Thought Power by Sri Swami Sivananda

Thought Power by Sri Swami Sivananda

This is, THOUGHT POWER, By Sri SWAMI SIVANANDA. This book is available, on the public domain,
as well as, here, on Youtube and other websites. This is, THOUGHT POWER, By Sri SWAMI SIVANANDA. PREFACE This instructive book carries in itself a
life transforming value. None who reads it, with
the needed interest and attention, will ever feel inclined to remain unchanged in personal
nature and untransformed in conduct and character.
A good deal of careful judgment and confidence would assist us in asserting that no one who
reads this work, will fail to resist the readiness to
make of his own will a Power that alters and exalts his own life and destiny. The work
is fraught with implicit guidance for turning our personalities
into forces of compelling influence and charm, and for rendering our lives into so
many grand stories of the epic unfoldment of the
Divine Truth we enshrine, the Divine Light we bear, and the Divine perfection we hold
in our inner being. This, then, is a simple, straightforward,
inspiring book that holds out many methods for
the culture and nurture of thought power. it is also a work that presents us with many
useful suggestions which enable us to reach a region
beyond the terrain of thought and its power, a
realm of transcendental Experience and God consciousness. Helped by his own illimitable Love for all
humanity, and dictated by the logic of his untiring energies for the service of every
man, Sivananda has made himself extremely useful to
all kinds of people, to men in all walks of life, and has written books on a rich diversity
of themes in his own illuminating and spiritual
way. Embodying in himself the very spirit of the
whole of Indian spiritual culture, Sivananda has poured out on mankind hundreds of gifts
of the books that enshrine Wisdom of Life. The present
work will commend itself, and will yield many rewards, to both the lay public and the community
of spiritual individuals. it will be found very
valuable more particularly by persons who, while not believing in any religion, not given
over to love any God, not subscribing to any article
of faith, are yet eager to live a life of power, purity,
peace, prosperity, progress, happiness and fulfilment, right in the environs of their
work a day world. Sivananda has attempted implicitly to present
in this work, a dynamic knowledge of thought power at these three distinct fields:: A. The field of higher applied psychology:
Here Sivananda speaks of thoughts as forces that
chisel countenance, fashion character, change destiny, and make of life an all round success.
B. The field of a full fledged parapsychology: This field is covered by those widely scattered
passages and chapters in this work, which throw illumination on the fact that human
Mind is the seat and centre of a number of supernormal
powers and factors. Sivananda urges the readers to
tap these powers, and to make operative in their own outer life, the various higher faculties
they command.
C. The field of transcendental realization: Wherever Sivananda prescribes a method for,
or speaks of thought transcendence, he is attempting
to lead us into the domains of Divine Realization in which thought ceases to be
thought, and blazes into infinite Consciousness. This work, then, represents Sivananda to the
readers, in a way, as a practical psychologist, a physicist and chemist in the world of the
phenomena of thought, a parapsychologist, a Yogi,
and thus helps them build their future, gain their success in life, and acquire the power
to manipulate thought and wrest from it the extraordinary
powers it holds. The book will also help them to attain refinement and culture by thought
discipline, use their capacity for releasing wholesome, constructive and inspiring thought
vibrations, obtain by accomplishing something great and grand, peace, happiness, and gain
God realization which is the meaning, aim, and
ultimate destiny of all human life on earth. Chapter One THOUGHT POWER: its PHYSICS and its PHILOSOPHY Thought Excels Light in Speed While light travels at the rate of 186,282
miles per second, thoughts virtually travel in no time. Thought is finer than ether, the medium of
electricity. In broadcasting, a singer sings beautiful songs at Calcutta. You can hear
them nicely through the radio set in your own house at
Delhi. All messages are received through the wireless. Even so your mind is like a wireless machine.
A saint with peace, poise, harmony and spiritual waves sends out into the world thoughts
of harmony and peace. They travel with lightning speed in all directions and enter
the minds of persons and produce in them also similar
thoughts of harmony and peace. Whereas a worldly man whose mind is full of jealousy, revenge
and hatred sends out discordant thoughts which enter the minds of thousands and stir in them
similar thoughts of hatred and discord. The Medium Through Which Thoughts Travel If we throw a piece of stone in a tank or
a pool of water, it will produce a succession of
concentric waves travelling all around from the affected place. The light of a candle will similarly give
rise to waves of ethereal vibrations travelling in
all directions from the candle. In the same manner, when a thought, whether
good or evil, crosses the mind of a person, it gives rise to vibrations in the Manas or
mental atmosphere, which travel far and wide in all
directions. What is the possible medium through which
thoughts can travel from one mind to another? The best possible explanation is
that Manas or mind substance fills all space like ether
and it serves as the vehicle for thoughts, as Prana is the vehicle for feeling, as ether
is the vehicle for heat, light and electricity and as air
is the vehicle for sound. The Ether of Space Registers Thoughts You can move the world through thought force.
Thought has great power. it can be transmitted from one man to another man. The
powerful thoughts of great sages and Rishis of
yore are still recorded in the Akasa (Akasic records). Yogins who have clairvoyant vision can perceive
those thought images. They can read them. You are surrounded by an ocean of thought.
You are floating in the ocean of thought. You
are absorbing certain thoughts and repelling some in the thought world. Everyone has his own thought world. Thoughts Are Living Things Thoughts are living things. A thought is as
much solid as a piece of stone. We may cease to be, but our thoughts can never die. Every change in thought is accompanied by
vibration of its matter (mental). Thought as
force needs a special kind of subtle matter in its working. The stronger the thoughts, the earlier the
fructification. Thought is focussed and given a
particular direction and, in the degree that thought is thus focussed and given direction,
it is effective in the work it is sent out to accomplish. Thoughts Are Finer forces Thought is a finer force. This is supplied
to us by food. If you read Chhandogya Upanishad: the dialogue between Uddalaka and
Svetaketu: you will understand this point well. If the food is pure, thought also becomes
pure. He who has pure thoughts speaks very powerfully and produces deep impression on
the minds of the hearers by his speech. He influences thousands of persons through his
pure thoughts. A pure thought is sharper than the edge of
a razor. Entertain always pure, sublime thoughts. Thought culture is an exact science. Thoughts As Wireless Messages Those who harbour thoughts of hatred, jealousy,
revenge and malice are verily very dangerous persons. They cause unrest and ill
will amongst men. Their thoughts and feelings are
like wireless messages broadcast in ether, and are received by those whose minds respond
to such vibrations. Thought moves with tremendous velocity. Those
who entertain sublime and pious thoughts help others, who are in their vicinity
and at a distance also. Thoughts Are Tremendous Powers Thought has got tremendous power. Thought
can heal diseases. Thoughts can transform the mentality of persons. Thought can do anything.
it can work wonders. The velocity of thought is unimaginable. Thought is a dynamic force. it is caused by
the vibrations of psychic Prana or Sukshma Prana on the mental substance. it is a force
like gravitation, cohesion or repulsion. Thought travels or moves. Thought waves and Thought transference What is this world, after all? it is nothing
but the materialization of the thought forms of
Hiranyagarbha or God. You have got waves of heat and light and electricity
in science. There are also thought waves in Yoga. Thought has tremendous power.
Everybody is experiencing the power of thought unconsciously to a greater or lesser degree. Great Yogins like Jnanadev, Bhartrihari and
Patanjali used to send and receive messages to and from distant persons through mind telepathy
(mental radio) and thought transference. Telepathy was the first wireless telegraph
and telephone service ever known to the world. Just as you take physical exercises, play
games such as tennis and cricket in order to
maintain physical health, you will have to maintain mental health by radiating the right
thought waves, by taking Sattvic food, mental recreation
of an innocent and harmless nature, change of
mood, relaxation of mind by entertaining good, ennobling and sublime thoughts and by
cultivating the habit of cheerfulness. Marvels of Thought vibrations Every thought that you send out is a vibration
which never perishes. it goes on vibrating every particle of the universe and if your
thoughts are noble, holy and forcible, they set in
vibration every sympathetic mind. Unconsciously all people who are like you
take the thought you have projected and in accordance with the capacity that they have,
they send out similar thoughts. The result is that,
without your knowledge of the consequences of your own work, you will be setting in motion
great forces which will work together and put down the lowly and mean thoughts generated
by the selfish and the wicked. Diversity of Thought vibrations Every man has his own mental world, his own
mode of thinking, his own ways of understanding things and his own ways of acting. Just as the face and voice of every man differ
from those of another man, the mode of thinking and understanding also differs. That
is the reason why misunderstanding easily occurs
between friends. One is not able to understand rightly the
views of another. Hence friction, rupture and
quarrel occur within a minute even amongst fast friends. The friendship does not last
long. One should be in tune with the mental vibrations
or thought vibrations of another. Then only can one easily understand another. Lustful thoughts, thoughts of hatred, jealousy
and selfishness produce distorted images in the mind and cause clouding of understanding,
perversion of intellect, loss of memory and confusion in the mind. Conservation of Thought energy In physics you have the term ‘power of orientation’.
Though the mass of energy is there, the current will not flow. it must be connected
to the magnet and then the electric current will
flow through the power of orientation. Even so, the mental energy which is dissipated
and misdirected in various worthless worldly thoughts should be well directed in
proper spiritual channels. Do not store in your brain useless information.
Learn to unmind the mind. Unlearn whatever has been of no use to you. Then only
can you fill your mind with divine thoughts. You
will gain new mental strength as the dissipated mental rays are collected now. The Cell theory and the Thoughts A cell is a mass of protoplasm with a nucleus.
it is endowed with intelligence. Some cells secrete, while some cells excrete. The cells
of the testes secrete semen; the cells of the kidneys
excrete urine. Some cells act the part of a soldier. They defend the body from the inroads
or attacks of foreign poisonous matter and germs.
They digest and throw them out. Some cells carry
food materials to the tissues and organs. The cells perform their work without your
conscious volition. Their activities are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system.
They are in direct communion with the mind in
the brain. Every impulse of the mind, every thought,
is conveyed to the cells. They are greatly influenced by the varying conditions or states
of the mind. If there are confusion, depression and
other negative emotions and thoughts in the mind, they are telegraphically transmitted
through the nerves to every cell in the body. The
soldier cells become panic stricken. They are weakened.
They are not able to perform their function properly. They become inefficient. Some people are extremely body conscious,
and possess no idea of the Self. They live irregular, indisciplined lives and fill their
stomachs with sweets, pastries, and so on. There is no
rest for the digestive and the eliminating organs. They suffer from physical weakness
and diseases. The atoms, molecules and cells in
their bodies produce discordant or inharmonious vibrations. They have no hope, confidence,
faith, serenity and cheerfulness. They are unhappy.
The life force is not operating properly. Their vitality is at a low ebb. Their mind
is filled with fear, despair, worry and anxiety. Primal Thought and Modern Science Thought is the greatest force on earth. Thought
is the most powerful weapon in the armour of a
Yogi. Constructive thought transforms, renews and builds. The far reaching possibilities of this force
were most accurately developed to perfection by the ancients and put to the highest possible
use. for, thought is the primal force at the origin
and back of all creation; the genesis of the entire phenomenal creation is given as a single
thought that arose in the Cosmic Mind. The world is the Primal Idea made manifest.
This First Thought became manifest as a vibration issuing from the Eternal Stillness
of the Divine Essence. This is the reference in classic
terminology to the Ichha, desire of the Hiranyagarbha, Cosmic Soul, that originates as a
Spandana or vibration. This vibration is nothing like the rapid oscillation
to and fro of physical particles, but is some thing infinitely subtle, so subtle as
to be even inconceivable to the normal mind. But this has made it clear that all forces
are ultimately resolvable into a state of pure
vibration. Modern science also has newly arrived at this conclusion after its prolonged researches
in external physical nature. Radium and the Rare Yogi Radium is a rare commodity. Yogins who have
controlled their thoughts are also very rare in this world, like radium. Just as sweet perfume continuously emanates
from an incense stick, so also divine perfume and divine effulgence (magnetic, Brahmic
aura) radiate from a Yogi who has controlled his thoughts and who is constantly dwelling
on Brahman or the Infinite. The effulgence and perfume of his face is
Brahma Varchas. When you hold in your hand a bouquet made of jasmine, rose and Champaka
flowers, the sweet perfume pervades the whole hall and tickles all alike. Even so the perfume or fame and reputation
(Yasas and Kirti) of a Yogi who has controlled his thoughts spreads far and wide.
He becomes a cosmic force. Thought: its Weight, Size and Shape Every thought has got weight, shape, size,
form, colour, quality and power. A Yogi can see all these thoughts directly with his inner
Yogic eye. Thoughts are like things. Just as you hand
over an orange to your friend and take it back,
so also you can give a useful, powerful thought to your friend and also take it back. Thought is a great force; it moves; it creates.
You can work wonders with the power of thought. You must know the right technique
of handling and manipulating a thought. Thought: its form, its Name and Colour Suppose your mind is rendered perfectly calm,
entirely without thoughts. Nevertheless, as soon as thought begins to rise, it will immediately
take name and form. Every thought has a certain name and a certain
form. Thus you find that every idea that man has or can have, must be connected with
a certain word as its counterpart. form is the grosser and name the finer state
of a single manifesting power called thought. But these three are one; wherever there is
one, the other two also are there. Wherever name is, there are form and thought. A spiritual thought has yellow colour. A thought
charged with anger and hatred is of a dark red colour; a selfish thought has a brown
colour and so on. Thought: its Power, workings and Uses Thought is a vital, living dynamic power:
the most vital, subtle and irresistible force existing in the universe. Through the instrumentality of thought you
acquire creative power. Thought passes from one man to another. it influences people;
a man of powerful thought can influence readily people
of weak thoughts. There are nowadays numerous books on thought
culture, thought power, thought dynamics. A study of them will give you a
comprehensive understanding of thought, its power,
its workings and usefulness. We Live in a Boundless world of Thoughts Thought alone is the whole world, the great
pains, the old age, death and the great sin, earth, water, fire, air, ether. Thought binds
a man. He who has controlled his thoughts, is a
veritable God on this earth. You live in a world of thoughts. First is
thought. Then there is the expression of that thought through the organ of speech. Thought
and language are intimately connected. Thoughts of anger, bitterness and malice injure others.
If the mind which is the cause of all thoughts vanishes, the external objects will disappear. Thoughts are things. Sound, touch, form, taste
and odour, the five sheaths, the waking, the dreaming and deep sleep states: all these
are the products of mind. Sankalpa, passion, anger,
bondage, time: know them to be the result of mind. Mind is the king of the Indriyas
or senses. Thought is the root of all mental process. The thoughts that we perceive all round us
are only the mind in form or substance. Thought creates, thought destroys. Bitterness
and sweetness do not lie in the objects, but they are
in the mind, in the subject, in thinking. They are created by thought. Through the play of the mind or thought upon
objects, proximity appears to be a great distance and vice versa. All objects in this
world are unconnected; they are connected and
associated together only by thought, by the imagination of your mind. it is the mind that
gives colour, shape, qualities to the objects. Mind
assumes the shape of any object it intensely thinks
upon. Friend and enemy, virtue and vice are in the
mind only. Every man creates a world of good and evil, pleasure and pain, out of his
own imagination only. Good and evil, pleasure and
pain do not proceed from objects. These belong to the attitude of your mind. There is nothing
good nor pleasant in this world. Your imagination makes it so. Thoughts, Electricity, and Philosophy Thoughts are giant powers. They are more powerful
than electricity. They control your life, mould your character, and shape your
destiny. Mark how one thought expands into many thoughts,
within a short time. Suppose you get an idea to set up a tea party for your friends.
The one thought of ‘tea’ invites instantaneously the
thoughts of sugar, milk, tea cups, tables, chairs, table cloth, napkins, spoons, cakes,
biscuits, etc. So, this world is nothing but the expansion
of thoughts. The expansion of thoughts of the mind
towards the objects is bondage; and, the renunciation of thoughts is liberation. You must be very watchful in nipping the thoughts
in the bud. Only then will you be really happy. Mind tricks and plays. You must
understand its nature, ways and habits. Then only
can you control it very easily. The world’s most extraordinary book of practical
philosophical idealism of India is Yoga Vasishtha. The gist of this work is this:
“The non dual Brahman or the immortal soul alone
exists. This universe as universe is not. Knowledge of the Self alone will free one
from this round of births and deaths. Extinction of
thoughts and Vasanas is Moksha. Expansion of mind
alone is Sankalpa. Sankalpa or thought, through its power of differentiation generates this
universe. This world is a play of the mind. This world does not exist in the three periods
of time. Extinction of Sankalpas is Moksha. Annihilate
this little ‘I’, Vasanas, Sankalpas, thoughts. Meditate on the Self and become a Jivanmukta.” Outer world Pre exists in the Thoughts Every thought has an image. A table is a mental
image plus some external thing. Whatever you see outside has its counterpart
in the mind. The pupil is a small round thing in the eye. Retina is a small structure. How
is it that the image of a big mountain seen through a
small aperture or structure cast on the mind? This is a marvel of marvels. The image of a mountain already exists in
the mind. The mind is like a vast sheet of canvas that contains all the pictures of the
objects seen outside. world: A Projection of Thought Careful reflection will show that the entire
universe is in reality the projection of the human mind: Manomatram Jagat. Purification
and control of the mind is the central aim of all
Yogas. Mind in itself is but a record of impressions that keep expressing ceaselessly as impulses
and thoughts. The mind is what it does. Thought impels you to action; activity creates fresh
impressions in the mind stuff. Yoga strikes at the very root of this vicious
circle by a method of effectively inhibiting the functions of the mind. Yoga checks, controls
and stops the root function of the mind, i.e. thought. When thought is transcended, intuition
functions and Self knowledge supervenes. Thought has the potency of creating or undoing
the world in the twinkling of an eye. Mind creates the world according to its own
Sankalpa or thought. it is the mind that creates this
universe, (Manomatram Jagat; Manahkalpitam Jagat). Through the play of the mind, a Kalpa
is reckoned by it as a moment and vice versa.
Like a dream generating another dream in it the mind
having no visible form generates existent visibles. Thoughts, world, and the Timeless Reality it is the mind that is the root cause of the
tree of Samsara with its thousands of shoots, branches, tender leaves and fruits. If you
annihilate thoughts, you can destroy the tree of Samsara
at once. Destroy the thoughts as soon as they arise.
The root will dry up through the annihilation of thoughts, and the tree of Samsara will
wither soon. This demands considerable patience and perseverance.
You will be bathed in the ocean of bliss when all thoughts are extirpated. This
state is indescribable. You will have to feel it
yourself. Just as the fire is absorbed into its source
when the fuel is burnt out, so also, the mind is
absorbed into its source, the Atman, when all Sankalpas or thoughts are annihilated.
Then one attains Kaivalya, the experience of the Timeless
Reality, the state of absolute independence. Chapter Two THOUGHT POWER: its LAWS and its DYNAMICS Thought: The Architect of Destiny If the mind dwells continually upon one train
of thought, a groove is formed into which the thought force runs automatically and such
a habit of thought survives death and since it
belongs to the ego, is carried over to the subsequent earth life as a thought tendency
and capacity. Every thought, it must be remembered, has
got its own mental image. The essence of the various mental images formed in one particular
physical life is being worked out in the mental plane. it constitutes the basis for the next
physical life. Just as a new physical body is formed in every
birth, so also a new mind and a new Buddhi are formed in every birth. Not easy is the act of explaining the detailed
workings of thought and destiny. Every Karma produces twofold effect, one on the
individual mind and the other on the world. Man
makes the circumstances of his future life by the effect of his actions upon others. Every action has a past which leads up to
it; every action has a future which proceeds from it. An action implies a desire which
prompted it and a thought which shaped it. Each thought is a link in an endless chain
of causes and effects, each effect becoming a
cause and each cause having been an effect; and each link in the endless chain is welded
out of three components: desire, thought and activity.
