Mind your Mind

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Every human wants to be happy and satisfied forever. Unfortunately the happiness derived from the worldly objects does not last long. One gets sorrow and grief as well. Life’s ups and downs affect the rich and poor alike. A person may possess all material objects of the physical world, but remains unsatisfied, is deprived of sound sleep, and in the process lacks good health and happiness. A void is felt deep within the heart amidst abundance and in paucity. Therefore, the much desired peace as one would expect due to immense wealth and riches of the world remains a distant dream. We should contemplate over the factors that cause this and should seek remedies, just like we need appropriate medicine once the ailment has been diagnosed.
There are other issues as well. What is it that prevents us from seeking the truth beyond what we perceive through our senses? What is it that stops us from looking for answers? What is it that does not allow us to look beyond our physical world, seemingly an inert entity to a realized yogi, which eventually becomes a hurdle in realizing the conscious world? What is it that rules us, which most often misuse our own powers and leads us to suffering?
The answer to all questions mentioned-above lies in understanding only one entity. It is the Mind (Manh/ Mana/ Mann). It is our own mind which governs us. It is an entity that is different from our consciousness, the soul, which in reality is the powerhouse of our energy.
The mind is the element of strategic importance in he process of realizing yourself and enjoying the world, in the real sense. It is to be tamed and controlled to utilize its full potential. One has to control it rather than being controlled by it.
The mind is one of the most discussed about subjects in religious scriptures as well as in psychology. The modern psychology has its limitations in understanding the true nature of the mind. For psychologists the mind is part of our brain, or the brain itself and judges someone by their behavior to oneself and to the society. Spirituality goes deeper into the issue to gauge the basic nature of the mind and the ways to control it. In spirituality, the mind is an subtle internal organ in the human body called Antahkaran. The saints call it ‘the derived consciousness’ as it is neither inert nor completely the conscious soul. It is also not like other organs of the body which are made up of physical atoms and molecules. The mind connects the conscious (soul) with the inert (the Nature or the Maya. The mind is the embodiment of the bondage of the soul in the world. It is attached to the soul at one end and to the senses on the other end. The senses are attached to their subjects. And thus, we experience the inert world through the mind. By subjugating the mind, we can experience our real conscious self and lead the life with peace.
The mind prevents all attempts of the human soul from getting free from the bondage of the nature. Sadguru Sadafaldeoji Maharaj expressed His experiential learning about the Mind in the following words:

Manh ke sukh manh karma ko, Manh ka yot hazaar|
Manh vinod manh bagfal, Manh natak hai saar||

It means that the mind creates thousands of hindrances in the path of spiritualism. It plays various roles in keeping the soul ignorant about the transient world and its momentary happiness through various sensory engagements. Sadguru Sadafaldeo Ji Maharaj clearly explains in Swarved from his own spiritual experience that the mind is not made of basic five elements but it originates from the abode of Akshar Brahma (the zone of consciousness).
By nature, the Mind is very restless therefore it is not easy to control it. The Mind does not remain for long at one place. It keeps on moving from one subject to another every moment that passes by. However, at a time, the mind can attach itself only with one sensory organ of the body. A dedicated and strong-willed person too fails to control the mind as the science of controlling the mind is beyond an individual’s capability. One should not confuse the mind with the intellect (buddhi) as the intellect works with the energy of mind and has the exclusive role of discriminating right against wrong.
The mind remains in front of the eyes most of the time (almost 80 percent) when one is awake. Rest of the time it is either in the nerve called Hita during which one experiences dreams or resides by the soul or in Brahmand (the head) during the state of deep sleep.
The more one controls the mind, the stronger one becomes in terms of mental powers. The human life is very precious. Wondrous is the science of Vihangam Yoga which teaches how to control and govern this mind and not be governed by it. Once the mind is controlled, the technique to realise the conscious powers of the self is taught. Eventually, a state is achieved when the practitioner sees itself and makes effort to dissolve the mind at its origin, the Akshar Brahma.

The true spirituality starts after dissolving the mind into Akshar Brahma. Therefore, to understand and learn how to mind our/your mind, one needs to practice Vihangam Yoga meditation. The true success of life is in achieving the goal of controlling the mind, realizing the self and experiencing the the Lord Almighty, which is the ultimate aim of Vihangam Yoga meditaion. This is possible by learning the technique of meditation from the master of Vihangam Yoga.