Man mostly suffers on account of his own way of life. There are many mental attitudes responsible for such a state, chief among which are: egoistic desires, attachment, dependence, expectations, fault finding, and the non-adoption of forgiveness, kindness, equanimity as good qualities of mind. It is said that our mind has two personalities – mind as the flow of thoughts and the inner mind (wisdom). The mind feels disgusted due to its reaction towards the behaviour of other people, or adverse environmental conditions, or when results are not in accordance with its pre-assessment. If the reaction remains at the mind level then the disgust gets removed from the mind soon, otherwise it may sometimes affect the wisdom too!
This wisdom has to be elevated following the sayings of wise people and made strong by adopting righteousness. The mind has the tendency to harbour negative feelings and for that reason wise people call it the house of fear, anxiety, and tension. These tendencies of the mind, if they remain for a long time, are reflected in the behaviour of the person and certain physical ailments may then also appear. Sometimes, a person may realize his pathetic condition but feels helpless in coming out from such a mentality. Though the mind resists negative tendencies it fails in doing so. Moreover, the mind refuses to listen to its own wisdom that always tries to pour oil on troubled waters. But the mind under the influence of its ego doesn’t accept anything; rather, it keeps away its own wisdom.
Sometimes, fortunately, in the most disgusting conditions the mind happens to realize the presence of wisdom that always advocates adopting divine qualities. The mind, so far, never considered such suggestions because acceptance would affect its ego in the form of social status or its own interests.
It is not easy to listen to the inner self (wisdom) and understand its true value. It is only after meeting a saintly person or when some unusual event happens in one’s personal life that one realizes its presence. Then, to enrich the wisdom one has to go through the scriptures that contain material for the well-being of the mind.
Ancient people knew that it is the reaction of the mind through the senses that may create heaven or hell in a given situation. It is felt that over the ages certain traits of the mind have not changed. However, the means have changed the forms to meet the aspirations of the senses. Modern science and technology are only changing the means suiting those traits of physical demands.
Since time immemorial saintly people have been guiding others for peace of mind, and this exercise still continues at the individual level. It’s a long process and it needs time, patience and perseverance.
Therefore, one has to develop and nurture good qualities in one’s life continuously. One cannot sit idle after developing certain good traits; rather one should make sincere efforts for their sustenance through practical applications in life. On our part, we have to put up sincere efforts and accept the outcome.
If mind adopts this attitude it becomes free from disgust to the degree it has perfected righteousness practically.
SP Sharma, India