A skilful individual makes the mind sovereign, wherein through Sadhana / practice he or she can coach or train the mind to subdue and subjugate woebegone thoughts, writes Ravi Valluri
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The weather was salubrious and the sun shone brightly in the azure sky. After a sumptuous meal, I switched on the Yoga Nidra meditation CD of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and slipped into a much-needed afternoon siesta. I could slowly hear my mind and the bedroom reverberating with a plethora of snores.
Little did I realise, I was neither in a state of stupor or reverie nor carousing after the sumptuous meal, but in a state of deep rest. The condition could be delineated as meditation.
‘Mind without agitation is meditation. Mind in the present moment is meditation. Mind that has no hesitation, no anticipation is meditation. Mind that has come back home, to the source is meditation, is meditation. Mind that becomes ‘no mind’ is meditation,’ says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Shortly thereafter I headed for a radio show on All India Radio, Rainbow FM, to talk about my recently published book, ‘The Matter of the Mind.’ The interview drew warm applause. As I was surfing through messages, my mind meandered to the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, to the character of Khurana, who upon the guidance of a soothsayer wore several rings on his fingers; every act was to be performed at the propitious time to ward of malefic influences of planetary configurations (like Rahu Kalam etc). That apart, an additional letter was added to his name to attract opulence and fortune. Thus, simple Khurana became KKhurana.
The following day I was to receive a SMS from an astrologer acquaintance, stating that ‘Saturn would be transiting a particular house and bode well for me’. An old friend, on the advice of a numerologist and a tarot card reader had added an extra alphabet to his already longish name. This friend had suffered misadventures in life and the mind, not being in the present seemed to be dabbling with a variety of short cuts to circumvent muddles in life. A tenacious and impregnable individual would, with certainty focus on sanguine and efficacious thoughts in life to make it robust.
So long as desires linger in the mind, it cannot be at complete rest or experience peace. Lord Krishna in the Bhagvad Gita says, ‘You cannot get into Yoga unless you drop the desires or hankerings in you.’
I too was a prisoner of predictions made by star gazers, but over a period have realised only a puny and fragile mind would rely on such auguries and prognostications. An unwavering and undaunted mind can overcome antipathetic tendencies, emotions and feelings by applying the 7Cs of the mind.
These are coaching the mind, characterising it, communicating with consciousness, commitment, consistency in the mind, calming the mind and contagious positive energy and aura.
A skilful individual makes the mind sovereign, wherein through Sadhana / practice he or she can coach or train the mind to subdue and subjugate woebegone thoughts. It could be a Sadhak / seeker, a sportsperson, a politician or an ordinary citizen, by focussing on abundance and bounty provided by nature and not on lack. There is a saying in the Bible that if we focus on plenty galore it magnifies, however if the mind devotes time towards privation, nature by sleight of hand takes away whatever was provided. Over a period through deft stratagem the mind needs to be trained to magnify the amplitude of every little thing one has been blessed with. But this ought to be done with utmost humility, not through arrogance. It is nothing but the secret of Law of Gratefulness.
The human mind oscillates between the past and the future and is seldom in the present moment. This is the intrinsic character or Chitta of the mind. Invariably the mind gravitates towards penitence, self-reproach and compunction when it moves towards the past events in life. And it gets encompassed with fretfulness and perturbation when it relocates itself to the future. Thus, it accumulates stress and gives sleepless nights; individuals suffer from insomnia and get afflicted with a variety of psychosomatic pestilences.
Now there are different ways to remain in the present, to elevate our consciousness. Individuals can go for long walks and be in communion with nature, footslog on the treadmill or sweat it out by exercising, read inspirational literature and keep the company of people blessed with efficacious thoughts to increase their levels of prana.
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The fifth century Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu wrote, ‘In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death; a road either to safety or ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected…’ Therefore, in all situations the human mind needs to have unflinching commitment to be prepared for any eventuality. Once again, the nature of human mind is to procrastinate. We temporise say, exercising if we put on weight or to remain physically fit, students dally to study. The list is endless and in the ultimate analysis we add to our liabilities in the balance sheet of life.
Change is inevitable, everything is transitory, ideologies or thought processes keep altering. However, it is paramount within the ocean churn of change that the mind nurtures a few aspects of life to be consistent. These are positive qualities like being grateful to nature or saying a word of Thank You, essentially remaining good human beings. In this age of unabashed aspirations and hankering, the human mind needs to be calmed and assuaged.
If we train ourselves to moor the craft of the mind, to look at the sunshine and radiance with zealousness by religiously practicing the first 6Cs, it will automatically be sleeved with contagious positivity, generating an aura of propitious and unalloyed energy which assumes magnetic properties.