Thought-Culture

If a pebble in our boot torments us we expel it. We take off the boot and shake it out. Once the matter is fairly understood, it is just as easy to expel an intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind. About this there ought to be no doubt, no two opinions. The thing is obvious, clear and unmistakable. It should be as easy to expel an obnoxious thought from your mind as it is to take a stone out of your shoe; and till a man can do that, it is just nonsense to talk about his ascendancy and conquest over nature!

Benefits of Thought-Control

Thoughts lead to action. Thoughts are the sources of all actions. Thought is the real Karma. Thinking is the real action. If you can root out all evil thoughts in the beginning, you will not do any evil action. If you can nip them in the bud, you will be free from the miseries and tribulations of this world. Watch your thoughts with vigilance and introspection.

Thought is the real action. Activities of the mind are the real Karmas. Once the tossing of the mind vanishes, you will get good meditation. The mind will be very, very calm. Get rid of the impurities of the mind. Have mastery over the mind. Then all the miseries of the with births and deaths will come to an end. If you free yourself from the clutches of the mind, Moksha / Nirvana (liberation) will come by itself. There is no doubt about this.

A wise man watches his thoughts and eradicates all evil thoughts as they arise from the surface of the mind. So he is happy. He has always pure thoughts. By meditation on God, pure thoughts emanate from the mind, because God is purity.

If you have control over your thoughts, you can turn out immense work with intense concentration. Mental torments of all sorts, cares, worries and anxieties will disappear. The peace that you will enjoy cannot be adequately described.

Those who have even a little control over their thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, beautiful, charming face, sweet voice and brilliant, lustrous white eyes. Just as sweet perfume continuously emanates from an incense stick, so also divine perfume and divine effulgence (magnetic, aura) radiate from a Yogi who has controlled his thoughts and who is constantly dwelling on Brahman or the infinite. The effulgence and perfume of his face. When you hold in your hand a bouquet made of jasmine and rose flowers, the sweet perfume pervades the whole hall and tickles all alike. Even so, the perfume of fame and reputation of a Yogi who has controlled his thoughts spreads far and wide. He becomes a cosmic force.

Radium is a rare commodity. There are only 16 grains in the world. Yogis who have controlled their thoughts are also very rare in the world, like radium.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Open your Source!

The goal of mankind is knowledge … Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

                                                               – Swami Vivekananda

Are You A Good Thinker?

Thinkers are very few in this world. Most of us do not know what right thinking is. Thinking is shallow in the vast majority of persons. Deep thinking needs intense practice. It takes innumerable births for the proper evolution of the mind. Then only it can think deeply and properly.

A man who speaks the truth and has moral purity has always powerful thoughts. One who has controlled anger by long practice has tremendous thought power. If a Yogi whose thought is very powerful speaks one word, it will produce tremendous impression on the minds of others.

Independent and original thinking is resorted to by the Yogis. Spiritual practice (Manana, reflection) demands a sharp intellect. Hard thinking, persistent thinking, clear thinking, thinking to the roots of all problems, to the very fundamentals of the situations, to the very presuppositions of all thoughts and being is the very essence of spiritual practice. You will have to abandon an old idea, however strong and ingrained it may be, when you get a new, elevating idea in its stead. If you have no courage to face the results of your thinking, to swallow the conclusions of your thinking, whatever they may mean to you personally, you should never take the trouble to philosophies. Take up to devotion.

Applied thinking applies the mind to the object and sustained thinking keeps it continually engaged; ecstasy brings about the expanding and bliss of the developing mind whose motives for non-distraction have been accomplished by those two kinds of thinking. Meditation can arise when applied and sustained thinking, ecstasy, bliss and collectedness of mind arise.

Thought is a great force. It has got tremendous power. It becomes a matter of great moment to know how to use this power in the highest possible way and to the greatest possible effect. This can best be done by the practice of meditation.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Be Positive! Be Happy!

Train your mind to think in terms of ‘possible’ and ‘can be done’. When you have control over your thoughts, you have control over your life. Happy thoughts attract happy people into your life. Happy thoughts fill your life with happiness.

When you change your habitual thoughts, it is like changing the direction of a train. Affirm the positive, visualize the positive and expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly. When there are difficulties and you feel down, this is the time to visualize, think and expect the positive. Do not let circumstances influence your thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, you will eventually rise over them materially.

Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities.Reading inspiring quotes uplifts the mind. Repeating inspiring quotes during the day, helps to better cope with every situation that arises. The power of positive thinking is like a car with a powerful engine that can take you to the summit of a mountain. So be positive and be happy! 🙂

Reference

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Clear Thinking – How to Accomplish?

The common man does not know what deep thinking is. His thoughts run riot. There is a great deal of confusion in the mind sometimes. His mental images are very distorted. It is only thinkers, philosophers and yogis who have well-defined, clear-cut mental images. They can be seen through clairvoyance very vividly. Those who practice concentration and meditation develop strong, well-formed mental images.

