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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Mastering - Power Of Concentration

The secret of mastering the power of concentration
 is through deep meditation
In my last post, I talked about the Power of Concentration and I ended that with a question – Can we become the master of using the power of concentration? Well, my answer to that is – yes.

The Yogis say that we can attain perfect control of our mind. Before I jump on talking more on this subject, I want to tell you something about the danger in developing the power of concentration. The danger that I am talking about is in not being able to detach ourselves as per our will after concentrating our mind on any object. This state causes great sufferings.  Most of our suffering is caused because we do not have the power to detach ourselves. Thus, along with the development of concentration, we must develop the power of detachment. The Yogis say, that we must learn the art of attaching the mind to one thing exclusively, and also to detach at a short notice and place it on something else. These two, attachment and detachment of mind should be developed together to make it safe.

This is systematic development of the mind. I believe that the very essence of education is concentration of mind and not collecting of facts. Swami Vivekananda had once said that, there is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.

The first step in training the mind is to begin with breathing. Regular breathing puts the body in a harmonious condition, where it becomes easy to reach the mind. While we are breathing, it is important to consider the posture. The proper position is any posture where one can sit easily. The spine should be kept free and the weight of the body should be supported by the ribs. It is said, that do not try by contrivances to control the mind, simple breathing is all that is required in that line.

The Powers Of Concentration

There are many differences between men and animals and the most important one is in their power of concentration. 
Mastering The Power Of Concentration Through Meditation
Each and every success in any line of work is the result of concentration. We all know something about concentration and we all have seen the results of concentration at some point in our lives. To site a few examples, I would say, the high achievements in art, music, literature, drama etc are the results of concentration.

An animal has a very little concentration power. Those who train animals, they would know, that the animal is constantly forgetting what is told to him. He cannot keep his mind concentrated for long upon anything at a time.  Here is the difference between man and animals. Man has a greater power of concentration than animals. The difference between powers of concentration is also seen between different individuals as well. Compare the highest with the lowest man and you will find the difference is in the degree of concentration.

Our mind becomes concentrated at some point in time. We concentrate on things that we love and we love those things on which we are able to concentrate our minds. Which mother in the world does not love the face of her child? That face is the most beautiful face to her, in the world. She loves it, because, she concentrates her mind on that face. And, if everyone could concentrate on that face, everyone would love it. It would be the most beautiful face to all. We concentrate our minds upon those things that we love.

The trouble with this type of concentration is that, we do not control the mind. It is actually, the mind that controls us. This is something outside of ourselves that draws the mind into it and holds it there as long as it chooses. We hear melodious tunes or see a beautiful painting, and the mind is held fast to that piece of art, and we cannot take it away.

If I talk to you well, about a subject of your interest, your mind concentrates upon what I am saying. I draw your mind away from you at that moment and hold it upon the subject. Thus our attention is held, our minds are concentrated upon various things and we cannot detach our mind from those things.

Now the question that arises is, Can this concentration be developed and can we become the masters it? The yogis say, yes, we can develop this power of concentration and master it.

Read my next blog on this subject to know more about – The Powers Of Concentration.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Power Of The Mind

The Power Of Our Mind
Have you ever experienced the phenomenon that is known as thought-transference? It’s like a man in some place is thinking something, and that same thought is manifested in somebody else in a different place. Do you think that people who have had such great experiences in their life did that with any kind of preparations and not by chance? What I am saying to you right now is that- a man wants to send a thought to another person’s mind at a distance, and this other mind knows that he is about to receive a thought that is coming, and he receives it exactly as it was sent out. Distance didn’t make any difference at all. The thought travels and reaches the other man, and he/she understands it. Let me say this to you- if your mind is an isolated one in your location from where you are reading this blog post right now, and my mind an isolated one here in India which is my location in the world, and there were no connection between the two of us, then would it be possible for my thought to reach you? In general, it would not be my thought that you would be receiving directly. As a first step my thought has got to be dissolved into ethereal vibrations and then those ethereal vibrations enter your brain where they have to be resolved again by your brain to make your own thoughts. What I did is dissolution of thought, and what you received is a resolution of thought. This is not Telepathy because in telepathy, there is no such process involved; it is direct.

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