CONQUEST OF MIND BY EKNATH EASWARAN PDF

Apr 18, Nate rated it it was amazing Being is defined by thinking. Stillness through a focal point of profound inspiration is our native state of being. Mysticism is through personal experience, the discovery of the divine core within oneself. Making this discovery is the actual purpose of existence.

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Apr 18, Nate rated it it was amazing Being is defined by thinking. Stillness through a focal point of profound inspiration is our native state of being.

Mysticism is through personal experience, the discovery of the divine core within oneself. Making this discovery is the actual purpose of existence. The purpose of meditation is not in the act itself, but rather following meditation, theres a peaceful clarity present facing the challenges of daily life. Since all that we are is a result of what weve thought, our destiny is in our Being is defined by thinking.

We cannot change the world nor manipulate the future, but we can control how we respond to external circumstances. If we can learn to intimately control our responses, that mastery of life. We say that we think our thoughts, but more seemingly our thoughts tend to think us.

Thinking is often a passive process in modern life, yet active acts of freedom define the marvel of human existence.

An untrained mind is always moving, unable to understand nor control how it responds. We lose interest in things when the mind becomes restless. Making the mind like a laser is the key to genius. Creative spontaneity only comes after disciplined and dedicated practice.

The truly great individuals throughout history were great through their gift of dedication, apart from that, various skills simply take different forms. We can always solve our own problems by working on our mind. Artistry in living is learning to be flexible with those around you. The mind is like a muscle that needs strengthening and exercise in the same way others do. The basic pleasure-principle explains much of our conditioned behavior.

Discrimination is the ability to distinguish between meaningful progress and immediate pleasure. Likes and dislikes are incepted at the thresholds of sense-organs. The immature do as they like, the mature like what they do.

The more we focus on our own private ego life, the stronger form it takes control over attention and awareness, whereas meditation brings focus to others and shared experiences. Less self-centered thinking means fewer distractions. In this way, we can perceptually convert any negative into a positive. To treat others as equals is to treat everyone like they are you, too. Discrimination is all about giving up immediate pleasures for greater joy.

The purpose of training the mind is to prevent immediate reactions. The point here is to put negative emotions and responses on-hold until we can see through them clearly in their true light. Our inner tension is our evolutionary heritage. It reflects the divided nature of the human dualistic condition, constantly being pulled in two oppositional directions. Those unable to abstain from personal desires will never be at peace in their heart-mind.

What we seek as our highest goal is what we believe ourselves to be. To a surprising extent, we live to please our body, instead of vise versa. Most of our suffering comes from an attachment to pleasure, and the desire for happiness within that transitory pleasurable sensation.

Conditioning is a repetitive response to the same situation, causing it to fade out of conscious awareness via contact over time. We train our senses to be our friends and allies when we maintain a level of balance with them - by not overstimulating a certain sense. The dynamics of physical indulgence is always the same. Every time we allow ourselves to get upset, we are actually training our mind to become upset more easily. Never ask anyone: why did you make that mistake?

Ask only, what did you learn from that mistake? Detachment brings confidence and clarity of vision. Detachment means withdrawing your personal energy from secondary reactivity. Discrimination is seeing where to focus that energy.

Anxiety is typically and in a sense, signaling a kind of learning problem that can be resolved if properly understood. This anxiety comes from not being able to be who we want to be, which in turn is a result of not knowing who we really are.

The Buddha has outlined five strategies for mind-training: 1. The mind has the ability to exchange one thought for another, in this way, we can drive out a negative thought with a positive one. Pause before reacting. This is often described as reflective thinking, and should regard our thoughts as well as actions. Train the mind to remain in states of undistracted attention. Succumbing to distractions regularly fragments both our attention and experience of life.

Undistracted attention enables us to see the miracle of life everywhere. Life is a continuous miracle. Our native state as humans is in peace and equanimity. These first 3 strategies are preliminary, the fourth is about going to the root. Comparing oneself to others is the root cause of jealously and the stimulus for competition. Self-will is the root cause of our inability to distinguish desperate thoughts and behaviors.

We must learn to love without an object. Every obstacle in life can be understood as a precious opportunity to grow. The final 5. Is to eliminate the source of all difficulties: the ego. When we realize we cannot drive out the ego on our own, this is where a spiritual teacher comes into play. Meditation; 2. Mantra; 3. Slow down; 4. One-pointed attention; 5. Training senses we inevitably become, in part, what our senses take in ; 6.

Putting others, first; 7. Reading in world mysticism; 8. Spiritual association

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But the book is full of practical ways to tame your mind. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This classic Buddhist scripture is a collection of vivid, practical verses gathered easwraan direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself. Lastly if my thoughts can influence my feelings, can I cultivate positive feelings to influence my minv This book is a must read for everyone. There is a subtle difference between fighting distractions and focusing on the important things. What would happen if you were to stop avoiding this universal energy, and instead completely embrace it? It established in my heart that what the gentle author of this book had done was easearan fact within the reach of all!

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