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What is Mind?: What is Mind? Is it part of the Brain?

The brain has got physical characteristics which can be visualized, touched, handled and is located inside the skull. There are certain brain control techniques. But what about the mind? It has no physical dimensions. But there appears to be some kind of relationship between the brain and the mind. When the brain is non functional, (say when the brain activity is blocked by deep anesthesia or coma), the mind also does not seem to function. Mind is not a gross matter - visible and tangible. The mind can not be seen. The magnitude of the mind cannot be measured. Mind does not require a space to exist. Definition of Mind: How to define the Mind? The mind is nothing but a “bundle of desires, thoughts, wants and expectations”. As long as a person is alive, he will have the thoughts, desires, wants and expectations. And these are continually changing, minute to minute and day by day. If your desires and expectations do not fructify, you are under stress, leading to anxiety, mental tension, frustration and depression. If you want to enjoy stress free life, you need to exercise control over mind. You can not under-estimate the mind powers. Mind Control Techniques: But how to control your mind? How to control your negative thoughts and desires? Why there is a necessity to control the negative thoughts and desires, thereby attempting to control the mind? Because, the thoughts and desires transform into words and words result in actions. When a person has a lot of negative thoughts, it may lead him to stress, anxiety, depression, negative actions and violent behavior. There are certain mind control techniques / mind control tricks widely practiced, such as Suppression technique and/or Outburst technique, for controlling the mind. In the Suppression technique, you are asked to suppress your negative thoughts and desires and not to manifest them. But the fact is, your thoughts and desires are like coiled springs. The more you suppress the coiled spring, the more pressure is built upon it. The moment you let go of your hand even slightly, the coiled spring jumps across much more vigorously. Similarly, the moment you relapse in suppressing your negative thoughts and desires, they come out violently. The situation becomes from bad to worse. In the Outburst technique, you are asked to let out your negative thoughts with full force in the open. If you are angry with somebody, you are asked to outburst your anger, say in front of a mirror or in an open park. Once your outburst is over, you may temporarily feel relaxed. But ultimately, this technique leads you to the guilt feeling, which in turn generates a lot of negative thoughts. It is a vicious cycle. These methods employ negative techniques and hence the relief becomes temporary, ultimately leading to more and more negative thoughts, stress, anxiety, cynicism and mental imbalances.

You have simply brought the filthy water bottle in contact with the stream water. Imagine that you have a 1-litre bottle which is full of filthy water. practice. Now.“Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are”. Bring in positive thoughts to your mind. But for majority of the people (including me). You are required to replace the filthy water with clean drinking water. Once you switch on the light bulb. the darkness vanished automatically. What happened to the darkness? As soon as the light came in. You will find that after a few minutes. You are all familiar with mineral water. mind is the As long as you are alive. substitute them with positive thoughts. the entire room is filled with light and you do not see the darkness. But the mind can not be empty. Go to a stream where clean water is flowing. immersed in the stream. containing the filthy water. You enabled the light to come in. the phrase “how to control the mind” itself is wrong. How to practice the “substitution” technique in our daily life? It is not difficult. In such a situation. How has this happened? The clean water from the stream has entered the bottle and driven away the filthy water. it is very difficult to practice in day to day life. Consider a small example. Substitution Technique: What I recommend and as well as I understand the nature of mind. which I will explain below. Step 1 – Keeping Good Company: There is a famous quote. how can you replace the filthy water with good water? It is very easy. When the mind is full of positive thoughts. there is no place for negative thoughts to enter. Seeking and remaining in good company will keep your mind with positive thoughts. as only a few holy men / yogis can master these techniques. we can regulate our mind in the day to day life. Your mind is always filled with your day to day life. which will automatically drive away your negative thoughts. compare the water bottle with your Mind. You have not done anything extraordinary. It is almost impossible to “control” the mind. Just keep the water bottle. the entire bottle is filled with clean water. Instead of mind full of negative thoughts. In fact. Similar is the case with your mind. That’s all. There are 9 Steps to practice the “substitution” technique. You can not empty your mind in Suppose you enter your bedroom in the night. you. The right phrase is “how to regulate the mind”. wash the bottle and then fill up the bottle with clean water. your mind will always be with thoughts and desires. As I bundle of desires. but there is a condition. We should mentioned in the beginning of this article. which drove away the darkness automatically. You can not pour out the filthy water first. You did not attempt to drive away nor suppress the darkness.Other methods involve the techniques called “still the mind” and/or “be a witness to your thoughts”. is the “Substitution” technique. By practicing the “substitution” technique properly. The filthy water can be compared to . provided you make a commitment to practice them on a daily basis. thoughts and wants. The room is dark and you can not see anything. You only put on the light switch.

