MIND RELATED ISSUES: TENSION & STRESS BUSTING: CROSS-OVER YOUR MIND
Two months ago, a friend in Mumbai called me: “My cousin, Vijay (not real name) is suffering from some mental problems – facing extreme anxiety and depression and can’t lead a quality life anymore. He is an IIT product and was running an ITES business successfully, now totally broken….”
“He should consult a good psychiatrist…”I said.
“He did. But the problem is that every month the drug dosage gradually goes up. I am scared that he will end up as a vegetable or a zombie on account of increasing dosage of psych drugs. You are doing research on mind and you have cured the case of Ms.X, that’s why I am approaching you…” he said.
“It was accidental. Sometimes people get cured due to their good karma and divine grace – I just share the wisdom of our ancestors, so some people may get benefited. It is just a chance.” I said.
“There is nothing wrong in taking any such chances now. Please…” he was like pleading. Usually, I don’t take up any such cases until and unless I intuitively feel.
However, I agreed. Vijay came to see me. He is an intelligent person. Thanks to Google, he knows everything about psychology and the medicines. That means his mind is full. Trying anything is like pouring water into a full cup. Before I counsel him, he has to empty his cup. So I told him about my discussion with my late-friend Mohammed Khalid (http://udaypai.in/?p=409) about a dream he had.
“Recently I saw a tiger is chasing to eat me and I am trying to escape by running…” he had said.
“Ok, in your dream, you are being chased by a tiger. So, there is a person, who is running, experiencing…and the experience appearing real, otherwise how could you feel fear, palpitation and sweat? The experiences in the dreams are mostly real…For instance, if you are kicking in the dream you may raise your legs…it is so real…So you were running; it was for real at that point of time.”
“Yes – I understand your point…”
“Who is seeing that? One person should see that…Just like you are seeing a video shoot of yours.”
“One person is experiencing. Then, the second person is seeing it. The seer, right? The seer is just a reporter of the event; he is not affected by that. So, you no.1 is experiencing the incident with all its intensity. You no.2 is seeing it, without any strings attached to it. You no.2 is indifferent, yet compassionate. Right?”
“But the matter of fact is that, you were just lying in this bed and dreaming. You are neither there running, nor seeing it. You are here and now, just in the bed. That’s you no.3. Did you understand that?”
“Yes, very simple”
“So, tell me who is the real you? 1, 2 or 3?”
“I think all three together…’
“No, in fact, there is you no.4 too. It is wakeful state. You no.1 = experiencer. You no.2 = the seer. You no.3. =The dreamer who was lying in the bed and sleeping. And you no.4. You are woken up and now talking to me…”
“Now tell me, who are you?” I asked
“I am no.4”
“Is there a possibility of a you no.5? – a person in the fifth dimension who can see the entire life of you – from birth to death – just like a dream…”
“I didn’t think in that line.It should be mind games…” Vijay asked.
“Vijay, Nobody can define or learn about the whole mind – there are multiple dimensions and layers that may not be seen or felt. All these dimensions are inter-linked and complicated. The more you learn, the more is confusion. Though we know nothing, we believe all our thoughts are truth and take the mind for granted. We forget mind is just another organ and conditioned by the inputs it received. It doesn’t have any power of its own. It is just a thought-producing factory. If you chase your thoughts, mind will become more powerful. By trusting thoughts you are giving more energy to your mind…”
“Yes – my mind is really troubling me…”
“As long as you have a mind, it will trouble you. The “mind-control” is just a gimmick – a hot selling commodity in the fake spirituality or personality-development business. The way out – either you have to empty your mind or should reach status of “no-mind” or cross-over the mind”
He thought for a while and asked: “But, how to go about it?”
“Our ancestors said that the mind and body are the same. The mind is the subtle part of the body and body is the crude part of the mind. They had divided mind into four: Manas sensory, processing mind), Chitta storage of images), Ahamkara “I-maker” or Ego) and Buddhi knows, decides, judges, and discriminates). There are thousands of millions of programs are running in between these sectors.”
“I didn’t know all those things…”
” Our ancestors said in Chandogya Upanishad that Mind is made of food – hence, from purity of food follows the purity of mind. However, now that you have already spoiled the organ (mind), you might need to reverse the process…”
“But damage has already happened…I know about neuropsychiatric disorders and dynamic and genetic brain maps, so I know what damage the drug abuse can cause. It already has mapped.”
“But by divine grace you can definitely make alterations. Please try to live a life in sync with your actual DNA characters. Try to invoke the powers that are lying dormant in your genes. For which, you need to focus on Sattvik life style…”
Our ancestors have developed a perfect life-style to insulate from the mind-body sickness – it includes (not limited to) sattvik life style, food, yoga, pranayama and dhyana. I talked to him about the real self and the conditioned manifested self of the same person. I explained to him the difference between real self and manifested self. I told him how to overcome the subtle ego and conditioning of the mind. And, we sat together and prepared a schedule and time-table.
He called me yesterday – he said this is for the first time for the last two years that the doctor didn’t increase the dosage! That’s good news indeed. I know he can taper his medicines. I am sure that in one year’s time he will considerably reduce dependency on drugs. When you are dedicated, devoted and determined on doing a sadhana (penance) with sattvik life style, a miraculous un-explainable grace will guide you!
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