Friday, April 30, 2010

Control your mind

A disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest. The disciple was disturbed by the fact that his mind was in constant unrest.

He asked his teacher, "Why most people's minds are restless and only a few possess a calm mind? What can one do to still the mind?"

The teacher looked at the disciple, smiled and said, "I will tell you a story. An elephant was standing and picking leaves from a tree. A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his ear. The elephant waved it away with his long ears. Then the fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once more."

This was repeated several times. Then the elephant asked the fly, "Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can't you stay for a while in one place?"

The fly answered: "I am attracted to whatever I see, hear or smell. My five senses pull me constantly in all directions and I cannot resist them. What is your secret? How can you stay so calm and still?"

The elephant stopped eating and said, "My five senses do not rule my attention. Whatever I do, I get immersed in it. Now that I am eating, I am completely immersed in eating. In this way I can enjoy my food and chew it better. I rule and control my attention, and not the other way around."

Upon hearing these words, the disciple's eyes opened wide and a smile appeared on his face. He looked at his teacher and said, "I understand! If my five senses are in control of my mind and attention, then my mind is in constant unrest. If I am in charge of my five senses and attention, then my mind becomes calm."

"Yes, that's right", answered the teacher, "The mind is restless and goes wherever the attention is. .Control your attention and you control your mind.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Observe and Respond

Two ladies were sitting in a restaurant. Suddenly a cockroach flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She panicked and jumped out of fear. She tried the maximum to do away with the cockroach. In the process she  pushed away the cockroach to the another lady. Her panic was double. The other lady also did the same thing and desperately tried to get rid of the cockroach. Now the cockroach fell on the nearby waiter. The waiter did not get tensed, but just observed its movement on his dress. At a point of time, the cockroach took more time to move i.e just stopped. The waiter took his hand over it and grabbed. He threw it away.

What the cockroach did, what the ladies did and what the waiter did? Nothing wrong with the cockroach, it is its natural behavior. What the ladies did? Why they panicked? Is it not their inability to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach? 

 My wife shouts on me, it disturbs my mind and I also shout back. The result .... Instead as what the waiter did, if I would have been cool and responded politely, things would have been different. Similarly, when boss shouts on his subordinate and so on.

 More than the problem, the way we react to it, is the real problem, which hurts us more!

The ladies reacted while the waiter responded. Reaction is instinctive where as Response is intellectual.

                            .We should not react, we should always respond.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day to day experiences shape men's behaviour and makes him perfect. By the time we realise the right way of our life, the cream period of our life is over or nearing to over. 

To avoid this disappointment in future, we should have the habit of reading autobiographies of the worlds great leaders  and learn from their habits, inspirations and philosophies. A simple incident narrated in the autobiography may change our life style. 

More particularly we should encourage our younger generation to read the autobiography of great leaders like  Mahathma Gandhi and Mahans like Vethathiri Maharishi and so on. 


Friday, April 9, 2010

Every day as soon we get up we think about our day to day pressing works at home, work place and engagements of the day but fail to give importance to our self development! 

We must allot some time every day in the morning for meditation, walking, physical exercise. We can listen to soft music, songs and if possible inspirational speeches. Also we can spare some time to visualize the day to come.

Why don't we make it as a practice! 

.Let every day begin with a powerful strategy.