One easily remains separate from a bad thought
Talk about something else. Get everything clarified here. It is possible to get clarification to all your entanglements, here. Otherwise, the whole world is in an entanglement.
Questioner: It appears that the difficulty is of the mind; there is nothing else.
Dadashri: Of the mind? How is the poor mind at fault? What is the mind like? What problem do you have if a dog that is tied up to a pole starts barking?
Questioner: It appears that I do not understand the facts (truth).
Dadashri: Everyone understands that. They understand the mind very well. They regard it like a tied up dog when they do not like it (keep away from it), but when they like it, they become tanmayakar (one with; engrossed in) with it. What I am saying is that during both circumstances, pleasant as well as unpleasant ones; keep the mind as a tied up dog!
Questioner: Many times we have unpleasant thoughts even when we do not wish to.
Dadashri: That is the main question. You do not know whether the thought comes to You (the Self) or some other entity, do you? Therefore you feel that ‘I’ am the one having the thought. Does the unpleasant thought come to you or to someone else? Thinking is the function (dharma) of the mind. Whose dharma is it to have pleasant or unpleasant thoughts? It is the dharma of the mind. That is not Atma’s (the Self’s) dharma. Are you Atma (the Self) or the mind?
Dadashri: So then, thinking is not at all the Soul’s function (dharma). You take upon yourself the function that is of the mind; you take the blame (aarop) for it and that is wrong. How is it your problem when the thoughts are coming to the mind? Because thinking is the very function (dharma) of the mind; it will constantly think, all day long. We are labeling it right or wrong; ‘this is a pleasant thought and this is an unpleasant thought!’ It does not take long for one to become engrossed (tanmayakar) with pleasant thoughts, but he remains separate from unpleasant ones and then complains that he has bad thoughts. When unpleasant thoughts come, it proves that he (the real Self) is separate from the thoughts. Do unpleasant thoughts not prove this?
Questioner: But the mind remains surrounded by thoughts for twenty four hours.
Dadashri: Let it think, it is the nature of the poor thing!
Questioner: So is there any kind of a ceremony (vidhi) to get out of it?
Dadashri: Why do you need to get out of it? Just ‘see’ what the mind is doing. If it thinks, ‘my mother-in-law has fallen sick; she is definitely going to die. What will happen after she dies in the morning?’ - Hey! Why should you listen to the mind? All you need to do is to ‘see’ what the mind is complaining about. That is its nature.
Questioner: But so many thoughts come that I am not able to continuously read even five sentences when I am doing my vidhi (Charan Vidhi).
Dadashri: Thoughts will come but they are of the mind, the Soul never has any thoughts. No one will believe that the Soul has a thought. When thinking is all a function of the mind, whom are you disgracing?
When abnormal thoughts occur…
So what do you have to do? All you have to do is to think naturally and spontaneously. When thoughts become abnormal; beyond the normal limit, then it is considered as worry. Then you have to stop there, stop the worry part. If the wind gets too strong, do you not close your windows? Similarly you should stop thinking if thoughts progress to an abnormal level; otherwise it will turn into worries. Then it will start to show you all kinds of things that will cause you fear. So do not go that way. You just have to think of the thoughts to the point of necessity, otherwise just stop.
Questioner: Do we have control in stopping thoughts?
Dadashri: Of course there is! The thoughts will continue coming, they sprout on one side and You continue to ‘see’ them. You can look on this side and they can continue to sprout on the other side. How will it concern you if you turn and look away? You have all the control. If the tap does not shut off and you look away from it, that tap is closed for you, is it not?! To you, it is running as long as you look at it. Now that you have become the Knower-Seer (gnata-drashta), You do not have a mind, do You? The mind is agneya; it will sprout whichever way it can.
Questioner: Regardless of how many thoughts come, if we do not look towards them, does that mean they have stopped?
Dadashri: No, ‘to not see’ is applicable for whom? It is for those who do not have Gnan. You definitely have to ‘see’. You have to ‘see’ both, the negative thoughts as well as the positive ones, that is all. You (the real Self) do not have anything to do with it. You simply have to observe what Chandubhai is doing.
That even if you have hurt someone by your thoughts or if you have had bad thoughts for someone, then there is a SOLUTION for that! Dadashri has given us a magical eraser- Pratikraman, to wipe off the negative and unwanted thoughts from our mind.
Book Name: Aptavani 10 (P) (Page #267 & #268 , Page #269 – Paragraph #1 & #2)