From time to time, Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji has been writing on topics of
spiritual significance which are very much relevant in today's context.
If there is one topic that has confounded the smartest of scientists even
today, it is most certainly the 'human mind' - An artifact whose nature
and working has been studied and researched on since ages, and is
continuing till day....
Interestingly, the mind is the key to the treasure-chest called 'life'!
Through this essay, Sri Sri Swamiji demystifies the nature of the mind and
explains how one can get the best out of one's life by properly
'minding' the mind!
‘Spirituality, worship of God, etc. are opposed to the changing life style of man and
rapid scientific progress,’ appears to be the wide spread opinion. But
is this true? Certainly not! With proper understanding one realizes
that at all times spirituality has been an inseparable necessity in
Man differs from all other creatures in that he possesses intellect – the
sixth sense. All other lives possess one or more of the five senses.
Man who enjoys all the five senses – taste, sight, sound, smell and
touch – also has the sixth sense of
intellect to use these five senses in the best possible way. Man is a combination of body, intellect and mind [feeling].
From the time of conception the growth of the fetus within the mother's womb
is carefully observed, using modern equipments. If any disability is
detected it is at once set right. As soon as the child is born a
specialist checks the visual and hearing ability of the child. The
child is vaccinated against tuberculosis, polio, etc. Special care is
taken towards the physical health of the child until its fifth year.
The child is fed with nutritious food. The child is then admitted into
a school in an effort to develop its knowledge. As the child grows up,
he/she is encouraged to take up study of that subject which interests
him/her, which would bag him/her a highly paying job and which would
give him/her a good
standing in the society. Thus, people think the needs of man end with good health and earning scholastic knowledge. But
what is the truth?
Man's needs do not end here. This is the simple truth! Well! What is the
third need? The indispensable third need is strength of mind. Do you
wonder why one should give importance to the state of mind? The most
amazing thing in all of God's creation is verily the mind.
Modern scientists, through extensive research into the world perceived
externally, have even succeeded in sending Path Finder to the Mars.
They have also offered innumerable inventions to facilitate day-to-day
life. Likewise, Philosophers,
through their deep rational thinking, have offered philosophies regarding life and society, in a new
perspective. These scientific progress and philosophies have been
achieved through the intellect. But the power of mind is far beyond
these. There are people who have earned the power of concentration and
strengthened their minds. With this strengthened mind they have been
able to control the minds of others, through mesmerism and hypnotism.
are people who, through the power of their mind, stop the clock,
control animals, bend iron rods, move articles, etc. Just as a
physically strong man controls the physically weak, so too, does a man
of strong mind control the weak minded man and makes him dance to his
tune. All these are achieved through the power of mind.
!!! Will Continue !!!
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