Are we Absent Minded?

“I was absent-minded; I did not hear. I was absent-minded; I did not see. It is thus evident that a person sees with the mind, hears with the mind. Desire, determination, uncertainty, belief, disbelief, steadiness, unsteadiness, shame, intellect, fear —all these are in the mind alone. Therefore, when touched from behind, a person knows by the mind.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I-v-3

How to Purify the Mind

As one iron shapes another iron, the pure mind of a person which makes efforts in the virtuous path should correct and mold his impure mind. Mind is unfailingly rendered pure through true, virtuous and pure actions and constant association with the wise. Speaking the truth and practice of pure compassion are very great purifiers of mind. All lofty aspirations, all-embracing tendencies and pity will go a long way in increasing the Sattvic nature of the mind. The higher Mind is developed.

Sacrifice, gift, compassion, gaining true knowledge and speaking the truth: these five are purifying. The sixth is penance well-practiced. The last one is highly purifying.

Charity, Japa, Abstinence, Meditation, Fasting, Serving the saints are also tend to purify the mind. There will be, doubtless, unalloyed bliss in the mind thus purified. A Mantra purifies the mind. Mere repetition of a Mantra, parrot-like, has very little effect. It has some benefit. It must be repeated with feeling. Then it produces wonderful effects. The Mantra, unless inspired with the powerful will-force of ones own mind, cannot produce much effect.

Study of philosophical works, right thinking, exercise of good and noble emotions, prayers and beneficent endeavors and, above all, regular and strenuous meditation are the means to improve the mind. These will bring about the rapid evolution of the mind. When the mind is purified, a hole is formed in the center through which purity, light and knowledge flow from Brahman.

It takes a long time to effect purity of mind. Severe austerity is needed. As a result of purification of the mind, it becomes more sensitive, gets easily disturbed by a sound or shock and feels any pressure acutely. An aspirant must be sensitive and yet have the body and nerves completely under his control. The greater the sensitiveness becomes, the more difficult is the task; there are many noises which pass unheeded by an ordinary person, but which are torture to one who is very sensitive. You must do your best to get over this over sensitiveness.

Initiation of Pure Mind Leads to Quiescence

Purification is the first part of Yoga. When purification is over, the natural tendency of the mind is to go towards liberation, Moksha. If only a disciple whose mind is cleansed of all its impurities, is initiated into the sacred mysteries by a Guru, then his mind will get complete quiescence. He will enter into a Nirvana state.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

The Six Powers of Mind

Power of perception, Power of memory, Power of imagination, Power of judgment, Power of Will and Power to hold are the six important powers of the mind.

Power of Perception: The power of cognition or sensation or power of perception and knowing through senses (sense-knowledge).

Power of Memory: It does three things. It grasps. It holds. It brings to memory whenever a thing is needed. Though the power of grasping is done by the Power of Perception, the Power of Memory also participates in the act of grasping. Suppose you hear the sound of a bell in the temple. The memory Power grasps it. Then it retains it through Power to Hold. When you hear again the sound of the temple bell, it at once reminds you, .This is the temple bell. This is not the hostel bell. In Meditation, the mind grasps and takes possession of its perceptions or judgments. It makes the content of the idea its own. It strengthens the karma’s so that a voluntary recall is rendered easy.

Power of Imagination: You have never seen an elephant riding a cycle. When a man, who has actually seen it, gives you a description, your mind forms a mental picture at once. This is done by the Power of Imagination of the mind.

Power of Judgment: Power of comparing and contrasting, drawing inferences, discussion, conclusion, all belong to Power of Judgment of the mind. It has got two subdivisions, viz., Ascertainment and Logical Reasoning. A is mortal. B is mortal. C is mortal. Again, all men are mortal. Mr. Chris is a man. Therefore, Chris is mortal. These sorts of drawing conclusions through inductive and deductive logic. Logical Reasoning has got two other subdivisions, viz., Inference and Discussion. When you see a river in full flood in the morning, you infer that there ought to have been rain during previous night. When you see smoke on the hills, you infer that there ought to be fire also on the hill. This is due to Inference.

Power of Will: Will is Soul-Power. It is the dynamic aspect. Will plays a very conspicuous part. Power of imagination that it is the most tremendous power in the mind and that in a conflict between the will and the imagination, the imagination would invariably win the day. Some people say that the will is greater than imagination. Will is regarded as a greater faculty than imagination. What would the imagination do without the impelling power of the will to execute with dynamic power the desires, wishes and ideals? It cannot be truly said that the one is greater than the other, for their independence and power are derived from one another.

Power to Hold: It is really a part of memory power. In common parlance, we say, Mr. Raj is a man of good power of holding in Science. Here it means that Mr. Raj has got fixed and steady ideas in Science. He is not of a wavering nature. Nobody can shake him.

Apperception is the mind is perception of itself as a conscious agent. The principle of apperception is just like a mail clerk of consciousness receiving, sorting out, correlating, arranging, pigeon-holing, associating and sending out messages.

How to unfold the Latent Powers?

