspot.in/2014/09/19-spirituality-helps-mind-to-excel.html

Spirituality helps us to excel our mind from the lower to higher level. Staying in this higher mind will take us nowhere; hence we have to advance from this higher mind state to No-Mind state. This No-Mind state is a state which is experienced as inner peacefulness in stillness, eternal blissfulness that cannot be put in words. This stillness is achieved through meditation. 

Meditation is not an act of sitting in a particular pose with closed eyes, but it is the feel of No-Mind state. In this state the present attitudes and past tendencies of our mind are cleansed. This is a state which is similar to that is in our Deep Sleep, but in Deep Sleep State we are unaware of the Bliss we experience due to ignorance. Becoming aware of this state while we are awake is the purpose of meditation.    

The essence of meditation is to get aware of “I am not Mind” state. When this awareness goes deep in us then a moment arrives where it is silence, mind is not stirring, a moment of stillness. This stillness will let us understand our existence and the purpose of our existence. This is the state when we are aligned with Absolute Consciousness (Brahmatattva).   

As long as we are identified with the mind we are far away from the Absolute which is one and only without a second. The very moment we detach our self from the mind we are aligned with Absolute and this is what is explained in Upanishad as “TAT TVAM ASI”. To achieve this state we have to get the permission of none. It is our right, privilege and healthy choice. If we are not ready to surpass the mind, no amount of study of the scriptures, hearing to discourse, and spiritual practices will be of help, because we will still be following our own mind. “Never follow me with your mind”, say ancient sages. 

The direct experience of that Truth which goes beyond everything is more than the known and the unknown. As long as our mind is functioning the direct realization of Truth is not possible. Still the mind's functioning and become aware of THAT Absolute. This stage of mind transcending is the highest form of evolution.

With the help of spirituality one can excel from lower mind to higher mind and once in the state of higher mind we need to evolve to the state of No-Mind. This can be understood in this analogy, suppose a person is walking barefoot in a garden. He steps on a thorn glass and a small piece of it get stuck in his foot. Now he looks for the means to get the thorn piece out of his foot isn't it??? 

He fortunately finds a thorn with a pointed end. He succeeds in getting the embedded piece of thorn and is relieved. Now what does the person do with the thorn???? Will he keep it with him or will he discard the thorn also???? Obviously he throws away the thorn he used to get the pierced piece of thorn. Yes, after the task of getting the thorn in the foot is accomplished there is no use of the thorn. So it makes sense for the person to discard the thorn he used as well.

Likewise we use the higher mind to correct and mould the lower mind and once this task is accomplished this higher mind has to advance towards No-Mind state for eternal Bliss. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

19. Spirituality helps Mind to excel from Lower to Higher Level.


According to Upanishad mind is twofold, while one is higher filled with purity, the other is the lower filled with passion, emotion and desires. Spirituality is one of the means to make this twofold into one Sattvic mind so that it will let us have peace and allow us to meditate. It is through the higher mind that we will be able to control the lower mind which is engrossed with passion, emotion and desires.

Lower mind that is filled with desire, passion and emotion creates irrational resolve, impractical sense and ego and all these three forms a triangle and work in collaboration.  Mind is just a flow of uninterrupted thoughts and of all these thoughts “I” ness is the source and it if the first to develop in the mind. While the intellect is the one which forces us to identify our mind with our physical body.

Higher mind is one which is essentially very simple, bright, aware and enthusiastic. It usually observes and gives a response free from conditioning with truthfulness and frankness. By this approach it indicates that it is immense with peace within itself. Thus this mind enjoys the splendor & harmony of nature and goes deep into the problems of life and solves them.

Once our higher mind is awake then alone it can understand our problem and then it becomes easy for it to work and discover that the basic problem is baseless presumptions about oneself. It clearly visualizes that due to the ignorance of self there is presumptions about oneself & the world at large. This presumption in turn focuses to the single most effective cause to bring about various expectations and all the connected problems that we may experience in making a success or failure in the venture. True knowledge of oneself from the higher mind reveals that it is important to achieve something which is steady and not to go behind some transitory success which is subject to change at different time & place.

