Still the Hopping Mind
All human evil comes from this: a man’s being unable to sit still in a room.
– Blaise Pascal
Unless we train it, the very nature of the mind is to keep on hopping from one thing to another, almost at random. The mind can be very usefully employed, but it has to be trained for its job. Too much of the time the mind is engaged in negative thinking, either about others or about ourselves – a destructive occupation.
Training the mind means establishing and maintaining sound shop standards: good, creative, consistently kind thinking, and no around-the-clock activity, either. When the mind has nothing productive to do, we need to learn how to close up shop and let it rest.
Of Intellect and Faith
I can hope to comprehend the spiritual with my faith and prayer, not with my intellect. I should think of God more with my heart than with my mind. I can breathe in God’s very spirit in the life around me. I can empty my mind of all the (perceived) limitations. I can sense the Eternal.
Easy Does It
You must be, before you can do. The doing must be the expression of being. We cannot accomplish much in personal relationships without first preparing ourselves by being honest, pure, unselfish and loving. We must choose good and keep choosing it, before we are ready to be used by WaheGuru to accomplish anything worthwhile. We will not be given the opportunities until we are ready for them. Quiet time of communion with WaheGuru is good preparation for creative action.
Wahe Guru WaheGuru Wahe Guru
The mantram is most effective when we say it silently, in the mind, with as much concentration as possible. Saying the mantram aloud a few times can help you get started, and it is so rhythmical that it can be sung aloud. But we need not dwell on the tune and rhythm. Anything which takes attention away from the mantram itself, such as counting, or worrying about intonation, or connecting the mantram with physiological processes, only weakens the mantram’s effect.
The mantram is a force, and in order for this force to work, it must be working from deep inside. At first, we will be repeating the mantram only at the surface level of the mind. But if we repeat it with regularity and sustained enthusiasm, it will take root deep in our consciousness.
- Eknath Easwaran