THOUGHT OF THE DAY : SILENCE YOUR MIND

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.

Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough. So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.

After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.

MORAL:

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be…!

Depression….How to over come….‏

Those in the early stages of depression can easily come out of it on their own.

Our scriptures discipline our daily routine. For example, though bathing is only to cleanse the body, our scriptures tell us when to and when not to bathe. And also bathing is described as a virtuous act. Similarly, though food is taken to appease hunger, our scriptures tell us when and what type of food to be had.

Having food and offering food to others (annadhana) are considered as worship. As never seen anywhere else it is only here in our land that scriptures have been made even for kaama (Sex). All these only go to show that our feelings/emotions need to be properly channelized.

Depressed people yearn to be like the experts in various fields – to be like the good musician when they listen to a good music performance, to be like the cricketer when they watch a cricket match and so on. This trait is also a mental weakness and is sheer foolishness.

Mental strength and thinking capacity increases when one reduces talking. One should always be cheerful and pleasant. One should be in the company of good friends and saints. Good books also make good company. One should always be positive in thought, word and deed, as these have power.

One should have a concrete goal in life. Adoption of a child by childless couples is only to bring meaning into their lives. In spiritual life realization is the goal. At the same time one should put in constant effort.

Though festivals like Sri Ramanavami, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Krishna Jayanthi (Gokulashtami), Navarathri, etc. are basically religious in nature, they are also meant to overcome idleness, bring in cheerfulness and promote social interaction. Our religious concepts have sound logic as basis.

We should avoid the company of people who have negative attitude, who always find fault with others and who are idle because negative qualities are very contagious.

If we follow the mantra ‘ADJUST, ADAPT AND ACCOMMODATE’ the world would be a better place to live in

Mind is both wonderful and dangerous. Reading the essay on ‘DEPRESSION’ would probably have made many people believe they, too, fit into the description of many symptoms of depression. It is not so. As long as the mind exists, such imaginations and thoughts are unavoidable. Only when such imaginations cross the threshold can we term it, ‘DEPRESSION’.

To put it in a nutshell,

a. One should have a definite purpose in life
b. One should not waste a single moment
c. One should talk less
d. One should cultivate good thoughts and be in good company
e. One should have a practical approach towards life, and
f. One should believe in God

Observing these simple guidelines will enable us to lead a healthy life interpreting events based on scriptures…to be continued the second part…