If you see horror films and negative / filthy programs on the TV (most of TV programs have a lot of these). positive thoughts are developed in the Mind. A subtler part of the food digested. Step 3 – See Good Sights: We should understand one important aspect. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Mouth and the Hands are the input devices to the Mind. If you see only good sights and positive videos / movies. Ears. such as the Keyboard. Avoid speaking harsh words. The water stream can be compared with good company (in Sanskrit language. Step 4 – Hear Good Music: Tune your ears to hear only good and soothing music and sounds. It is pertinent to remember Mahatma Gandhi’s reference to the Three Monkeys – First Monkey closing his both EYES with both hands – Don’t see bad sights. Whatever we feed in. cigarettes and drugs. and the Third Monkey closing his MOUTH with both hands – Don’t speak bad words / untruth. Always choose nutritious food and eat in moderate quantity. Based on the input information fed by these sensory organs. As far as possible. negative and violent thoughts are developed in the Mind. it is wonderful. keep on repeating your God’s name mentally. such as the Eyes. Floppy Drive. the Second Monkey closing his both EARS with both hands – Don’t hear bad sounds. The data to the CPU can be fed in through the FIVE input devices. This process will drive away your negative thoughts and emotions. Read only good and holy books and the books on personality development. influences the Mind and the thought process. but also leads to dullness of the Mind. Don’t enter into heated arguments with anybody. Avoid reading horror stories and negative news (newspapers have plenty of them). . (In Sanskrit. our FIVE sensory organs. CD Drive and Pen Drive. Step 2 – Repeat God’s Name Often: Choose the name of God you love the most. Mind can be compared to the CPU of the computer. is the type and quantity of food you eat. God loves music. our Mind reacts. Step 6 – Eat Moderately: Another important aspect which influences your thoughts and the Mind. Step 5 – Speak Softly and Positively: Always try to speak softly and positively. Whenever you find time. If you can repeat the name of your God in a musical tune (as per your liking). Too much of food not only leads to obesity. the positive thoughts enter your mind and drive away the negative thoughts. avoid hearing bad and filthy words. “good company” is called “satsang”).the negative thoughts and negative desires in your mind. Quality data in – Quality reports out. Don’t hate others. CPU processes it and gives the output. Similarly. irrespective of where you are. Nose. Mouse. It is better to move away from such places. When you remain in the good company. heated arguments and violent shouts. it is called “nama smaran”). It is similar to the light driving away the darkness in the room. Garbage in – Garbage out.

If you need further clarifications / help. Also avoid stale / pungent food. however tiny it is. Avoid / move away from the place where there is a bad / filthy smell. Once you learn mind control techniques and practice them effectively. with equanimity and calmness. ByVPR (Prof. V. Step 8 – Do Good Things: Always try to do good things in life. Avoid going to gamblers’ dens and other unholy places. where you can enjoy the natural surroundings. particularly the natural flowers. Whenever possible. Whenever and wherever you get a chance to help others. Avoid doing wrong things against your Conscience. Step 9 – Go to Good / Holy Places: Visit good and holy places. “Hands that Help are Holier. please EMAIL to me. You can enjoy stress free living. They will refresh your Mind and Heart. I will respond as soon as possible.which not only spoil your health. make a tour to the country-side and / or Mountain ranges. but also adversely affect your Mind. please extend your help. Step 7 – Smell Good Fragrance: Try to smell good fragrances. as it will lead to guilt feelings in your Mind. you will always remain in a positive frame of mind. Try practicing these 9 Habits earnestly and you will feel the difference. Pandu Rangan) . than the Lips that Pray”.