Many people don’t understand this beautiful life because we don’t take time to think. We fail to pause and think. You can’t avoid negative thinking. It’s a natural process happening in your mind without your effort. When you take effort to think what you want to think, you can keep yourself away from having a thought which you don’t want to think. Now let me tell you the essential need for this fundamental practice that you need to do Self-effort to think what you want to think.
MIND YOUR THOUGHTS
TO MOULD YOUR LIFE
Most of the people are not able to take the effort to think what they want to think in spite of having this capacity. This is because they don’t have clarity about what they want to have in the future. Many people are clear about physical possessions, but they are not clear about the experience which they want to experience. Unless you don’t have this clarity, it’s impossible to live without a negative thinking. For example you have a car and you go out for a drive. You cannot avoid the car from being exposed to dust and dirt. If you want to see your car always neat and clean you will have to keep it indoors always. So, it’s your responsibility to clean your car once you decide to use it. Similarly, when you start living your life, till your last breath you may not always have the choice to choose the people with whom you will talk and mingle on a regular basis. Once you are into constant interaction and communication, you cannot avoid negative inputs getting into your mind. This is where your ‘self-effort to think what you want to think’ plays a major role. This is possible only when you have a vision. It doesn’t need to be a huge one like a big financial plan or a great dream. It can be a simple profound experience that you want to experience in life. In fact I want everyone to listen to these two examples which I am going to explain.
Think about yourself. Are you the strongest species in this world? Of course not, there are other magnanimous creatures on this planet which are physically stronger and powerful than us. Now ask yourself whether you are the fastest creature on earth? The answer is again no. How much ever you train yourself the maximum you do is not even the minimum that the animals can achieve. The fact is that they do it without any extra effort. It’s their nature. But still we humans control all these animals. It’s also true that not every elephant or lion will listen to humans’ commands. Only the animals trained by humans will obey their commands. Isn’t it beautiful? In spite of being faster and stronger than humans they will listen to us as we have the ability to train them.
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
It’s not just the animals that will listen to you after training. It’s the same with the mind. Somehow you have a mind which can train animals but doesn’t have the ability to train your own self. You cannot change a person without changing the mind of that person. A tiger is trained by a human’s mind. But here first your human mind has to be trained by your mind. Gaining the strength to train your mind by your mind is called meditation. Once you gain this, your ability to train your mind is possible only with a vision. First you need the strength to train your mind, then training the mind with a clear vision and meditation. This is where you understand that you have all the power to transform every aspect of your life. Not every human being can start meditating immediately. Not everybody can start having good thoughts immediately. You can at least start a simple exercise. Take control over what you speak. Think before you speak. The greatest people are people who think before they speak, others think after they speak. So, when there is a situation, I insist you to think about what you are going to speak. Take this as a rule book. Consider the following five parameters before you speak:
T – True
H – Helpful
I – Inspiring
N – Necessary
K – Kind
MIND WITH AN INTENTION IS THE COMMAND FOR
Many people have this quality when they speak to others. But Spirituality is the understanding that these are the qualities you need to have before you speak to your own self. So from this moment, any word you speak to yourself, make sure you are at least taking effort not to speak anything against your own self. If you achieve this one quality, you will naturally gain immunity if someone is speaking something against you. We can’t expect everybody to have good opinion about you. You get disturbed when somebody is not having the opinion that you want them to have about you. Once the mind is disturbed, it will never listen to your commands. This is where you have to tell yourself an elephant that is trained by you will listen to your command and similarly a mind that is trained alone will listen to your command. You can still run and protect your-self when a wild elephant is chasing you but you wouldn’t know how to protect your-self when your mind is destroying you. A human can never give his presence with an elephant which is not trained by him. He will protect himself from the elephant which is not trained by him. But in life you don’t have that choice. You have to live with the mind; neither can you go away from your mind nor will the mind go away from you. The only choice left is to train the mind and be with your mind. From there, every aspect of your life will be filled with oneness and joy which you can never even imagine, and for that Meditation is the only process.
THE UNTOLD TRUTH ABOUT MEDITATION
Many people keep postponing the process of meditation thinking that this can be done only at later stages of their life. It is like wearing top brand coolers after losing your eyesight. Meditation is not the process towards God or Spirituality. It is the essential requirement to keep your mind with the ability to listen to you. It is the essential process to gain the strength to train your mind to transform your life. So wait no more, enough is enough. Every minute you read, think or advocate about meditation is actually time wasted. You need to instead practice it and whatever you do in the name of meditation, do it with commitment. Now when you commit yourself to practice meditation, it is the time you commit to spend with God. Then the entire universe will commit to help and guide you in every aspect of life. This is the untold secret & ultimate truth about meditation.
Wishing you a life full of peace, success and happiness!!
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji
Aham Brahmasmi !
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary Spiritual Master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation)