Saturday, July 20, 2013

Employ your mind wisely or else it will employ you.

To do what you like and like what you do is indeed a divine work.
Work is an opportunity to find oneself.
A Disciple asked his Master-----
What is the power that makes the eyes see?
'The eye of the eye!'
What is the power that makes the ears hear?
'The ear of the ear!'
The Master then asked the disciple –‘Did you understand what I said?'
'No, I did not!' said the disciple in confusion.
'If you did not understand my explanation, it means you have understood.
If you have understood, it means you have not understood!'
Do you think that the above dialogue is between people under the influence of drugs?
Well, the above dialogue is found in Kena Upanishad, one of the Hindu Scriptures!
Human beings possess one special faculty that none of the other living beings have. That is the ability to think. A computer on the ground controls the satellite thousands of kilometres away. It can carry out all the instructions sent by humans, perfectly like a slave. But it cannot think. The only living beings on earth that are capable of thinking are human beings!
How many of us utilise this thinking capacity? and wisely...
In order to make a disciple think, the Rishis devised many methods. Many such strategies are found in Kena Upanishad. Once the thinking door is closed, we become fools. Almost like the servant in the following story!
There was a trader who sold rabbits. One day, he gave a rabbit to his servant and said, 'Go and deliver the rabbit to this lady and bring the cash in return, without fail. Here is the address.'
The servant, while going through a crowded market place, happened to collide with a man coming in the opposite direction. He fell down and the rabbit escaped from his hand.
The servant merely stood, watching the rabbit running away. The onlookers said, 'Hey, you idiot! Run and catch the rabbit!'
But the servant said unperturbed, 'so what, if the rabbit ran away? I still have the address given by my boss safe with me!'
Do you know why I have narrated this story?
So far, I have narrated several parables only to instil the moral values of the stories, in you. But, if you take only the story and keep aside the morals, you would be like the servant who was satisfied in keeping the address intact and allowing the rabbit to escape--you too would have felt content reading the stories but would not have imbibed the essential moral from them.
Ignorance is a very serious curse. Being foolish is a greater punishment.
The strange thing is, we are solely responsible for inflicting on ourselves, the curse as well as the punishment.
In this world, it is not enough just to own degrees awarded by the university. One should also be intelligent. So, read a lot! Think deeply. Work with purpose! All the twelve months of the year in your life would be like springtime!
The Guru told his disciple who was graduating from the Gurukula after many years of study:
'Be like a Winnow (grain sorting pan) and not like a Sieve!'
Do you know the meaning of this?
A Sieve allows all the good stuff to pass through its pores while retaining the waste materials within.
A Winnow (grain-sorting pan) on the other hand, discards the stones, chaff...., and retains only good grain. What are you? Sieve or Winnow?
Knowledge is the ability to distinguish between the essential and the unessential.
Ignorance stiffens thinking and makes you lose the flexibility to to see the essential and the unessential clearly.
Focus and act from what is essential. Then the mind will be wisely employed.
We get a word, lose its meaning and thereby miss the context.

-SWAMI SUKHABODHANANDA

30 comments:

Ding A Dong said...

Wow,
long ago I heard that "just don't work for money, let your money work for you"

now its "Employ your mind wisely or else it will employ you"

Great weekend.

Bala C said...

Good Morning, Ilango ji

paddy said...

Master,

Very Strong message!! Ignorance is Curse!! FOCUS!!FOCUS!! Thanks a Ton!!

Kumar said...

Namaskaaram GuruJi and Brother & Sisters,

Good Morning.

Have a Good Day :)

Vaalga Valamudan.

navtash said...

Great Narration !

Good Morning

SANPOT said...

Good Morning Sir. Thank you for the post.It is superb.

Sanjay Barua said...

Again an excellent 'Moral of the Week', thanks Master

amber said...

Sir ILango ji charan vandan

shriram said...

GM Master,

There is a saying from Socrates:-

The Greatest knowledge one can ever possess, is to know, that what one knows is NOTHING.