A desire stimulates a thought; a thought embodies itself as an act. Act constitutes
the web of destiny. Selfish coveting of the possessions of others,
though never carried out into active cheating in the present, makes one a thief
in a later earth life, while hatred and revenge secretly
cherished are the seeds from which the murderer springs. So again, unselfish loving yields as harvest
the philanthropist and the saint; and every thought of compassion helps to build the tender
and pitiful nature which belongs to one who is a
friend to all creatures. Sage Vasishtha asks Rama to do Purushartha,
or show the prowess of self exertion. Do not yield to fatalism. it will induce inertia
and laziness. Recognize the Great Powers of Thought.
Exert. By right thinking make for yourself a great destiny. Prarabdha is Purushartha of last birth. You
sow an action and reap a habit; a habit sown results in character. You sow a character
and reap a destiny. Man is the master of his own destiny. You
yourself make, by the power of your thought, your destiny. You can undo it if you like.
All faculties, energies and powers are latent in you.
Unfold them, and become free and great. Thoughts Chisel Your Countenance Your face is like a gramophone record or plate.
Whatever you think is at once written on your face. Every vicious thought serves as a chisel or
needle to write down the thoughts on your countenance. Your faces are covered with the
scars and wounds which are made by the vicious thoughts of hatred, anger, lust, jealousy,
revenge, etc. From the nature of the scar on your face,
we can at once read your state of mind. We can
at once diagnose the disease of your mind. He who thinks that he can hide his thoughts
is a dunce of the first water. His position is
like that of the ostrich which, when chased by the hunters, hides its head underneath
the sand and imagines that it cannot be seen by anyone. Face is the index of the mind. Face is the
mould of the mind. Every thought cuts a groove in the face. A divine thought brightens the
face. An evil thought darkens the face. Continued divine thoughts increase the aura or halo. Continued evil thoughts increase the depth
of dark impressions, just as the continued striking of a vessel against the edge of a
well while drawing water makes deeper and deeper
hollow on the vessel. The facial expression truly advertises the inner state of the mind
or the true contents of the mind. The face is like an advertisement board wherein
is advertised what is going inside the mind. Your thoughts, sentiments, modes and
emotions produce their strong impressions on the
face. In your face, you can hardly hide your thoughts.
You may wrongly think that you have kept up your thoughts in secret. The thoughts
of lust, greed, jealousy, anger, revenge, hatred, etc.
at once produce their deep impressions on your face. The face is a faithful recorder and a sensitive
registering apparatus to register and record all the thoughts that are in your mind. The face is a polished mirror to indicate
the nature of the mind and its contents at a
particular time. Thoughts Feature the Physical Expressions Mind is the subtle form of this physical body.
The physical body is the outward manifestation of the thoughts. So when the
mind is wrought, the body is wrought too. As a man of rough appearance generally cannot
invoke love and mercy of others, so a rough minded man cannot invoke love and mercy
of anybody. Mind very conspicuously reflects on the face
its various states which a man of intelligence can very easily read. The body follows the mind. If the mind thinks
of falling from a height, the body prepares itself immediately and shows external signs.
Fear, anxiety, grief, cheerfulness, hilarity, anger, all
produce their various impressions on the face. Your Eyes Betray Your Thoughts The eyes which represent the windows of the
soul bespeak of the condition and state of the mind. There is a telegraphic instrument in the eyes
to transmit the messages or thoughts of treachery, depression, gloom, hatred, cheerfulness,
peace, harmony, health, power, strength and beauty. If you have the faculty to read the eyes of
others, you can read the mind at once. You can
read the uppermost thought or dominant thought of a man if you are careful to mark the signs
in his face, conversation and behaviour. it needs
a little pluck, acumen, training, intelligence and
experience. Negative Thoughts Poison Life Thoughts of worry and thoughts of fear are
fearful forces within us. They poison the very
sources of life and destroy the harmony, the running efficiency, the vitality and vigour.
While the opposite thoughts of cheerfulness, joy and
courage, heal, soothe, instead of irritating, and
immensely augment efficiency and multiply the mental powers. Be always cheerful. Smile.
Laugh. Psycho physical Imbalances Thought exerts its influence over the body.
Grief in the mind weakens the body. Body influences the mind also in its turn. A healthy
body makes the mind healthy. If the body is sick,
the mind also becomes sick. If the body is strong and healthy, the mind also becomes
healthy and strong. Violent fits of hot temper do serious damage
to the brain cells, throw poisonous chemical products into the blood, produce general shock
and depression and suppress the secretion of
gastric juice, bile and other digestive juices in the alimentary canal, drain away your energy,
vitality, induce premature old age and shorten life. When you are angry, the mind becomes disturbed.
Similarly, when the mind is disturbed, the body also becomes disturbed. The whole
nervous system is agitated. You become enervated. Control anger by love. Anger is a powerful
energy that is uncontrollable by practical Vyavaharic
Buddhi, but controllable by pure reason (Sattvic Buddhi) or Viveka Vichara. The Creative Powers of Thought Thought creates the world. Thought brings
things into existence. Thoughts develop the desires and excite the passions. So, the contrary
thoughts of killing the desires and passions will
counteract the former idea of satisfying the desires. So when a person is impressed with
this, a contrary thought will help him to destroy
his desires and passions. Think of a person as a good friend of yours
and there the thing is created as a reality. Think of him as your foe, then also the mind
perfects the thought into an actuality. He who
knows the workings of the mind and has controlled it by practice is really happy. Similar Thoughts Attract Each Other In the thought world also, the great law “Like
attracts like”, operates. People of similar thoughts are attracted towards each other.
That is the reason why the maxims run as follows: “Birds of the same feather flock together,”
“A man is known by the company he keeps.” A doctor is drawn towards a doctor. A poet
has attraction for another poet. A songster loves another songster. A philosopher likes
another philosopher. A vagabond likes a vagabond. The mind has got a ‘drawing power’. You are continually attracting towards you,
from both the seen and the unseen sides of life forces, thoughts, influences and conditions
most akin to those of your own thoughts and lines. In the realm of thought, people of similar
thoughts are attracted to one another. This universal law is continually operating whether
we are conscious of it or not. Carry any kind of thought you please about
with you and so long as you retain it, no matter how you roam over the land or sea,
you will unceasingly attract to yourself, knowingly or
inadvertently, exactly and only what corresponds to your own dominant quality of thought.
Thoughts are your private property and you can regulate them to suit your taste entirely
by steadily recognizing your ability to do so. You have entirely in your own hands to determine
the order of thought you entertain and consequently the order of influence you attract
and are not mere willowy creatures of circumstances, unless indeed you choose to
be. Spanish Flu and the Contagion of Thoughts Mental actions are real actions. Thought is
the real action; it is a dynamic force. it may be
remembered, thought is very contagious; nay, more contagious than the Spanish Flu. A sympathetic thought in you raises a sympathetic
thought in others with whom you come in contact. A thought of anger produces
a similar vibration in those who surround an angry
man. it leaves the brain of one man and enters the brains of others who live at a long distance
and excites them. A cheerful thought in you produces cheerful
thoughts in others. You are filled with joy and intense delight when you see a batch of
hilarious children playing mirthfully and dancing in
joy. A thought of joy in us creates sympathetically
a thought of joy in others. So do sublime elevating thoughts. Keep a good and honest man in the company
of a thief. He will begin to steal. Keep a sober man in the company of a drunkard. He
will begin to drink. Thought is very contagious. The Application of a Psychological Law Keep the heart young. Do not think: “I have
become old.” To think “I have become old” is a bad habit. Do not entertain this thought.
At , think “I am .” As you think, so you become. This is a great psychological law. “As a man thinketh so he becometh.” This
is a great truth or truism. Think, “I am strong,”
strong you become. Think, “I am weak,” weak you become. Think, “I am a fool,”
fool you become. Think, “I am a sage or God,” sage
or God you become. Thought alone shapes and moulds a man. Man
lives always in a world of thoughts. Every man has his own thought world. Imagination works wonders. Thought has tremendous
force. Thought as already said, is a solid thing. Your present is the result of
your past thoughts and your future will be according to
your present thoughts. If you think rightly, you will speak rightly and act rightly. Speech
and action simply follow the thoughts. Understand the Laws of Thought Every man should have a comprehensive understanding
of the laws of thought and their operations. Then alone can one live in this
world smoothly and happily. He can utilize the
helping forces to serve his ends in the best possible manner. He can neutralize the hostile forces or antagonistic
currents. Just as the fish swims against the current, so also he will be able to go
against the hostile currents by adjusting himself properly
and safeguarding through suitable precautionary methods. Otherwise he becomes a slave. He is tossed
about hither and thither helplessly by various currents. He is drifted like a wooden plank
in a river. He is very miserable and unhappy always,
although he is wealthy and possesses everything. The captain of a steamer who has mariner’s
compass, who has knowledge of the sea, the routes and the oceanic currents can sail smoothly.
Otherwise his steamer will be drifted here and
there helplessly and wrecked by dashing against some icebergs or rocks. Likewise, a wise sailor
in the ocean of this life who has a detailed knowledge of the Laws of Thought and Nature
can sail smoothly and reach the goal of his life
positively. Understanding the laws of Thought, you can
mould or shape your character in any way you like. The common saying, “As a man thinketh
so he becometh,” is one of the great laws of
Thought. Think you are pure, pure you will become. Think you are noble, noble you will
become. Become an embodiment of good nature. Think
good of all. Do always good actions. Serve, love, give. Make others happy. Live
to serve others. Then you will reap happiness. You
will get favourable circumstances or opportunities and environments. If you hurt others, if you do scandal mongering,
mischief mongering, backbiting, talebearing, if you exploit others, if you
acquire the property of others by foul means, if you do
any action that can give pain to others, you will reap pain. You will get unfavourable
circumstances or opportunities and environments. This is the law of thought and nature. Just
as you can build your good or bad character by
sublime or base thinking, so also you can shape your favourable or unfavourable circumstances
by doing good or bad actions. A man of discrimination is always careful,
vigilant and circumspect. He always watches carefully his thoughts. He introspects. He knows what is going on in his mental factory
what Vritti or Guna is prevailing at a particular time. He never allows any evil
thought to enter the gates of his mental factory. He at
once nips them in the bud. By his good thinking, by watching the nature
of his thoughts, by introspection, by active noble thinking, the man of discrimination
builds his noble character, forms his high destiny. He
is careful in his speeches. He speaks little. He speaks sweet loving words. He never utters
any kind of harsh words that can affect the feelings
of others. He develops patience, mercy and universal
love. He tries to speak truth. Thus he puts a
check on the Vak Indriya and the impulses of speech. He uses measured words. He writes
measured lines. This produces deeply profound and favourable impression on the minds of
the people. He practices Ahimsa and Brahmacharya in thought,
word and deed. He practices Saucha and Arjava (straightforwardness). He tries
to keep up balance of mind and to be always cheerful.
He keeps up Suddha Bhava. He tries these three kinds of Tapas (physical, verbal and mental),
and controls his actions. He cannot think any evil. He cannot do any evil action. He prepares himself to get always favourable
circumstances. He who spreads happiness will always get such favourable circumstances
as can bring him happiness. He who spreads pain
to others will, doubtless, get according to the law of thought such unfavourable circumstances
as can bring him misery and pain. therefore,
man creates his own character and circumstances, by
the manner of his own thinking. Bad character can be transmuted into good
one, by good thoughts, and unfavourable circumstances can be changed into favourable
circumstances by doing good actions. The Laws Implied in Higher Thoughts As you think, so you become. As are your thoughts
so must be your life. Improve your thinking. Better thoughts bring better actions. Mere thinking of the objects of this world
is pain. Bondage is caused by the very act of
thought. Pure thought is a mightier force than electricity. The mind which is attracted by objects of
sense, tends to bondage, while that which is not
so attracted tends to emancipation. Mind is a dacoit. Slay this mind dacoit. You will
be happy and free for ever. Manifest all your strength
in the task of conquering your mind. This is true
manliness or Purushartha. Self denial is a means to the purification
and refinement of mind. Purify and still the thoughts. The layers of ignorance covering
knowledge, will not be removed without a calm mind. The subtle part of food forms the mind. Mind
is manufactured out of food. The subtle part of food is transformed into mind. Food
does not mean merely what we eat, but what we
gather through all our senses. Learn to see God everywhere. This is real
food for the eye. Purity of thought depends upon purity of food. You can see better, hear
better, taste better, think better, when you entertain
sublime divine thoughts. Look at an object through a green or red glass;
the object appears green or red. Even so, the objects are coloured by the desires through
the mirror mind. All mental states are transitory; they produce pain and sorrow. Have freedom of thought. Free yourself from
the slavery of prejudice that blunts intellect and dulls thoughts. Think of the immortal
Atman. This is the right method of direct, original
thinking. The Atman reveals itself after the purification of thoughts. When the mind is
serene without any want, without any motive, without
any craving or desire or thought, without any
compulsion, without hope, then the supreme Atman shines. There is the experience of Bliss.
Live the way in which saints live. This is the
only way to victory over thoughts, mind and the lower
self and until you have conquered mind, there can be no sure and permanent victory. Thought: A Boomerang Be careful of your thoughts. Whatever you
send out of your mind, comes back to you. Every thought you think, is a boomerang. If you hate another, hate will come back to
you. If you love others, love will come back to
you. An evil thought is thrice cursed. First, it
harms the thinker by doing injury to his mental body. Secondly, it harms the person who is
its object. Lastly, it harms all mankind by vitiating
the whole mental atmosphere. Every evil thought is as a sword drawn on
the person to whom it is directed. If you entertain thoughts of hatred, you are really
a murderer of that man against whom you foster thoughts of hatred. You are your own suicide,
because these thoughts rebound upon you only. A mind tenanted by evil thoughts acts as a
magnet to attract like thoughts from others and
thus intensifies the original evil. Evil thoughts thrown into the mental atmosphere
poison receptive minds. To dwell on an evil thought gradually deprives it of its
repulsiveness and impels the thinker to perform an action
which embodies it. Thoughts and the Waves of the Sea Thoughts are like the waves of an ocean. They
are countless. You may become desperate in the beginning of your attempt to conquer
them. Some thoughts will subside while some other
thoughts will gush out like a stream. The same old thoughts that were once suppressed
may again show their faces after some time. Never
become despondent at any stage of practice. You will surely get inner spiritual strength.
You are bound to succeed in the end. All the Yogins
of yore had to encounter the same difficulties that
you are experiencing now. The process of destruction of mental modifications
is difficult and long. All thoughts cannot be destroyed in a day or two. You should
not give up the practice of destroying the thoughts in the middle when you come across
some difficulties or stumbling blocks. Your first attempt should be to reduce your
wants and desires. Reduce your wants and desires; then, the thoughts will decrease
by themselves. Gradually all thoughts will be extirpated. Colour and Influence of Saintly Thoughts The Buddha declared, “All that we are is
made up of our thoughts.” it is our thoughts that
cause the round of births. So, we should always strive to purify our thoughts. When we go and sit near a sage, we feel a
unique calmness; but if we are in the company of a bad and selfish person, we feel uneasy.
it is because the vibrations of peace and calmness
emanate from the aura of the sage, whereas from the aura of the selfish person emanate
vibrations of evil and selfish thoughts. The second effect of thought is the creation
of a definite form. The quality and the nature of a thought determine, the colour and the
clearness of that thought form. A thought form is a
living entity and it has a strong tendency to carry out the intention of the thinker.
Blue thought forms denote devotion. The thought form of self renunciation is of
the lovliest pale azure with a white light shining through it. Thought forms of selfishness,
pride and anger are of grey brown, orange and
red colour, respectively. We are always surrounded by these thought
forms and our minds are seriously affected by
them. Not one fourth of our thoughts are our own, but are simply picked up from the atmosphere.
Mostly they are of evil nature. So we should always utter God’s name mentally. it will
always protect us from their evil influence. Aura and Dynamics of a Developed Mind Particularly around minds of highly developed
thought power, we sense the manifest phenomenon of a powerful aura. The palpable influence of a highly developed
mind over a less developed mind, needs to be specially marked. it is not possible to
provide a description of what it is like to be in the
presence of a Master, or a developed adept. To sit in his presence, though he hardly speaks
a word, is to feel a thrilling sensation and discover the impacts of new inspirations that
it wields on our minds. Mind carries aura: mental aura or psychic
aura. The Sanskrit term for aura is Tejas. it is
brilliance or halo that emanates from the phenomenon of mind. In those who have sought
the full development of their minds, we find it extremely
effulgent. it is capacitated to travel long distances and affect in the most beneficial
manner a large number of persons who are privileged to come under its influence. it must be noted
that the spiritual aura is far more powerful than
either psychic or Pranic or mental aura. Dynamics of Thoughts and Moods People of gloomy moods attract to themselves,
gloomy things and gloomy thoughts from others and from the Akasic records in the
physical ether. Persons with hope, confidence and cheerful
spirits attract thoughts of similar nature from
others. They are always successful in their attempts. People with negative moods of depression,
anger, and hatred do positive injury to others. They infect others and raise these destructive
Vrittis in others. They are culpable. They do great
damage in the thought world. People with happy and cheerful moods are a
blessing to society. They bring happiness to
others. Just as a young, beautiful lady covers her
face and does not like to come out to mix with
others in society when she has a nasty festering sore on her cheeks or nose, also you should
not come in public and mix with your friends and
other people when you have a mood of depression, a mood of hatred or jealousy. for, you will
infect others with these moods. You will be a menace
to the society. Thought dynamics in Universal Environs Thought actually leaves the brain and hovers
about. When a thought, whether good or evil, leaves the mind of a person it gives
rise to vibrations in the Manas or mental atmosphere,
which travel far and wide in all directions. it enters the brains of others also. A sage
living in a Himalayan cave transmits a powerful thought to a corner of America. He who tries
to purify himself in a cave, really purifies the world,
helps the world at large. Nobody can prevent his pure thoughts coming out and passing on
to those others that really want them. Just as the sun goes on continuously converting
into vapour every drop of water that is on the surface of the earth and just as all the
vapour thus rising up gathers together in the form of
clouds, all the thoughts that you project from your own lonely corner will mount up
and be wafted across space, join similar thoughts
projected by those who are like you and, in the end, all
these holy thoughts will come down with tremendous force to subjugate undesirable forces. Chapter Three VALUE and USES OF THOUGHT POWER Serve Others by Thought vibrations A true monk or Sannyasin can do everything
through his thought vibrations. A Sannyasin or Yogi need not become the President of an
Association or the leader of a social or political movement. it is a foolish and puerile idea. Indians have now imbibed the missionary spirit
of the West and cry out that Sannyasins should come out and take part in social and
political activities. it is a sad mistake. it is not necessary that a Sannyasin, a saint
should appear on the platform to help the world, to preach and elevate the minds of
people. Some saints preach by example. Their very
lives are an embodiment of teaching. Their very sight elevates the minds of thousands. A saint is a living assurance for others for
God realization. Many draw inspiration from the sight of holy saints. No one can check the thought vibrations from
the saints. Their pure, strong thought vibrations travel a very long distance, purify
the world and enter the minds of many thousands of
persons. There is no doubt in this. Doctors Can Heal by Suggestion Doctors should have a thorough knowledge of
the science of suggestion. Sincere, sympathetic doctors are very rare. Doctors
who have no knowledge of suggestion do more harm
than good. They kill patients sometimes by unnecessarily frightening them. If there is a little cough of an ordinary
nature, the doctor says: “Now, my friend, you have
got T.B. You must go to Bhowali or Switzerland or Vienna. You must go in for a course of
tuberculin injection.” poor patient is frightened. There is not at all any sign of consumption.
