The mind could be mine
Avyakt Murli – October 19, 2011
“BapDada saw that the mind is your creation; that you are the creator of your mind and so you control the mind. You are the masters with the controlling power and ruling power of the mind, but nevertheless, your mind still deceives you. It is your creation, you say, “it is mine!.” However, because of not having enough controlling power, it deceives you. The mind is also said to be a horse, but you have the reins of Shrimat.
You do have those reins, do you not? If your mind ever takes you to any waste, then, by tightening the reins, you can finish the slightest impurity of waste thoughts that still remains. Become a master of your mind. Just as Father Brahma checked his mind every day, in the same way, check your mind every day and finish the waste thoughts. Today BapDada wants you to finish these waste thoughts.”
Above are one of the teachings of BapDada concerning how to be a “master of our minds.”
The above teaching is very simple. Anyone can grasp it and understand it BUT, paradoxically; it is that simple that many will not understand. 🙂
Why if we have a mind that we call “ours,” we cannot usually “will” our thoughts?
Why do we have waste thoughts? What does “applying the rein of Shrimat” means?
Is conquering the mind a matter of checking our mind every day? How many times? 🙂
The mind and its work is just a reflection of our sanskaras. A Sanskara expresses through the mind so it could be put into action by our physical organs through a “decision.”
Let us say that there is an apple pie there. It appears delicious but I just eat. The sanskara comes up of “taste lust” (indulging in particular flavors is a mild form of lust, then we can overeat for the taste of it) then if that sasnkara is strong in me, it will express through my thoughts. “I should get a piece now.. No.. maybe 3 pieces before someone comes up and eats it… No, maybe the whole pie. No one will know. I am slick. I will leave no way to trace me…. etc…etc. “Waste thoughts” keep coming until the decision is made to eat the pie.
That is what is known as “normal.” On the other hand, through BK “reformation” we will be told to ask for permission before eating that apple pie. That is Shrimat. As a matter of fact, there is a line of 50 souls wanting to eat that only pie! Chances are that we will not get anything.
We call that “renunciation.” I am renouncing that apple pie for the good of others. I will delight on their savoring of that pie. I become a “Saint.” 🙂 Have you seen a smiling saint?
On the other hand, someone who understands about the “healthy” options will not choose the apple pie, when he can have an apple. BUT, someone who has “control” meaning who can choose to eat apple pie or not eat it because that sanskara of “taste-lust” (gluttony) is not there; that one could care less if the apple pie is there or not. Similarly, that sanskara of “renunciation” of the so called “saint,” is not helpful at all; for that sanskara of renouncing will not allow that person to enjoy life when taken into extremes.
As we can see, it depends on the intensity of a particular sanskara. Renouncing or indulging in apple pie are 2 extremes.
When the mind sees 2 extremes, the mind is not balanced. At this point, we talk about “having yoga” to submerge the sanskara of gluttony and renunciation. Nevertheless what we experience is that a submerged sanskara can emerge again if we do not “sit in yoga everyday…” Why is that?
Because I have not created a new sanskara instead to replace it. That is, I have not transformed the original sanskara.
How do I do that? How do I transform every single one of my sanskaras? What is the “yukti”?
Then, someone will come up with a list of 108 yukties for every single sanskara which needs to be transformed.
1. Gluttony : Do this drill 3 times a day for 30 days.
2. Renunciation: Baba says that renunciation is good so keep that one… No! BapDada has said to renounce renunciation… To renounce seeing the defects in someone… To renounce the old sanskaras, etc. Let us please take the word renunciation in context and not just apply it for the sake of it.
3. Etc. etc.. 108 times.
Then, we think that we need to “memorize” that list and “practice” it to really get to know those sanskaras…
I know there are souls who like the structure of a check list. That is great if those souls feel comfortable with that. But I wonder is there is an easier way…
There is a simple way.
It is the first “Shrimat,” that is remembrance. Where remembrance starts? It starts with the self. Once I observe “me” in my daily interaction as a detached observer, I will learn to see when “my” mind takes over. That requires AWARENESS. I am not “my” body. I am not “my” mind, I am not “my” thoughts; I am not “my” feelings/emotions. Whatever remains is who I am. That is the experience.
As we feel “centered” then we observe the mind. When we observe the mind, all of the sudden “my” mind is not “mine” anymore. When I use the heart rather than the mind, I will feel love without labeling.
When I feel love and I observe the mind, I will not react. That requires awareness. Constant awareness. That is to be conscious, that is remembrance. That is constant meditation.
BapDada will make a point in such a way that it is easy to grasp what He says by everyone, however; the interpretation, the filter; will depend on our experience of that which He is talking about.
Our task is to experience that experience rather than to intellectually understand just words.
i think its AM of 2/2/13 MANJEET …..thankyou for your churning , though i read the murli many times not able to figure out how to control my own mind. your explanation has helped me a lot
Thank you both! 🙂
Wonderful post. Essence of Bapdada’s Shrimat. Experiencing, detached observer, self awareness………….wow! Its truly very simple and thats why its difficult to understand by many. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you brother, very helpful, came at the right time