Mind like other 5 physical-senses is just a TOOL.
This "I" is NOT "UR REAL ESSENCE". It is just the mind trying to assert its ego onto U

THE "REAL U" , is DOES NOT KNOW "I" & "THEY" ...

THE REAL "U" IS FREE FROM EGO, PURE IN THOUGHT & ALL ENCOMPASSING IN LOVE !

Sunnylovesnifty said...

Thanks Sir again for this nice post ....

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

Splendid message.

Love and regards,

LV

rama balaji said...

GM Ilangoji & all,
Courtesy my Guru Mr.Balakumar.
Meditation will not bring you anything. Meditation means cultivation.

Take one evolving emotions for a week and build up that energy within you so that it becomes your part to become easily accessible.

E.g. Take LOVE. How do you cultivate this in your mind?

Think of your parents; mentally say “I love you”. Thank them.

Thanking and smiling at all your organs is cultivating love.

Thank all the places where you resided, stayed.

Thank the Mother Earth for providing you with food manifesting your desires. Give her all your love intending “Let my love for you cleanse the pollution”.

Think of all the rivers thank them.

Think of good qualities of all the people in your life and say “I love you”.

This is meditation on Love. Cultivate (meditate) love in you. Become love itself when you meditate.

You will attract good people and even people who dislike you or people whom you don’t like will turn good.

Similarly, take one quality a week: peace, joy, surrender, co-existence, reverence, harmony, beauty, wisdom and humility.
Meditate on them and cultivate these qualities in you like a farmer growing the seeds.
You can download pictures for these qualities and think about them. Wisdom means you can think of enlightened people and bring them to your mind picture.
These qualities if properly cultivated will evolve you above your survival instinct. Life is not competition; it is co-existence. It is giving and not getting. It is an exercise to accept and surrender.

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NEVER GIVE UP said...

Good Morning Sir & All Friends.


Charan Sparsh Sir.

NEVER GIVE UP said...

I will again want to say Sir that you are making rich not only financially but socially too.
I feel so fortunate myself to have you in my life.

Thanks A Lot Sir.

Subhash Mittal said...

True Ilangoji,
It is beyond an ordinary person to understand the super power of the GOD.
SCM

jvr said...

Master

Master peace of Saturday posting.

J.R.Julius said...

A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of The Secret


***From The Secret Daily Teachings***

Criticism can be very subtle in the way it creeps into our thoughts. Here are some examples of criticism to help you become aware of its subtlety, so you can eliminate it from your thoughts:
The weather is awful today.
The traffic is terrible.
The service is really bad.
Oh no, look at the line.
He/she is always late.
How long do we have to wait for our order?
That motorist is a lunatic.
It's so hot in here.
I've been on hold for so long!
These are subtle things, but the law of attraction is listening to them all. You have the ability to appreciate something in every single circumstance. There is always something to be grateful for.

rajiv malik said...

enlightening, enriching and inspiring as usual , ilango ji !

suresh said...

sir ji, GREAT,
once a student went to a guru and said" I WANT HAPPINESS".
guru said; remove "I" i.e ego and remove "WANT" that is desire and

'YOU WILL BE HAPPY"

rochak parekh said...
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Manish said...

Goodafternoon master n all friends

Great inspirational post from you as always !

Always believe you teach Not Just Nifty.....

rochak parekh said...

Yet to be confirmed,hence deleted,since sourcea were not so reliable

D.S.SASAN said...

Good Learning Master. Thanks.

Trader Junkie said...

thank you for a great saturday and more importantly - something to think about and refocus for the coming week !

raman said...

I think the Saturday Sunday blog space is for things other than trading ideas or predictions. As for the saturday spl post, I am tempted to recall: A bore does not think he is a bore, nor a madman he is mad. Containment and contentment are within and no props from externals could damage, diminish or enhance it.

Aijaz said...

Thanks a lot Ilango Sir and blogmates for refreshing and thought provoking comments...it is very helpful.

Best regards..

rajiv malik said...

Q: What is the difference between ordinary and extraordinary people?

Ravi Shankar: Extraordinary people think they are very ordinary.

Aijaz said...

Ilango Sir is extra ordinary as he thinks in a very simple manner and is humble/down to earth...

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