The case is an ordinary one. it is simple catarrh
of the chest from exposure to chills. The patient
actually develops phthisis by fright and worry owing to the wrong destructive suggestion
of the doctor. The doctor ought to have told him: “Oh,
it is nothing. it is simple cold. You will be all
right by tomorrow. Take a purgative and inhale a little oil of eucalyptus. Adjust your diet.
it is better you fast today.” Such doctor is God
Himself. He must be adored. A doctor may say now: “Well, sir, if I say
so, I will lose my practice. I cannot pull on in
this world.” This is a mistake. Truth always gains victory. People will run to you as you
are sympathetic and kind. You will have a roaring
practice. There is healing by suggestion. This is a
drugless treatment. This is suggestive therapeutics. By good and powerful suggestion,
you can cure any disease. You will have to learn
this science and practice it. All doctors of Homeopathic, Allopathic, Ayurvedic and
Unani systems should know this science. They can
combine this system along with their own systems. They will have a roaring practice by this
happy combination. Yogins Preach by Thought transference Through their spiritual vibrations and magnetic
aura the unknown real Yogins help the world more than the ‘Yogins’ of the platform.
Preaching from the pulpits and platforms belongs to men of second grade spirituality, who have
no knowledge and never put to use the supernormal faculties and powers latent in
them. Great adepts and Mahatmas transmit their message
through telepathy to deserving aspirants in different corners of the world.
Means of communication that are supernormal to us
are quite normal to a Yogi. Influence Others by Thought You can influence another man without any
audible language. What is wanted is concentration of thought that is directed
by the will. This is telepathy. Here is an exercise for your practice in telepathy.
Think of your friend or cousin who is living in a distant land. Bring a clear cut
image of his face to your mind. If you have his photo, look at it and speak to it audibly. When you
retire to bed think of the picture with intense concentration. He will write to you the desired
letter the following day or so. Try this yourself. Do not doubt. You will be quite surprised. You will get success and firm conviction in
the science of telepathy. Sometimes, when you are writing something or reading a newspaper,
suddenly you get a message from some one near and dear to you. You think of him suddenly.
He has sent a message to you. He has thought of you seriously. Thought vibrations travel faster than light
or electricity. In such instances, the subconscious mind receives the messages or
impressions and transmits the same to the conscious
mind. Varied Utility of Thought Power The science of thought power is very interesting
and subtle. This thought world is more real relatively than this physical universe. The power of thought is very great. Every
thought of yours has a literal value to you in
every possible way. The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success in
life and the pleasures you give to others by your company:
all depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts. You must know thought culture, and
develop thought power. Powers of Thought: Their Value If you have a comprehensive understanding
of the workings of the thought vibrations, if
you know the technique of controlling the thoughts, if you know the method of transmitting
beneficial thoughts to others at a distance by forming clear cut well defined powerful
thought waves, you can use this thought power a thousandfold
more effectively. Thought works wonders. A wrong thought binds. A right thought liberates.
therefore, think rightly and attain freedom. Unfold the occult powers hidden within
you by understanding and realizing the powers of the mind. Close your eyes. Slowly concentrate.
You can see distant objects, hear distant sounds, send messages to any part not only
of this world, but of the other planets as well, heal
persons thousands of miles off from you and move about to distant places in no time. Believe in the powers of the mind. Interest,
attention, will, faith and concentration will bring the desired fruit. Remember that mind
is born of the Atman through His Maya or Illusory Power. Thoughts Accomplish Many a Mission You can aid a friend in trouble by transmitting
to him thoughts of comfort, right from the place where you are. You can help a friend
in search of Truth by thoughts, clear and definite of
the truths you know. You can send into the mental atmosphere thoughts
which will raise, purify and inspire all who are sensible to them. If you send out a loving, helpful thought
to another man, it leaves your brain, goes directly to that man, raises a similar thought
of love in his mind and returns back to you with
redoubled force. If you send out a thought of hatred to another
man, it hurts that man and hurts you also by
turning back to you with redoubled force. therefore, understand the laws of thought,
raise only thoughts of mercy, love and kindness from your mind and be happy always. When you send out a useful thought to help
others, it must have a definite, positive purpose and aim. Then only it will bring out
the desired effect. Then only that thought will
accomplish a definite work. Power of Thoughts That Prompt Gain a clear understanding of suggestions
and their effects upon the mind. You should be
careful in the use of suggestions. Never give wrong suggestion which will have destructive
results to anybody. You will be doing a great harm and a disservice to him. Think well before
you speak. Teachers and professors should have a thorough
knowledge of the science of suggestion and auto suggestion. They can educate and
elevate students in an efficient manner. In Southern India, when children cry out in
houses parents frighten them by saying: “Look here, Balu! Irendukannan (the two
eyed man) has come. Keep quiet, or I will hand you
over to this man.” “Puchandi (or ghost) has come,” and suggestions of this sort
are very destructive. The child becomes timid. The minds of children are elastic, tender
and pliable. Samskaras are indelibly impressed at this age. Changing or obliterating the
Samskaras becomes impossible when they grow. When
the child grows into a man, he manifests timidity. Parents should infuse courage into the minds
of their children. They should say: “Here is
a lion. See the lion in this picture. Roar like a lion. Be courageous. See the picture
of Shivaji, Arjuna or Clive. Become chivalrous.” In the West, teachers show the pictures of
battlefields to children and say: “Look here,
James! See this picture of Napoleon. Look at his chivalry. Won’t you like to become
a Commander in chief of the army or a Brigadier
General?” They infuse courage into the minds of
children from their very childhood. When they grow, these Samskaras get strengthened by
additional external stimuli. Practice Thought transference Practice telepathy in the beginning from a
short distance. it is better to practice at night, to
start with. Ask your friend to have the receptive attitude
and concentration at ten o’clock. Ask him to sit on Vajrasana or Padmasana with closed
eyes in a dark room. Try to send your message exactly at the appointed
time. Concentrate on the thoughts that you want to send. Will strongly now. The thoughts
will leave your brain and enter the brain of
your friend. There may be some mistakes in the beginning
here and there. When you advance in practice and know the technique well, you
will always be correct in sending and receiving messages. Later on, you will be able to forward messages
to different corners of the world. Thought waves vary in intensity and force. The sender
and receiver should practice great and intense concentration. Then there will be force in
sending the messages, clarity and accuracy in receiving
the messages. Practice in the beginning telepathy from one room to the next room in the same
house. This science is very pleasant and interesting.
it needs patient practice. Brahmacharya is very essential. Parapsychology and Subconscious Thoughts Even as the sacred Ganga takes its origin
in Gangotri, Himalayas, and runs perennially towards Ganga Sagar, the thought currents
take their origin from the bed of Samskaras (impressions) in the inner layers of the mind,
wherein are embedded the Vasanas or latent subtle
desires, and flow incessantly towards the objects both in waking state and in dreaming
state. Even a railway engine, is sent to the engine
shed for rest, when its wheels become overhot; but
this mysterious engine of mind goes on thinking without a moment’s rest. Practice of telepathy, thought reading, hypnotism,
mesmerism and psychic healing clearly proves that the mind exists and that a higher
mind can influence and subjugate the lower mind.
From the automatic writing and the experiences of a hypnotized person, we can clearly infer
the existence of the subconscious mind which operates
throughout the twenty four hours. Through spiritual Sadhana change the subconscious
thoughts and mind and become a new being. Power of Vigorous, Divine Thoughts Thought is life. What you think, that you
are. Your thought creates your environment. Your thoughts constitute your world. If you entertain healthy thoughts, you can
keep good health. If you hold on to sickly thoughts in the mind, thoughts of diseased
tissues, thoughts of weak nerves, thoughts of improper
functioning of organs, of viscera, you can never expect good health, beauty and harmony. Remember that body is a product of the mind
and is under the control of mind. If you hold on to vigorous thoughts, your
body, too, will be vigorous. Thoughts of love, peace, contentment, purity, perfection, Divinity,
will make you, and also others around you, perfect and Divine. Cultivate divine thoughts. Chapter Four THE FUNCTIONS OF THOUGHT POWER Thoughts Promote Radiant Health The body is internally associated with the
mind, rather the body is a counterpart of the
mind; it is a gross visible form of the subtle, invisible mind. If there is pain in the tooth
or in the stomach or in the ear, the mind is at once
affected. it ceases to think properly; it is agitated,
disturbed and perturbed. If there is depression in the mind, the body
also cannot function properly. The pains which afflict the body are called the secondary
diseases, Vyadhi, while the Vasanas or desires that afflict the mind are termed mental or
primary diseases, Adhi. Mental health is more important than physical
health. If the mind is healthy, the body will necessarily be healthy. If the mind is pure,
if your thoughts are pure, you will be free from all
diseases primary and secondary. “Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a sound body.” Thoughts Develop Personality A sublime thought elevates the mind and expands
the heart; a base thought excites the mind and renders the feelings morbid and dark. Those who have even a little control over
their thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, beautiful, charming face, a sweet
voice and their eyes will turn brilliant and lustrous. Thoughts Affect the Body Every thought or emotion or word produces
a strong vibration in every cell of the body and leaves a strong impression there. If you know the method of raising an opposite
thought, then you can lead a happy harmonious life of peace and power. Thought
of love will at once neutralize a thought of hatred.
A thought of courage will immediately serve as a powerful antidote against a thought of
fear. Thought Power Changes Destiny Man sows a thought and reaps an action. He
sows an action and reaps a habit. He sows a
habit and reaps a character. He sows a character and reaps a destiny. Man has made his own destiny by his own thinking
and acting. He can change his destiny. He is the master of his own destiny.
There is no doubt of this. By right thinking and
strong exertion, he can become the master of his destiny. Some ignorant people say: “Karma does everything.
it is all destiny. If I am destined by my Karma to be like this or that why then
should I exert? it is my destiny only.” This is fatalism. This will bring inertia,
stagnation and misery. This is perfect misunderstanding of the laws of Karma. This
is a fallacious argument. An intelligent man will
certainly not put such a question. You have made your own destiny from within by your
thoughts and actions. You have a free will to choose now. You have
got Svatantrata in action. A rogue is not an
eternal rogue for all times. Put him in the company of a saint. He will change in no time.
He will think and act now in a different way and will
change his destiny. He will become saintly in
character. Dacoit Ratnakar was changed into Sage Valmiki.
Jagai and Madai were transformed. They were rogues of the first waters. You
can become a Yogi or a Jnani. You can make your
destiny. You can make your Karma in any way you like. Use the Power of Thought. Think
rightly, think nobly. You will have only to think, and to act. By right thinking, by right
desiring, by right acting, you can become a Sage, a
millionaire. You can attain the position of Indra or
Brahma by good thought and action, by good Karma. Man is not a helpless being. He has
a free will of his own. Thoughts Cause Physiological Disorders Every change in thought makes a vibration
in your mental body and this when transmitted to the physical body causes activity in the
nervous matter of your brain. This activity in the
nervous cells causes many electrical and chemical changes in them. it is thought activity which
causes these changes. Intense passion, hatred, long standing bitter
jealousy, corroding anxiety, fits of hot temper actually destroy the cells of the body and
induce diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and
stomach. it is a point worthy to note with care that
every cell in the body suffers or grows, receives a life impulse or a death impulse, from every
thought that enters the mind, for you tend to grow
into the image of that which you think about most. When the mind is turned to a particular thought
and dwells on it, a definite vibration of matter is set up and often, more of this vibration
is caused, the more does it tend to repeat itself
to become a habit, to become automatic. The body follows the mind and imitates its changes.
If you concentrate your thought the eyes become
fixed. Thought Power Creates Environments it is often said that man is the result of
his environmental forces. This is not true. We
cannot believe this, because the facts always prove the contrary. Many of the world’s
greatest men have been born in poverty and in adverse
circumstances. Many who have been born in the slums and filthy
surroundings have risen to the highest status in the world. They have won laurels
of fame and distinguished themselves in politics, literature and poetry. They have become brilliant
geniuses and beacon lights of the world. How do you account for this? Sri T. Mutthuswamy Aiyar, the first Indian
High Court Judge in Madras was born in absolute poverty. He had to study at night
under municipal lanterns. He had not sufficient food.
He was clad in rags. He struggled hard and achieved greatness. He rose above the environmental
forces by his strong will power and iron determination. In the West, sons of cobblers and fishermen
have risen to very high position. Boys who did polishing of boots in the streets and
who were selling beer in bars and were cooking in hotels
have become famous poets and able journalists. Johnson was placed in quite adverse environments.
Goldsmith was “passing rich with pounds a year.” Sir Walter Scott was very
poor. He had no place to live in. The life of James
Ramsay Macdonald is worth mentioning. He was a man of great Purushartha. He rose from
poverty to power: from the field of labour to the status of Prime Minister of Britain.
His first job was addressing envelopes for Shillings a week. He was too poor to buy tea; so he drank water
instead. His main meal every day for months was a three penny beef steak pudding.
He was a pupil teacher. He took great interest in
Politics and Science. He was a journalist. He gradually through right exertion (Purushartha)
rose to the position of a Prime Minister. Sri Sankaracharya, the exponent of Advaita
philosophy, a spiritual giant and a brilliant genius was born in poor, unfavourable environments
and circumstances. There are thousand and one instances like these. it is quite obvious,
therefore, that unfavourable environments cannot
annihilate the potential greatness and excellence of the future geniuses and that one can outgrow environments by diligent application, patience,
perseverance, truthfulness, honesty, integrity, sincerity of purpose, iron will and strong
determination. Every man is born with his Samskaras. The
mind is not a tabula rasa or a blank sheet of
paper. it contains the impressions of thoughts and actions of the previous births. Samskaras
are the latent potentialities. These good Samskaras
are valuable assets for man. Even though he is
placed in unfavourable environments, these Samskaras give him protection from extraneous,
undesirable, hostile influences. They help his growth and evolution. Miss not any opportunity. Avail yourself of
all opportunities. Every opportunity is meant for your uplift and development. If you see
a sick man lying down on the roadside in a helpless
condition, take him on your shoulders or vehicle to the nearest hospital. Nurse him. Give him
hot milk or tea or coffee. Shampoo his legs with
Divine Bhava. Feel the all pervading, all permeating, interpenetrating
indwelling God in him. See divinity in the glow in his eyes, in his cry,
in his breath, in his pulsation and motion of his lungs. God has given this opportunity for you to
develop mercy and love, to purify your heart and to remove Ghrina, hatred and jealousy.
Sometimes if you are very timid, God will place you
in such circumstances wherein you will be forced to exhibit courage and presence of
mind by risking your life. These world figures who
have risen to eminence have utilized all opportunities to the best advantage. God shapes the minds
of human beings by giving them opportunities. Remember that in your weakness lies the strength,
because you will be always on your alert to safeguard yourself. Poverty has got
its own virtues. Poverty infuses humility, strength,
power of endurance and luxury begets laziness, pride, weakness, inertia and all sorts of
evil habits. Do not grumble, therefore, of bad environments.
Create your own mental world and environments. That man who tries to evolve
or grow in adverse environments will be a very
strong man indeed. Nothing can shake him. He will be of a sterner stuff. He will have
strong nerves. Man is certainly not a creature of environments
or circumstances. He can control and modify them by his capacities, character,
thoughts, good actions and right exertion (Purushartha).
Tivra (intense) Purushartha can change the destiny. That is the reason why Vasishtha
and Bhishma have placed Purushartha above destiny.
therefore, dear brothers! Exert. Conquer nature and rejoice in the eternal Satchidananda Atman. Thoughts form the Physical Body The body with its organs is no other than
the thought. The mind contemplating upon the body becomes the body itself, and then enmeshed
in it, is afflicted by it. This physical body is the mould as it were,
made by the mind for its own enjoyment, for its outpouring of energy and thereby gaining
different experiences of this world through the five
avenues or channels of knowledge, the five Jnana Indriyas (organs of knowledge or perception).
The body is really our thoughts, moods, convictions and emotions objectified, made visible to
the naked eyes. All the bodies have their seat in the mind
only. Without water can a garden exist? it is the mind which transacts all business
and is the highest of bodies. Should this gross
body be dissolved, the mind will assume fresh bodies to its liking very quickly. Should
the mind be paralyzed, then the body will not evince
our intelligence. With the majority of mankind, the thought
is greatly under the control of the body. Their
minds being very little developed, they live in Annamaya Kosa, mostly. Develop the
Vijnanamaya Kosa and through Vijnanamaya Kosa (Buddhi) control the Manomaya Kosa
(mind). The erroneous thought that you are the body
is the root of all evils. Through wrong thinking you identify yourself with the body.
Dehadhyasa arises. You are attached to the body.
This is Abhimana. Then Mamata (mine ness) arises. You identify yourself with your wife,
children, house, etc. it is identification or attachment that brings about bondage, misery
and pain. Chapter Five THE DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHT POWER Acquisition of Thought Power by Moral Purity A man who speaks the truth and has moral purity
has always powerful thoughts. One who has controlled anger by long practice has
tremendous thought power. If a Yogi whose thought is very powerful speaks
one word, it will produce tremendous impression on the minds of others. Virtues like truthfulness, earnestness and
industry are the best sources of mental power. Purity leads to wisdom and immortality. Purity
is of two kinds, internal or mental and external or
physical. Mental purity is more important. Physical
purity is also needed. With the establishment of
internal mental purity, cheerfulness of mind, one pointed mind, conquest of Indriyas and
fitness for the realization of the Self are obtained. Thought Power by Concentration There is no limit to the power of human thought.
The more concentrated the human mind is, the more power is brought to bear on one
point. The rays of the mind are scattered in the
case of the worldly minded persons. There is
dissipation of mental energy in various directions. for purposes of concentration, these scattered
rays have to be gathered by the practice of concentration and then the mind must be made
to turn towards God. Cultivate attention, you will have good concentration.
A serene mind is fit for concentration. Keep the mind serene. Be cheerful
always. Then alone can you concentrate. Be regular in your concentration. Sit in the
same place, at the same time, a.m. Celibacy, Pranayama, reduction of wants and
activities, dispassion, silence, seclusion, discipline of the senses, Japa, control of
anger, giving up reading novels, newspapers and visiting
cinemas are all aids to concentration. Too much physical exertion, too much talking,
too much eating, too much mixing with worldly persons, too much walking, too much
sexual indulgence, are obstacles to concentration. Thought Power by organized Thinking Destroy random thinking. Take a subject and
think of its different aspects and bearing. When you think so on one subject, never allow
any other thought to enter the conscious mind. Withdraw the mind again to the subject on
hand. Take for instance, you begin to think on the
life and teachings of Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya. Think of his birthplace, his
early life, his character, his personality, his virtues,
his teachings, his writings, his philosophy, some of the important utterings of his works
or Slokas, the Siddhis that he exhibited from
time to time, his Digvijaya, his four disciples, his four
Mutts, his commentary on the Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras. Think of these items
one by one in order. Exhaust them. Again and again, bring the mind to the point. Then take
up another subject. By this practice, you will develop organized
thinking. The mental images will gain intense strength and force. They will become
clear cut and well defined. In ordinary persons the
mental images are distorted and undefined. Thought Power by Will power Every sensual thought rejected, every temptation
resisted, every harsh word withheld, every noble aspiration encouraged, helps you
to develop will power or soul force and takes you
nearer and nearer to the Goal. With strong feeling, repeat mentally: “My
will is powerful, pure and irresistible. OM OM
OM. I can do everything through my will. OM OM OM. I have an invincible will. OM OM OM.” Will is the dynamic soul force. When it operates
all the mental powers such as the power of judgment, power of memory, power of grasping,
power of conversation, reasoning power, power of discrimination, power of reflection
and inference: all these come into instant play. Will is the king of mental powers. When rendered
pure and irresistible, thought and will can work wonders. Will becomes impure and
weak through vulgar passions, love of pleasures and desires. The lesser the number of desires,
the stronger is the thought power, and the will.
