Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Meditation - A Source of Wisdom

A Thought for the Day From Sri Eknath Easwaran

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Everyone sees the Unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it.

Whoever has polished it more sees more -- more Unseen forms become manifest to him.  - Jalaluddin Rumi

 

As your meditation deepens, there will still be occasions when you get upset, but you will be able to watch what goes on in the lab of your mind.  It's like getting into a glass-bottomed boat, where you venture out onto the ocean and watch all the deep-sea creatures lurking beneath the surface: resentment sharks, stingrays of greed, scurrying schools of fear. You slowly gain a certain amount of detachment from your mind, by which you can observe what is going on, collect data, and then set things right.

 

Some of the chronic problems that millions of people suffer from today might be solved by gaining a little detachment from their minds and emotions, so they can stand back a little when the mind is agitated and see the ways in which it makes mountains out of molehills. Many problems simply are not real; they start to seem real only when we dwell on them. The thorniest problems to solve are those that are not real; yet most of us go on giving them our best efforts.

 

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>From Eknath Easwaran, "Words to Live By" (Nilgiri Press, 1997)

2 comments:

Someone who cares about common people said...

I agree with this post. Most of the problems are not really a problem.

Thanks Karthik

Nimmy said...

Karthik,

Even I've discovered how sometimes just ignoring something and pretending that it does not exist makes it go away! :-) Now, this is not what is called Denial. I'd like to point that out....but it is simply a matter of refusing to blow up something into a big issue when it probably is much tinier than our mind would like us to believe!