Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on mind control
Swami Vivekananda, a true patriotic saint who through his very inspirational lectures spread the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to western countries. He was born on 12th Jan 1863 in Kolkata, India and each year his birthday is celebrated as the ‘National Youth Day’. He was a great disciple of Saint Ramakrishna. He represented India and introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. Swami Vivekananda gave several philosophies of life and in all his philosophies there is one message i.e. oneness with God and the development of the mass. His writings inspired all the freedom fighters and prominent ones among these are Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Ghose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He believed that morality is directly related to the control of the mind. A mind which is strong and controlled is unselfish, pure and brave.
Swami Vivekanand said that an uncontrolled mind leads to all the negativities in life and a controlled mind saves us and frees us from such thoughts. Self awareness is the best way to control one’s mind and also through will power and determination the mind can be stopped from wandering. But to keep the mind under control you have practice and repeat the same over and over again. Practice of controlling one’s mind should be done twice a day especially in the morning and evening as those are the calmest time of the day. You will be astonished to see that each day the mind’s vagaries will start decreasing and becoming less violent. It is the concentration that differentiates men and animal. Also the difference in concentration power makes one man different from another. We commit blunders because we waste about 90% of our thought-force which is never done by a controlled and trained mind. Do good things whole heartedly by giving your mind and soul to it.
Tips to control mind
- Sit quietly and let the mind wander where it wants to go. Keep a strong faith that you are watching your mind drifting in all random directions. The mind is not you or I. Now try connecting with God but not with any worldly thing or relationship. After some time you will see that your mind is calming down like a serene lake. This will slow down the wandering of mind. Each day practice this and identify yourself. With time your mind will be under your control.
- Be a man or moral value as pure mind is easy to control than impure one.
- Controlling mind is not a one day’s job but it needs a regular and systematic practice. It comes under control when there is a feeling of oneness with God.
- Your body is a weapon and consider it very strong. Consider your mind to be very strong as only with strong mind and body you will be able to cross the ocean of life. Have a strong faith in yourself, your body and mind.
- Be religious. This will make you happy and your mind will be under control.