When sexual energy, the muscular energy, anger, etc. are transmuted into the will force they
are controlled. There is nothing impossible on
earth for a man of strong will power. When you give up an old habit of drinking
coffee, you have controlled to a certain extent the sense of taste, destroyed one Vasana,
and have eliminated the craving for it. As there is
freedom from the efforts to procure coffee and also from the habit of taking it, you
will gain some peace. The energy involved in the hankering
for coffee, and which was agitating you, will now be converted into the power of will. By
this conquest over one desire, you gain will power;
and if you conquer some fifteen such desires, your will power will be fifteen times stronger
and more powerful!and this conquest, by imparting
strength to the will, will help you conquer other
desires, too. Unruffled state of the mind, poise, cheerfulness,
inner strength, capacity to turn out difficult works, success in all undertakings,
power to influence people, a magnetic and dynamic
personality, magnetic aura on the face, sparkling eyes, steady gaze, powerful voice,
magnanimous gait, unyielding nature, fearlessness, etc. are some of the signs or symptoms that
indicate that one’s will is growing. Simple Prescriptions for Clear Thinking The mental images of the common man are generally
very distorted. He does not know what deep thinking is. His thoughts run riot.
There is a great deal of confusion in his mind,
sometimes. it is only thinkers, philosophers and Yogins
who have well defined, clear cut, mental images. They can be seen through clairvoyance
very vividly. Those who practice concentration and meditation develop strong, well formed
mental images. Most of your thoughts are not well grounded.
They come and slip away. They are, therefore, vague and indefinite. The images
are not clear, strong and well defined. You will have to reinforce them by clear,
continuous and deep thinking. Through Vichara, ratiocination, Manana or deep reflection
and meditation, you will have to make the thoughts settle down and crystallize into
a definite shape. Then the philosophical idea will
become firm. Through right thinking, reasoning, introspection
and meditation, you will have to clarify your ideas. Then confusion will vanish. The
thoughts will get settled and well grounded. Think clearly. Clarify your ideas again and
again. Introspect in solitude. Purify your thoughts to a considerable degree. Silence
the thoughts. Don’t allow the mind to bubble. Let one
thought wave rise and settle down calmly. Then
allow another thought to enter. Drive off all extraneous thoughts that have no connection
with the subject matter you are handling at the present
moment. Sadhana for Deep and original Thinking Most of us do not know what right thinking
is. Thinking is shallow in the vast majority of
persons. Deep thinking is given to few. Thinkers are very few in this world. Deep thinking needs intense Sadhana (practice).
it takes innumerable births for the proper evolution of the mind. Then only can it think
deeply and properly. Independent and original thinking is resorted
to by the Vedantins. Vedantic Sadhana (Manana, reflection) demands a sharp intellect. Hard thinking, persistent thinking, clear
thinking, thinking to the roots of problems, to the
very fundamentals of the situation, to the very presuppositions of all thoughts and being
is the very essence of Vedantic Sadhana. You will have to abandon an old idea, however
strong and ingrained it may be, when you get a new elevating idea in its stead. If you have no courage to face the results
of your thinking, to swallow the conclusions of
your thinking, whatever they may mean to you personally, you should never take the trouble
to philosophize. Take up to devotion. Meditation for Applied and Sustained Thinking Being a great force, thought carries tremendous
power. it becomes a matter of great moment to know how to use this power in the
highest possible way and to the greatest possible effect. This can best be done by the practice
of meditation. Applied thinking applies the mind to the object
and sustained thinking keeps it continually engaged; rapture brings about
the expanding and bliss of the developing mind whose
motives for non distraction have been accomplished by those two kinds of thinking. Meditation can arise when applied and sustained
thinking, rapture, bliss and collectedness of mind arise. Acquire Creative Thought Power Thought is a vital living force: the most
vital, subtle and irresistible force that exists in
the universe. Thoughts are living things; they move; they
possess form, shape, colour, quality, substance, power and weight. Thought is the real action; it reveals itself
as a dynamic force. A thought of joy creates sympathetically a
thought of joy in others. The birth of a noble thought is a potent antidote to counteract
an evil thought. Through the instrumentality of exercised positive
thought, we come to acquire creative power. Develop Individuality: Resist Suggestions Do not be easily influenced by the suggestions
of others. Have your own sense of individuality. A strong suggestion, though
it does not influence the subject immediately, will
operate in due course. it will never go in vain. We all live in a world of suggestions. Our
character is daily modified unconsciously by
association with others. We unconsciously imitate the actions of those
whom we admire. We daily absorb the suggestions of those with whom we come in
daily contact. We are acted upon by these suggestions. A man of weak mind yields to
the suggestions of a man of strong mind. The servant is always under the influence
of the suggestions of his master. The wife is
under the influence of the suggestions of her husband. The patient is under the influence
of the suggestions of the doctor. The student is
under the influence of the teacher. Custom is nothing but the product of suggestion.
The dress that you put on, the manners, the behaviour and even the food that you eat
are all the outcome of suggestions only. Nature suggests in various ways. The running
rivers, the shining sun, fragrant flowers, the
growing trees, are all incessantly sending you suggestions. Supernormal Powers by Thought discipline A powerful occultist hypnotizes the whole
audience collectively through his power of concentration and will and performs the rope
trick. He throws a red rope in the air, gives suggestion to the onlookers that he will climb
in the air through this rope and disappears from the
platform in the twinkling of an eye. But nothing is recorded when a photograph is taken. Understand and realize the powers of thought.
Unfold the hidden powers or occult faculties. Close the eyes. Concentrate. Explore
the higher regions of the mind. You can see distant objects, hear distant
voices, send messages to distant places, heal persons who are at a distance and move about
to a distant place in the twinkling of an eye. Chapter Six THOUGHTS: THEIR VARIETIES and THEIR CONQUEST Get Over Gloomy Thoughts Very carefully watch all your thoughts. Suppose
you are assailed by gloomy thoughts. You experience depression. Take a small cup
of milk or tea. Sit calmly. Close your eyes. Find out
the cause for the depression and try to remove the cause. The best method to overcome the gloomy thoughts
and the consequent depression, is to think of inspiring thoughts and inspiring
things. Remember again, positive overcomes negative.
This is a grand effective law of nature. Now think strongly of the opposite thoughts,
the opposite of gloom. Think of those things that elevate your mind; think of cheerfulness.
Imagine the advantage of cheerfulness. Feel that
you are in actual possession of this quality. Again and again repeat the formula: OM CHEERFULNESS,
mentally. Feel, “I am very cheerful.” Begin to smile and laugh several
times. Sing: sometimes this can elevate you quickly.
Singing is very beneficial to drive off gloom. Chant OM loudly several times. Run
in the open air. The depression will vanish soon.
This is the Pratipaksha Bhavana method of Raja Yogins. This is the easiest method. The method of driving gloom by force: by willing,
by assertions, by command: taxes the ‘will’ very much although it is the
most efficient. it demands great strength of will!ordinary
people will not succeed. The method of displacing or dislocating the negative feeling by
substituting the opposite, positive feeling, is very easy. Within a very short time, the
undesirable feeling vanishes. Practice this and feel.
Even if you fail several times, continue. You will be
successful after some sittings and some practice. You can treat in the same manner other negative
thoughts and feelings as well. If there is the feeling of anger think of love. If there
are thoughts of jealousy, think of the advantages of
charitableness and magnanimity. If there are thoughts of gloom, then think of some inspiring
scenery that you saw sometime ago, or recall to mind some inspiring passage. If there is harshness of heart, think of mercy.
If there is lust, think of the advantage of celibacy. If there is dishonesty, think of
honesty, integrity. If there is miserliness, think of
generosity and generous persons. If there is infatuation or Moha, think of
discrimination and Atmic Vichara; if there is
pride, think of humility. If there is hypocrisy, think of frankness and its invaluable advantages.
If there is jealousy, think of nobility and magnanimity.
If there is timidity, think of courage, and so
on. You will drive off the negative thoughts and
feelings and will be established in a positive state. Practice of a continued type is essential.
Be careful in the selection of your companions. Talk very little and that, too, on useful
matters. Victory Over Intrusive Thoughts In the beginning of your practice of Thought
control you will experience great difficulty. You will have to wage war with them. They
will struggle their level best for their own existence.
They will say, “We have every right to remain in this palace of mind. We have a sole monopoly
from time immemorial to occupy this area. Why should we vacate our dominion now? We
will fight for our birthright till the end.” They will pounce upon you with great ferocity.
When you sit for meditation only, all sorts of evil thoughts will crop up. As you attempt
to suppress them they want to attack you with redoubled force and vigour. But positive always
overcomes the negative. Just as darkness cannot stand before the sun,
just as the leopard cannot stand before the lion so also all these dark negative thoughts:
these invisible intruders, enemies of peace: cannot stand before the sublime divine thoughts.
They must die by themselves. Drive Away Obnoxious Thoughts Drive away from your mind all unnecessary,
useless and obnoxious thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious
thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement. You are away from God when you entertain useless
thoughts. Substitute thoughts of God. Entertain only thoughts that are helpful and
useful. Useful thoughts are the stepping stones to
spiritual growth and progress. Do not allow the mind to run into the old
grooves and to have its own ways and habits. Be on the careful watch. If a pebble in our boot torments us, we expel
it. We take off the boot and shake it out. Once the matter is fairly understood, it is
just as easy to expel an intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind. About this there ought
to be no doubt, no two opinions. The thing is
obvious, clear and unmistakable. it should be as easy to expel an obnoxious
thought from your mind as it is to shake a stone out of your shoe; and, till a man can
do that, it is just nonsense to talk about his ascendancy
and conquest over nature. He is a mere slave and prey to the bat winged phantoms that flit
through the corridor of his brain. Master worldly Thoughts worldly thoughts will trouble you a lot in
the beginning of your new life of thought culture. They trouble you, also when you take
to the practice of meditation and spiritual life. But,
if you are regular in your cultivation of spiritual thoughts and in your meditation,
these worldly thoughts will gradually die by themselves. Meditation is a fire to burn these thoughts.
Do not try to drive all worldly thoughts. Entertain positive thoughts concerning the
object of your meditation. Positively think of the lofty
things. Watch your mind always very carefully. Be
vigilant. Be on the alert. Do not allow waves of irritability, jealousy, anger, hatred,
lust, to rise from the mind. These dark waves and worldly
thoughts are enemies of meditation, peace and wisdom. Conquer them immediately by entertaining sublime
divine thoughts. worldly thoughts that have arisen may be destroyed by originating
good thoughts and maintaining them by repeating any Mantra or the Name of the Lord,
by thinking on any form of the Lord, by practice of Pranayama, by singing the Name of the Lord,
by doing good actions, by thinking on the misery
that arises from the worldly thoughts. When you attain a state of purity, no worldly
thoughts will take their rise in your mind. Just as it is easy to check the intruder or
enemy at the gate, so also it is easy to overcome a
worldly thought as soon as it rises. Nip it in the bud. Do not allow it to strike a deep
root. Conquer Impure Thoughts When you are very busy in your daily work,
you may not harbour any impure thought; but when you take rest and leave the mind blank,
the impure thoughts will try to enter insidiously. You must be careful when the mind is relaxed. Thoughts gain strength by repetition. If you
entertain an impure thought or good thought once, this impure thought or good thought
has a tendency to recur again. Thoughts crowd together just as the birds
of the same feather flock together. So also, if
you entertain one impure thought all sorts of impure thoughts join together and attack
you. If you entertain any good thought, all good thoughts
join together to help you. Subdue Negative Thoughts Learn to subdue, to purify, to order all your
thoughts. Fight against all negative thoughts and doubts. Let sublime divine thoughts come
to you from every side. Thoughts of depression, failure, weakness,
darkness, doubts, fear, etc. are negative thoughts. Cultivate positive thoughts of strength,
confidence, courage, cheerfulness. The negative thoughts will disappear. Fill the mind with divine thoughts, by Japa,
Prayer, Dhyana and study of holy books. Be indifferent to all negative and undivine thoughts.
They will pass away. Do not struggle with them. Pray to God for strength. Read the lives
of saints. Study the Bhagavata and the Ramayana. All devotees have passed through similar ordeals.
So, take heart. Overcome Habitual Thoughts All sorts of habitual thoughts, concerning
the body, the dress, the food, and so on, must
be overcome through the Atma Chintana, or reflection on the Nature of the divine Self
within one’s own Heart. This is an uphill work.
it demands patient, incessant practice and inner spiritual
strength. Srutis emphatically declare: “This Atman
cannot be obtained by weak persons.” Sincere aspirants dedicate their whole being to contemplation
of the Eternal, having withdrawn their affection from the world of sense objects. Those who have destroyed the Vasanas and host
of habitual thoughts will enjoy their final beatitude in the Brahmic seat, replete with
trust, quiescence and equality. They will have equal
vision over all. This mischievous and powerful mind generates all pains and all fears, all
sorts of diversities, heterogeneity, distinctions and
dualities and destroys all noble, spiritual wealth. Slay
this troublesome mind. When the seen and the sight merge into one
another in the seer, then is the experience of
Ananda (bliss). This is Turiya state. Then one sees the illimitable Jnana, Atman only
everywhere. All sorts of distinctions and dualities vanish
now entirely. Thoughts of attraction, and thoughts of repulsion,
likes and dislikes, Raga Dvesha are annihilated in toto. Then the sage will not
be conscious of the existence of the body, though
working in it. He will never lose his control even amidst the many illusions of the world,
like a woman who performs her household duties whilst
her mind is engrossed in her paramour at a distance. The sage will always centre his
mind on Brahman. May you always be performing only those virtuous
actions that will help you in the attainment of Jnana, without any thought of
worldly prosperity in the future. May you live
drowned in the ocean of Brahmic Delight, in a state of full illumination, having destroyed
all dualities, distinctions and differences! Triumph Over Unimportant Thoughts Do not try to drive away the unimportant and
irrelevant thoughts. The more you try, the more they will return, the more they will
gain strength. You will tax your energy and will. Become indifferent. Fill the mind with divine
thoughts. They will gradually vanish. Get yourself established in Nirvikalpa Samadhi
through constant meditation. Removal of tension in the muscles of the body
brings repose and calmness to the mind. By relaxation you give rest to the mind, tired
nerves and the overworked muscles. You will get
immense peace of mind, strength and vigour. When you practice relaxation of either body
or mind, the brain should not be occupied with
various sorts of loose extraneous thoughts. Anger,
disappointment, failure, indisposition, misery, sorrow, quarrels cause internal mental strain.
Expel them. Transform Instinctive Thoughts Thinking is of four kinds, viz. symbolic thinking,
instinctive thinking, impulsive thinking and habitual thinking. Thinking through words is symbolic thinking.
Instincts are more powerful than impulses. Thoughts of body, food, drink, bath, etc.
are habitual thinking. You can stop easily symbolic thinking. it
is difficult to stop instinctive and impulsive thinking. Mental poise and calmness may be brought about
by the eradication of worry and anger. Fear really underlies both worry and anger.
Be careful and thoughtful. All unnecessary worries
should be avoided. Think of courage, joy, bliss, peace and cheerfulness. Sit for fifteen
minutes in a relaxed state in an easy comfortable position. You can lie on an easy chair. Close your eyes.
Withdraw the mind from outside objects. Still the mind. Silence the bubbling thoughts. Lessen the Number of Habitual Thoughts Generally, in untrained persons, four or five
kinds of thoughts occupy the mind at a time. Household thoughts, business thoughts, thoughts
of office, thoughts of body, thoughts of food and drink, hope and anticipation, some kind
of planning to get money, some kind of thoughts of
revenge, some habitual thoughts of answering calls of nature, bathing, etc. occupy the
mind at a time. When you are studying a book with interest
at . p.m. the idea of pleasure of witnessing a cricket match at p.m. disturbs
your study every now and then. it is only a Yogi with one pointed mind, who can have only one
thought at a time and can keep it as long as he
likes. If you watch the mind carefully, you will
find that many thoughts are inconsistent. The
mind wanders at random aimlessly. There will be some thoughts of the body and its wants,
some thoughts of friends, some thoughts of acquiring
money, some thoughts of eating and drinking, some thoughts of your boyhood, etc. If you can study the mind and if you have
consistent thoughts of one subject or one kind
only to the exclusion of all other thoughts, this itself is a very great achievement, is
a great step in advancement in Thought control. Do not be
discouraged. Gather Inspirational Thoughts The goal of life is the attainment of divine
consciousness. This goal is the realization that
you are neither this perishable body nor that changing and finite mind, but you are all
pure, ever free Atman. Remember always this inspiring thought: Ajo
Nityah Sasvatoyam Purano: Unborn, Eternal, Permanent is this Ancient One. This
is your real nature. You are not this little passing
personality hooked on to a name and form. You are not Ramaswamy or Mukherji or Mehta
or Matthew or Garde or Apte. You have only fallen
into this little delusion by an accident through some passing cloud of ignorance. Awake and
realize that you are Pure Atman. There is another wonderful Upanishadic inspirational
thought. it is Isavasyamidam Sarvam: every content of the universe is throbbing
with the Life of the Lord. Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Smile with the
shrubs, ferns and twigs. Develop friendship with all
neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings, trees, in fact, with all nature’s creations.
You will have a perfect and rich life. Reflect Over Illuminating Thoughts If you want to develop your thought power,
if you want to build up your personality and become great, always keep with you some books
of inspiring and illuminating thoughts. Read them over and over again, until they become
part of your daily action and living. Here is a list of some illuminating thoughts,
for reflection: . A clean conscience makes a stout heart and
a strong mind. . Poverty is the elder brother of laziness.
