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How to Clean the Mind?

Author: ; Published On: ಗುರುವಾರ, ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ 29th, 2011;

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Every day we take great care to clean our house, wash our
clothes and bathe. But, how many of us take a little time in
this world of tearing hurry to clean our minds? Lot of
intellectual rubbish and dirt get accumulated in our minds
and we continue to live without bothering to clean it.

Mind can be compared to a lake. If the water is clear, the
reflection is clear. If the water is dirty or disturbed, it distorts
the image. Similarly, if the mind is filled with negative and
evil thoughts, it projects distorted images of people and events.

How to clean the mind? Self effort is very essential for this
task. Others cannot do it for us. It is not a matter of soap and
water. We have to set aside a little time in our daily life to
undertake this very important exercise. This is the beginning
of dhyana or meditation.

Every day, either in the morning or evening, sit quietly for
a while and review the thoughts which rise like waves in
your mind. Consciously stand back and witness the thoughts
that pass through your mind. Slowly, learn to weed the
negative emotions and thoughts which harm the self and
others. As we empty the mind of its negative tendencies, the
positive and healthy thoughts begin to fill it. This is the
effective medicine prescribed by yogis to clean the polluted
mind.

At first, the process of mind cleaning may appear difficult
because human mind is like a monkey. The more one tries to
control it, the more rebellious it becomes. But an aspirant of
dhyana should not give up the effort. Like a loving mother
who gently brings back her naughty child under control, the
seeker of truth has to bring the unruly mind back to God
through sadhana or constant practice. Chanting God’s name
is the easiest and surest way to clean the mind.

“Yogena chitthasya padena vâchâm
Malam sharirasya cha vaidyakena
Yopa karotham pravaram muninam
Patanjalim pranjali aratosmi.”

Just as the mistakes of speech are corrected through grammar,
the maladies of the body are cured through Ayurveda, so are
the imperfections of the mind cleaned by yoga and dhyana.
We bow to the sage Patanjali who gave us this knowledge.

13 Responses to How to Clean the Mind?

  1. Jayashree Neeramoole

    Hare Rama,

    “Chanting God’s name is the easiest and surest way to clean the mind”

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  2. Raghavendra Narayana

    “Consciously stand back and witness the thoughts
    that pass through your mind. Slowly, learn to weed the
    negative emotions and thoughts which harm the self and
    others.”
    .
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha

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  3. ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ..
    ತಿಳಿಯುವುದು ಬಹಳಷ್ಟಿದೆ… ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಯೋಚಿಸಿದಷ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚೆಚ್ಚು – ಹುಚ್ಚುಚ್ಚು ಯೋಚನೆಗಳು..
    ರಾಮ ನಾಮವೇ ಗತಿ..

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ..

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    ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ Reply:

    beautiful picture.. 2nd one is very very pleasant…

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  4. seetharama bhat

    ಹರೇರಾಮ್,

    ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದರೆ ರಾಮ-ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆರಾಮ
    ಮನೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ರಾಮ- ಮನ ಮನ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಹರಾಮ

    ಎಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ ವಿರಾಮ? ಗುರು ತೋರದಿರೆ ಸು ಧಾಮ

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    Jayashree Neeramoole Reply:

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ,

    ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದೀರಿ…

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  5. shobhalakshmi

    ಹರೇರಾಮ….ಗುರುದೇವಾ….

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  6. Vidya Ravishankar

    ಹರೇರಾಮ .ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುಭ್ಯೋ ನಮಃ.

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  7. Dr.Amrita S Prasad

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ, ಏಕಾಗ್ರತೆಯಿಂದ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಬೇಸತ್ತ ಮನಸ್ಸು,ಬುದ್ಧಿ,ಇಂದ್ರಿಯಗಳಿಗೆ,ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಾಪೂರ್ವಕವಾಗಿ ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬೇಡದ ಕಸವನ್ನು ಹೊರಹಾಕುವುದೇ ಧ್ಯಾನವಲ್ಲವೇ ಗುರುಗಳೇ? ಹಾ …ತುಂಬಾ ಸುಲಭ ಅನಿಸಿದರೂ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಅಷ್ಟು ಸುಲಭವಲ್ಲ… ಗುರುವಿನ ಕೃಪೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಧ್ಯಾನ ಮಾಡಲು ಕೂಡ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುವುದು. ಸದಾ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕೃಪೆ ಇರಲಿ ಗುರುವೇ.

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  8. gopalakrishna pakalakunja

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ.

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  9. anagha

    Hare Rama,
    Naavu maaduva prathi kelasadalli namma manassu haagu budhi iveradara abhipraaya yake yaavagalu bhinna vagiruthade? Aaga manassannu hatotige taruvudu hege? Yaake manassu yaavagaslu heliddannu keluvudilla? Idakke kaarana yenu?

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  10. seetharama bhat

    ಹರೇರಾಮ್,

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  11. bs

    I feel Mind will find peace and purity only in brahman(God) if the mind rests in brahman continiously 24/7 365 days a year.We as humans will be peacefull and liberated from the mundane and reach transdental bliss.This task is very difficult very few people on this planet earth have achieved this one of them being parama pujya swamiji.with his blessing i like all of us to attain it.

    Thank you

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