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YOU-ARE-YOUR-MIND-17

—M N Raju

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
—Buddha




‘Good Health and' 'Real Joy' are possible if one is well disciplined physically and mentally. Because our body and mind are from the same origin and for the same purpose, within the same unit, yet they are different in their activities, making the soul to be present in the body in a desired state of ‘Being’. The desire to be alive healthily and happily is the desire of each and every one of us. No one would like to be alive unhealthily and unhappily. But at the same time one has to go through a period of illhealth and unhappiness at least once in a life time. This is unavoidable to every one, particularly to all common men and women. But there are great spiritual men and women, who may suffer with unhealthy body, at least once in a life time, but never suffer with unhappy mind, because their soul is spiritual. They receive death also with joy. They don’t feel pain, they always feel joy. They know the meaning of ‘Death’.

Whereas for the common people, life is full of pain. The past, present and future are full of pain because of their mental condition and their attitude and approach to life is miserable. They always feel that life is a puzzle. The majority of people think in a wrong way about their life.

The common concepts of the common man about life are:
• He believes, his life is limited.
• He believes, he is only his body and mind.
• He believes, he is only a mortal.
• He believes, he is there only to live and die.
• He believes, he has no choice in his life.
• He believes, he is there only to suffer
• He believes his life is his 'Karma'.
• He believes, he has no control on his life.
• He believes, he is a victim.
• He believes, he is not lucky.
• He believes, he is a puppet.
• He believes he is mentally weak.
• He believes, he is there to suffer.
• He believes, he can never be successful.
• He believes, he is not competent.
• He believes, he can never be intelligent.
• He believes, he can never enjoy a level of comfort.

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So a man of weak mind always thinks that his life is full of problems. When a person comes to such conclusion mentally, psychologically, morally, he becomes more useless. For everything he is afraid and his mind is full of fear. He fails in all his attempts.

However, for a person with strong mind, things would be different, even at the point of problem, he rises to for the occasion and does his part without fear.

The Person with strong mind:-
• He stands out in a crowd.
• He does not make hue and cry about his life.
• He enjoys a level of comfort.
• He doesn’t feel restless.
• He is always at ease.
• He is relaxed.
• He is positive in his approach.
• He is compassionate.
• He loves the world of association.
• He judges the things correctly.
• He is free from fear.
• He is free from superstitions.
• He radiates energy.
• He is undisturbed.
• He is disciplined.
• He sees God in everything.
• He is mentally strong.
• He is physically strong.
• He keeps everything under his control.
• He is calm and wise.
• He is perceptive and understanding.

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What not, everything is under his control, if his mind and body are under his control. He is successful, enjoys ‘Real Joy’ and ‘Good Health’ physically and mentally. So one should be disciplined in all his activities including general behaviour and even taking food also should be an act of discipline. Thinking in a positive way is an ultimate ‘Mantra’ to be kept in mind.

Here is an example:-
The weak mind is like carbon and the strong mind is like a diamond. But both of them are from the same matter.

When the molecules of carbon are rearranged, we get a diamond. In physical form, carbon and diamond look differently, though both are different expressions of the same matter.

Men also look alike, but some are carbon and some are diamonds. As molecules of carbon, if rearranged, become a diamond; men who are like carbon, can turn into diamonds by re-arranging their values, beliefs and attitudes.

An ordinary man becomes a diamond, if there is positive change, if not remains as the carbon. There are hundreds of live examples to quote.

• A newspaper boy became the President of a great country.
• A shoe-maker’s son became the President of a famous nation.
• A boy worked in a petrol-bunk became the world’s richest man.
• An uneducated street boy became the owner of world’s biggest chain of super-markets.
• An office boy became a big educationist.
• A young lady, who worked as a teacher, turned to be the symbol of ‘love and service’.
• There are still many more such live examples.


About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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