. Knowledge of the Self is the greatest treasure. Meditation is the key to knowledge. Right Thoughts for Wrong Thoughts Thoughts of passion and lust, should be conquered
by an earnest practice of Brahmacharya, by intense aspiration to realize
the Truth, to know God, by meditating on the great advantages of purity. Thoughts of hatred and anger should be controlled
by generating thoughts of love, forgiveness, mercy, friendliness, peace, patience
and non violence. Pride and thoughts connected with pride must
be controlled by a systematic mental examination of the value of cultivating humility. Thoughts of greed, grabbing and possessiveness
should be dispelled by pursuit of honesty, disinterestedness, generosity, contentment
and non covetousness. Nobility and magnanimity, complacency and
greatness of heart, will help you get over all
thoughts of narrowness, jealousy, meanness. Delusion and infatuation are best conquered
by the development of discrimination. Vanity is overcome by a many sided simplicity, arrogance
by politeness. The Gamut of Thoughts There are various kinds of thoughts. There
are instinctive thoughts. There are visual thoughts. There are auditory thoughts (thinking
in terms of hearing). There are symbolic thoughts (thinking in terms of symbols). Some thoughts
are habitual. There are kinesthetic thoughts (thinking in
terms of movement, as in playing a game). There are emotional thoughts. Thoughts change
from the visual stage to auditory stage and from
auditory to kinesthetic. There is intimate connection between thinking
and respiration as there is close relation between mind and Prana. When the mind is concentrated,
breathing becomes slow. If one thinks fast the respiration also becomes fast. There
is a thought reading machine known as psychograph which registers correctly the type of thoughts. Mean Thoughts and Moral Development Uncontrolled thoughts are the roots of all
evils. Each thought by itself is extremely weak,
because the mind is generally distracted by countless and ever varying thoughts. The more the thoughts are restrained, the
more is the mind concentrated, and consequently the more does it gain in strength
and power. it demands patient work to destroy mean and
base thoughts; but the entertainment of sublime thoughts is the easiest and rapid
method of destroying base thoughts. Ignorant of the
laws of thoughts, the worldly minded individual falls a prey to all sorts of thoughts: thoughts
of hatred, anger, revenge, lust: and grows weak
willed, deficient in powers of discernment, and
slave of the adverse subtle workings of the mind. The best method of gaining mental power is
by entertaining sublime, noble and good thoughts and through their aid controlling
the dissipative, distractive, diversifying, worldly and
base thoughts. When all evil thought harasses the mind, the
best method of conquering it is by ignoring it. How can we ignore an evil thought? By
forgetting it. How can we forget? By not indulging in
it again, and also by not brooding over it. How can we prevent the mind from indulging
in it again or brooding over it? By thinking of something very interesting, something sublime
and inspiring. Ignore, forget, think of something inspiring; these three constitute
the great Sadhana for establishing mastery over evil
thoughts. Chapter Seven POSITIVE METHODS for THOUGHT CONTROL Thought control by Practice of Concentration Silence the bubbling thoughts. Calm the surging
emotions. Concentrate on a concrete form in the beginning. Concentrate on a flower,
on the form of Lord Buddha, on any dream picture, on the effulgent light of the heart,
on the picture of any saint, or your Ishta Devata. Have three or four sittings; early morning,
a.m. p.m!and p.m. Devotees concentrate on the heart, Raja Yogins on Trikuti
(the seat of the mind), Vedantins on the Absolute. Trikuti is the space between the
eyebrows. You can also concentrate on the tip of the
nose, the naval, or the Muladhara (below the last vertebra of the spinal column). When irrelevant thoughts enter the mind, be
indifferent. They will pass away. Do not drive them forcibly. They will persist and
resist. it will tax your will. They will enter with
redoubled force. But substitute divine thoughts. Irrelevant thoughts will gradually fade out.
Be slow and steady in the practice of concentration. Concentration is practiced for stopping the
modification of the mind. Concentration is holding the mind to one form or object for
a long time. To remove the tossing of the mind and various other obstacles which stand in the
way of one pointedness, the practice of concentration on one thing alone should be made. Concentration is opposed to sensuous thoughts
and desires, bliss to flurry and worry, sustained thinking to perplexity, applied
thinking to sloth and torpor, rapture to ill will. it is easy to concentrate the mind on external
objects. The mind has a natural tendency to go outwards. Keep the picture of Sri Krishna,
Rama, Narayana, Devi or Lord Jesus or any picture, in front of you. Look at it steadily
without winking. Gaze at the head, then at the body,
then at the legs. Repeat the same process again and again. When your mind calms down
look at a particular spot only, then close the eyes
and mentally visualize the picture. You should be able to visualize the picture
very clearly even in its absence. You will have
to call up the mental picture at a moment’s notice. Keep it there steadily for sometime.
This is concentration. You will have to practice this
daily. If you want to increase your power of concentration,
you will have to reduce your worldly desires and activities. You will have to observe
silence everyday for some hours. Then only can
the mind concentrate very easily and without difficulty. In concentration you will have only one thought
or wave in the mind lake. The mind assumes the form of only one object. All other
operations of the mind are suspended. Thought control by a Positive Attitude Try to acquire the power of closing yourself
against detrimental or undesirable thoughts and influences by making yourself positive
by a particular attitude of the mind. By so doing, you
may be receptive to all higher impulses of the soul within and to all higher forces and
influences from without. Make a suggestion to yourself,
“I close myself; I make myself positive to all things
below and open and receptive to all higher influences, to all things above.” By taking
this attitude of the mind, consciously, now and then, it
soon becomes a habit. All the lower and undesirable influences from
both the seen and the unseen sides of life are closed out while all higher influences
are invited and, in the degree that they are invited, they
will enter. In the mind there is doubt; there is reality
also. A doubt arises whether there is a God or
not. This is termed Samsaya Bhavana. Another doubt crops up whether I can realize Brahman
or not. Then another voice tells: “God or Brahman
is real. He is a solid, concrete Reality as an
Amalaka fruit in my hand. He is a mass of knowledge and Ananda (Prajnanaghana, Chidghana,
Anandaghana). I can realize!” We have clearly understood something and these
ideas are well grounded and ingrained. Some ideas are hazy and not firm. They come
and go. We will have to cultivate ideas and ground
them till they are firmly fixed and implanted. Clarification of ideas will remove perplexity
and confusion in the mind. When a doubt arises,
“Whether there is God or not, whether I will succeed
in Self realization or not,” it must be dispelled by well directed suggestions and
affirmations such as: “it is true; I will succeed. There
is no doubt of this.” “In my dictionary, in my
vocabulary, there are no such words, as ‘can’t’, ‘impossible’, ‘difficult’, etc. Every
thing is possible under the sun.” Nothing is difficult
when you strongly make up your mind. Strong determination and firm resolution will bring
sanguine success in every affair or undertaking, and
particularly so in the conquest of mind. Thought control by Non cooperation Non cooperate with the mind in its evil wanderings.
Gradually the mind will come under your control. Here is the practical method
to non cooperate with the mind. If the mind says: “I
must eat today sweetmeats,” say unto the mind: “I will not cooperate with you today.
I will not eat sweetmeats. I will eat only bread and
Dal.” If the mind says: “I must go to cinema,” say unto
the mind: “I will attend the Satsanga of Swami Ramananda and hear his discourses on
the Upanishads.” If the mind says: “I must
wear a silk shirt,” say unto the mind: “I will not wear in
future any silk clothing; I will wear only Khaddar.” This is the method to non cooperate
with the mind. Non cooperation with the mind is swimming
against the sensual currents. The mind will be thinned out and gradually it will become
your obedient servant. You will gain mastery over
the mind. The self controlled man, moving among the
objects with senses under restraint and free from attraction and repulsion, attains to
peace. The mind and the senses are naturally endowed
with the two currents of attraction and repulsion. therefore, the mind and the senses like certain
objects and dislike certain other objects. But the disciplined man moves among the sense
objects with a mind and senses free from attraction
and repulsion, mastered by Self, and attains the peace
of the Eternal. The disciplined self has a very strong will.
therefore, the senses and mind obey his will. The disciplined self takes only those objects
which are quite necessary for the maintenance of the
body without any love or hatred. He never takes those objects which are forbidden by
the Sastras. Art of Thinning Out Thoughts In the rubber plantations, planters take recourse
to the method of thinning out the rubber trees by cutting the small surplus trees which
stand in the vicinity of big trees. By so doing they
can tap more milk (rubber juice) from the big trees. Even so, you must thin out the
thoughts by destroying them one by one in order to drink
the ambrosial milk or nectar of immortality. Just as you retain only the good fruits from
the basket and discard the bad ones, so also, keep good thoughts in your mind and reject
evil ones. Just as the warrior chops off the heads of
enemies, one by one, when they come out of a
fortress through a trap door, so also, chop off the thoughts, one by one, when they emerge
out through the trap door to the surface of the
mind. When the tail of a lizard is cut, the cut
end will flutter about for sometime as there is still
a little residual Prana in the tail. After one or two minutes all motion will cease.
Even so, even after thinning and reducing the thoughts,
some thoughts will move about like the tail of the
lizard. But they are powerless. They cannot do any serious harm. There is no vitality
in them. Just as the drowning man tries to catch anything
to save himself, so also, these lifeless thoughts try their level best to come back
to their previous state of life and vigour. If you go on
regularly with your daily practice of concentration and meditation, they will die by themselves
like a gheeless lamp. Passion, egoism, jealousy, pride and hatred
are very deep rooted. If you cut the branches of a tree, they grow again after sometime.
Even so, these thoughts that are suppressed or thinned
out for sometime, manifest again after sometime. They should be completely rooted out by
strenuous efforts, Vichara, meditation, etc. Thought control by Napoleon’s Method When you think on one subject, do not allow
other thoughts to enter. When you think of a
rose, think of the different kinds of roses only. Do not allow other thoughts to enter. When you think of mercy, think of mercy and
mercy only. Do not think of forgiveness and tolerance. When you study the Gita, do
not think of tea or a cricket match. Be wholly occupied with the subject on hand. Napoleon controlled his thoughts in this manner:
“When I want to think of things more pleasant, I close the cupboards of my mind
revealing the more unpleasant things of life, and open
up the cupboards containing the more pleasant thoughts. If I want to sleep, I close up all
the cupboards of mind!” Arrest the Recurrence of Evil Thoughts Suppose the evil thoughts stay in your mind
for twelve hours and recur every third day. If
you can make them stay for ten hours and recur once in a week by daily practice of concentration
and meditation, that is a decided improvement. If you continue your practice, the period
of stay and recurrences will be gradually lessened. Eventually they will disappear altogether.
Compare your present state of mind with that of last year or year before last. You will
be able to find out your progress. The progress will be very slow in the beginning.
it will be difficult for you to gauge your growth and progress. Give the Wrong Thought No Concession At first a wrong thought enters the mind.
Then you entertain a strong imagination. You take delight in dwelling on that wrong thought. You give consent to its stay in the mind,
and gradually the wrong thought, when it is not
resisted, takes a strong hold in your mind. Then it becomes very difficult to drive it
off. The proverb goes: “Give a rogue an inch
and he will take an ell.” This is true of wrong thoughts also. Nip the Bad Thought in its Bud Just as you close your door or gate when a
dog or an ass tries to come in, so also, close your mind before any evil thought can enter
and produce an impression on your physical brain.
You will become wise soon and attain eternal, infinite peace and bliss. Wipe out lust, greed and egoism. Entertain
only pure holy thoughts. This is an uphill task,
a difficult task. You will have to practice it. You will succeed in your attempt after
sometime. Destruction of one bad thought will give you
strength to annihilate other thoughts and will develop your soul force or will power. Never despair though you may fail in crushing
a bad thought. No pains, no gains. Inner spiritual strength will gradually manifest
in you. You can feel this. Spiritual Practice for Elimination of Evil
Thoughts Your mind will sometimes shudder when evil
thoughts enter your mind. This is a sign of your spiritual progress. You are growing spiritually.
You will be much tormented when you think of your evil actions committed in the past. This is also a sign of your spiritual upheaval.
You will not repeat now the same actions. Your mind will tremble. Your body will quiver
whenever a wrong thought of some evil action urges you to do the same act through force
of habit. Continue your meditation with full vigour
and earnestness. All memories of evil actions, all evil thoughts, all evil promptings of
Satan, will die by themselves. You will be established
in perfect purity and peace. In the beginning all sorts of evil thoughts
will arise in your mind as soon as you sit for
meditation. Why does this happen during meditation, when you attempt to entertain pure
thoughts? Aspirants leave their spiritual practice of
meditation on account of this. If you try to drive
a monkey, it attempts to pounce upon you in vengeance. Even so, the old evil thoughts
try to attack you revengefully and with redoubled
force at the time when you try to raise good, divine thoughts. Your enemy endeavours to
resist you vehemently when you try to eject him out of your
house. There is a law of resistance in nature. The
old evil thoughts assert and say, “O man! Do
not be cruel. You have allowed us to stay in your mental factory from time immemorial.
We have every right to abide here. We have helped
you upto this time in all your evil actions. Why do you
want to oust us from our dwelling place? We will not vacate our abode.” Do not be discouraged.
Go on with your practice of meditation regularly. These evil thoughts will be thinned out. Eventually they will all perish. Positive
always overcomes negative. This is the law of
nature. Negative evil thoughts cannot stand before positive good thoughts. Courage overcomes
fear. Patience overcomes anger and irritability. Love overcomes hatred. Purity overcomes lust. The very fact that you feel uneasy now when
an evil thought comes to the surface of the mind during meditation indicates that you
are growing in spirituality. In the past you consciously harboured all
sorts of evil thoughts. You welcomed and nourished them. Persist in your spiritual
practices. Be tenacious and diligent. You are bound to
succeed. Even a dull type of aspirant will notice a marvellous change in him if he keeps
up the practice of Japa and meditation for or years
in a continuous stream. Now he cannot leave the
practice. Even if he stops his practice of meditation for a day, he will actually feel
that he has lost something on that day. His mind will be quite
uneasy. Best Remedies for Evil Thoughts When the mind is vacant, evil thoughts try
to enter. Evil thinking is the beginning or starting point of adultery. Through a lustful
look only, you have already committed adultery in
the heart. Mental actions are the real actions. Remember this! God judges a man by his motives;
worldly people judge a man by his external physical actions. You will have to look to
the motive of the man. Then you will not be mistaken. Keep the mind fully occupied. Then evil thoughts
will not enter. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop. Watch the mind every minute. Always engage yourself in some work: stitching,
cleaning vessels, sweeping, drawing water, reading, meditating, counting the beads,
singing divine songs, praying, serving the elders
or nursing the sick. Avoid loose talk and gossip. Fill the mind with sublime thoughts,
such as those contained in the Gita, the Upanishads,
the Yogavasishtha, etc. Daily Discipline of Thoughts The mind is a mischievous imp. it is like
a jumping monkey. it must be disciplined daily. Only then will it gradually come under your
control. it is only by the practical training of your
mind that you can prevent bad thoughts and actions from arising and can ward off bad
thoughts and actions that have arisen from recurrence. it is only by practical training of your mind
that you can encourage good thoughts and actions to arise, and can sustain good thoughts
and actions when they have arisen. Here is a beautiful daily exercise for mental
relaxation. it will pour into you great inspiration and strength. Close the eyes.
Think of anything that is pleasant. This will relax the
mind in a wonderful manner. Think of the mighty Himalayas, the sacred Ganga, the striking
scenery in Kashmir, the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, a lovely sunset, the
vast expanse of ocean or the infinite blue sky. Imagine that the whole world and your body
are floating like a straw in this vast ocean of
Spirit. Feel that you are in touch with the Supreme Being. Feel that the life of the whole
world is pulsating, vibrating and throbbing through
you. Feel that Lord Hiranyagarbha, the ocean of Life,
is gently rocking you on His vast bosom. Then open your eyes. You will experience immense
mental peace, vigour and strength. Practice this and feel. Thoughts and the Snake analogy Just as fruit is born of the seed, so also
deeds are born of thoughts. Good thoughts generate good actions. Evil thoughts produce
evil actions. Harbour good thoughts. Repel evil thoughts.
If you cultivate good thoughts by Satsanga, study of religious books, prayer, etc. evil
thoughts will die by themselves. Just as you remove at once the pebble in your
shoe that troubles you, so also, you must be
able to remove at once any tormenting thought from your mind. Only then have you gained
sufficient strength in the control of thought. Only then have you attained some real progress
in the spiritual path. When you give a blow on the head of a snake
with a stick and crush its head, it remains absolutely motionless for sometime. You think
it is dead. All of a sudden it raises its head and
runs away. Even so, the thoughts that were once crushed and suppressed by you regain
strength and raise their heads. They must be destroyed
totally beyond resurrection. world conquest by Thought conquest Control the thoughts or Sankalpas. Avoid imagination
or day dreaming. The mind will be annihilated. Extinction of Sankalpas alone
is Moksha or release. The mind is destroyed when
there is no imagination. The experience of the world illusion is due
to your imagination. it vanishes away when imagination is completely stopped. Victory over thoughts is really a victory
over all limitations, weakness, ignorance and
death. The inner war with the mind is more terrible than the outer war with the machine
guns. Conquest of thoughts is more difficult than
the conquest of the world by the force of arms.
Conquer your thoughts and you would conquer the world. form a Divine Channel for Thought force Thoughts generally flow with ease towards
external objects. The mind can very easily think of worldly objects. it is its Svabhava. Mental force can easily flow in the old grooves
and avenues of mundane thoughts. it finds it extremely difficult to think of God. it
is an uphill work for a Samsaric mind of Vyavahara. The difficulty in weaning the mind from worldly
thoughts, from external objects, and fixing it on God is the same as in making
the Ganga flow towards Gangotri instead of its natural
flow towards Ganga Sagar. it is like rowing against the current of the Yamuna. Still, through strenuous efforts and Tyaga
it must be trained to flow towards God, much against its will, if you want to free yourself
from birth and death. There is no other go if you want
to escape from worldly miseries and tribulations. Role of Vigilance in Thought control it is very difficult to fix the mind on one
thought in the beginning. Diminish the number of thoughts. Try to think of only one subject. If you think of rose you can have all sorts
of thoughts connected with rose only. You can
think of different kinds of roses that are grown in different parts of the world. You
can think of the various preparations that are made out
of roses and their uses. You can allow even thoughts
of other kinds of flowers to enter; but do not entertain thoughts of fruits and vegetables. Check the aimless wandering state of the mind.
Do not have thoughts at random when you think of rose. Gradually you can fix the
mind on one thought only. You will have to discipline the mind daily. Eternal vigilance
is needed in Thought control. Watch and Spiritualize Your Thoughts Watch the thoughts. Control the thoughts.
Be a witness of your thoughts. Rise above thoughts and dwell in that pure consciousness
where there is no thought. The subtle impressions, tendencies, desires
and passions lying in the depths of the subconscious have a tremendous effect on your
conscious life. They should be purified and sublimated. They
must be given a spiritual turn. Hear what is
auspicious. Behold what is auspicious. Think what is auspicious. Talk what is auspicious.
Meditate what is auspicious. Understand what is auspicious. Know what is auspicious. Fear, strong dislike, buried hatred, prejudice,
intolerance, anger, lust, disturb the action of
the subconscious mind. Cultivate virtues. Purify and strengthen the subconscious mind.
Desire, greed, etc. enslave and obscure the mind which
must be freed and restored to its pristine purity,
to reflect Truth and practice meditation. The lower impulses belong to the physical
body and the mental plane. When the mind does not function owing to the
absence of Vasanas (mental impressions and subtle desires), then arises the state
of Manonasa or annihilation of the mind. Chapter Eight THE PATTERNS OF THOUGHT CULTURE Discrimination and Inner Mental Culture Whenever desires crop in your mind, do not
try to fulfil them. Reject them through discrimination, right enquiry and dispassion.
You will get tranquillity of mind and mental strength by constant practice. The mind is
thinned out. The mind is checked directly from
wandering. its outgoing tendencies are curbed. If the desires are eradicated, the thoughts
also will die by themselves. The mind is detached from the manifold sense objects by
continually observing their defects and is fixed on
Brahman. In the practice of Sama, the five Jnana Indriyas
or organs of knowledge, viz. ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose are also controlled.
Sama is serenity of mind produced by the constant eradication of Vasanas or desires. Unwholesome Thoughts and Self watchfulness Fully realize for yourself the grave and ruinous
consequences of evil thoughts. This will set you on your guard when the evil thoughts
would come. The moment they come, exert yourself or divert the mind to some other
object of divine thoughts, prayer or Japa. A real
earnestness to drive away the evil thoughts will keep you on the alert so much so that
even if they appear in dream you will at once wake up.
Should the enemy appear when you are awake, it will
not be very difficult for you to cope with him, if only you are sufficiently watchful. You must be saved from the malformation and
the miscarriage of your mind. Mind is like a playful child. The clement energies of the
mind must be bent to become the passive channels for the transmission of truth. The mind must
be filled with Sattva (purity). it should be trained to
think of Truth or God, constantly. If you want rapid progress in the spiritual
path, watch every thought. A vacant mind is ever distressed. it is the devil’s workshop.
