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One day, Anne placed Helen’s hand under a waterspout. With cool water running over one hand, Anne wrote the letters ‘w-a-t-e-r’ on Helen’s other hand. Suddenly, something clicked within Helen. For the first time in her life she understood that external objects had names. She was so excited that she eagerly begged to learn more names. By nightfall, she had learned the names of thirty more objects.
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Helen proceeded to enthusiastically learn the signs for people and things in her outside world. She picked up the Braille system for the blind. Soon, she started grasping abstract ideas like the meaning of the word ‘love’. As this door opened new ways to understand the world, she devoted herself to learning all she could. She began to read classical books and books of knowledge like other students of her age.
As a young adult, Helen became determined to join Harvard University, although her parents and friends were not so encouraging. Helen persevered, passed the required tests, and was accepted at Radcliffe College, the women’s college associated with Harvard. She graduated with academic honours, despite the fact that she was deaf, blind, and unable to speak. Helen now wanted to learn to speak like others around her.
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She was guided to touch the face, mouth, and throat of Anne Sullivan while her teacher was speaking, and astoundingly Helen responded to this kinaesthetic experience by producing the sounds of speech herself. Helen learned to speak well enough to give lectures that, over time, inspired normal, deaf, and blind people everywhere. In her later years, Helen became a philanthropist seeking ways to fund the education of others. She lived till the ripe age of eighty-seven.
What are thoughts? They are subtle bundles of energy created in the factory of the mind. The atmosphere around us is full of energy waves that are invisible to the naked eye. If we take a radio set and rotate the channel tuner, broadcasting stations appear in quick succession to reveal their existence. Radio waves are there though we cannot see them. Similarly, thoughts too are subtle waves generated by the mind.
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Our thoughts impact us in multiple ways. Our body reacts to every thought we have, literally even chiselling our physical appearance. This is why we look at someone and remark, ‘Stay away from him. He seems to be a very angry guy.’ Or we look at another and say, ‘She seems like a very simple person. We can rely on her.’ In either case, the thoughts within sculpted the person’s external looks. Secondly, thoughts fructify into actions.
They are the internal roots from which all actions spring. This is based on a simple principle: good thoughts fructify into good actions and bad thoughts fructify into bad actions. Those who dedicate their lives to the service of humankind do not land there by accident. For years, they cultivated compassionate and noble thoughts in their mind, until the energy of those accumulated thoughts blossomed into inspiring acts of sacrifice and service.
Similarly, those who commit theft and murder naively blame circumstances for their sins. If we were to delve deeper, we would discover that they harboured sinful thoughts in their mind, and circumstances literally aligned themselves to fulfil their desires. I n the last chapter, we learned how our thoughts can make us either happy or sad. These thoughts pour forth in a constant stream. Let us say that it’s the weekend and we glance outside. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book
We see that a nice summer day is ahead of us. We happily recall our plans to take a pleasant hike in the woods with some friends. Then a thought about layoffs in the next few months at work pops into our mind, and we sink into a gloomy mood. Thoughts of doubt and fear rush through our mind and occupy us for several minutes. Finally, we put the matter out of our mind, and another thought pops up unexpectedly.
We forgot to go to the store yesterday to pick up bread for breakfast. Do we have time? Yes, just enough. So we dash out of the door to go to the store. On the way, multitudes of thoughts run through our mind: the road has a pothole; the driver in front is too slow; is there anything else to get from the store? And so it goes on and on, incessantly, day after day, thought after thought after thought. One guru called his disciples around him.
He related a hilarious joke that made them all laugh. The guru then proceeded to relate the same anecdote again. This time, some sniggered while others smiled politely. But the guru did not stop there; he went on to repeat the same joke before them. This time, they could only manage a sheepish grin. Not to be discouraged, he related the anecdote once again. Now, one of the students could not restrain herself anymore. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book
She said, ‘Gurudev, your joke has become very boring. You have already repeated it four times.’ The guru replied, ‘If you get bored listening to a hilarious joke again and again, then why do you go on recalling thoughts of fear, misery, and hurt in your mind?’ Is there any way to control the constant flow of thoughts within us? The subtle machine inside that generates thoughts is the mind, and hence.
The key to controlling and managing thoughts will come with a deeper understanding of the functioning of the mind. We all experience different desires. While reading this book, someone’s mind may wander to tea, another’s mind may start thinking of cricket, while yet another’s mind may ramble towards her child. Why is it that the mind of individuals generates such dissimilar desires? What is causing this variety of cravings?
One person desires prestige to the extent that he is willing to give fifteen lectures a day to get elected. Another desires money to the extent that he neglects his family to earn it. The third desires his paramour and is willing to sacrifice all his wealth on her. Where does desire originate from? The answer is that when our mind is attached to something, we experience desire for it. The cause of desire is attachment. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book Download
The mind is a frequent visitor to the things and people it is most devoted to. In other words, if one is attached to alcohol, the desire for alcohol comes frequently to the mind. If attached to cigarettes, then thoughts of the pleasure of smoking cigarettes continually flow in the mind, creating a craving for them. In this way, attachment leads to desire.