There are many higher mental faculties latent in man. Mind is a magazine of power. The unfolding of these latent, psychic powers is possible through proper practice. The practice should be systematic, constant and intense. The student also must have reached the proper stage of development. There must be genuine dedication also. Then only sanguine success is possible.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

The Power of Human Mind

If we closely study the action of mind upon mind, of mind over matter, of mind over the human body, we will find that each man is a power in himself. We will have to develop the potential faculties by self-restraint and mastery over the passions. When mind is so much powerful, what to speak anything of the glory of Soul, who is the storehouse of everything, who is the infinite, inexhaustible central magazine of power, knowledge and bliss from whom the little mind borrows its light and power!

ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE POWER OF MIND

Whenever any fire-accident or any other kind of accident occurs, how agile and nimble we are! Do we not exhibit wonderful powers? We jump over a huge wall, save many children, run amidst fire boldly and carry things. All psychic faculties, memory, imagination, will, etc., are at play. Chivalry, intrepidity, undaunted spirit, mercy and various other noble virtues are exhibited by we. Wherefrom did we draw these faculties and powers? From this, we can conclude that we are, in reality, all-powerful. There is a big, magnanimous magazine of power inside. Go to the source by meditation and tap it. We will get everything. Rely on the Self within.

If we get a telegram at 12 a.m. on a hot day in summer, which informs us that our father is seriously ailing in our native village which is twenty miles distant, at once we leave even our food and begin to gallop. Though we our-self are not in good health at that time, we do not mind anything as we are very anxious to see our loving father. We even run the whole distance and reach the place within a couple of hours. Then we begin to wonder, What! I was myself very sick. The day was very hot. I have covered a distance of twenty miles within two hours. What a marvel it is!. This clearly shows that we are, in reality, all-powerful. The mind possesses various kinds of powers and faculties. They lie dormant. We will have to awaken them.

Tomorrow we will look into the six important powers of mind. 🙂

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Goal of Life = Maximum Happiness?

Happiness has for ever been the prime aim of every human being. All activities of human are directed towards acquiring the maximum happiness in life. But, through the wrong deluded notion that objects will give happiness, human searches for it outside. The result is that in spite of all our lifelong efforts, we gets disappointment only. The real lasting happiness lies within us. Such happiness is the Inner Self. The very nature of Soul is pure Joy. This is never perceived because the mind is completely externalized. As long as the mind is restlessly wandering about amidst objects, ever fluctuating, excited, agitated and uncontrolled, this true joy cannot be realized and enjoyed. To control the restless mind and perfectly still all thoughts and cravings is the greatest problem of human. If we have subjugated the mind, we are the Emperor of emperors.

Imagination – Is it our Creation?

Nature never creates a vacuum in the mind. If one anxiety or worry is over, another anxiety immediately manifests. Mind can never become vacant. It has got infinite preoccupations.

Carefully mark the ways of the mind. It tempts, exaggerates, magnifies, evokes, unnecessarily alarms through vain imagination, vain fear, vain worries and vain forebodings. It tries its level best to divert you from concentration on your Goal.

Mind works havoc through its power of imagination. Imaginary fears of various sorts, exaggeration, concoction, mental dramatization, building castles in the air, are all due to this power of imagination. Even a perfect, healthy man has some imaginary disease or other due to the power of imagination of the mind. Much energy is wasted on account of imaginary fears. When his mind is fully occupied with the affairs of the war, the soldier does not feel any serious injury as a gunshot wound in the leg. He is not aware of the loss of a large quantity of blood also. He is filled with enthusiasm. He is not conscious of his body so to say for the time being.

When the excitement is over, when he sees some blood-spots on his clothing or when some of his friends points out to him the wound in the leg, he gets the consciousness. Then he is alarmed a bit. The power of imagination plays havoc now. He gets a collapse now. The power of imagination always exaggerates.

A man may have a little weakness. When he becomes your enemy, you at once exaggerate and magnify his weakness. You even superimpose on this or cook up many more weaknesses. This is due to evil imagination on your part. Whenever the mind of two friends are strained by ill-feelings, these minds begin to exaggerate and cook up things. Fault-finding increases. It is very difficult to get at the truth of the statements of these two broken friends with broken friendship. Their utterances are always colored by their inner feelings. The power of imagination does havoc now. Maya (Delusion) plays havoc through the mind and its power of imagination.

When your mind is deeply concentrated, period of two hours passes like five minutes. If the mind is distracted and wandering, half an hour hangs on as two hours. This is everybody’s experience. In dream also, many events that represent a period of fifty years take place within ten minutes. Time is but a mode of the mind. It is also illusory like the objects. Through the trick of the mind, one furlong at times appears to be a great distance and three miles at other times appear to be a very short distance. You ought to have noted this in your daily life.

Kalpana in the mind means mental creation or imagination. This is the real delusion. You will have to destroy these various imaginations. This is the aim of all the spiritual practices. Then you will be established in state of bliss.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

First and Last

The first thought that arose in our mind was ‘I’. I’ is the root of all thoughts. The last thought that will arise in the mind before it is absorbed in the Cosmic is produced by our feeling that we are Infinity.