Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't trust your mind

I once read a story of a man who, after many days of travel, came to rest under a wish fulfilling tree. The man was tired and thought "The shade and breeze here is perfect and soothing. I wish I had a bed to lie down and rest awhile." Immediately in front of him stood a sturdy bed and soft pillows.

The man was taken aback. He did not know what happened. Confused but happy, he lay down on the bed. Then he mused "I wish I had some people to massage my tired feet." Soon enough, there appeared a couple of people who began pressing his tired legs and helping him relax.

Now, the man thought "Oh, this is great. I wish I had some nice food and drinks to refresh myself." No sooner had he thought of this, there appeared before him a table laden with the choicest of food and drinks. He had his fill with great relish and soon fell asleep.

After a while, he woke up and said to himself "This place is secluded and lonely. What if a hungry man eating tiger comes here?" And that was the end of the man and the story.

Our minds are very strange and seldom in our control. It moves from one thought to another. If at all we share with others all that we think, we will all be branded as insane or lunatics. Such is the kind of fantasies that each of us imagine. Our thoughts are uncontrollably shaped by our moods, our immediate surroundings etc. Moreover, our thinking is shaped by our individual learning and experiences. What we hold as a firm view gets changed based on new learning and exposures. Yesterday, I was sure about something, but today I am not so sure.

Under such circumstances, can we really depend upon and trust our own minds? If anyone says he can trust his mind, he is either supernatural or stupid. We need to have the humility to accept that we have limited knowledge and be honest in admitting that our minds are not in our control. If we choose to go by our own instincts and thinking, we might end up in the wrong path.

We should seek people who have the wealth of real knowledge and who have mastered their minds to guide us. These are the real Gurus who serve as the light houses showing us the right path.

What do you think?


V Rakesh said...

Wonderful post Sir! Indeed, the mind is a force that needs to be restrained, trained and constantly conditioned without which it would prevail upon the person in ways one cannot imagine!

This post is very relevant and meaningful, as always, and certainly a lot to learn from!

Thanks so much!

Sonal Raisinghani said...

Well this is the third step of Navdha Bhakti ( Devotion) preached by Lord Shree Rama to Shabri.
So Yes Spiritual Guru is required..

Sir, You have come up with this picture in one of your previous blogs also.. Is he your spiritual guru ?

Subs said...

Indeed...mind control is the key !

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed,Everything is based on the mind,is led by the mind and also fashioned by the mind..If we speak amd act with a polluted mind,suffering follows us and if we act with a pure mind,happiness will follow us..

'Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer..'


arvind said...

me read:

mind is the beautiful part one owns..
but the operator should not be the thinking;
rather the heart.. (instinct/feeling is the way the heart operates..)

nice one..