Guide the Mind
the mind will not resolve anything. The only way to dissolve the confusion of
the mind is to guide the mind with wisdom and put the mind to work doing good.
The aim is NOT to become
self-conscious but to become conscious of the Self. This automatically happens
in due course if one constantly practices true dispassion which is COMPASSION
WITH NO ATTACHMENT. (This means there can be no attachment to one’s ego and images.)
in the inner and outer worlds can be achieved unless one has a quiet mind.”
There are many so-called
successful people in both the corporate marketplace and the spiritual marketplace,
and very often their minds are filled with noisy self-praise and self-delusion.
A truly silent mind is one that can listen to good advice without reacting.
does it mean to ‘focus’ the mind?”
the mind means sharpening our power of discernment to distinguish between what
is real and what is not. Our power of discernment is sharpened with Divine Wisdom.
When the mind is enlightened (with Wisdom) it sees (understands) clearly. The
enlightened mind remains stable and focused whether it is busy at work solving
a practical problem or other task at hand, or it is being applied in yogic mediation.
is the difference between the mind and the heart?”
The heart is the mind. Forget about all the flowery talk of ‘heart’,
The sacred heart is the purified mind. The mind is the seat of consciousness.
The mind is purified by our firm resolve to keep it imageless and free of obstacles
in the form of ignorance, ego, and their byproducts. One would benefit from deeply
contemplating the following mantra from the Yajur Veda:
YAJJAAGRATO DUURAMUDAITI DAIVAM TADU SUPTASYA TATHAIVAITI.
JYOTISHAAM JYOTIREKAM TANME MANAH SHIVASANKALPAMASTU.
This mind of mine is NOT an ordinary thing. This
mind is a gift of the Supreme (DAIVAM). The mind has the power to shed light (the
Light of Consciousness) upon even great lustrous entities like the Sun, the Nebulae,
and the Galaxies. It is the very nature of the mind to wander about, at great
speeds, exploring the remotest regions of the universe and seeking the highest
states of consciousness. It is the nature of the mind to be constantly busy in
both the waking and sleeping states. May I resolve to use this divine gift, the
mind, to do good for goodness sake and ultimately realize the Supreme Perfect
Goodness (SHIVA) which annihilates all pain and misery.
seems to me that from the standpoint of reality, there is no such thing as 'your
mind' or 'my mind'. There is only the One Mind.”
statement is true from the perspective of Ultimate Reality, however, from the
point of view of our individual existence it is not true. For example, when you clean your body, it is only your own body that is cleansed
and not the body of another. When you purify your mind, only your own mind is
purified and not the mind of your neighbor.
the standpoint of reality, the one Universal Mind has been individualized due
to the preponderance of ego. The individualized mind is a natural phenomenon,
even as the Universal Mind (Mahatattva) is also a natural phenomenon. Both are
elements of this Cosmic Drama of Existence, the latter being considerably more
subtle than the former since it (the Universal Mind) is not circumscribed by ego
Your mind and my mind are instruments
of consciousness. You are a conscious immortal being (Atman) with an ego, intellect,
mind, and body, and hence you are known as a living soul (Jivatman). Likewise
is my situation and that of everyone else too. It is our intrinsic nature as living
souls to employ our mind (including ego and intellect) and body to manifest our
Pure Consciousness (Atman) and experience our Essence (the Soul of our Soul, the
Supreme Self, Paramatman, GOD, or whatever else you may desire to call It).
the mind as 'mine' is like a horse wearing blinders. A small, petty, weak mind
can do very little. The habit of the mind is to create, sustain and destroy. It
creates a thought, plays with it, then destroys it. When the mind is not disciplined
this process continues all of ones' life, creating nothing but drama, grief and
suffering. A silent mind is the key to finding God or Guru within yourself. God
dwells within you as you. I am because God is, and God is because I am.”
It is your own ego and images that are the blinders, because
they blind the living self from perceiving the Truth. The mind is not really doing
anything at all (on its own). It is an inert subtle substance. It is your job
to shape the mind with knowledge and wisdom and employ that mind in service and
devotion, because it is your real nature (DHARMA) to do so.
mind does not inherently have the habit to create, sustain and destroy. Again,
the mind is simply an instrument of consciousness (in this case, the embodied
conscious being called the Jivatman).
To understand how the mind operates one should
study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which clearly explain the functioning of the mind
and the scientific method of mind control (that is, the way to restrain and re-train
the mind for the purpose of the direct realization of Reality and the Ultimate
are certainly correct in asserting that we create nothing but drama, grief, and
suffering in our life if we do not discipline our mind. However, we do not discipline
our mind by becoming the disciple of our ego.
have stated that “the silent mind is the key to finding God or Guru within yourself.”
This is simply not accurate. Observe a cat resting on a pillow or a bird perched
on a branch. Their minds are silent but they are not in tune with the core of
their being (Atman) and cannot experience their Essence (the Supreme Self).
The key to finding God is to fill your mind
with Divine Wisdom and put it into practice. In other words, we need to insert
the key of Wisdom into the mind and turn it (contemplate on it and live our life
We may or may not meet our Guru in this life,
but the Original Guru (God Lord of the Universe) will surely protect us and ultimately
(by His Grace) we will be united with Him. In any case, it is self-defeating to
listen to our ego and be our own guru because that will only make the mind more
image-ridden. We should be humble and earnest and remain ever receptive to learn
more and more, and never become complacent and imagine that we already know everything.
statement “God dwells within you as you. I am because God is and God is because
I am” is the same old neo-vedantic propaganda that has now become so popular
here in the West (and everywhere else). The truth is this:
(1) God is One Without a Second. That Supreme
Being is All-pervading, Indivisible, Formless, Ever-Existing, Ever-Conscious,
Ever-Blissful Absolute Infinite Reality.
(2) You and I (and everyone else) are uncreated
(as Atman). Therefore, every one of us is also Eternal and we can never be more
or less than what we already are (for example, we can never become GOD, even as
in Reality we never actually become the body). We are eternal. We exist eternally
and we are eternally conscious but we are not eternally blissful. Even if you
say we are eternally blissful; nevertheless, that blissfulness could never be
compared to the Incomparable Supreme Bliss of the Absolute.
(3) The Supreme Self, as well as all of us
(the innumerable souls), eternally pervade the eternal non-conscious substance
(Prakriti) from which the Creation (comprised of Mind and Matter) is formed. Hence,
from the point of view of the mind, the powers of the soul appear infinite, but
this is an appearance only. In fact, each of us is infinitesimal and only the
Supreme Self is the possessor of Infinite Being-Consciousness-Bliss. The Supreme
Self eternally pervades all of us, but we do not pervade one another. Each and
every soul is a self-contained eternal conscious entity. Our closeness (in qualities)
to the Supreme Self is the experience of Bliss Consciousness, Moksha. The Supreme
Self is Itself the Ultimate Bliss known as Moksha (Liberation).
We should be humble and earnest and remain
ever receptive to learn more and more, and never become complacent and imagine
that we already know everything.