Most of your thoughts are not well-grounded. They come and slip away. They are, therefore, vague and indefinite. The images are not clear, strong and well-defined. You will have to reinforce them by clear, continuous and deep thinking. Through reasoning, deep reflection and meditation, you will have to make the thoughts settle down and crystallize into a definite shape. Then the philosophical idea will become firm. Through right-thinking, reasoning, introspection and meditation, you will have to clarify your ideas. Then confusion will vanish. The thoughts will get settled and well-grounded.

Think clearly. Clarify your ideas again and again. Introspect in solitude. Purify your thoughts to a considerable degree. Silence the thoughts. Do not allow the mind to bubble. Let one thought-wave rise and settle down calmly. Then allow another thought to enter. Drive off all extraneous thoughts that have no connection with the subject-matter you are handling at the present moment.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Thought – A Living Force

Thought is a vital, living force, the most vital, subtle and irresistible force that exists in the universe. The thought-world is more real relatively than this physical universe. Thoughts are living things. Every change in thought is accompanied by vibration of its matter (mental). Thought as force needs a special kind of subtle matter in its working.

Mind assumes the form of anything it contemplates. When you think of an object, your mind shapes itself into the form of that object. When you change your thought, your mind also changes its shape. Many modifications continually arise in the mind. Your thoughts rapidly change. Your mind also changes its shape rapidly. Every moment, mind is continually creating hundreds of these thought-forms and continually dispersing them again. It never holds on steadily to one thought-form for some time.

Every thought has a certain name and a certain form. Form is the grosser and name the finer state of a single manifesting power called thought. But, these three are one. It is the unity in trinity, the three degrees of existence of the same thing. Wherever the one is, the others also are there. Suppose your mind is now perfectly calm, entirely without thought. Nevertheless, as soon as thought begins to rise, it will immediately take name and form. Thus you find that every idea that man has, or can have, must be connected with a certain word as its counterpart. Language is different, but thought is one. Mental image is the same in all.

Thought is subtle matter. A thought is as much solid as a piece of stone. You may die, but your thoughts can never die. They have form, size, shape, color, quality, substance, power and weight. The stronger the thoughts, the earlier the fructification. Thought is focused and given a particular direction and, in the degree that thought is thus focused and given direction, it is effective in the work it is sent out to accomplish.

Thought Gives Health

If you entertain healthy thoughts, you can keep good health. If you hold on to sickly thoughts in the mind, thoughts of diseased tissues, thoughts of weak-nerves, thoughts of improper functioning of organs or viscera, you can never expect good health, beauty and harmony. The body is the product of the mind. If you hold on vigorous thoughts in the mind, then the physical body also will be vigorous. Evil thoughts of all kinds befoul and infuriate the mind and, if persisted in, will become veritable diseases and maimings of the mind, incurable during the period of life. The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success in life and the pleasures you give to others by your company, all depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts. So think wise and be wise! 🙂

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

How to Overcome the Thoughts

The mind can very easily think of worldly objects. It is its nature. Thoughts generally flow with ease towards objects. Mental energy will readily flow in that direction. The mental force can easily flow in the old grooves and avenues of mundane thoughts. It finds it extremely difficult to think of Supreme. The difficulty in weaning the mind from objects and fixing it on Supreme is the same as in making the river flow towards Mountain instead of its natural flow towards Sea. It is like rowing against the current of the River. Still, through strenuous efforts and dedication it must be trained to flow towards Supreme much against its will, if you want to free yourself from birth and death. There is no other go if you want to escape from worldly miseries and tribulations.

How to Overcome the Thoughts

Overcome the stains of thoughts or the cloud of thoughts through the power of discrimination and constant efforts and be drowned in the ocean of Supreme bliss with spiritual illumination. When you try to bury your shadow in the earth, it always comes out. Similarly, when you try to overcome the thoughts through, they will come out again and again. Withdraw the mind from the objects. Purify the mind and fix it on the Space of the heart (Infinite Supreme). The mind will be annihilated in course of time.

Do not for a moment contemplate upon the things of the universe. You need not exert yourself too much to rid yourself of this thoughts. With the checking of all thoughts, one’s mind will perish. Having firmly annihilated the external thoughts through the internal one and having destroyed the impure mind through the pure one, rest firmly in your Soul-Knowledge.

When you are firmly established in the idea that the world is unreal, through names and forms , thoughts will slowly vanish. Always remember Supreme Soul alone is real. World is unreal. Human Soul is identical with Supreme. You will gain immense strength and peace of mind.

The State of Thoughtlessness

With the extinction of the base thought, there is the extinction of Ignorance and its effect, mind. Thought is pain. Thoughtlessness is all bliss.

When your thoughts, which are now dispersed, shall be collected together and you will remain in a state of repose, then the eternally happy Soul will shine forth as the reflection of the sun is seen in a clear surface of water. Peace is not in money, woman or eating. When the mind becomes desire-less and thoughtless, Soul shines and sheds forth eternal bliss and peace. Why do you search in vain for happiness in objects outside? Search within for bliss in the subjective, True-Conscious-Blissful Eternal Soul.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda