What you have at this stage is the beginner’s mind.
This mind is at the very start of acquiring knowledge.
Beginner’s mind is flexible and ready to take up new information.
A knowledgeable mind is the mind that is shut up.
It has many theories and explanations but all are old and rusty.
Science is ever changing discipline and always challenging you with new view points.
Dullest mind is the mind of a person who has acquired highest degree from a university.
Beginner’s mind is a bliss.
If you have this even though you have attained substantial knowledge you’ll never be tired of acquiring new information or revising the old one.
Learn ‘Meditation’ from some experienced teacher.
But try to avoid to seek his guidance again and again for some worldly problems you encounter.
Here your own mind and intellect is your best guide.
No other person can guide you in a way your own mental discretion can.
You feel gratitude towards that teacher is enough to pay your obeisance.
All learning are directed to make you independently face challenges and difficulties of life.
Your mind is like a lake where any new information enters like a stone and creates ripples of thoughts.
But after some time as the lake regains its calmness so your mind should.
But this does not happen under usual circumstances
Uninhibited thoughts keep on wandering in your brain.
They keep you chatting internally.
Meditation is relaxing your mind and body in such a way that your mind regains its calmness.
It sweeps away the unnecessary information and keep your mind tidy and clean.
Energy that it generates is the energy of free space where more information can be stored more challenges are dealt with.
Do not run away from fear.
Put your eyes in the eyes of fear and then act.
There are two types of fears.
In the real dangers like snakes or fire fear is the good or healthy response.
But most of the time you are affected by psychological fears, the illusory dangers e.g. fear of ghosts, fear of examinations or simply fear of accepting challenge.
You become quite nervous and loose half of your potential.
You must expose yourself repeatedly to such fears before you finally master them.
‘Good and bad’, ‘sacred and evil’ are those unnecessary playthings whole of the world is busy with.
Good is fighting with the bad and bad in turn considers good as its enemy.
This so called goodness you hold is relative goodness which always stands against bad.
There is an absolute goodness which synthesizes both good and bad into single uniform act.
Relative goodness is your goodness alone while absolute goodness is universal
You may be considering certain things as bad while universally they may be good and vice versa
You rarely meditate on whole life to find what is an ABSOLUTE GOODNESS
In your life, good and bad are in conflict both in outer life so they are in you inner life, in your inner mind
Our inner life our inner mind should not be in conflict because of good and bad division
Consciousness working within has the qualities of absolute.
All discretion of good or bad are products of mind which works in association with society.
Society is a constant process of change. There are legal and social issues which keep on revising
The values on which a society is built change with changing times and so the definitions of good or bad.
For a wise person such divisions only exist in the outer but not in inner mind
But if you hold a hideous nature to cause harm to a person then it is your own inner hell not someone’s else’s.
Your brain processes information like a computer. For this it needs time.
Total import of information during the whole day is so big that it cannot process whole of the information simultaneously.
So during night when you are sleeping brain takes up the task of processing information.
Brain does this by storing entire information into different compartments of memory stores.
All superfluous information which we do not need at all is going to be discarded.
Information that is necessary for future is stored
This information shall be retrieved by memory later.
This shows us importance of sleep.
If we do not sleep or have disturbed sleep or the challenging information is such that it needs more time than the whole night of sleep then the brain will not be free enough for the next day’s tasks.
We will behave as if we are busy with our thoughts during the whole day.
Such things happening again and again are the cause of our confusing behavior.
You need enough sleep (6-8 hrs a day) for the proper memory functions.
At some spare moments try to move into your brain, into your mind, into your thoughts and observe the activities of your thoughts.
Some times you have pleasant thoughts and many a times your thoughts are disturbing and unpleasant.You have troublesome and worrisome thoughts.
Are you able to watch them without yourself getting disturbed? It is not so easy task.
A thought produces an effect which is necessary for its own survival. Your mind jumps like a grasshopper from one thought to another. It takes pleasure or displeasure as per the nature of the thought.
Can you dissociate yourself from that pleasure or displeasure and watch the thought dispassionately or unemotionally.
If you are able to do this then you have created an observer in you.
But this observer is a silent observer. It does not put your thoughts into ‘good’ or ‘bad’ category. Never let it do so.
Otherwise you will put yourself in that cage of duality and double standards in which much of humanity is suffering.
Try to perform an activity which is called ‘completion of thought’.
While observing your thoughts you see that if a thought has the potential of hurting you psychologically you immediately move to another thought.
You never let that thought ‘complete’ itself.
Perhaps that is why thoughts disturbs you repeatedly.
Can you let your mind to act in a manner that you complete that hurting thought too and watch silently without feeling its hurt as if this has been happening with someone else?
You may be introvert or extrovert in your mental dispositions.
If you are an introvert in nature try to overcome your introvertedness.
Try to be more aware of your surroundings and people around you.
Develop healthy relationship with the people you know. Do not work on the dictates of your co inhabitants.
Develop friendships where you are an equal partner and not a submissive one.
Help others in their difficulty and never hesitate to ask for help in your own.
If you are an extrovert try to cut short your activities.
Try to observe your routine.
Cut short your ‘friendly circle’ that keeps you busy all the time and try to expand that ‘humanity circle’ where you do charity without seeking recognition.
Help others in a manner that you do not seek the repayment even in your thoughts.
Try bearing loss without repentance.
See for yourself your work being done where you are also a performer but do not make yourself that passionate active performer.
Try to develop that ‘dispassion’ that casual manner in all your activities.
Understand the conditioned responses of your nervous system.
Understand your habitual behavior and new creative responses.
Your mental faculties may be too lethargic to accept anything new.
Understand any new creative response that sometimes occurs when you are challenged.
For example you have moved to a new city and trying to locate a friend without a valid address. See how your nervous system behaves and gets tremendous energy when it finds any new clue and how it gets frustrated when it proves futile.
Let yourself experience that sustained mental activity.
Never say no if such thing happens again in future.
Million of years of man’s active engagement in facing similar challenges has been able to provide you with such an intelligent brain.
Alternatively you may experience similar bursts of energy when you are at home and working on a solution to a problem.
|STEPS TOWARDS ACHIEVEMENT OF BETTER HEALTH & INTELLIGENCE-2 |
Do not let your nervous system feel sudden excessive burden of acquiring knowledge in short span of time.
Move slowly if you are learning a new technique, reading a new book or learning a new discipline.
Do not blame yourself that you are not competitive enough.
Never let yourself under stress of learning or doing
Try to learn or do all the things completely and slowly.
Never put yourself under peer pressure.
Never press your intellect to act at a pace that you see in others.
Each one of you is unique individual having his/her own pace of learning. While trying to learn things fast you may omit certain very fundamental aspects.