No use thinking lakhs of times, if you do not act for a single time. No use observing silence continually, if you do not stop your wandering mind. No hunger can be satiated simply by binding a loaf of bread over the stomach.Thus spake Guru Nanak
Restrain the mind-stuff from ebbing away through the nine portals in the body. This will gain you access to the tenth door, which leads to the true house of your Father with its eternal music.Thus spake Guru Nanak
Tell me one thing, those who have been initiated by the mantra.
Of all the thousands of thoughts we have in a day… Somebody said we have 16 000 thoughts in a day in your waking life.
Of all the thousands of thoughts we have in a day, how many many of them are more important than the mantra?
How many are more important – if you just said this thought and mantra? Almost none. Almost none.
Such a waste of mental energy – chattering away hour after hour, day after day, month after month, year after year.
Replace it with something that will give permanent peace and joy and elevation and nobility to the mind.
There are very few times when you actually need to think.
Other things in the world, they demand your attention. Think. Do it. Finished? Replace it with the mantra.
Stay with the mantra. Keep… Become… It’s your best friend in the world.
– Swami Sarvapriyananda
The following are the attributes of the peaceful mind:
- Does not crave for fame and recognition
- Does not interfere with the world till needed or requested
- Does not attempt to create an environment of selfishness
- Does not idle
- Does not desire to work for more than what is needed
- Does not wander
- Does not become jealous
- Does not drive actions which can be regretted later
- Does not fail to be grateful
- Does not grieve over what cannot be changed
- Does not hold grudges
- Does not retain unpleasant memories
Neti, neti. Not so, not so.
The mind always takes us to the past or the future. In the present, the mind cannot exist. In the present, there is no need, no use of the mind. One is only aware. By focusing the mind long enough on the present, the mind automatically dissolves.
112 Meditations, Ranjit Chaudhri