Directing the mind the right way.
The mind can be compared to the intelligent driver of the body-vehicle. Thus it is important to direct it advisedly by positive thinking so it can make out the journey’s right destination as well as the way leading to it. Positive thinking develops higher emotions like courage, love and contentment, which are step by step substituting negative impulses like fear, anger, jealousy or impatience.
Subdue negative thoughts.
Learn to subdue, to purify, to order all your thoughts. Fight against all negative thoughts and doubts. Let sublime thoughts come to you from every side. Thoughts of depression, failure, weakness, darkness, doubts, fear etc. are negative thoughts. Cultivate positive thoughts of strength, courage, love, contentment and cheerfulness. The negative thoughts will disappear.
Laws implied in higher thoughts.
As you think, so you become. As your thoughts are, so must be your life. Improve your thinking. Better thoughts bring better actions. Learn to see the positive everywhere. This is real food for the eye. Purity of thought depends on purity of food. You can see better, hear better, taste better and think better when you entertain positive, uplifting thoughts.
Thoughts have tremendous power.
Thought has got tremendous power. Thought can heal diseases. Thoughts can transform the mentality of persons. Thought can do anything. It can work wonders. The velocity of thought is unimaginable.
Thoughts can change one’s destiny.
Man sows a thought and reaps an action. He sows an action and reaps a habit. He sows a habit and reaps a character. He sows a character and reaps a destiny. What a man sows, that a man reaps.
Man has made his own destiny by his own thinking and acting. He can change his destiny. He is the master of his own destiny. There is no doubt of this. By right thinking and strong exertion, he can become the master of his destiny.
“Meditation is the royal path to freedom, a mysterious ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from darkness to light and from mortality to immortality.” Swami Sivananda
Meditation is a state of consciousness that can only be understood through direct experience and intuition. Unlike our everyday experiences, which are limited by time, space and by the laws of causality, the state of meditation transcends all limitations. In meditation, past and future dissolve. What remains is the single consciousness of ‘I am’ in the endless, eternal Now.
Benefits for the body…
The peace of meditation is deeper than the peace of sleep. Meditation reduces stress – every part of the body, every single cell comes to rest. Meditation keeps the body youthful and prevents early ageing.
…and for the mind.
The experiences of oneness, happiness and harmony which can be attained through meditation create new patterns of thinking. Negative tendencies are overcome and the mind becomes more stable. Meditation helps one to develop a dynamic personality, powerful speech, serenity and great mental strength.
The mind is like a lake.
The mind is similar to a lake with thought waves moving over its surface. In order to recognise the Self at the bottom of the lake, it is necessary to first still these thought waves. Each human being has an inner treasure of silence, which only manifests itself when the movement of the mind comes to a stop.