A first method consists in watching the thoughts as they
swarm about in the mind. Your mind is like a public place
across which thoughts move in and out. A few attract your
attention and remain a longer time. Observe their play
without identifying yourself with any of them. You will become
that your consciousness-that is your mental self-stands
apart like a "Silent Witness" Separate from the movements
of the mental nature in you. On one side this "Witness
Consciousness", on the other the mental nature in
you refuse to identify yourself with the thoughts, their
motion and insistence gradually weaken. The waves of the
mental nature subside and after a time you enter into a state
called "quietude" or "quiet mind". Thoughts
still occur but they are subdued and do not disturb inner
Another method of mental control consists in creating a void
in your mind. It is quicker and more radical than the first
but also more difficult. You have to banish altogether all
thoughts from the mind. As soon as one comes in, push it
out or discard it right away, before it has time to settle
down. Not only should all reasonings be excluded in this
way but all memories and associations too. Your mind enters
gradually into the peace of "quietude".
should know that such an attempt to forcefully control the
mind results at times in an apparent increase of the mental
chaotic condition. Don't be disturbed but persevere.
is possible to bring the mind to a state of complete "silence".
But it is a very arduous task and after all it is not indispensable,
at least in Sri Aurobindo's "Integral Yoga", which
does not aim at leaving the body in trance, but at reaching
the same experiences in a perfectly conscious and wakeful
Mental control can also be brought about by concentration,
that is the fixing of the mind on a single object so strongly
that the mind unites, so to say, with the object. From this
identification knowledge about the object arises in the mind.
The best object of concentration, the most worthy of knowledge,
is surely the Divine, the Supreme. It matters little whether
it is the Impersonal or the Personal God or, subjectively,
the One Self. An idea that will help you is "God in
all, all in God and all as God". When the mind wanders
away, you have to bring it back to its object quietly bur
persistently. Here also you dissociate yourself in away from
may also use a word, a significant sentence, a prayer, the
silent repetition of which will quieten the most mechanical
part of your mind. Such a repetition (the name of the Beloved)
is frequently resorted to by those who feel a devotion for
the Divine. It is best to use these three methods concurrently
according to the need and as it seems easier at the moment.
In any case regular practice is necessary every day, preferably
at the same hour.
day you will become suddenly aware of an inrush of unutterable
happiness, a sweetness to which nothing in the world-no human
joy or pleasure-can be compared. It is an impersonal state,
without an object, and still there is a Presence, invisible
but penetrating into the depths of the soul, or perhaps descending
from the highest ranges of the Spirit.
doubts have disappeared, problems vanished. Instead there
reign security, confidence, certitude.
world, things and beings no longer require to be explained;
their very existence is their own justification. They "are"-from
all eternity-and they will never cease to be, now or ever.
Death has become an absurd impossibility.
the wonderful experiences that one I reaches in this state
a number of descriptions have been given which vary according
to the depths that have been reached, the aspects that came
forward, the individual conditions and spiritual needs of
the time and the accompanying occurrences (such as light,
opening to a universal consciousness above the head, etc.).
What is spoken of here is not visions-visions are of a quite
different nature -but "states of mind" or rather "states
of all countries who have lived these experiences have given
them various names: the Great Peace, the Lord's Peace, the
Divine Presence, Discovering the True Self, the Blossoming
or Blooming of the Soul, Second Birth, the Repose in Brahman,
Entering into the One Reality, Cosmic Consciousness, Illumination,
Direct Knowledge, Nirvana. ...A New Life is truly beginning.
The inner world becomes more real than the outer world.
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new light shall break upon earth, a light of Truth and Harmony.
- The Mother