Monday, April 14, 2014

Calm the agitated mind




Unbridled mind is the cause of most of the pains in this world. Our mind makes us to suffer because we become slaves of our mind. And why do we become slaves? One of the reasons is that because we are never told that we are supposed to conquer our minds and not be conquered by them. In schools and colleges everything related to this material world is taught – history, geography, civics, science, art, computers etc- but there is no subject which deals with the importance of controlling the mind and tolerating the urges of the senses. 

India’s rich Vedic literatures vividly explain everything about mind and give the formula by which we can subjugate our restless mind. Bhagavad Gita 6.6, for example, talks about the benefit of having a controlled mind - For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy. So, irrespective of our situations or circumstances we should take initiative to calm our agitated mind. It is difficult no doubt but it is not impossible. Bhagavad Gita 6th Chapter (verse 6.34, 35 & 36) elaborately discusses the ways by which mind can be controlled.  

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