"Yad bhavam thad bhavathi."
‘As your feelings so you are,’ declare the scriptures. Goutama Buddha has said, "What we think we become." Man is the only creature who has been gifted the power of thinking. Your mind is part of the universal mind which pervades, the single intelligent consciousness. Thoughts are products of your mind. Your thought power is limitless. Modern science says, mind is static energy and thought is dynamic energy. Thought power is the vibratory force formed by converting static mind to dynamic energy. Your imagination is the engine of your thoughts. Hence how you channelize your thoughts, how you drive them, and navigate them is in your control. Sri Yogananda says, "Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts only you can change them." That is why Sri Sathya Sai Baba tells us ," You are what you think, hence watch your Words,Action,Thought,Character, Heart.”
Those who master the ability to think and solve problems will ultimately win the game,set and match. All the great thinkers, philosophers, scientists etc. have time and again revealed to the world how they have invested fruitfully their thought powers for the benefit of mankind. Merely thinking will not make your world. Only when your thoughts are translated into action will it take a concrete shape otherwise they will remain as daydreams. It is said that when a thought remains in the mind for more than ten seconds it tends to take roots. You start contemplating on them. You may next verbalize them or speak out your thoughts and the next step would be to act upon the thought.
Therefore, it is essential that we watch our thoughts. Positive, selfless and beneficial thoughts are to be nurtured. On the contrary negative, selfish and harmful thoughts are to be instantly replaced either with a positive one or a prayer lest they should create an unpleasant world which you may regret later.
"As you sow, so you reap," is an oft repeated adage. Your thoughts may be good or evil, the choice is yours and you reap the fruit accordingly.
' Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit and reap the character.’
Here is a story which brings about the essence of these famous words of Ralph Emerson, which illustrates how one's thoughts can mould one's character. Once there lived a farmer named Tharanath. He was a hard working man. Sweated it out from dawn to dusk in his fields and reaped a rich harvest, year after year. He soon became the envy of other villagers due to his prosperity.
He had five sons. Unfortunately they had not imbibed the good character of their father,the character of hard work and sincerity. They never helped their father in the fields. So much so, having a comfortable life, they even wasted away their father's hard earned wealth and their precious time and youth in bad company.
As days passed by, Tharanath became old and feeble. He was not able to work in his fields as before. The lazy sons did not bother to take up farming and save their crops. As a result the once fertile fields now lay barren. Whatever wealth the father had accumulated was squandered away by the indolent sons. They were reduced to utter poverty.
Tharanath was unable to bear this situation. He decided he had to mend his sons and make them behave propely. He had to mould their character before it was too late.
One fine morning he called them and said, ”Sons, you have squandered away all the wealth. But do not worry, everything is not yet lost. I remember to have buried a pot of gold coins in our fields. But I am unable to recollect where exactly I have buried them. You should try to dig the fields and find the treasure,so that you need not beg any more.'
Thus the farmer sowed a thought into the heads of his sons, that there was hidden treasure in their fields. He also advised them to dig the fields to locate the treasure. In this way their thought of finding the treasure turned into action.
The very next day the boys set out at dawn and dug up the whole field. It was dusk and they were disappointed in not finding the pot of gold. They thought father has become senile and talking something irrelevant.
However they went home, tired and dejected and reported to their father that they had not found any treasure.
The father smiled and said to his sons, “do not despair. You have already gained part of the treasure. You have dug up the fields. They are now ready for sowing. So, tomorrow sow the seeds, water them and tend to the plants as they grow. If you do so, you are bound to reap a rich harvest”.
The lazy boys soon understood their father's advice. They realized their mistakes. Once again the thought of sowing the seeds and farming, which was put into the heads of the sons, now turned into action, as the boys now obediently worked hard in their farm land. They nurtured their crops with water and fertilizers, they weeded the fields. It was soon harvest time. The lush green fields now had turned into gold, as the ripe corn stood ready for harvest. They soon harvested their crop and earned enough money. They shed their laziness , gave up their wayward life and slogged in their fields year after year and redeemed their lost wealth.
Thus Tharanath was able to build the character of hard work and sincerity in his sons and saved them from doom. Thus we see how your thoughts create your world.
Finally it is also important that there be harmony between one's thought, word and deed. What one thinks one must speak, what one speaks must be put into practice. Swami calls this 'trikarana shuddhi'. This will lead to humanness. Otherwise there will be only confusion ,mistrust and fear. The world today is in the grip of such a disharmony and the results are experienced by everyone and everywhere.
In our body the Atma is the motivator. Thoughts arise from the mind, the tongue utters these thoughts and the hand performs the actions that have been thought of and said. When the thought, word and deed are in consonance with the inner voice there is peace and satisfaction of having accomplished what has been thought of and spoken. If not there is no peace. The mind becomes restless. It feels guilty of not having accomplished the desired work. Soon the blame game starts. Anger is the next reaction for not having completed the task. Anger is spewed upon others and a chain reaction of disquiet and disharmony is set. In order to keep the restless mind under control, it is essential that we follow 'trikarana shuddhi'.
When we follow this, people around us would develop faith. You are at peace yourself and spread peace around you. That is why it is said," Manasekam, vachasekam, karmanekam mahatmanah; manasanyath, vachasanyath, karmananyath durathmanah."
The nobleman creates a peaceful world while the wicked ones create a chaotic world.