The Art of Mind Control
There is no limit to the power a human mind possesses. This power differentiates us with other creatures of the universe and this is the reason behind the progress of humans. But 90% of the thoughts generated in our mind are wasted by an average man daily. Uncontrolled mind is the reason for this wastage. We all will agree that we are living in the midst of the most troubled times. According to a poll conducted by Times Magazine our society is facing a grave problem of Lack of morality. It has given rise to crimes, corruption, terrorism, wars, drug addiction, suicides and much more. There is only chaos and confusion not only in our society but also in our minds. We have lost control over our mind and our thoughts. Swami Vivekananda said that an uncontrolled mind is unguided and it will only drag us down and down forever and will kill us.
Our mind is similar to an ocean and thoughts are like its waves. The ocean is neither good nor bad, it is neutral and waves arise due to the wind which is blowing over the ocean. The wind could be compared to the desire which makes waves in our mind. Controlling this wind would pacify the mind. The wind is our thoughts, fear and desires. The way to control your desire is to control your attention. It is stated in Bhagwad Gita that the person who has conquered the mind it is his best friend but for those who fail to do so it is his greatest enemy.
It is indeed an art to control our minds. It has to be brought under control gradually and systematically. It is art which should be practiced daily and not just done one day and discarded the next day. Sit quietly for some time and let your thoughts free. This exercise would give you an insight of what is in your mind. It is very important to know it before you control it. Think of your body and mind as healthy and strong. Practice it daily and you will notice the change. You will notice that with each day your mind is becoming peaceful and the unwanted desires of your body and mind will disappear gradually. The first sign of change that you will notice is that you will become cheerful. Positive thoughts will be your companion and you will find happiness even in a small event.
Our mind is not stable it changes in minutes. It would not be easy to control it. When you are doing meditation all types of thoughts will cross your mind and will distract you. You will have to focus on your aim and will have to be careful that no negative thought enters your mind. Once you are in control of your mind you will be free from the personal boundaries of it. Positive overcomes negative it is the law of nature. Meditate daily and you will experience it for yourself that you will lose all your fears, anger, hatred and lust.
For all those people who think it is impossible let me quote Lord Krishna's verse from Bhagwad Gita “it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.”