— 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

IIn the previous article a quotation of Albert Einstein was quoted and it is read like “I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are the details of life”. This quotation has a deep meaning. “Know God’s thoughts” means know your consciousness and know your soul. Knowing your soul is nothing but knowing God. Almost all religions ask us to know ourselves. This is the basic need to know the rest of your life – the way of life, the purpose of life, the ultimate goal of the life etc.
The Buddha was asked many questions by a scholar. The questions were meant to know who the Buddha was. He asked:
Are you a God?
Are you a king?
Are you a man?
The Buddha’s answer was “No”
. The Scholar got annoyed and asked:
Are you an animal?
Are you a stone?

Finally the Buddha answered that he was the sum total all of them. He said that he was “Awareness”, just a “Mirror” reflecting all of them.

The Buddha’s answer was th answer of an enlightened man. He could say so, because he was aware of himself and he knew who he was. When one understands himself he understands everything. Then one can understand his own mystery and becomes a “Wholesome Being.”

Wholesomeness means connecting:
Body + Mind + Soul = Perfection
There are a few steps to be taken to gain the “wholesomeness”:-
• Take care and nourish your wonderful body.
• Turn your powers to create something great.
• Commit yourself to a deeper awareness.
• Be generous to your spirit.
• Focus on relationships of this world with the other world.
• Relate your body actions consciously.
• Embrace every day as an important day.
• Feel the world, instead of trying to understand it.
• Be meditative.

How does your mind help to be meditative?
There are three mental steps to become meditative:

A lot of information is being received every second from various sources by the brain. That information is through education, conversation, visual information, listening information etc. All this information helps us to know about various walks of life, various systems of life and various requirements of life. This information is to be converted into knowledge. While the conversion is going on from information to knowledge, there are various stages and requirements. And this conversion of information into knowledge depends upon the person and the situation. Some people may convert information into knowledge for some useful purpose and some may convert the information into knowledge in a positive way. Similarly some people may convert information into knowledge for some useless purpose and on a negative attitude. So, one should be careful while converting information into knowledge.

This is the second stage of mind’s working. Knowledge is a process, assimilated as per ones desire. It is digested to bring progress in the life.
• Sometimes knowledge is also called as information.
• It can be taught and one can learn it from books etc.
• Experience is also knowledge.
• Knowledge is closely related to ego.
• It is not from one’s own soul. It is not yours.
• Mind is interested in knowledge.
• It depends on words.
• You should be a student always to improve your knowledge.
The third stage to become meditative is wisdom:

Wisdom is the final stage to become a meditative person. What is meditation, how to get good results out of meditation can be discussed at a later stage. Now, let us understand what wisdom is.

• Wisdom cannot be untrue.
• It is truth.
• Wisdom is wisdom only.
• Just as light, as life and as love it is true
. • It is not known from others. It cannot be taught and it cannot be got from books. Wisdom is one’s own and it grows in the heart.
• Wisdom grows when ego dies. The death of ego is birth of wisdom.
• Mind needs knowledge but not wisdom.
• Wisdom needs ‘No mind’ status, and it needs wholesomeness of a person.

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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