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Control over the mind
Questioner : How can we control
Dadashri : The mind can never be
controlled. The mind is completely
physical, just like a machine. A person may think he has
succeeded in gaining control over his mind, but it is only due to
an effect of his previous karmic account. Only if a
person has previously made the bhaav (intent) to do so,
will the effect manifest in this life. Only previously made
arrangements will bear fruits in this life. Otherwise, it is not
possible to bring the mind under control. The mind cannot be tied down with anything. Just
as you need a vessel to contain and confine water, you need
Gnan to confine
the mind. The mind will only yield to a Gnani
Purush. It is not to be fractured; it has to be dissolved.
The mind is a 'boat' in the 'ocean of
life'; you can only cross the ocean of life and reach a shore in
this boat. The whole world is swimming in the ocean of life.
They swim a little but they sink, again they swim and sink and come
up also and that is why they get tired. Everyone has the desire to
reach the shore in a boat, but because they do not have the right
understanding, they try to destroy this boat of the mind. We need the mind; the mind is gneya (that to be
known) and you are gnata-drashta
(the knower and the seer) of it. The mind
is a film; what will you watch if there is no film? The mind
is a film but because you do not know this, you become engrossed
with it and say, "I have good thoughts." And you do not like it
when you have bad thoughts. Good thoughts
sow seeds of attachment (raag)and bad
thoughts sow seeds of abhorrence (dwesh). This is how
the worldly life perpetuates. But when you meet a Gnani
Purush and he bestows upon you the
divine vision (divyachakshu) which will give you awareness of the Self, then you
will begin to recognize the tubers of the mind and they will
dissolve as you continue to see them.
Questioner : I have no interest left in the
worldly life. I do not like it anywhere, what should I do?
Dadashri : When a person has a fever for
several days, he does not feel like eating anything. He will even
give it to you in writing, "I do not like eating anything", but is
he going to feel this way forever? No! He will tear his note and
say he was sick at the time he wrote it, but now he is fine. The mind changes every moment. It will
become interested again. Under certain conditions, people feel they
do not like the worldly life; certain conditions make them feel
this way, but those conditions change.
quotes by Param Pujya Dadashri: 1) What is the nature of the
mind? When one says, "I am depressed", then the burden of
the depression will increase ten fold. And when he says, "I am not
depressed", then the burden reduces ten fold.
2) One uses meditation to
still the mind when it becomes agitated and restless. That will
help allay the disease of restlessness, but it will do nothing for
liberation. Only when the mind remains
constantly under control, can it be considered cured. Constant
control means it will not go anywhere.
3) The mind can only be controlled through Gnan and only the
Gnani Purush can do that. In the absence of Gnan,
wherever the mind goes, it gives rise to the worldly life.
Even when a person goes to the Himalayas having renounced the
worldly life, he grows a rose plant, raises a goat and starts a
worldly life this way. He creates a crowd even in solitude.
4) You (Self,
Atma) are separate from the mind, the body and
5) Is the mind not under control while
counting money? Where there is satisfaction, all inner
complainers are silenced! There is no need for restraint of the
mind. There is need to control the mind with the help of
Bhaav: Inner Intent, Bhavna: Expressed
Book Name: Aptavani 2 : Page # 343 last
paragraph to Page # 344 Paragraph#1
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