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How to Avoid Unnecessary Thoughts

:Shree Hari:

Ashwin Shukla Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2063, Guruwar

Unnecessary Thoughts – How can they be Avoided?

Now let us think over the causes of useless thoughts and how to rectify this. When -

1. Important and Essential work does not get done

A spiritual aspirant should do the things that are important and essential to get done, that he is capable of doing, that are important and essential to get done in the present (now).

2. Non-essential and not important work gets gone

That work which should not be done, which cannot be done by you, and which has no connection with the present is considered non-essential work. A spiritual aspirant should not do such work.

3. A Sense of Mine prevails

That thing or person in which there is a sense of mine, which he regards as his and for him, it’s thoughts come to mind. A spiritual aspirant should think over, how can that which is acquired and lost, be his?

4. There is Desires

Whatever desires a spiritual aspirant has, it’s thoughts naturally prevail. He must therefore think that it is not just by desiring a thing that it is attained. Attainment of a thing depends on fate rather than desire. Whatever is acquired does not necessarily stay. Union changes to separation. A man is never satisfied with the thing desired. On satisfaction of a desire, a new desire is born. There is no end to desires.

5. There is identification of Self with the Body

This identification with the Body leads to useless thinking. To consider “this” body as “I” is lack of discrimination. Body and Self are mutually exclusive.

6. The Effect of Pleasures Enjoyed or Desired are in the Mind

Enjoyed or desired pleasures have an effect on the mind which is revealed in the form of useless thoughts. A spiritual aspirant should neither oppose, nor support these useless thoughts. He should neither assume it is in him, nor regard it as true.

Attachment and aversion to useless thinking gives existence to such thoughts. Become indifferent and the thought will naturally end. Useless thinking is unnatural, and is caused by ignorance or incorrect understanding.

These are some of the ways useless chattering of the mind can be avoided.

Ram Ram

From “Salvation of Mankind” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji. “Manav Maatreke Kalyaan ke Liye” in Hindi – pages 119-120. Published in Yahoo Sadhaka Group, learn more about Sadhaka.

Root of Selfishness, Sorrow and Suffering

: Shree Hari :

Bhadrapad Krishna Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2063, Somvar

Sense of “Mine”, leads to desires, makes one selfish, narrow and finite, and in turn unable to serve. One who renounces the sense of “mine”, can easily renounce desires, the root of all sorrows and suffering. All desires can never be satisfied, resulting in pain of unfulfilled desires and dependency on desired objects. Thus, one can become happy forever. One must never lose heart in achieving this aim.

Sense of Mine – The Root of Selfishness, Sorrow and Suffering

Some people doubt as to how their body will function and how they will be able to serve their family or society without a sense of “Mine” (possession) . But the fact is that a sense of mine causes an obstacle in serving the body, family or society. The body of a man, who is free from the sense of Mine, is very well maintained and real service is rendered to the family and society by such a man.

He who has a sense of possession over his body, cannot serve the family. He who has a sense of mine for the family, cannot serve the society. He who has a sense of mine for the society, cannot serve the country. He who has a sense of mine for the Country, cannot serve the World. It means that because of the sense of mine, he becomes narrow and finite. Having a disinclination for serving others, he becomes selfish.

Therefore for a spiritual aspirant, it is very essential to renounce the sense of mine. When a spiritual aspirant has a burning desire to renounce the sense of mine, it becomes very easy from him to renounce it. The reason is that when a spiritual aspirant has a disinclination for the world, and wants to have an inclination for God from the core of his heart, then the entire world and God, Himself are ready to help him. Therefore, a spiritual aspirant should never lose heart in achieving his aim. He can attain his aim with minimum effort and within a very short span of time. This is because God has bestowed upon him this human body by His immense grace, so that he may attain the aim of human life -

“Kabahunk kari karunaa nar dehi. Dait is binu hetu sanehi.” (Manasa, Uttara, 44:3)

It is because of the sense of “Mine” that desires are born. If we have the sense of mine with this body, the need of the body will become our need i.e. we will have desire to get food, water, clothes, house etc. As soon as a spiritual aspirant renounces the sense of “mine”, he becomes capable of renouncing desires. This is because the body and the world are made of the same material. This body cannot be separated from the world. Therefore once the sense of “Mine” with the body is annihilated, the worldly desires automatically come to an end.

The sense of “Mine” in the things which are acquired and lost, gives birth to desires. All desires of even a single person have never been satisfied till today, nor will they be fulfilled, nor can they be satisfied.

The desires which have been fulfilled, their consequences are also painful. The reason is that if a desire is fulfilled, it gives birth to several other new desires and thus the pain of the new unfulfilled desires persists the same.

A man holds that on fulfilling a desire he has become independent, but in reality he has become dependent on the things which he desired. It is because of heedlessness, he feels happy in dependence. To free him from this dependence, God by His blissful providence causes sorrows for him. But he being sad, slights that blissful providence. If he, instead of being sad from the sorrow, tries to discover the reason for his sorrow and gets rid of his desire, the root of sorrow and sufferings, he will become happy forever.

Ram Ram

From “Sahaja Sadhana” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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Philosophy of Meditation in Gita

: Shree Hari :

Shravan Shukla Chaturthi,Vikram Samvat 2063, Shanivar

Abandoning all thoughts of the world, be a witness and become still (repose). Neither oppose a thought, nor support it. Do not accept affinity with any thoughts. Neither have attachment, nor aversion for these thoughts.

A spiritual aspirant should accept affinity with only the all pervasive God, who is everywhere, at all times, in all persons, in all things, in all incidents, and in all actions. Accepting this, one should remain established in Him, without thinking of anything else.

Meditation

If we have an exclusive aim to attain only God, our mind will automatically remain established in God. Space is around and envelops us from all directions, so it is with God, but we do not pay attention to this.

Therefore abandoning all thoughts of the world, be a witness and become still(repose) . While remaining established in God, do not oppose any thought that comes to mind.

A spiritual aspirant neither opposes a thought, nor supports it. He only remains a witness to it and attains tranquillity and quietude.

All projections and distractions of the mind are transient, so if these are born, they will certainly come to an end. We should not accept our affinity with them. We should accept our affinity with only God who pervades everywhere.

Moreover, when a spiritual aspirant meditates upon God, memories of past incidents come to his mind. These incidents are not there in the present (non-existent) . But a spiritual aspirant by accepting the existence of those past incidents, strengthens them.

Therefore the spiritual aspirant should remain detached from them . Become a witness to them. He should neither have attachment nor aversion for them.

While discharging duties and performing actions, he should accept that God is all pervading, within and without and indivisible. It will help us in meditating on God. Whether one meditates in seclusion or does work in society, a spiritual aspirant should always accept that God pervades everywhere, at all times, in all persons, in all things, in all incidents, and in all actions. Accepting this, one should remain established in Him, without thinking of anything else.

Ram Ram

Philosophy of Meditationis taken from “Sadhak Sanjivani” in Englishi by Swami Ramuskhdasji, which was published in Yahoo Sadhaka Group Messages.

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