This point may seem to go against common sense. It would seem logical to think that the intrinsic qualities of an object make us desire it. But this is really not the case. For example, alcohol has no attractive aroma. It is foul smelling and obnoxious, and the very first time we taste it, we actually do not like it. Yet, the same foul smell is so enticing to an alcoholic that, when he passes by the pub, he begins swaying.
The odour of alcohol, which makes one want to vomit, sparks the other’s craving. The difference is due to attachment. The alcoholic’s craving is coming from his attachment to alcohol. Here is another example. Is the smoke from cigarettes pleasant or filthy? You may say, ‘It is awful. It makes me want to turn around and go the other way.’ Then, why is it so attractive to the addict? Because of his own attachment to it. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book Download
It is not the intrinsic property of cigarettes, but the attachment within the addict’s mind that creates a craving for them. Let me repeat this for emphasis. It is our attachment to an object, not its intrinsic properties, which create desire for it . Let me cite yet another example. ‘Listening to divine knowledge from saints is so powerful that even a brief moment of it is sufficient to destroy the karmic reactions of countless sins.’
To highlight the importance of hearing, Jagadguru Kripalu-ji Maharaj has composed a pada (hymn) titled: Suno mana, eka kāma kī bāta (Prem Ras Madira ). Speaking to the mind, Maharaj-ji says: ‘O my mind, listen now to a useful piece of knowledge. You have heard lots of things—this person got married, that person filed for divorce, a fire raged in this city, a tornado struck that city—but you have never heard anything useful.
If you had, your work would have been done, and you would have attained your supreme destination. But the fact that you are still under the influence of maya proves that, as yet, you have not heard anything worthwhile.’ Kripalu-ji Maharaj’s statement may appear to be very harsh at face value and raise eyebrows. People could refute it by saying, ‘We have heard so many lectures. We attend the satsang of saints who visit our town. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book Free
We even watch Maharaj-ji’s lectures on TV and YouTube. In all these, we get good wisdom. How can Maharaj-ji say that we have not heard anything useful until now?’ There is no denying that we did listen to divine teachings in the past. The problem is that we failed to implement what we heard . As a result, the knowledge did not benefit us. Knowledge is only beneficial when it is applied, otherwise, it is worthless.
We may know that there is poison in a cup, but if we insist on drinking it, then our knowledge is worthless. We may know the road to our destination, and yet, if we continue to go down the wrong road, our knowledge is of no value. ‘If my faith is genuine that God is everywhere in this world, may these dead priests come back to life.’ The pandits became alive again. The demons took Prahlad to Hiranyakashipu and said, ‘We cannot fathom what kind of a boy he is; we have failed to kill him.’
Now, Hiranyakashipu asked Prahlad: kva sau ? ‘Where is this Lord Vishnu whom you worship?’ Prahlad answered: sa sarvatra . ‘Father, He is everywhere.’ However, Prahlad pointed in four directions: ‘God is in you (a demon); He is in me (a child); He is in this blade of grass (living entity); He is also in this stone pillar (non-living entity).’ Hiranyakashipu sniggered, ‘If God is in the stone pillar, then why can I not see Him?’ The Science of Mind Management PDF Book Free
He hit the pillar with all his might. And lo and behold! To prove Prahlad’s faith, God manifested from the pillar in the form of Nrisingh Bhagavan. One of the twenty-four descensions of God mentioned in the Shreemad Bhagavatam is Lord Nrisingh, who appeared from the stone pillar of a demon king, proving that God is all-pervading and the whole world is His temple. This pastime of the Lord and His devotee dramatically illustrates the power of beliefs.
Prahlad was just a five-year-old, and yet, the Lord descended for his sake. What made this possible? Prahlad did not just have knowledge of God, he truly had faith in Him—absolute and complete. When that kind of conviction develops, the intellect becomes empowered with tremendous strength. It exerts itself to administer the mind, senses, and body, in alignment with those beliefs. We have seen how, for good or for bad, faith invests the intellect with immense power.
The process of creating faith, or beliefs, by conscious choice is nididhyāsan. Rather than allowing our intellect to pick up beliefs unconsciously, we consciously choose to establish them based on infallible principles from the scriptures. This completes the three-fold process to empower the intellect with divine knowledge. First, we do śhravan ̣(hear or read the knowledge. The Science of Mind Management PDF Book Free
Then manan (contemplate upon it), and then nididhyāsan (develop faith upon it, internalise it, and use it as one’s moral compass). Next, we discuss an even more powerful technique, called śharanāgati, ̣ or surrender to God. A boy was terribly threatened by a ferocious dog in infancy. In a few months, the incident was forgotten by his conscious memory. But the incident remained embedded in the subconscious mind and he continues to experience a phobia for dogs even in adulthood.
The conscious mind is disturbed by the inexplicable fear. The intellect repeatedly tries to coach the mind that such a phobia is dysfunctional and baseless, and yet he is unable to break its grip over the mind. This is a case where images and fears embedded deep in the subconscious hold sway over the conscious mind. This mechanism does not apply only to phobias. It is also true for many of our other attitudes, likes, and dislikes. The subconscious mind is like a child—it holds memories and creates sentiments, but it cannot logically reason whether they are beneficial or harmful.