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Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on mind control

March 4, 2013
Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

 

Swami Vivekananda is a name to reckon with, not just for introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world but also for his belief that noblest ideas can be brought “to the doorstep of even the poorest and the meanest”.The world remembers him for his stellar speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893, where he represented India.

A philosopher, an orator, an artist, and a widely-travelled monk, it is often said about Swami Vivekananda that “In him everything is positive and nothing negative”. He espoused the idea of ‘focused thought’ and recommended his disciples to “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.”

Vivekananda’s Observations on Benefits of Mind Control

For Swami Vivekananda, an uncontrolled mind leads to negativity in life and a controlled mind saves us and frees us from such thoughts. He propagated the idea that ‘Self-awareness’ is the best way to control one’s mind.  Will power and determination can also stop mind from wandering. However, his advice comes with a caveat: To keep the mind under control one has to practice and repeat the same thought 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 times of the day. This, he believed, would decrease vagaries of the mind. When it comes to mind control, Vivekananda observed that it is  the concentration that separates men from animals and it is the difference in concentration  that makes one man different from another.

Morality and Control of Mind in Vivekananda’s Discourse

The common string that connects all his philosophical discourse is the message of oneness with God and the development of the mass. For him, morality is directly related to the control of mind. A mind which is strong and controlled is altruistic, pure and brave.

Vivekananda’s Multi-faceted Contributions

Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 in Kolkata, India. Each year his birth anniversary is celebrated as the ‘National Youth Day’. The worthy disciple of Saint Ramakrishna tried to disseminate a profound yet simple fact:“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.” His poignant words inspired generations of freedom fighters including Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Ghose and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Vivekananda’s Words of Wisdom on How to Control Mind

Mind comes under control when there is a feeling of oneness with God

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

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 and your mind will be under control

Be religious. This will make you happy and your mind will be under control.

  • Get hold of the mind. The mind is like a lake, and every stone that drops into it raises waves. These waves do not let us see what we are.

Sit quietly and let the mind wander where it wants to go

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.

  • Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction.

  • Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth.

  • We have to seize this unstable mind and drag it from its wanderings and fix it on one idea. Over and over again this must be done. By power of will we must get hold of the mind and make it stop and reflect upon the glory of God.

  • The flow of this continuous control of the mind becomes steady when practiced day after day, and the mind obtains the faculty of constant concentration.

  • All these senses, external and internal, must be under the disciple’s control. By hard practice he has to arrive at the stage where he can assert his mind against the senses, against the commands of nature. He should be able to say to his mind, “You are mine; I order you, do not see or hear anything”, and the mind will not see or hear anything — no form or sound will react on the mind.

 

Related Information:

About Swami Vivekanand

Educational thoughts of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda thoughts on youth

Swami Vivekananda on meditation

Swami Vivekananda on nationalism

Swami Vivekananda teachings

 

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Vivekananda is the man of wisdom, purity, unselfishness etc. He is the man of all goodness. No one is great as vivekananda in india and the world.I love him very much. Thanks god for producing a great man like vivekananda in our country.

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I love vivekananda…..!!!!

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swami vivekananda is a inspiring person.we should follow his teachings to change the world.

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Pragyan Pandey July 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Swami Vivekananad wasn’t any special Man he was like us only but his view to see the life was different thats why he became different. P3

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Really, Swami ji z Vry inspiring for Human Life!]

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Sujit Kumar Pradhan April 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Really Swami Viveka Nanda is a Real Hero of this world, who insipres pople about control our spiritual Mind, Increase our spritual life.
He is a man who sacrifice his life for people. His all Thoughts get a various type of knowledge.
most of time i like to follow his thought.

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swamiji was such a great man of INDIA

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ROHAN RAJ SINGH March 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

IT FEEL REALLY VERY PROUD THAT I BORN ON THIS PART OF GLOBE.
VIVEKANANDA IS REALLY A PERSON TO BE SALUTED …..
“Be religious. This will make you happy and your mind will be under control.”
THIS STATEMENT I LIKE MOST. THUMPS UP FOR IT.

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swami vivekanand gve us d different thought .which make our life successful..his thought is lyk the stairs of success ..thnx swami ji..for giving us the different way to achieve our aim n being a gd prsn..

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swami vivekanand such a…grt prsn.his simplicity..teaching inspired everyone.I appreciate the thought of swami vivekanand…his thought give the moral value ..n make me happy ..good thought are maintain our mind n also my happiness ..hat s off respected swami ji ..n m proud of myself bcz,I m Indian…thnku agn …swami g

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His thoughts always have inspiried the youth and its wonderful that this all thoughts are made avilable here i am realy thankful to the people working behind this.

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Chetan Beglee Naraj February 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

Even my comment reached victory(see the time of posting) after studying Vivekananda…☺♥☺

Hat s off to swami the great Saint…

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Chetan Beglee Naraj February 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

Luxuriant Thoughts…

Every Human Being in this world must study Vivekananda to reach the god…

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swami vivekananda ji was great parsonality, i have once visited kanyakumari were he has meditated

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good thoughts are maintain our mind and body both .

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he was a good person in life

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Abhisake Chowdhury October 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

As earth is luke earth (geore),Swami Vivekananda is like Vivekananda. Thete is no one like vive kanada. But if we try to follow Swamiji’s biography. I am sure thay we can live him in us.so come to try to be Vivekanand.

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I AM VERY GLAD TO READ ALL THE THOUGHTS THAT SWAMI VIVEKANANDA HAS WRITTEN. I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN. THANK YOU TO SWAMI VIVEKANANDA FOR THIS ALL BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN. THANKYOU VERY VERY…. MUCH.

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Swami Vivekananda was Bengali. So like every Bengali he had great thought also. I am proud to be a Bengali.

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Mr. Matahn he was sacrifice his life for humanity not for hinduism.

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good….. everyone must follow…..

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anish sudhakar surge September 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I like his thoughts very much bcoz they shows us good way & actual meaning of life

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I really appriciate the thoughts of Swami Vivekanand

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really good

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i m very proud to be say my home town is kanyakumari…bcoz swami vivekananda was meditated 3 days in my home town…i m really admire him…he was sacrifice his life for hinduism.i like his one of the msg is uncontrolled mind leads to all the negativities nd controlled mind save us…meditation is the good way to control our mind nd increase our memory power…so let start today itself….jai hind…:-!

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that is real satar.

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S.SEETHALAKSMI June 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

He is only man believe his own mind

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Thank you for this beautiful version of Vivekananda’a teachings. I like three sentences, which I will follow in my life:
1. A mind which is strong and controlled is unselfish, pure and brave.
2. Self awareness is the best way to control one’s mind.
3. Through will power and determination the mind can be stopped from wandering.
4. Be a man of moral value as pure mind is easy to control than impure one.

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Vivekananda is such a great personality that every one should know.His teachings really inspired every one.the only thing that one should do is to put into practice the things that was taught by him.he totally sacrificed his life for the sake of every one.so atleast .we should wake up and look over the things that were happening around us.

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His teachings are more relevant today than it was during his life time. In this era of heightened consumerism morality has taken back seat. Right from birth children are busy with gadgets-Mothers and fathers don’t get ample time to tell stories with moral values, Kids start their day with Cartoons and gadgets and end up becoming one of them. Where is the virtues of minimalism as practiced by Vivekanand, Gandhiji, Lal Bahadur Shastri. They build the society where we are relaxing. What foundation are we building for the Society of tomorrow?

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