Conquest Of The Mind
The mind can be controlled by abhyasa and Vairagya. Abhyasa is constant effort to fix the mind on God or Atma. Vairagyais dispassion or non-attachment to sensual objects.
Enquire “Who am I ?” Do Vichara. Do mental Japa of OM and meditate on Atma. All thoughts will die by themselves. You will rest in Sat-Chit-Ananda Atma.
Sit alone and watch the Vrittis of the mind. Be indifferent. Remain as a Sakshi. Don’ty identify yourself with the Vrittis. The mind will then be under your control.
Destroy the fuel of desire, and the fire of thought will be extinguished. With the annihilation of Sankalpa, the reality of Brahman will shine. Cultivate Divine qualities such as friendliness, mercy, gladness and indifference towards happiness, pain, virtue and vice. You will get peace of mind.
Don’t think of the past. Don’t plan for the future. Do not allow the mind to build images. Live in the solid present.
Do a thing which the mind does not want to do. Do not do a thing which the mind wants to do.
Don’t try to fulfil your desires. Don’t hope. Don’t expect anything. Destroy the vicious desires through virtuous desires and destroy the virtuous desires also through one strong desire for liberation.
Practice of Pranayama destroys Rajas and Tamas, makes the mind steady and one-pointed.
Study of religious books, Tapas, Charity and Sat Sang with mahatmas, Sadhus and Sanasins overhauls worldly vicious Samskaras and paves a long way in the control of mind.
Japa of any Mantra and Upasana destroys the impurities of the mind, makes the mind inwards, induces Vairagya, helps concentration and eventually leads to control of mind and attainment of God-consciousness.
‘Kalow Kesave Kirtant.’ In this Kali Yuga the easiest way for controlling the mind and attaining Moksh is Kirtan or singing the Name of the Lord.
Food has influence over the mind. Sattwic food (milk food, etc) calms the min. Rajasic food (meat, alcohol, etc.), excites the mind. Take Sattwic food, have Mithahara (moderation in diet).
Destroy evil habits by establishing new good habits. Control the lower instinctive mind through the higher Sattwic mind.
Constant selfless service with Atma Bhav is highly efficacious in purifying and controlling the min.
Don’t wrestle or struggle with the mind. Be regular in your concentration and meditation. May Peace, Joy, Bliss and Immortality abide in you for ever ! OM Shanti !