MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF MIND

MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF MIND: –

The purpose of the meditation is to begin to recognize and get a feel for the nature of our mind. When we refer to our mind, we are talking about an abstract concept, without having a direct experience of our mind. If we are asked to identify the mind, we may be compelled to merely point to the brain. If we were asked to define mind, we may say it is something that has the capacity to ‘know’, something that is ‘clear’, and ‘cognitive’. But without having directly grasped the mind through meditative practices, these definitions are just words. It is important to be able to identify the mind through direct experience, not just an abstract concept. So the purpose of the meditation is to be able to directly feel or grasp the conventional nature of the mind, so when you say the mind has the qualities of ‘Clarity’ and ‘cognition’, you will be able to identify it through experience, not just as an abstract concept.

Meditation helps you to deliberately stop the discursive thoughts and gradually remain in that state for longer and longer duration. As you practice meditation, eventually you get to a feeling as if there is nothing there, a sense of vacuity. But if you go further, you eventually begin to recognize the underlying nature of the mind, the qualities of ‘Clarity’ and ‘knowing’. It is similar to having pure crystal glass full of water. If the water is pure, you can see the bottom of the glass, but you still recognize that the water is there.

Generally speaking, our mind is predominantly directed towards external objects. Our attention follows after the sense experiences. It remains at a predominantly sensory and conceptual level. In other words normally our awareness is directed towards physical sensory experiences and mental concepts. But in meditation, what you should do is to withdraw your mind in- wards, don’t let it chase after or pay attention to sensory objects. At the same time, don’t allow it to be totally withdrawn that there is kind of dullness or lack of mindfulness. One should maintain a very full state of alertness and mindfulness, and then try to see the natural state of your consciousness – a state in which your consciousness is not afflicted by thoughts of the past, the things that have happened, your memories and remembrances, nor is it afflicted by thoughts of the future, like your future plans, anticipations, fears, and hopes. But rather try to remain in a natural and neutral state. When you are able to stop your mind from chasing sensory objects and thinking about the past and future and so on, and when you can free your mind from being totally ‘blanked out’, then you will begin to see underneath this turbulence of the thought process. There is an underlying stillness, an underlying clarity of the mind. One should try to observe or experience this.

Fill every thought with determination, every step with courage and every word with love by meditation.

MATTER AND ENERGY

MATTER AND ENERGY
The whole universe is resolved in two components, matter and energy.
Both can be resolved still in higher entity called Mind, the thought power. Thought is the finer manifestation than matter or energy. It is thought that splits itself in to these two. By combination of these two the whole universe has been produced.

Human body has five senses: –
Each sense has an instrument and each instrument has an organ (nerves). Organ then transfers the news to the mind. The state of mind, which reacts, is called the Intellect. There is something upon which the mind is painted all these pictures, this something upon which our sensations, carried by the mind and intellect, are placed and grouped and formed in to unity, is what is called the Soul of man. In the universe, behind the universal mind, there is also a SOUL, and it is called God.

We are Body and Mind only, not Soul – Why?

Buddhists deny the whole theory of Soul. They say, why there be not a soul as substratum, a something that is neither mind nor body but stands as back- ground for both mind and body. Let there be only mind and body. Body is the name of the stream of matter continuously changing. Mind is the name of the stream of consciousness or thought similarly changing. But the SOUL is the supreme commander of both body and mind, which never changes.

Now how does one explain the unity of body and mind?

This unity really does not exist. Take for instance, a lighted torch. If you whirl it rapidly, you see a circle of light. The circle does not really exist, but because the torch is continually moving, it creates the appearance of a circle, so there is no unity in its body, it is mass of matter continually rushing on, and this stream of matter you may call one unity. Similarly in mind each thought is separate from every other thought, it is only rushing current that leaves behind the illusion of unity; there is no need of the third substance called Soul. This universal phenomenon of body and mind all that really is, do not post some- thing behind it.

But this is not true; SOUL is the binding power of body and mind.

HUMANITY

Why have so many wars been fought in the name of Religion?

How can we eradicate the extremists of all religions?

IS IT THE BLIND FAITH OF EXTREMISM?

The answer is to teach young people about Humanity and Spirituality (Universal Religion). The author Devidas (Dev) Tahiliani has written the following book to be adopted as a textbook in high schools all over the world. He understands that Reading, Writing, Science and Math are important to survive in this world, but the training of young minds to Live and Let Live under One G-O-D (Generator, Operator And Destroyer) is also important for the survival of humanity.

There is a huge hole in the heart of all our education systems. It is where the skills and abilities of self-management should be. No one teaches children as to how to manage their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behavior, so they find it hard to manage the Four Rs – Relationships, Roles, Responsibilities and Resources. 

Our world today is dominated by religions that require blind faith and obedience. Humans will continue to abuse each other until we understand that we share a responsibility to ourselves and to each other. The power of our inner spirituality is called Humanism.

We can each follow our own path and share our faith with others without Hatred, Scorn, or violence, and accept other paths as equally valid to our own. It is good to have some kind of faith, but we must follow it with reason.

Our whole world at present revolves around Body Consciousness and no one cares for Soul Consciousness. That is why less and less people go to religious places everyday. Everything we teach in our schools is about building your career, as to how to earn money and take care of your body; and the spiritual teachings are left to the local churches, temples, and mosques, where the extremists take advantage and brain wash the children with their ideas.

Our children spend dozen years in school, then go on to college or professional training for several more; they work out at the gym to stay healthy; they spend a lot of time enhancing their comfort, their wealth and their social status. They put a great deal in to all this and yet they do so little to improve the inner condition that determines the very quality of their lives. What strange hesitancy, fear or apathy stops them from looking within them, from trying to grab the true essence of joy and sadness, desire and hatred? Fear of the unknown prevails and the courage to

explore that inner world fails at the frontier of their mind. In pinning all their hopes on the external world, however, they can only end up being disappointed.