Higher mind brings bliss by making others happy without distinguishing between man and animals. It boosts the person not to miss any opportunity to serve others and rebukes him on transgressing the freedom of others and imposes his ideologies on others. The mind which works in this manner is called as a pure mind. It is indeed a great advantage to have such a mind as knowledge comes easily with least possible efforts to those who posses it. And also it is indeed a joy to tell or teach about any subject or topic to those people as they will pay their entire attention to the subject and would love to go deep & unfold the mysteries of the subject.

Just as a diamond cuts a diamond the higher mind of a person which is immersed in the virtuous path should correct and mould the lower mind. Lower mind can be rendered pure through right virtues, pure actions and constant association of the wise. Being truthful and practice of pure compassion work in purification of our lower mind.

Higher mind is always inclined to virtues, and crave for knowledge and is dispassionate towards unwanted and unrelated subjects. With these attributes it is plentiful, has sovereignty and freedom hence it has mastery over all.   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

18. Mature Mind is as important as a Mature Body!!!!!


As a general perception we believe that if person responses to an event or an incidence in a most responsible and adaptable manner he is a mature individual. The maturity of an individual that is visible through bodily growth does not account him to be matured unless he is mature in mind. Yes, scientifically one is matured when he or she reaches the age of puberty but then it is hard to know if they have mentally matured.

What is being mentally matured?

Maturity is a complicated notion, it modifies too often for those who are adaptive and at the same time remains the same for those who are less adaptive and cognizant of the circumstantial changes. There are times when we have thought that we are mature enough to take decisions and at times found that our decisions were wrong. If one thinks deep there are so many times that our decisions have gone wrong and we have repented that the decision we took were not correct. If we were matured then, why did our decision go wrong in the first place?

Answer is very simple; we were not matured enough for the decision at that particular time, and were not aware of the matter at that point in time. And after our decision failed to yield the required results and if we are in a position to adapt to the changes, we are now more matured than what we were at the time of taking the decision. Right?

Unfortunately our misconception is that maturity grows by age but in reality maturity comes with experience. There was a belief in ancient times that the elderly person was more matured than the young, but now the scenario is that young are regarded more matured than the elders since they are acquainted to the world more. The more exposure to the world could get them more information but for a person to be matured he has to get it by experience. Hence in olden days the young King had an able minister who was old and experienced man.

Having said that, if maturity is got from experience is it right to say learn from the mistake and thus become more mature?

Life is indeed very short and we cannot afford to learn from the mistake committed by us so it is wise to become more mature by learning from the mistakes other people make as well. When a person with burned fingers say that fire burn your fingers, it is wise to heed his advice not to find out really if that happens. We have not that much time and in fact there are so many sources to get experience. It is worthwhile to become matured by reading and knowing from good books.

Our ancient thought is that of a Rishi who would have documented the words of wise and poured out his experience in the way of scriptures. These scriptures do not only talk of Absolute and the Cosmos but also gives us the knowledge on how to live a Blissful life. Complete maturity is something that is an un-achievable concept. As maturity is experience oriented growth it is an infinite phenomenon, hence it is incomplete. For a person in material world it is an impossible task, but if one is on spiritual track this is some thing that can be defined. Our Upanishads proclaims, “Brahmavid Brahamaiva Bhavati” the knower of Brahman becomes Brahman himself. A person who has experienced Brahman is a completely matured one. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

17. Peace of Mind is an Illusion it cannot be achieved from anything Outside me.


The conception that the external conditions have to be in accordance with our perception and only then we will attain Peace of mind is a sheer illusion. This illusions manifest as an unconscious thought impression persisting in mental realm that always put pressure on our thought process. This pressure induces stress and we assume that it will subside and think “once my son/daughter gets admission to that particular college then I’ll have peace of mind” or “by next week end I will be finishing my project, once I do so I will have peace of mind”. The illusions like this sort will only add more to our stress.

Now let us understand what stress is? Stress is a gap between the Sankalpa and Sadhana in the management terms it is the gap between the idea and implementation. Wider the gap more is the stress. 

Now what has this got to do with our peace of mind?  

Peace of mind is the skill to remain mentally and emotionally composed irrespective of the external conditions, people and situations.  

We have heard people say that they are planning for a holiday to get some peace of mind. But amazingly it is with the same mind we undertake the vacation so getting the stress relived will never happen again it is an illusion. Peace of mind is not to be achieved it is already in us it only requires our awareness. If we carefully observe the sentence “peace of mind”, the solution of the problem lies in the sentence itself. To achieve peace we have check our mind. For all the stressful turmoil, restlessness, annoyance and all other unwanted attitudes it is our own mind that is the cause, it is believed to have direct influence on our finance, job, and relationship.  

