Kindle Life 29 At War With Mind

Kindle Life 29 At War With Mind

Published on 26 April 2021

What is mind? What is the silence of the heart? What is the biography of the mind? How to still the mind? What causes tension? What are its ill effects? Who should be our charioteer? Who is my enemy during mediation? How to improve my concentration? How c

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Hari Om!
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Kindle Life Chapter 29
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AT WAR WITH MIND
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Swami Chinmayananda says, '' The technique of japa in engaging the mind totally in a self-repeated sound, having a very subtle and a great philosophical significance, and after a time when the mind is fully engrossed with the idea, we cry a halt to it, thereby taking away from the mind its only occupation at that time. The hope of the scriptures ( Sastras ) is that by such a process the seeker would come to experience ' the silence of the heart '.
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In spite of all the techniques, our mind still wanders. To gather the mind in meditation as an integrated whole is a painful and difficult strategy. The inner struggle is like a Mahabharata war. But the struggle is the price we pay for eternal liberation. All the impressions we have gathered because of our past actions come to play as actions through the mind creating agitations and we are shattered during our meditations.
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The good and the bad meet face to face and there is tension as well as activity. We cannot mentally get away from these two feelings and identifying with them we suffer dissipations. There is tug a war between the 'little voice of the within' and the evil tendencies in us. All the scriptures point out that success belongs to the one who has taken the Lord as the charioteer. In all meditations the threat is from the mind, which runs out away from the point of concentration.
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The following methods may be employed to control the wandering mind: 1. Bring it back forcefully. 2. To avoid our-self unconsciously going along with mind, we have to become conscious of what we are doing and create an environment for it, like clean place, clean clothes etc. 3.To avoid any old memories taking away the mind we can take the Lord' name. Creating a sincerity of purpose can be the secret of success in spiritual seeking.
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4. Give the mind an aid such as a photograph of the Lord of your heart, reading about his glories or limit the point of concentration e.g to the smile or what ever you love. Success depends upon the devotion or the love of Lord and bringing it there. 5. Persuade the mind by make it understand the rewards or profits of meditation and regular practice. 6. Kindle the curiosity of the mind and tell how others have benefited through the practice of meditation. 7. Tempt the mind greater freedom later, if it meditates and meditates now.
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8. Sometimes a punishment may be necessary, like fasting, cold bath etc. But never over do it. After punishment it may be rewarded too. Show your displeasure, if necessary. 9. Identify with the intellect and sympathetically criticise the mind till it becomes ashamed i.e. be the observer of the mind. Any one of the above methods can be helpful in taming the wandering mind.
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Swami Chinmayananda says, " In all these, the most important factor is that we must have a deep sense of sincerity, a great conviction born of faith and understanding and a hardy sense of seeking, at once adventurous and revolutionary. Without these great noble qualities of head and heart, nothing can be expected out of spiritualism ".
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No body can develop these qualities for you nor can the teacher do it for you. These cannot be sourced out. You have to develop them yourself in yourself by yourself.
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Swami Chinmayanand says. " Strive hard. Act diligently. Meditate regularly. Discriminate continuously. Be good. Do good. Be kind. Be tolerant, merciful and all loving. Eradicate weaknesses steadily. Grow in your own inner strength. Keep brahmacarya, good company and good health. Even when threatened with death renounce dishonesty, deception, lust and passions. And then meditate. Meditate, meditate, meditate and meditate. This is the only path, the only true path to Perfection; quick, easy, simple."
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Hari Om!
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