Penance of Mind
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भावसंशुद्धिरित्येतत्तपो मानसमुच्यते– Bhagavad Gita 17.16
bhāva-sanśhuddhir ity etat tapo mānasam uchyate
- He begins with prasaadaha, cheerful, joyful attitude towards whatever life offers. It comes from maintaining our balance and composure in troublesome as well as in happy situations. This goes to prove the adage “Happiness is a state of mind”. Being cheerful is in our mind than in the situations we face.
- Saumyatvam refers to developing a gentleness and gracefulness when dealing with people. It requires us to remain free from negative attitudes towards people that manifest as jealousy, hatred, etc.
- The next quality is maunam. Literally, maunam mean silence, but here it means silence that comes out of contemplation. Silence also signifies the importance of listening than speaking. Introspecting in silence helps the next trait ie exercising self-control on our words and actions.
- We cannot stop negative thoughts from arising in our mind, but we can always control how much time and attention we give to such thoughts. Whenever such negative thoughts arise, we should be able to switch to a positive thought immediately. Doing so requires high levels of self-control or aatma vinigrahaha. If we do not learn how to do this, the mind will hold onto a negative thought and get swept away in a mental whirlpool of negativity.
- bhāva-sanśhuddhir. Training your mind to be cheerful, graceful, introspect and exercise self-control when required will develop ‘purity of intent’. What is ‘purity of intent’?
The first step to attain ‘purity of intent’ is to get the clarity on what you want and be honest about what you want.
“Let us start with good news!” the majority said.
“Well then,” the pastor spoke excitedly, “the good news is that we’ve got the $100k needed to renovate the church!”
The announcement received a thunderous applause.
“Now, the bad news, ladies and gentlemen,” he said, drawing himself closer to the mic. “That money is still in your pockets.”
Whatever required to realize our intent in life are already there in the universe. It’s the purity of intention that brings those resources together. If you are not confused about what you want and your actions align with your intention, you are well on your way to success.
எண்ணங்களின் உயர்வு ஏற்றங்களில் நிறைவு – ஜெகந்நாதன்
Enhance your thoughts and elevate yourself — Jaganathan
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