For example if we are to think that we are not that financially secure as we would want to be, thinking that by working for some more hours or day till we achieve it would seem like a reasonable bargain for our peace of mind. We get the money, and then we think we are at peace. But for sure this approach is not as bright as our thoughts make us believe.

Uniqueness is one of the obstacles for peace of mind. We humans always think to be unique. When we look at the articles we posses we would love to get the brand new ones so that other have not got it and likewise the same holds good in collecting antique objects also. Our mind always aims at reaching the unique status and in the process of achieving that we lose our peace of mind.   

New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the famous duo who climbed Mount Everest first in 1953. But few people know about the discussion they had when they were half way up the mountain. 

It goes like this:

“You see Tenzing; we are going to tame the dragon of Everest. We have been climbing its back, and soon we will be higher than its head.” said Hillary joyfully.

“Yes, I see Hillary, but I am not as enthusiastic as you are.”

“But look at the fantastic view. We are at a crossroads: down there is the valley, our resting place, the ultimate depression. And up there is the roof of the world, the highest point on earth, with its eternal snow. What more could you want?” said Hillary.

“I don’t want anything. I know people who are depressed, and who have sworn to me that they reached the very bottom of their being which is not a good place to be, believe me. I have also spoken to people who reached the summit of their existence, and who sacrificed everything to get there. They did not seem to be happier either. When you are at the top, you are alone, it’s cold, and nothing grows there. Personally, I prefer staying with my friends and family, at a level where I am comfortable. You are not at peace, Hillary, because you look up or down too much. You don’t know how to stay still.” advised Tenzing.

With such thoughts Tenzing did reach the top of Everest, he did what he was to do but did not pin his hope of peace on the deed.

THAT IS PEACE OF MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What Say?????????

Saturday, August 9, 2014

16. From Firm Mind to Freedom of Mind..........


A Firm Mind keeps the individual unruffled to the duality that the world presents. Freedom of Mind helps the individual to be indifferent to the duality that the mind presents.  

The world is amalgamation of pain and pleasure. Change is inevitable in the world of duality. Just as the season changes so does the opposites. Opposites need not be something that happens to be contrast. Instead they can also be like the other side of the same thing. Swamy Vivekanada said, “Happiness comes to us wearing the coronet of sorrow. If you welcome it, you must be ready to accept sorrow also.” And a firm mind does know this truth and is not rattled when there is a change of scene in the play.

A seeker with a firm mind even though gets involved in all the worldly activities will never get puffed up by the success or disheartened by failures. The reason being he credits his success to Absolute and failure (if any) to his destiny, since he is sure that he has given his best. He goes on with his duties and responsibilities with an undeterred mind as he relates work to worship. With such an attitude he always thinks that work is done through him and never by him and hence he never develops attachment to the fruit of the action. He is sure that the Providence will provide him all that he needs and he certainly has no greed. 

Mind is full of thoughts and if let to prevail there is a network of endless thoughts both negative and positive. These endless thoughts induce strain when it becomes too noisy. An individual struggles to shy away from noisy thoughts. He often thinks he needs a break and plans a vacation, but if he is carrying the same thoughts the vacation is no better. This situation will in a way make an individual the hostage of mind and is always in a fear of how the mind might react to the circumstances. Freedom of mind is to be free from ignorance which is the cause of fear, anguish, doubt, abhorrence, and bewilderment. All these emotions imprison the individual of his limits not offering assurance and inner peace. He forgets his true nature and has to depend on false identity to face the problems. The more he tries to dodge from his inner freedom to act as per his wishes, the more ineffective he feels and the more futile his existence seems to be. If his existence loses its meaning the individual become desperate and will be ready to dance to whims and fancies of his negative thoughts.

Freedom of mind can be attained when awareness of the “now” is experienced. Thoughts can never be stopped but when the “I ness” gets involved the thoughts get the wings to fly high beyond reach. “I ness” gets the support from the memory to fuel the thoughts and the fire is at rage. Being a mere witness to a thought will annihilate it and stops it from prevailing in the first place.

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