Be thoughtful. Keep guard over your mind. Watch
every impulse and thought. Spiritualize or sublimate your instincts.
Evil thought is the most dangerous thief. Slay this
thief with the sword of wisdom. Generate daily new divine vibrations or thought waves in
your mind. Make your thought pure, strong, sublime
and definite. You will gain immense spiritual strength and peace. Every thought must be constructive and noble.
Thoughts are only refractions. Slay all thoughts. Go thou within to the Light of lights.
If you wish to attain Self realization, imagination and speculation must stop. Purify and control
the emotions. Beneath your conscious life, there is
a very wide region of subconscious life. All habits originate from the subconscious
plane. Subconscious life is more powerful than
your ordinary life of objective consciousness. Through the practice of Yoga you can modify,
control and influence the subconscious depths. Take one evil trait. Meditate on its opposite
virtue every morning. Practice it during the day.
The evil quality will vanish soon. Meditate on mercy in
the morning and practice it during the day. You will soon develop mercy. If evil thoughts enter your mind once in a
month instead of thrice weekly (remember that evil thinking is the beginning of adultery),
if you become angry once in a month instead of once
weekly, that is a sign of progress, that is a sign of your increased will power; that
is a sign of growing spiritual strength. Be of good cheer.
Keep a diary of spiritual progress. Self development by Yogic Thought culture The supraphysical phenomena occurring in the
practice of Yoga and the practitioner’s experience on subtler planes are viewed with
suspicion and regarded as mere oriental magic. Yoga is neither fanciful nor does it contain
anything abnormal. it aims at the integral development of all faculties in man. it is
the time tested, rational way to a fuller and more
blessed life that will naturally be followed by one and all in the world of tomorrow. All methods of Yoga have ethical training
and moral perfection as their basis. The eradication of vices and the development of
certain virtues form the first step in the ladder of Yoga. The disciplining of your nature and the formation
of a steady and pure character through a set of right habits and regular daily observances,
is the next step. Upon this firm foundation of a
well established and virtuous moral character is built the further structure of Yoga. Thought culture, by the Method of Substitution The substitution method is very easy and effective
in the destruction of evil thoughts. Cultivate positive virtuous thoughts of mercy,
love, purity, forgiveness, integrity, generosity and
humility in the garden of your mind. The negative vicious thoughts of hatred, lust,
anger, greed, pride will die by themselves. it is difficult to destroy the evil thoughts
by attacking them directly. You will have to tax
your will and waste your energy. Spiritual Methods for Thought culture If you think again and again of an impure
thing it gains new strength. it gets the force of
momentum. You must drive it immediately. If you find it difficult to do so, entertain
counter thoughts of God. Cultivate sublime and elevating
thoughts. Evil thoughts will die by themselves. A noble thought is a potent antidote to counteract
an evil thought. This is easier than the former method. By repetition of God’s Name, thousands
of times daily, good thoughts gain new strength. By repeating ‘Aham Brahma Asmi’
thousand times daily the idea that you are the spirit
(Atman) becomes stronger. The idea that you are the body becomes weaker and weaker. If evil thoughts enter your mind, don’t
use your will force in driving them. You will lose
your energy only. You will tax your will only. You will fatigue yourself. The greater the
efforts you make, the more the evil thoughts will
return with redoubled force. They will return more
quickly also. The thoughts will become more powerful. Be indifferent. Keep quiet. They
will pass off soon!or substitute good counter thoughts
(Pratipaksha Bhavana method)!or think of the picture of God and the Mantra again and
again forcibly!or pray. The Importance of Thought culture Thought culture is a vital subject. Very few
people know this art or science. Even the so
called educated people are unaware of this fundamental education. All are victims of random thinking. All sorts
of loose thoughts of diverse kinds come and go in the mental factory. There is neither
rhythm nor reasoning. There is neither concord nor
discipline. All is in a state of utter chaos and confusion. There is no clarification of
ideas. You cannot think of one subject even for two
minutes in an orderly and systematic manner. You have no understanding of the laws
of thoughts and the laws of the mental plane. There is a perfect menagerie inside. All sorts
of sensual thoughts fight amongst themselves to enter the mind of a sensualist
and gain the upper hand. The eye Indriya struggles to
bring its own thoughts. it wants to have sight seeing. The ear Indriya wants to bring only
base thoughts, lustful thoughts, thoughts of hatred,
jealousy and fear. Many cannot entertain a single, sublime, divine thought even for a second.
Their minds are so framed that the mental energy runs
in sensual grooves. The Battle of Thoughts In the beginning of thought culture, there
is internal fight between pure and impure thoughts. The impure thought tries to enter
the mental factory again and again. it asserts: “O little
man, you gave me shelter in the beginning. You welcomed me before. You gave me a cordial
reception. I have every right to remain in the lowlands of your mind in your instinctive
passionate mind. Why are you cruel towards me? I only
gave you a push or stimulus in taking you to
restaurants and hotels, cinemas and theatres, ball rooms and bars. You had a variety of
enjoyments through me alone. Why are you ungrateful to me now? I will resist, persist and recur
again and again. Do whatever you like. You are weak through old habits. You have no strength
to resist.” Eventually pure thoughts only will
gain victory. Sattva is a greater power than Rajas and
Tamas. Positive overcomes negative. Good Thought: The First Perfection Thought is a good servant. it is an instrument.
You will have to utilize it tactfully and properly. The prime requisite for happiness
is control over the thoughts. Your thought is imprinted over your face.
Thought is a bridge that connects the human with the Divine. Your body, your business,
your home: they are only ideas within your mind.
Thought is a dynamic force. Good thought is the first perfection. Thought is real wealth. Culture the Thoughts, and Become a Buddha Drive away from your mind all unnecessary,
useless and obnoxious thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious
thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement. You are away from God when you
entertain useless thoughts. Substitute thoughts of God. Entertain only thoughts that are helpful and
useful. Useful thoughts are stepping stones to
spiritual growth and progress. Do not allow the mind to run into the old grooves and to
have its own ways and habits. Be on the careful watch. You must eradicate through introspection all
sorts of mean thoughts, useless thoughts, unworthy thoughts, impure thoughts, all sexual
thoughts, thoughts of jealousy, hatred and selfishness. You must annihilate all destructive
thoughts of disharmony and discord. You must always develop pure, good, loving, sublime
and divine thoughts. Every thought must be of a
constructive nature. it must be strong, positive and definite. The mental image must be of a clear cut and
well defined thought; it must bring peace and solace to others. it should not bring
even the least pain and unhappiness to anyone. Then you are a blessed soul on the earth. You are a
mighty power on the earth. You can help many, heal
thousands, spiritualize and elevate a large number of persons as did Jesus or Buddha. Just as you grow jasmine, rose, lily, Honolulu
flowers in a garden, so also you should cultivate the flowers of peaceful thoughts
of love, mercy, kindness, purity in the vast garden of
Antahkarana. Through introspection, you will have to water this garden of mind; with meditation
and sublime thinking remove the weeds of vain, useless, discordant thoughts. Avoid Thoughts of Another Man’s Defects The nature of the mind is such that it becomes
that which it intensely thinks of. Thus if you think of the vices and defects of another
man, your mind will be charged with these vices and
defects at least for the time being. He who knows this psychological law will never
indulge in censuring others or in finding fault in the conduct of others, will see only
the good in others, and will always praise others. This
practice enables one to grow in concentration, Yoga and spirituality. Last Thought Determines Next Birth The last thought of a man governs his future
destiny. The last thought of a man determines his future birth. Lord Krishna
says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Whosoever at the end
abandoneth the body, thinking upon any being, to that being only he goeth, O Kaunteya, because
of his constant thought of that being” (Chapter: VIII ). Ajamila lost his pious conduct, and led a
detestable living. He fell into evil depth of sinful
habits and resorted to theft and robbery. He became a slave of a public woman. He became
the father of ten children, the last of whom was
called Narayana. When he was about to die, he was absorbed
in the thoughts of his last son. Three fearful messengers of Death advanced towards Ajamila.
Ajamila cried aloud in great distress the last
son’s name ‘Narayana’. On a mere mention of the name of ‘Narayana’
the attendants of Lord Hari came speedily along and obstructed the messengers of Death.
They took him to Vaikuntha or the world of Vishnu. The soul of Sisupala entered the supreme Lord
with an effulgent spark of ineffable glory and magnificence. This vile Sisupala spent
his lifetime in reviling Lord Krishna and then he
entered the Lord. The worm on the wall when stung by the wasp
changes into the form of the latter. Similarly, the man who focuses his hate on
Lord Krishna gets rid of his sins and reaches that
Lord by regular devotion as the Gopis did by Kama (passion), Kamsa by fear, Sisupala
by hatred and Narada by love. Lord Krishna says in the Gita, “Whoever
constantly thinks of Me intensely and with one
pointed mind, to such steadfast Yogin, I am easily attainable; and having thus reached
Me and merged in Me, he is not born again in the
fleeting world of woe and misery. O Arjuna! While all
the worlds created by Brahma are limited by time and have their moment of dissolution
on reaching Me, there is no rebirth, therefore
at all times, meditate on Me, the supreme Vaasudeva
and with mind and intellect fixed on Me. Doubtless, you will attain Me” (Chapter: VIII , ,
). The constant practice of fixing the mind on
the Lord, although a man is engaged in worldly pursuits, will enable him to intuitively
and automatically think of the Lord, even at the
time of his departure. The Lord says: “With the mind thus engaged in the Yoga of constant
practice, not deflected by any other obstacles, one attains the supreme Purusha of resplendent
glory.” The Lord further says, “At the time of death,
he who thinks of My real Being as the supreme Lord Sri Krishna or Narayana, leaves
the body and verily reaches My Being. Doubt this
not! In whatever form a man thinks of Me at the time of death, that form he attains, that
form again being the result of nourishing that
thought in a particular groove and by constant meditation of the same.” The Lord further says: “He who further establishes
his mind on Me, even at the time of forthgoing and who is in that Divine state
of renouncing everything and of dwelling in Brahman
or Brahmic state, is free from delusion” (B.G. II ). He who has a strong habit of using snuff in
his life imitates the act of snuffing with his
fingers when he is in an unconscious state just before his death. So strong is the habit
of snuffing in this man. The last thought of a licentious man will
be the thought of his woman. The last thought of
an inveterate drunkard will be that of his peg of liquor. The last thought of a greedy
moneylender will be that of his money. The last thought
of a fighting soldier will be that of shooting his
enemy. The last thought of a mother who is intensely attached to her only son will be
that of her son only. Raja Bharata nursed a deer out of mercy and
became attached to it. His last thought was the thought of that deer. Hence he had to
take the birth of a deer, but he had memory of his last
birth as he was an advanced soul. The last thought of a person will be the thought
of God only, if that person has disciplined his mind all throughout his life and has tried
to fix it on the Lord through constant practice. it
cannot come by a practice in a day or two, in a week or a month. it is a life long endeavour
and struggle. The last thought determines the next birth.
The last prominent thought of one’s life occupies the mind at the time of death. The
predominant idea at the time of death is what in
normal life has occupied his attention most. The last thought determines the nature of
character of the body to be attained next. As a man
thinketh, so shall he become. The Background of Sattvic Thought The vast majority of people will always want
something concrete to hold on, something around which, as it were, to place their ideas,
sometimes which will be the centre of all thought
forms in their minds. That is mind’s very nature. A background of thought is needed
for fixing the mind. Have a Sattvic background of thought of mental
image. The mind assumes the shape of any object it intensely thinks upon. If it
thinks of an orange, it assumes the shape of an orange. If
it thinks of Lord Krishna with flute in hand, it assumes the shape of Lord Krishna. You
must train the mind properly and give it proper
Sattvic food for assimilation. You must have Sattvic background of thought
to take you to the goal (salvation). If you are a devotee of Lord Krishna, have a background
of thought of His picture and the repetition of
His famous Mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaya’ and His qualities (form formlessqualities).
A Nirguna Upasaka (Vedanti) should have a background of thought of ‘OM’ and its
meaning (Infinite Ocean of Light, Satchidananda, Vyapaka, Paripurna Atman). work in the
world and, the moment the mind is free, begin to think of the background of thought: either
Saguna or Nirguna background according to taste, temperament and capacity for Sadhana.
By constant thinking, a habit in the mind will
be formed and, without effort, the mind will run
towards the background of thought. it is a pity that the vast majority of persons
have no ideal, no programme of life at all and
no Sattvic background of thought. They are doomed to failure. The background of thought
of a young married lady is usually lustful. The
background of thought of an old mother is the
affection towards her sons and grandsons. The background of thought of the vast majority
of persons is hatred and jealousy. Even the so
called educated persons with many university qualifications and academic knowledge which
is only husk when compared with spiritual knowledge, have no ideal, no programme of
life and no background of thought. A deputy collector, after getting pension, marries
a third wife and goes on as a Dewan of a State. A worldly minded person is a prey to sexual
thoughts and thoughts of hatred, anger and revenge. These two types of thoughts actually
take possession of his mind. He is a slave to these
two sets of thoughts. He does not know how to divert his mind and fix it on some other
good, noble thought. He does not know the laws of
thought. He is quite unaware of the nature and
suitable workings of the mind. His position is extremely deplorable despite his earthly
possessions and bookish knowledge obtained in universities. Viveka has not awakened in
him. He has no Sraddha in saints, Sastras and God.
He is unable to resist an evil desire, craving or
temptation on account of his weak will. The only potent remedy to remove his world intoxication, world charm, world delusion
is constant Satsanga or association with Sadhus, Sannyasins and Mahatmas. After retirement, everybody should have a
background of thought and should spend his time in philosophical studies and divine contemplation.
Old habits of loose thinking must be replaced by cultivating fresh habits of good
thoughts. At first, a tendency to think of good
thoughts will be formed. By continued practice, a positive, definite habit of thinking of
virtuous, helping thoughts will be developed. You will
have to struggle very hard. The old habits will try to recur again and
again. Till you are firmly established in the habit
of thinking of good thoughts only, you will have to fill the mind again and again with
Sattvic thoughts, divine thoughts, thoughts of the
Gita, Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Upanishads, etc. New
grooves and avenues will be formed now. Just as a gramophone needle cuts a small groove
in the plate, Sattvic thinking will cut new healthy
grooves in the mind and brain. New Samskaras will
be formed. You will have concentration without much effort.
He who has subdued his mind beholds in his own Self by the help of his own pure
intellect the Immortal, Eternal Brahman which is
subtler than the subtlest, which is an embodiment of bliss, peace and wisdom. it is the contact
of the sense with the sense object that gives
rise to a mental perception. But if the senses are
withdrawn and the mind is stilled there comes a stage where there is no touch with any sense
object. it is the state of bliss and pure consciousness
or Nirvikalpa Samadhi which burns all Samskaras that give rise to birth and death.
Attachment is death. You are attached to body, action, wife, children, property, house, place
and articles that give you pleasure. Wherever there
is attachment there are anger, fear and Vasanas. Attachment leads to bondage. If you want to
attain God realization you must get rid of all sorts of attachment. The first step in detachment is to be detached
from the body with which you feel so much identified. The Sanskrit word for the Self
is Atman. Atman is derived from the root ‘At’ which
means to go always. Atman thus means that which evolves itself always into names and
forms of the universe in order to realize His real,
essential nature which is Existence Consciousness Bliss
Absolute. The Pure Consciousness and Freedom of Thoughts Through constant and intense practice of Yoga
and Jnana Sadhana, you can become waveless, thought free. The waveless Yogi
helps the world more than the man on the platform. ordinary people can hardly grasp this point.
When you are waveless you actually permeate and
pervade every atom of the universe, purify and elevate the whole world. The names of waveless Jnanis such as Jada
Bharata and Vamadeva are even now remembered. They never published books. They
never made disciples. Yet, what a tremendous influence these waveless Jnanis had produced
on the minds of the people! You can attain Jnana only if you are free
from sensuous desires and immoral mental states. Aloofness of body from sensuous objects
and aloofness of mind from immoral states of
mind are needed for the attainment of Jnana. Then only will Divine Light descend. Just
as a bungalow is cleaned of cobwebs and the garden,
of all its weeds for the reception of the viceroy,
the mental palace should be cleansed of all vices, desires and immoral states for the
reception of the Holy Brahman, the Viceroy of viceroys. When a desire arises in the mind, a worldling
welcomes it and tries to fulfil it; but an aspirant renounces it immediately through
Viveka. Wise people consider even spark of desire as
a very great evil. therefore they will not entertain any kind of desire. They will be
ever delightful in Atman only. Thinking starts the process of creation. Thinking
means externalization or objectification. Thinking means differentiation, quality and
multiplicity. Thinking is Samsara. Thinking causes
identification with the body. Thinking causes ‘I ness’ and ‘mine ness’. Thinking causes time, space, etc. Stop this
thinking through Vairagya and Abhyasa, and merge yourself in the Pure Consciousness.
Where there is no thinking or Sankalpa, there is
Absolution or Jivanmukti. Chapter Nine FROM THOUGHTS TO THOUGHT TRANSCENDENCE Thoughts and Life Man thinks of sensual objects and gets attached
to them. He thinks that fruits are very good for the body. He exerts to possess them.
Then he actually possesses and enjoys them. He
now clings to the fruits. He develops a habit of taking fruits now and when he fails to
obtain them any day, he gets pain. From thinking comes attachment; from attachment
desire is born; from desire proceeds anger, anger arises when desire is frustrated
by some cause or the other; from anger arises delusion; from delusion, failure of memory;
from failure of memory, loss of intellect; from loss
of intellect man is totally ruined. If you want to attain everlasting peace, do not think
of objects, but think always of the immortal blissful
Atman alone. Desires by themselves are harmless. They are
galvanized by the power of thought. Then only they do much havoc. Man muses or thinks
on the objects of the senses. He imagines that he
will get a great deal of pleasure from them. This imagination excites the desires. This
power of imagination co operates with the desires.
Then the desires are invigorated or vitalized. They
attack the deluded Jiva vehemently. Thoughts and Character Man is not a creature of circumstances. His
thoughts are the architects of his circumstances. A man of character builds a
life out of circumstances. He steadily perseveres and
plods. He does not look back. He marches forward bravely. He is not afraid of obstacles. He never frets
and fumes. He never gets discouraged and disappointed. He is full of vigour, energy,
vim and vitality. He is ever zealous and enthusiastic. Thoughts are the bricks with which character
is built. Character is not born. it is formed. Determination to build definite character
in life is needed. This must be followed up with
persistent striving. Build your character; you can shape your life.
Character is power; it is influence; it makes friends. it draws patronage and support. it
creates friends and funds. it opens a sure and easy way
to wealth, honour, success and happiness. Character is the determining factor in victory
and defeat, success and failure, and in all the issues of life. A man of good character
enjoys life herein and hereafter. Small kind acts, small courtesies, small consideration,
small benevolence, habitually practiced in your social intercourse give
a great charm to your character than great platform
lectures, discourses, oration, exhibition of talents, etc. Strong character is formed by strong and noble
thinking. A good character is the fruition of personal exertion. it is the result of
one’s own endeavours. it is not wealth or power nor is it mere intellect
that governs the world. it is moral character associated with moral excellence
that really rules the entire universe. Nothing in this world: wealth, name, fame,
victory: is worth a fig or a straw, without character. Character must stand behind and
back up everything!and, character is built by your
thoughts. Thoughts and words There is power in every word that is spoken.