When we speak of the role of faith in cross-cultural conflict resolution, our challenge is to honor the diversity of the world’s humanistic and spiritual traditions while seeking common ground among them, that common ground is that we are all same GOD’s creation, he is our Generator, Operator and Destroyer. What we need is an agenda for research, dialogue and activism that is global in conception and responsive to common challenges of peacemaking and coexistence within and among the world’s many traditions.

Education of the masses about different religions is the key in resolving conflicts. With Guns and Bombs you can kill terrorists, but with education of Universal Religion (Humanity and Spirituality) you can kill the terrorism. 

“LIVE AND LET LIVE UNDER ONE G-O-D (Generator-Operator-Destroyer)”

You can purchase Live and Let Live Under One G_O_D by Devidas Tahiliani as a paperback or an E-book from the below on line stores: 

RoseDog Books Amazon Barnes & Noble Google Play

Following was Dev’s motivation to write a book:-

Devidas (Dev) Tahiliani was 7 years old when India got independence in 1947, and the country was divided by religion into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. Dev was born in Pakistan area. His parents being Hindu had to leave their property (Land & Buildings) and become refugees in India.

Decades later Dev personally felt the destruction of the 9/11, 2001 attacks on World Trade Center, because he was working as project manager for The Port Authority of NY&NJ (PA/NYNJ), across the river from WTC. PA/NYNJ lost about 86 workers, including some of Dev’s friends. This resulted in his Heart attack in January 2002 and Dev had to undergo quintuple bypass surgery. He then spent time sitting at home and wondering what prompted extremists to act. He started reading religious books and collecting material. 

Dev retired from PA/NYNJ in 2012 and before settling in Natick MA, close to his five grand children, he was living in Boston close to where Marathon Bombing took place in April 2013.

That attack prompted him to quickly finish his newly released book.

THREE POWERS OF MIND

Three Powers of Mind

  1. Affirmations are another useful mental tool for achieving success.What you affirm sinks into the subconscious mind, becomes part of the subconscious mind, and consequently affects your behavior and actions. If your affirmations are positive, they lead you to success.
  2. Another important power of the mind is thought transference. You need to be able to transmit your thoughts to other people, who would aid you with your plans. Often, you have to persuade others to invest in your plans or to help you in other ways. It is not enough just to talk with them, you need to believe in what you are saying; you need to be enthusiastic and persuasive, otherwise they won’t listen and won’t care. You need to be able to reject your and their doubts. To be able to do so, you need concentration, control over your thoughts, willpower, self-discipline and patience. All these are men- tal tools and skills.

3. Motivation is another mental and emotional power that you require for achieving success. How can you achieve anything if you are not motivated enough? To increase your motivation and enthusiasm, think often of your goal, about its advantages and benefits, and how it will change your life. Doing so, will strengthen your motivation. Your thoughts, which are part of your mind, possess power. The thoughts that you most often think tend to come true. If you pour your mental energy into the same thoughts or mental images day after day, they will become stronger and stronger, and would consequently affect your attitude, expectations, behavior and actions. Other people, who would then offer you help or opportunities, can even subconsciously perceive these thoughts and mental images. Your thoughts can also create what is usually termed as coinci- dence. They can attract into your life corresponding events, situations and opportunities.

Not every thought turns into reality. A thought has to be repeated often, and be tinged with desire, in order to come true. Doubts, fears and worries tend to destroy what you build with the power of your mind. This means that you need to clear your mind of negative thoughts and doubts.

POWER OF MIND

POWER OF MIND:

In every country, you will find individuals of extraordinary mental or psychic powers, bordering on the miraculous.

Beyond mental or intellectual power lies another distinct dimension that gives extraordinary power to individuals to influence people. This can be simply stated as power of the personality.

Compare the great leaders of religion with the great philosophers. The philosophers scarcely influenced anyone’s inner man, and yet they wrote most marvelous books. The religious teachers on the other hand, moved countries in their lifetime. In the one case … it is a flash of light … In the other, it is like a torch that goes around quickly, lighting up the others”

The science of Yoga (Body and Mind control) addresses the laws and methods, which help man to grow and strengthen his personality. These laws indicate that behind the gross level of power that we can physically sense, lie sources of power of increasing subtlety, the ultimate one being the spirit. Man, both as an individual and as a race, is progressing, not only towards acquiring these deeper powers, but also to an ideal beyond.

The mind plays an important role in achieving every kind of success and goal, minor everyday goals or major goals.

With minor or day-to-day goals, one usually knows what he or she wants to do or get, but when it comes to major goals, most people don’t know what they really desire. They desire to do something big, but they don’t know what. They might have a vague idea, but this is not enough.

To accomplish anything, and to use your mind power, you have to know exactly what it is you want to do. To focus your mind power on a goal, you need to have a clear and well-defined goal. How do you go about that?

You have first to think or meditate, to find out what is it that you want to accomplish or gain. This might not be a simple step, and requires deep thinking, investigation and time.

After discovering what you really want to accomplish, you need to come up with a plan for action. You need to know what you have to do first and how to proceed. All of this requires planning, which means using the power of the mind.

After deciding on a goal and coming up with a plan, you need to hold in your mind a clear mental image of your goal. You need to see it accomplished. This step requires that you use your imagination, which is another power of the mind. Not everyone can visualize clear mental images, but regular training of the imagination can do wonders. You may, for example, look at photos of what you want to achieve, and then close your eyes, and try to see it in your imagi- nation. This will enhance your ability to visualize.

At this point you have to display patience, self-discipline and the power to persist in your efforts. This requires a one pointed mind.