Friday, June 20, 2008

Bhagavan, why doesn't the mind stay concentrated on one

Q: Bhagavan, why doesn't the mind stay concentrated on one
thing ? What should I do if it has to stay put at one point ?

Bhagavan : See, the mind, breath and kundalini form a triangle.
If you tamper with one you'll be tampering the other two. Suppose
the breath is not constant or steady, the mind also will not be
constant andsteady. Similarly if the kundalini is vibrating too much,
then also the mind will be unstable. Kundalini will start vibrating
depending on the temperature, air pressure, depending on the kind
of people around, depending on the food you've eaten, the clothes
you are wearing - so many factors. So as the kundalini is vibrating,
the mind also becomes unsteady and becomes unfocused. So also is
breath. In fact breath is a crucial element and most people do not
even know how to breathe. That's why I often say that, children
must be taught in school as to how to really breathe. When this is
done, you'll actually find that the mind becomes steadied. Without
setting right these two things the mind will be very very shaky. And
of course if you are not able to do these things, you can very well
ask me inside and I will steady it. And you'll have a very focused
mind. It's not very difficult to achieve.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?