There are two kinds of Vrittis or thoughts, viz. Sakti Vritti and Lakshana Vritti in words. In the Upanishads, the Lakshana Vritti is
taken. ‘Vedasvarupoham’ does not mean ‘Embodiment of Vedas.’ The Lakshana Vritti
does denote ‘Brahman’ who can be reached by the
study of the Upanishads alone: by the Sabda Pramana alone. Mark here the power in the words. If anyone
calls another ‘Sala’ or ‘Badmash’ or ‘fool’,
he is thrown into a state of fury immediately. Fight ensues. If you address anyone as ‘Bhagavan’
or ‘Prabhu’ or ‘Maharaj’, he is immensely pleased. Thoughts and Actions Thoughts are dormant seeds of action. The
mind’s acts, and not the bodily acts, are alone
true acts. it is the actions of the mind that are truly termed Karmas. Thought and act are interdependent. There
is no such thing as mind apart from thought. Thoughts constitute the mind. words are nothing but the outward expressions
of thoughts which are imperceptible. Actions are caused by feelings of desire and
aversion (likes and dislikes). These feelings are
caused by the fact that you attribute a pleasurable or painful nature to objects. Thought is finite.
it is inadequate to express even temporal processes,
not to speak of the absolute which is inexpressible. The body with its organs is
no other than the mind. Thoughts, Peace, and Strength Fewer the desires, lesser the thoughts. Become
absolutely desireless. The wheel of mind will stop entirely. If you reduce your wants,
if you do not try to fulfil your desires, if you try to
eradicate your desires one by one, your thoughts will diminish in frequency and length. The
number of thoughts also per minute will diminish. Fewer the thoughts, greater the peace. Remember
this always. A wealthy man who is engaged in speculation in a big city and who
has a large number of thoughts has a restless mind
in spite of his comforts, whereas a Sadhu who lives in the cave of the Himalayas and
who is practicing Thought control is very happy in
spite of his poverty. Fewer the thoughts, greater the mental strength
and concentration. Suppose that the average number of thoughts that pass through
your brain within one hour is one hundred. If you
succeed in reducing it, by constant practice of concentration and meditation, to ninety,
you have gained ten per cent of the power of concentration
of mind. Every thought that is reduced adds strength
and peace to the mind. Reduction of even one thought will give mental strength and peace
of mind. You may not be able to feel this in the
beginning as you do not possess a subtle intellect, but there is a spiritual thermometer inside
to register the reduction of even a single thought.
If you reduce one thought, the mental strength that
you have gained by this reduction will help you to reduce the second thought easily. Thought, Energy, and Sacred Thoughts Thought is a finer manifestation of being
than ether or energy. You think, because you share the universal thought. Thought is both force and motion. Thought
is dynamic. Thought moves. Thought decides the future. As you think, so you become. Thought
makes a saint or a sinner. Thought can shape a
man. Think that you are Brahman and Brahman you become. Sacred thoughts generate and sustain divine
thoughts. Thoughts of hatred interfere with the inner harmony of the heart. Every useless
thought is wastage of energy. Useless thoughts are
obstacles to spiritual growth. Every thought must have a definite purpose. Negative evil thoughts cannot overcome fear.
Patience overcomes anger and irritability. Love overcomes hatred. Purity overcomes lust.
Mind is not daily made; in every minute it changes its colour and shape. Thoughts That Bind Through its power of differentiation, mind
generates this universe. The expansion of the
mind’s thoughts towards sensual objects is bondage. The abandoning of the thoughts constitutes
liberation. The mind creates, at the outset, an
attachment for the body and sense objects and binds the man through this attachment.
The attachment is due to the force of Rajas. Sattva brings non attachment and infuses in
the mind discrimination and renunciation. it is the Rajasic mind that causes the ideas
‘I’ and ‘mine’ and the difference of body,
caste, creed, colour, order of life, etc. The poisonous tree of the Mayaic illusion
grows more and more out of the seed of the mind’s modification or expanded thoughts
in the soil of the multifarious enjoyments of the
world. From Pure Thoughts to Transcendental Experience Thoughts are of two kinds: pure thoughts and
impure thoughts. Desire to do virtuous actions, Japa, meditation, study of religious
books, etc. is pure thought. A desire to go to cinema,
to hurt others and to seek sex relations, is impure thought. Impure thoughts should be destroyed by the
increase of pure thoughts, and pure thoughts also should be given up in the end. Thoughts gain strength by repetition of sensual
enjoyments. Sensual enjoyments leave on the mind, subtle impressions. The real Svarupa of mind is Sattva only. Rajas
and Tamas join Sattva accidentally in the middle. They can be removed by Sadhana or
purificatory practices such as Tapas, selfless service, Dama, Sama, Japa, worship, etc. If
you develop the Daivi Sampat or divine qualities, Rajas and Tamas will perish. Then the mind
will be pure, subtle, steady and one pointed. Then it
will melt in the subtle invisible homogeneous Brahman (Akhandaikarasa Brahman). it will
mix with Brahman now, just as milk mixed with
milk, water with water, oil with oil. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result. Raja Yogic Method for Thought transcendence Substitute pure thoughts for impure thoughts.
This method of substitution will destroy all evil thoughts. This is very easy. This is
the method of Raja Yoga. The method of driving the thoughts at once
by will force or by using the formula “get out,
O evil thoughts” is very taxing. it is not suitable for ordinary people. it demands tremendous
will power and spiritual strength. You must rise above pure thoughts and attain
the supreme state of thoughtlessness. Only then can you rest in your own Svarupa. Only
then will Brahman be revealed like Amalaka fruit in
the palm of your hand. Vedantic Technique for Thought transcendence When all kinds of useless thoughts and emotions
trouble you much, be indifferent (Udasina). Say to yourself: “Who am I?”
Feel: “I am not the mind. I am the Atman, the all
pervading Spirit, Suddha Satchidananda. How can emotions affect me? I am Nirlipta, unattached;
I am Sakshi, witness of these emotions. Nothing can disturb me.” When you repeat these
suggestions of Vichara or Vedantic reflection, the thoughts and emotions will die by themselves. This is the Jnana method of driving out thoughts
and emotions and the struggling with the mind. When any thought arises in the mind, enquire:
Why has this Vritti (modification) arisen? Whom it concerns? Who am I? All the thoughts
will die eventually. All mental activities will
cease. The mind will turn inward. it will rest in Atman. This is Vedantic Sadhana. You
will have to persist constantly in the Sadhana. Whatever stray thoughts arise, the one thought
‘Who am I’ will destroy all other thoughts of worldly nature. That thought will die by
itself. Ego will vanish. Balance left is Kevala Asti;
Chinmatra; Kevala Suddha Chaitanya; Chidakasamatra which is Nama rupa rahita (free from all
names and forms), Vyavahara rahita, Malavasana rahita, Nishkriya, Niravayava, which is SantaSiva
Advaita of the Mandukya Upanishad. That is Atman. That is to be known. Chapter Ten THE METAPHYSICS OF THOUGHT POWER Thought Power and Practical Idealism: 1 Man goes from bad to worse in the scale of
life. He does not put his total strength in fit
action; so he does not have the richest return of wisdom. Man is tormented by imperfections.
Grudges are foaming in his mind because his life is not flowing with right energy. The
love of ‘me’ is ever ready to accuse the other
party. Objects of the objective world are delicious torments
for him. Still the man wants to stand on the firm basis of personal feelings. Torn by his
personal passions, he is unable to establish proper
and harmonious relations with others. He is always
seeking his private felicity in every circumstance. Altar of truth demands the oblations of mental
rigidity, harshness, self assertion, eccentricity and egoism. Train yourself for
that truth which knows no partiality, no sex, no
wandering gleam, O man. There is stain of error in daily experiences of man. That is
why his life is defaced and disfigured. Men have become
vinegar for each other’s eyes by their wrong thoughts. The ice of ill will is chilling their heart.
Men are bound to each other by every sort of tie,
by blood, by pride, by fear, by hope, by lucre, by lust, by hate, by admiration, by every
circumstance, but not by spiritual love. This is all due to wrong thoughts. The wise man makes an island which no flood
can overwhelm. The scent of flowers does not travel against the wind, but the odour
of a wise man travels against the wind; he pervades
every place by his thoughts. He is like a snowy mountain which can be seen from afar. O man! If you fill your lamp with water you
will not be able to dispel the darkness. Feed your lamp with the oil of right thoughts.
Let the right views become the torch to light your way.
Do not seek to gratify your vanity and self seeking pride. On the brink of truth man is miserably dying.
All evil thoughts are embodied in bad physiognomies. But there is nothing to despair,
because there is never darkness without light. There is always a sublime answer to every
human need. All things are possible to those who
believe in the possibility. O man! Raise your sight to right direction
and use right laws. Set in motion positive thoughts. Remember your objective. it is easy to be
diverted into an excursion into side tracks. A holy thought is a voice. it speaks when
the tongue is silent. it struggles and comes out
of all obstructions serenely and no power on the earth can suppress it for a long period.
O man! Do not trade in unrealities. Do not try to embrace happiness in a thousand
ways. The faster you will follow it the swifter it will fly from you. Do not become
a thorn for yourself as well as for others. Change the direction of your thoughts. Scrutinize
your thoughts. Where necessity ends, curiosity begins. No sooner you are supplied
with everything, than you sit down and entertain the
thoughts of artificial appetites. That is why you have crossed the boundary of law. By your own thoughts you make or mar your
world. Inevitable law of reaction is such, O
man! that whatever you will harbour in the inmost chamber of your heart, will shape itself
in your outward life. Chance seems to form the
surface of reality, but deep down, thought forces are
at work. Nothing in this universe and in daily behaviour is merely accidental. So improve
your thoughts. Real action is in silent moments. Purified
thought revives the entire manner of life; it tells
the man quietly “you have done thus but it were better done some other way.” The thoughts you entertain during the time
of reflection, let them not become inaudible when you are engrossed in daily duties. Arm
yourself with the sublime thoughts. By no other way does one come directly to
the knowledge of truth, than through one’s own thinking and experience. Divine thought
reduces centuries and makes itself present through
all ages. Entertain divine thoughts. Thought Power and Practical Idealism: 2 Wash off the baser thoughts with the help
of higher thoughts and when the washing is effected, cling to neither of them. The present
state of your experience is due to the thinking, feeling and acting of incalculable past lives.
it cannot be easily got rid of without prolonged process of thinking of and practice. Thought is ancestor of action. If you want
to improve your actions purify your thoughts. Become a staunch believer in self reliance
and self effort. You can determine your fate by
force of thoughts. As clouds are the main source of rain, so the control of one’s
own thoughts is the source of durable prosperity. You are
yourself your own friend or enemy. If you will not save
yourself by cherishing good thoughts, there is no other remedy. Mind is the only creator. Everything is created
through the mind. it is absolutely free in creating a world for itself. Whenever the
mind is referred to as the creator of external objects, it
must be considered as the cosmic mind and a part of Isvara Srishti. Whenever the mind is referred to in relation
to psychological functions such as love and hatred, etc. it must be considered as the
individual mind and as a part of Jiva Srishti. O man! The
real God lives in your heart and the only way to worship the real God residing within
the temple of your body is by your own sublime thoughts.
Stop the psychological functions of your mind and see value only in sublime thoughts. The nature of things around you is as you
think it to be. Your life is what you make it by
your thoughts. Thoughts are the bricks by which you have built the building of your
personality. Thought determines destiny. The world around
you is the reflex of your thoughts. You experience as you think. Your own imagination
plays havoc with you. You have made yourself timid by entertaining the thoughts
of fear. Do not become liberal in imagination. You are affected by things only in accordance
with your idea about them. The mind sees value only in that in which it has intense
faith. Though all of you see the same object, everyone
of you attach to it different values. according to your mental propensities you think. Thought is a creative instrument, and man
becomes what he thinks upon. Character is thought formed. You are born with what you
have thought upon, and your present character is an
index of your previous thoughts. You create your future by your thoughts now; if you think
nobly, you will be noble in conduct. If you think basely no environment will make you
different. Thus, thoughts and actions are interdependent.
Be vigilant and allow only good thoughts in your
mental field. Every one of you have a different conception
of duty, value, enjoyment and liberation in accordance with your different convictions.
You strive after your own ideal. You work in accordance with your long standing
and intensified thought and belief. You accomplish and achieve the object of your
own desire. Do not let your mind become denser and
denser by allowing it to be engrossed in gross forms. Follow the abstractive process by
cherishing the thoughts of virtue. Your present life has three aspects, physical,
mental and spiritual. You are tenaciously attached to the physical aspect. Be above
physical sensations and other appetites by cherishing
the thoughts that you are not body alone, that you are residing in the temple of a body
for a short period only. Be above mental titillations.
Subjective action functions in the world of thought. Send out a steady stream of thought and good
will to all creation. The energising motive behind every thought should be service and
friendliness. You are sensible of knack, skill and tricks,
but there is an overpowering law which confutes your tricky thoughts and talents.
So do not try to become partial half light. This law
constrains everyone to pass for what he is. His thoughts speak from his character and
not from his tongue. Do not try to put on an artificial
personality. Be genuine and clean in your thoughts. The stream of thought flows in both directions.
When it is flowing towards good, it makes for freedom and knowledge. When it is
flowing towards the whirlpool of existence, downward towards non discrimination, it is
then flowing towards evil. The thinking faculty, reaches its summit in light, when it acts
according to ethical rules. You are the centre of individual willing,
individual thinking, and individual feeling. The
enchantment of time and place presents before you heavenly scenes which vanish like optical
illusions. You have repeatedly allowed yourself to be mocked by them; that is why your chest
is sawed by the friction of sighs, your discriminative
power is dried up by the fire of knowledge. The spiritual goal is held before you. How
quickly or how slowly you move towards it, will
depend on your thoughts. stand united with your higher thoughts. You
will achieve that goal which is bought by many failures. Become a non seeker of personal
ends and glory. Death will not easily come near
you, if you will not wear on your bosom the necklace of vicious thoughts. The bliss that accrues from the culture of
mind surpasses even the prosperity of the three
worlds, or possession of all kinds of jewels, or acquisition of high office. Your mind is omnipotent. it is capable of
accomplishing everything. As you imagine within your mind, so things happen forthwith.
Whatever is intensely thought by your mind, that
comes to be materialized and effected. Your thought is endowed with creative power.
it can evolve objects from within itself. it
is the only creator. Nothing ever will be created or recreated except through mind.
Thought is the material out of which things are made. All
matter is but materialization of consciousness. No other being is responsible for what you
acquire, as everything is the consequence of
your thought. The cause of whatever comes to you in life, is within you. No other agency
can bestow favours on you, unless you deserve
them. Whatever you get through others, is the
outcome of your own thoughts and efforts. There is nothing in the world which you cannot
achieve, when your thoughts are flowing in the right direction. You should neither become
a pessimist nor a misanthrope. Creative power is the privilege of every mind.
Your own efforts guided by your aspiration are the warp and woof of your destiny. Do
not possess a dissipated mind by cherishing weak
thoughts. Superficial mind cannot acquire depth of insight. Control the roving mind by entertaining one
flow of thought. All that is intensely thought by you, will come to you early or late, in
accordance with the effort you have put in to acquire it. The extent of space as well as the duration
of time are relative to your thoughts and emotions. You experience as you think. If
a moment is imagined to be a long period, it is
experienced as such and vice versa. The same period of time is experienced as a long age
when you are in trouble, and as a moment when you
are happy. Such is the power of thought that sweet is
experienced as bitter and vice versa by intense thought. You can turn poison into nectar.
Think of Mira. She turned poison into nectar by her
intensified thoughts. You are surrounded by the forces of antagonism.
But if there are no thoughts of antagonism in you, you can easily return a
blessing for a curse. Thus you can control all the
forces of antagonism. Struggle hard and check the unwanted mental rush. The world around you is only what you believe
it to be. Your perceptions are coloured by your thoughts. Your mind perceives and continues
to perceive the things in that very form in which it imagines it to be with full faith.
Pierce through the steel armour of biased thoughts, and
try to see the divinity in every object. it is by thought alone that you get into delusion,
undergo the experience of birth and death, are bound in the world and become released
from it. All your states of happiness or misery in
heaven or hell, are effects of your own thoughts. Early or late, in this life or lives to come,
all your passing thoughts will be realized. So,
discriminate nicely. Your present state has been willed by your
thoughts. You can change the present state into another by your own thoughts. If you
believe that you are separate from the Absolute, you
are so. If you think yourself to be Brahman you are so. You limit yourself by your thoughts. With each divine thought, the mind rends the
thin rinds of the visible and finite and comes out into eternity, but you are so negligent
about your mental factory. Thought Power and Practical Idealism: 3 Your destiny is mapped out by your thoughts.
You have only that much power as you imagine you have. The world around you is
as you have willed it to be. You are living in an infinite ocean of power
and cheerfulness, but you appropriate only so
much from it as you think, believe and imagine. Due to certain propensities you cherish certain
thoughts, and you allow your mind to foment. But by discrimination, you can easily give
up the phantasy of mind. The limit of your thought is the limit of
your possibilities. Your circumstances and environments are the materialization of your
thoughts. The world experience rises or falls in
accordance with your thoughts. Whatever thought is cherished by you in the world will be
ultimately realized. Whatever a pure mind strongly believes something
to be, that it soon becomes. Your thoughts are powerful in proportion to your
intensity, depth, and warmth. They become so when they are being constantly cherished over and
over again. Constant thinking, desiring or imagining
of the same idea contributes much to the materialization of that idea. Develop a pure mind and whatever objects and
worlds you wish to get, you will gain those objects and worlds. it is true that every thought you think has
its corresponding effect on the whole or some part of human anatomy. The physical body is
realized to be subtle by means of constant meditation on its being so. The mental or
subtle body becomes physical when it is repeatedly imagined. The secret of success is constant
and repeated effort. Develop strong determination. it is an important
factor which will contribute to the realization of your thoughts. There is nobody
who will be able to withstand the power of your
determined mind. You can realize everything. Your body is your objectified thought. When
your thoughts change, the body will also change. The mind creates the body from the
material of your own thoughts. Thought is a force
that can change, transform, or at least modify, almost anything in the human system. The disorder and disharmony of the physical
body is called a physical disease and the conflict of the mind is called a mental disease.
Both of them have their ultimate root in ignorance and can be cured only by the knowledge of
reality. When you worry about the experiences of the
world, a depressing mental disturbance originates in your mind. By the effect of mental
disturbance, the smooth and regular flow of vital currents is disturbed. When the vital
currents flow improperly, the Nadis become disorganized.
Some of them get more vital energy and some get less. Thus, the whole system becomes out
of order. In this way mental disharmony is the
cause of physical diseases, which can be cured only by removing the cause. Every depressing and disturbing thought that
enters your brain, has a depressing effect on
every cell of your body, and tends to produce disease. All negative thoughts are forerunners
of disease, and they are messengers of death. If you want to live long and lead a sensible
and healthy life cherish good thoughts. Subtle and powerful are influences of the thoughts
in building and rebuilding of your body. Be vigilant. Practically all diseases with their sufferings
have their origin in perverted mental and emotional states and conditions. Restoration
of mental harmony is absolutely necessary for you.
Purify your thoughts by performing noble actions and by association with wise ones. When your
thoughts are purified the vital currents will begin to flow properly and will clean the
whole system. Every good thought stimulates the heart, improves
the digestive system and promotes the normal action of every gland. Contentment is another name for the harmony
of the mind. When your thoughts do not wander to this or that object and when you
feel self satisfied, you are in a state of joy which is
unique. If you are happy within, everything appears good and pleasing to you. Thoughts are the main source of your cheerfulness.
