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Sunday, July 10, 2011

What a paradox!

It is ironical that people spend most of the life in dealing with the illusionary creations of mind. Most of our attention is drawn by things that doesn’t exist in reality and are mere creations of human mind. For example, country, cast, religion, status and all other forms of divisions are just the creation of human mind. People read stories, watch television, watch movies and eventually, entertain so many useless thoughts. Human mind worries about the future problems that never occur. While entertaining the useless thoughts of this illusionary world, the mind becomes so busy that it never gets a chance to delve into the inner world and explore the Truth – Truth about the Self, about this world and about the Supreme consciousness (Paramatma).

While conducting in the world, chasing your desires or dealing with people around you, your mind continue to get impressions of the world. When you talk or think about something or someone, either you like it or you dislike it. So, the impressions of liking and disliking gets engraved in your mind. Similarly love, attachment, jealousy, hatred, anxiousness or all sorts of feelings continue to leave their mark on your mind. When you begin to compare yourself with others, either your ego is nourished or you feel belittled and thwarted. Your opinion about yourself forms a layer of false ego in your mind. In short, I want to clarify that while conducting in the outer world, it is not possible to purify the mind and gain eternal peace or happiness. Isn't it paradoxical that most of us still try to search for peace and happiness in the outer world?

Mind is meant to perceive the external world by obtaining information from the five senses (senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling). So it is natural for the mind to gain information, analyze it based on past experiences and conduct in the external world. In this process, the mind continue to get false layers of impressions that makes it baffled, lost and restless. This is a natural process. To reverse this process – is what true seeking is all about. This is the only way to resolve the paradox. It won't happen on its own. It needs faith, eagerness and determination.

The sages of the east did this analysis on the nature of the mind and the real problem of human kind. That is why they came up with the concept of God with a form (Vishnu, Brahma, Shivji, Surya, Devi Maa and others). This concept of personal God was certainly easier for human mind to perceive than the concept of formless omnipresent God. Then they wrote Vedas, Puranas and Upnishads which are filled with the stories of personal God and their teachings about the true wisdom of the Self. The disciple and the true seeker of Truth is then advised by these Self realized saints to spend their time in the company of holy ones, listen to their talks, read the holy literature, be silent, delve into their teachings and meditate. This is how the seeker slowly begins to purify the mind of all the false impressions and thereby, attain inner peace and eternal happiness.

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