Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Working With Mind

by Swami Rama

[This passage has been taken from of the book Conscious Living: A Guidebook for Spiritual Transformation by Swami Rama, pages 55 - 57, published in 2005 by The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Swami Rama Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India]

I have not come to teach you religion, for that you already have.  I have come to teach you something that you do not have, that which is missing.  And that´s called a personal philosophy of life, which will support you no matter where you go.  So I will tell you something about the mind and what is beyond the mind.  I would like to give you both views, eastern and western, and try to explain to you the various aspects of mind and its modifications, so that there is no confusion and you can start working with yourself.  We human beings are fully equipped and we can all attain the goal of life here and now.  But sloth or laziness is the greatest of all sins.  You have to work hard to learn anything.  To learn English I had to work hard.  Without working hard how can you accomplish anything?  You have to know the language first, then you have to know the practice and finally, you have to follow it.

If you want to work with yourself you should start practicing and watch you activities and not be trapped by self-created misery that rises out of sloth.  The question is have you decided?  Are you determined to work with yourself?  How long will it take?  Ten minutes a day to work with yourself.  In the external world you can get lost easily, but within, there is no chance of getting lost.  Why are you afraid?  Afraid of whom?  Actually, all the fears are within you, are created by you, all the fears are yours.  You have never examined them, that is why you are suffering.  Therefore, O human being, learn to work with yourself.  East and West meet here, and a day will finally come when all of humanity will say with one voice that the mind is the source of all problems and the mind is the source of all pleasures.  They have been trying their best to explore something they do not understand.  And this is true.

Whenever you sit down and examine you mind there is some image in your mind.  Image within is called imagination.  And you are brooding on that image and when that image passes, another image comes.  Often, this is how we think, “Who does my neighbour think she is?  She thinks that she has plenty of money.  She thinks that she is better dressed than I am, that she has bigger diamonds than me.  Who does she think she is?”  All the time you go on thinking this way and waste your time and energy.  Thus, the purpose of human life is defeated, because no one teaches you how to use this brief span of life such that life becomes productive, creative and fulfilling.  But there is a way.  This brief span of life can be utilized, and in this lifetime itself one can attain the purpose of life, one can become self-realized.

Many of us think that the mind cannot be tamed, cannot be polished, cannot be used, cannot be made useful.  This is not true.  Some of the great men have done it.  Many of us want to, but we don´t practice.  We have to understand something about the mind.  You can easily understand the mind by understanding your thought patterns.  A thought comes, then another thought comes, then another, another, another and this keeps on going.  If you study your brain wave patterns you will find that there is a space between two thoughts.  If you can eliminate this space between thoughts, there will be only one thought.

Cleansing the mind, purifying the mind, means learning to train it, just like training or breaking in a shoe.  If you learn to train your attention, you can do wonders in the world.



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