Purify your thoughts; all troubles will be cured. If you are cherishing peaceful thoughts the
whole world will appear cool, but if negative thoughts have spread their kingdom then the
world will seem to be a hot furnace. No circumstance compels you to cherish evil thoughts. Do not
ruin yourself by your imagination of fate. it has no reality of its own. Thought is able to reveal reality. Propelled
by right thoughts the wise man is able to come
out of most dangerous situations. The whole reality is present in its full potency everywhere,
so whatever is intensely thought of anywhere
can be experienced there. The essential nature of all objects is thoughts.
Materiality is a wrong idea. As snow melts in water through heat, so mind
becomes subtle through the practice of right vision and positive thoughts. The real action is thought only. it is really
mental and not physical. The physical action is
only an external expression of the real action which is vibration of volition in the mind.
Your physical activities are only the various sides
of mental activities. As the beauty of a tree increases immensely
in the spring season, so also your strength, your intellect and the lustre will increase
in proportion to your positive thoughts. Thoughts of the
wise men are entirely different from the thoughts of ordinary people. You are liberated in
proportion to your thoughts of indifference to the world. When thoughts of purity emanate around you,
Eternal Law begins to support you. You are aware of your thoughts. You only know what
has come to pass in your own experience. In everyone of you separately has arisen the
world of the experience of the world. You have got a
limited mind which is subject to various types of modes and circumstances. Some Thought seeds True knowledge is spiritual consciousness.
it is awareness of one’s real nature. Knowledge means right discernment or correct
evaluation, wisdom and a perfect understanding of oneself and of others. Right thought results
in right action and right life. Beauty is essentially spiritual. Real beauty
lies in one’s heart. it is in one’s character. Beauty dwells in purity. Beauty shines in
virtues. Love is a refined, innate sense of oneness with
the entire creation. Love is self denial, selflessness. Love is sacredness of heart. Love is unrestrained
goodwill, mercy, compassion and tolerance. Love is absence of sensuality. The body is not everything. There is something
which is vitally important, which dwells in the body. it is the spirit of man. Though
identical with the cosmic Spirit, it is individualized by
the Karmas of the individual soul. The body passes away; the spirit lives. The individuality
of the spirit is there as long as the body lasts;
then it ought to return back to and dissolve itself in its
original source, unless of course, it is drawn back by its associated Karmas into another
embodiment in order to reap them. Everything passeth away. Nothing ever is to
accompany man except his Karmas, when the body is cast off. Hence as long as man
lives, he should live amicably, with love and goodwill
towards all, hurting no one in any manner, coveting no worldly riches, with more of kindness
and mental charity, forgiveness and tolerance,
with detachment to mundane objects, and dissociation of the ego from one’s actions, while taking
care to acquire no new Karmas as one works out the
already accomplished ones. With a little of contentment, discrimination,
devotion to God and self surrender to His Will, with a little of detachment and non
expectation of anything from anyone, with an attitude
of prayerfulness and abiding by the dictates of one’s conscience with unshakable faith
in one’s spiritual principles and code of conduct,
and evaluation, life becomes easier, worthier and
happier. If you have difficulties, you should look
to the cause first. The real trouble lies in ignoring
the cause. If the cause is remedied, difficulties become less, or rather accidental. The world
is a great school where people are given ample
opportunities to mend and mould themselves into
better individuals. No one is born perfect. There are possibilities
for everyone to improve oneself. Trials and difficulties ought to make one a better individual
rather than create complexes and constrict the
mind and heart. Take shelter in great and noble thoughts, and obtain perfection. Guru’s grace is always with the disciple,
unreserved and unconditioned. it depends, however, on the self discipline, faith and
purity of the disciple whether to make use of this grace
or not. Guru resides in the hearts of his disciples. Some are aware of this and some
are not. The living presence of the Guru within is the
best asset of the disciple. Chapter Eleven THOUGHT POWER for GOD REALIZATION Life: An Interplay of Thoughts The thought that you hold, will manifest in
your life. If you are courageous, cheerful, compassionate, tolerant and kind then these
qualities will manifest in your physical life. The only impurity of the mind is base thought
and desire. Guard your good thoughts as an alert watchman
guards the treasury. When there is not the ‘I’ thought then there will be no other
thought. Life is an interplay of thoughts. Duality
ceases when the mind stops its function. Thinking is bound by the time factor. Thinking must
cease. Then alone you will attain the Timeless. Be still. Let all the waves of thought subside. In that
stillness, when the mind melts, there shines the self effulgent Atman, the pure Consciousness.
Watch the mind. Watch the thoughts. Pursue serenity. Make your heart a fitting abode
for the Lord. Thought Results in Spiritual Experience The molten gold, which is poured into a crucible
assumes the shape of the crucible. Even so, the mind assumes the form of the object
which it pervades. The mind assumes the shape of any object it
intensely thinks upon. If it thinks of an orange, it assumes the shape of an orange. If it thinks of Lord Krishna, it assumes the
form of Lord Krishna. You must train the mind properly, and give it proper Sattvic
food for assimilation. Have a Sattvic background of
thought or mental image. The same thoughts which are entertained by
the man during the day, occupy his mind during dream also. If you have purity and
concentration, you can make the mind assume any
Bhava you like. If you think of mercy, your whole being will be saturated with mercy.
If you think of peace, the whole being will be pervaded
with peace. it is the mental Bhava or attitude that determines
the nature of an action and brings its fruits. You may embrace your mother or sister
or your wife. The action is the same but the mental Bhava is different. Watch your Bhavana, ideas and feelings always.
Your Bhavana should always be Sattvic. You should always entertain Brahma Bhavana.
Watch the Bhavana during the meditation. You need not watch the breath. The thoughts you create in your mind and the
images you form in your daily life will help you in making what you are or what you want
to become. If you constantly think of Lord Krishna, you will become identical with the
Lord. You will abide in Him for ever. Thoughts of God Your mind must be empty of all worldly thoughts.
it must be filled with thoughts of God and with nothing else. Keep your mind filled with good, divine, sublime
lofty thoughts, so that there will be no room for evil thoughts. Never speak any unnecessary
word. Never allow any unnecessary or vain thought to occupy your mind. Divine Thoughts for Freedom from Diseases The best medicine or panacea for all diseases
and for keeping good health, is the entertaining of divine thoughts. The waves
released by divine thoughts, by Kirtan, Japa and
regular meditation, will electrify, rejuvenate, vivify, energise the cells, tissues, nerves. Another cheap and potent drug is to keep oneself
always joyful and cheerful. Study Gita daily, one or two chapters with meaning. Keep
yourself fully occupied which is a remedy to keep
off thoughts of worldliness. Fill the mind with Sattva and enjoy wonderful
health and peace. Obtain an association with the wise, cultivate faith, serenity,
truthfulness, courage, mercy, devotion, love, cheerfulness,
confidence, divine thought and divine virtues. Allow the mind to run in the spiritual direction,
in divine grooves; your mind will be peaceful and generate harmonious vibrations.
You will enjoy excellent mental health and have no
physical disease. Thought culture by Knowledge and Devotion Sit in a solitary place and watch your thoughts
carefully. Allow the monkey mind to jump in its own way for some time. After some time
it will climb down. it will become quiet. Be a
Sakshi or witness of the menagerie of various thoughts in the eternal circus or show. Become
a spectator of the mental bioscopic film. Do not identify with the thoughts. Take an
indifferent attitude. All thoughts will die by
themselves one by one. Repeat mentally, “Om I am Sakshi. Who am
I? I am thoughtless Atman. I have nothing to
do with these false mental pictures and thoughts. Let them roll on. I have no concern with them.”
All thoughts will perish. The mind will perish like the gheeless lamp. Fix the mind on the form of Lord Hari or Lord
Siva or Lord Krishna or your Guru or any saint like Lord Buddha or Lord Jesus. Again
and again try to call this mental image of the
picture. All thoughts will die. This is another method, the method of Bhaktas. Thoughts, and Yoga Practice of Mental Quietude Sit peacefully. Discriminate. Dissociate yourself
from thoughts and the mind which is the thinking principle or entity. Identify yourself with the innermost Self
and stand as a silent witness or Sakshi. Gradually all thoughts will die by themselves.
You will become one with the supreme Self or
Para Brahman. Continue the practice of mental quietude.
it does require, doubtless a direct effort to annihilate the mind. You should annihilate the Vasanas first. Then
alone you will be able to do the Sadhana of mental quiet vigorously. Without producing
Vasana Kshaya, no mental quiet or annihilation of
the mind is possible. Winning Friends by Practice of Yoga “Win friends and influence people”: This
Dale Carnagie principle is but a leaf out of the
ancient Indian volume on psycho spiritual science. Practice Yoga; the entire world will
worship you. You will unconsciously attract to yourself
every living being; even gods will be at your beck
and call. Even among wild beasts and bloody brutes you will “win friends.” Serve all;
love all. Unfold your inner powers through the practice
of Raja Yoga, through the control and conquest of
thought power. Through the practice of Yoga, you can make
the whole humanity and all living beings members of your own family. Through the practice
of Yoga you can overcome all difficulties and
can eradicate all weaknesses. Through the practice of Yoga pain can be transmuted
into bliss, death into immortality, sorrow into joy, failure into success and
sickness into perfect health. therefore, practice Yoga
diligently. The Yogic State of Thoughtlessness Generally there is no genuine spiritual awakening
in students. There is mere curiosity for getting some psychic or Yogic powers. That
student is far from God as long as he retains some
hidden desires for Siddhis. Strictly observe the ethical rules. Transform the worldly nature first. If you
become absolutely desireless, absolutely thoughtless, absolutely Vrittiless, if the
mental Vrittis are destroyed in toto, Kundalini will
ascend by itself, without effort, through the force of purity. Remove the dross of mind.
You will yourself get help and answer from within. Yogi of the Developed Thought Power The Yogi who has developed his powers of thoughts,
has a magnetic and charming personality. Those who come in contact with
him are much influenced by his sweet voice, powerful speech, lustrous eyes, brilliant
complexion, strong healthy body, good behaviour, virtuous qualities and Divine Nature. People derive joy, peace and strength from
him. They are inspired by his speech and get elevation of mind by mere contact with him. Thought moves. Thought is a great force. A
Yogi or sage can purify the whole world with his powerful thoughts though he remains in
a solitary cave in the Himalayas. it is not necessary that he should appear
on the platform and deliver lectures and discourses to help the people. Sattva is intense
activity. The wheel that revolves very rapidly appears to be at rest. So is Sattva. So is
a Sattvic man. Thought boats to Infinite Strength Life is a journey from impurity to purity,
from hatred to cosmic love, from death to immortality, from imperfection to perfection,
from slavery to freedom, from diversity to unity,
from ignorance to eternal wisdom, from pain to eternal bliss, from weakness to infinite
strength. Let every thought take you nearer the Lord,
every thought further your evolution. Chapter Twelve THOUGHT POWER for A NEW CIVILIZATION Pure Thoughts: Their Impact on the world The western psychologists and occultists lay
great emphasis and stress on the purity of thoughts. Thought culture is an exact science.
One should cultivate right thinking and should drive out all sorts of vain and worldly thoughts. He who entertains evil thoughts causes great
harm unto himself and to the world at large. He pollutes the thought world. His evil thoughts
enter the minds of others who live at a long distance, because thought moves with a tremendous
lightning speed. Evil thoughts are the direct cause for all
sorts of diseases. All diseases take their origin at
first from an impure thought. He who entertains good, sublime and divine thoughts does
immense good unto himself and to the world also. He can radiate joy, hope, solace and
peace to his friends who live at a distance. Thought Power for world weal Karma is action and also the law of cause
and effect. All kingdoms below the human kingdom are ‘mindless’. therefore they
cannot generate thoughts. Further they have no idea of
right and wrong, what ought to be done and what ought not to be done and so they cannot
create Karma. Thoughts are solid things, more solid than
a lump of sugar candy. They have tremendous force or power. Utilize this thought power
carefully. it can serve you nicely in a variety of ways.
But do not misuse this power at random. If you misuse this power, you will have quick
downfall or a terrible reaction. Utilize it to help
others. Thought Power for Cultivation of Courage and
Love Destroy ruthlessly the fear thoughts, selfish
thoughts, the hate thoughts, lustful thoughts, and other morbid negative thoughts. These
evil thoughts induce weakness, disease, disharmony, depression and despair. Cultivate positive thoughts such as mercy,
courage, love and purity. The negative thoughts will die by themselves. Try this
and feel your strength. Pure thoughts will infuse in you
a new exalted life. Sublime divine thoughts produce tremendous
influence in the mind and drive away evil thoughts and change the mental substance.
Mind is wholly changed into light by entertaining divine thoughts. Thought Power for an Ideal Life Entertain loftiest thoughts. Your character
will be exalted. Your life will be noble and ideal. But, different people have different mental
backgrounds. People vary in their capacities, mental and intellectual, and in physical and
mental strength to do things. therefore each of you
should have an ideal which is suited to your temperament, your capacity, and realize it
with great enthusiasm and dynamic action. The ideal of one person will not suit another.
If one keeps an ideal that he cannot realize, an ideal that is beyond his reach and capacity,
he will get disappointment. He will give up his
effort and become Tamasic. You should have your own ideal. You may realize
it this moment or after ten years with faltering steps. it does not matter much.
Everyone should endeavour his or her level best to live
upto this ideal. Your whole energy, nerve force and will must be put in the realization
of the ideal. You can chalk out your own ideal yourself
according to your own standard. If you are unable to do this, have your guide and he
will select for you the ideal that is suitable to your
capacity and standard. One should not treat a man, who has a low
ideal, with contempt. He may be a baby soul, who is just crawling now in his moral or spiritual
path. Your duty is to help him in all possible ways in the realization or accomplishment
of his ideal. You should give him all sorts of
encouragement in his sincere endeavour to live up to his own highest ideal. it is highly deplorable to note that the vast
majority of persons have no ideal at all. Even
educated persons do not cherish any ideal. They lead an aimless life and therefore are
drifted hither and thither like a piece of straw. They make no progress in life. Is this not
a very sad plight? Highly lamentable indeed! it
is very difficult to get a human birth and yet people do not realize the importance of
keeping up an ideal and living up to the ideal. The idea of “Eat, drink and be merry,”
is adopted by the Epicureans, the gluttons and rich
people. This school of thoughts has countless followers and the number is increasing by
leaps and bounds daily. This is the ideal of Virochana. This is the
ideal of Asuras and Rakshasas. This ideal will
lead a man to the dark region of misery and sorrow. Blessed is the man who elevates his thoughts,
keeps up an ideal and struggles hard to live up to his own ideal, for he will soon attain
God consciousness. Thought energy for Service and Spiritual Progress Even as energy is wasted in idle talk and
gossiping, so also energy is wasted in entertaining useless thoughts. therefore, you should not waste even a single
thought. Do not waste even an iota of energy in useless thinking. Conserve all mental energy. Utilize it for
higher spiritual purposes, in divine contemplation, Brahma Chintana and Brahma
Vichara. Conserve all thought energy and utilize it
for meditation and helpful service to humanity. Drive away from your mind all unnecessary,
useless and obnoxious thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious
thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement. You are away from God when you entertain useless
thoughts. Substitute thoughts of God. Entertain only thoughts that are helpful and
useful. Useful thoughts are the stepping stones to
spiritual growth and progress. Do not allow the
mind to run into the old grooves and have its own ways and habits. Be on the careful
watch. Help the world by Good Thoughts Like attracts like. If you entertain an evil
thought, that thought attracts all sorts of evil
thoughts from other people. You pass on those thoughts to others also. Thought moves. Thought is a living dynamic
force. Thought is a thing. If you allow your mind to dwell on a sublime thought this thought
will attract good thoughts from others. You pass on that good thought to others. You
pollute the world with your bad thoughts. Thought Power and the Conditions of a New
Civilization Thought makes man. Man makes civilization.
There is a powerful thought force behind every great event in life and in the history
of the world. Behind all discoveries and inventions, behind
all religions and philosophies, behind all life saving or life destroying devices is
thought. Thought is expressed in words and executed
in deeds. word is the handmaid of thought, and deed is the end result. Hence, the saying,
“As you think, so you become.” How to build a new civilization? By generating a new thought force. How to build a civilization that will ensure
the peace of mankind, the prosperity of society, the salvation of the individual? By generating a thought force that will invariably
result in man enjoying peace of mind, that will instill in his heart the divine
virtues of compassion, of service to his fellow men, love of
God, and of an intense desire to realize Him. If but a fraction of the wealth and the time
spent on wasteful pursuits and destructive activities is devoted to the creation of a
GOOD THOUGHT, there will be a new civilization right
now. Atomic and hydrogen bombs, I.C.B.M!and a host
of other inventions drive mankind inevitably to destruction. They waste your wealth; they destroy your
neighbours; they pollute the atmosphere of the
whole world, and generate fear, hatred, and suspicion in your heart; the mind is unbalanced
and the body is subjected to diseases. Stop this
trend. Promote research in spirituality, in religion,
in all the good things of life. Support the philosophers and saints: the real benefactors
of mankind. Encourage them in their study of
religion, researches in ancient spiritual literature, and the projection of a great
thought force for the good. Ban all literature that pollutes the thoughts
of the young. Flood the young brain with healthy thoughts, ideas and ideals. The man who commits murder, the man who steals
your purse, the man who cheats you: law punishes him. But this crime is insignificant
when compared to the crime committed by the wicked intellectual who instills a
wicked idea into the mind of youth. He is the author of many murders that take
place on earth; he steals your greatest wealth, viz. wisdom; he cheats you by presenting you
with poison in the name of sweet elixir. The law
of the new civilization will deal very severely with such Asuric beings. The new civilization will give every encouragement
to those who wish to study philosophy, religion and spiritual thought.
it will make their study compulsory in schools and
colleges. it will award scholarships to students of philosophy. it will confer prizes and titles
on those who conduct researches in religion and philosophy. The deepest urge in man: the
spiritual urge: will be given the fullest scope to realize
its goal. The fruits of the New Civilization are well
worth all that everybody can do towards building it up. In the New Civilization man
will want to lead a righteous life, he will be eager to
serve his fellow beings and share with them what he has; he will love all, realizing that
his own Self dwells in all; he will be devoted to
the welfare of all beings. What an ideal society it will be, where people
share with others all that they possess, and will serve everybody! Where will be the need
for taxes and duties in such a society in which
everyone will voluntarily work for all? Where is the need for police and the army when people
are devoted to virtue? This then is the ideal. Towards this end,
let everyone strive to generate a Thought force. May God bless you all! This is THE END of, THOUGHT POWER, By Sri
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8 thoughts on “Thought Power by Sri Swami Sivananda

  1. Thought Power is an excellent contribution to those that thirst for understanding and truth.Thank you for providing this wisdom. I am extremely grateful!

  2. Although the recording sounds funny, the content is so good I found it well worth listening to…Swami Sivananda's insights and powerful way of conveying wisdom are so valuable to all seekers. He published many other books I found helpful when I did yoga training at his namesake organization started by his disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda. So uplifting and transformative!thank you for sharing on YouTube 🙂

  3. I am listening to this book today Dec 17 2018.I need discipline at this stage of life and this audio books help me. I shall be repeating this. However   @Roland Sullivan have you published other audio books of Swami Sivananda?Thank you

  4. i saw jesus in an open vision and the soulstar 🙂
    7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras
    1 mumijo/Shilajit – strong earthing, very important
    2 Schizandra Berries
    3 Pine Pollen
    4 Reishi Mushroom
    5 Kelp/Seaweed
    6 Gotu Kola
    7 Sage

    other chakras
    8 soulstarchakra, only with earthstar
    9 stargate
    after that..
    father.mother-creator-god – all and nothing 0/9

    good book, swami sivananda`s BLISS DIVINE

    much love

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