Sunday, December 13, 2009

Habit And Wisdom

When I started to write for this blog, I often asked myself what for I am doing this, I am not a professional writer, can I write continuously, then why? But my mind reminded me that I have benefited lot from the association with Vethathiri Maharishi in getting peace of mind and such similar benefit should go to society at large. Also I thought that whether others are benefiting or not at least for writing these blogs I would read Maharishi's books and my consciousness will remind me to practice what I am writing.

Thought for this week - Often people are sad and feel restlessness and disappointments. A man does a wrong one knowingly  as he  does not have will-power to resist from doing wrong thing. Why ? Maharishi expalins  that  there is a gap between knowledge and practice, because old habits acquired through decades cannot be shed that easily. Even though man thinks that he should change his habits, he is unable to do so. Because his consciousness was engaged in the sensual activity for a long period, will-power and awareness have become dormant. As a result of new understanding, moral consciousness gradually develops now and makes him realise the evils of his habits. The stage is now attained where he can neither neglect what he has understood nor can change his habits. In between habit and wisdom, he is struggling. It is here that restlessness and disappointments are felt. Every now and then he fells sad within himself. Harmony in life is disturbed. Until this gap is filled, he cannot obtain satisfaction and peace.

There is a way out! My wisdom says that I should get up every day at 5 o' clock in the morning in order to complete my routines like walking, physical exercise and meditation but habit does not allow me to get up before 6 o'clock in the morning, that no walking, no physical exercise, no meditation resulting in mental stress. How to fill this gap between wisdom and habit ?

Now I make a auto suggestion that tomorrow I will get up at 5.45 a.m and I will try to repeat the same for next one week. Can I achieve? Yes, ofcourse, with little efforts! If I succeed for one week, then what is the problem for continuing further! On this success, my auto suggestion revised to 5.30 a.m, 5.15 a.m  and 5.00 a.m. Now I am able to get up at 4.30 a.m. By this process I realised and have decided to go to bed early without wasting time.

Similarly we can change any habit to match with our wisdom. Enjoy Peace of Mind in Life.  



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