Thought is the most vital
force in the Universe.
Thought is a vital force, the most vital, subtle and irresistible force that exists in the universe. The world of thoughs is more real relatively than this physical universe. Thoughts are almost living things. Every change in thoughts is accompanied by vibration of its matter (mental). As force, thought needs a special kind of subtle matter in its working. Mind assumes the form of anything it contemplates. When you think of an object, your mind shapes itself into the form of that object. When you change your thoughts, your mind also changes its shape. Many modifications continually arise in the mind. Your thoughts rapidly change. Your mind also changes its shape rapidly. Every moment, mind is continually creating hundreds of these thought-forms and continually dispersing them again. It never holds on steadily to one thought-form for some time.
Thought is a creative and a dynamic force. It moves, is infectious and it creates. You can work wonders with the power of thought. Through the instrumentality of thoughts, you acquire creative power. Every thought has a literal value to you in every possible way. The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success in life and the pleasures you give to others by your company, all depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts.
Good thoughts are good for your health.
If you entertain healthy thoughts, you can keep good health. If you hold on to sickly thoughts in the mind, thoughts of diseased tissues, thoughts of weak-nerves, thoughts of improper functioning of organs, you can never expect good health, beauty and harmony. The body is the product of the mind. If you hold on vigorous thoughts in the mind, then the physical body also will be vigorous. Evil thoughts of all kinds befoul and infure the mind and, if persisted in, will become veritable diseases and maimings of the mind, incurable during the period of life.
Good thoughts build character.
"As a man thinketh, so he is." "Man is created by thought; what a man thinks upon, that he becomes." Think you are strong; strong you become. Think you are weak; the weak you become. Think you are a fool; fool you become. A man forms his own character, becoming that which he thinks. If you meditate on courage, you shall work courage into your character. If you think nobly, you shall gradually make for yourself a noble character, but if you think basely, a base character will be formed. Steady persevering thoughts sets up a definite habit of the mind and that habit manifests itself as a quality in the character. The thread of thought is woven into mental and moral qualities and these qualities in their totality form what we call character. You can build your character as surely as a mason can build a wall, working with and through the law.
The first step towards a deliberate creation of character lies then in the deliberate choosing of what we will think and then of thinking persistently on the quality chosen. Soon, there will be a tendency to evince that quality; a little longer, its exercise will become habitual. Thoughts make character. You spin the thread of thought into your life.
Thoughts weave your life.
That which man thinks upon in one life, he becomes in another. If the mind dwells continually upon one train of thought, a groove is formed into which the thought-force runs automatically and such a habit of thought survives physical death and since it belongs to the astral body, it is carried over to the subsequent earth life as a tendency and capacity. Every thought has got its own mental image. Every man has a mental world of his own, how own views, his own sentiments, his own feelings, his own habitual thoughts, his own experience and his own mode of thinking. The essence of the various mental images formed in one particular physical life is being worked out in the mental plane. It may constitutes the basis for the next physical life. Man makes the circumstances of his future life by the effect of his actions upon others. Every action has a past which leads up to it; every action has a future which proceeds from it. Each act is a link in an endless chain of causes and effects, each effect becoming a cause and each cause having been an effect.
Like attracts like or the law of attraction.
The great law, "Like attracts like," is ever operating. This is a great cosmic law. This is a law in nature. This law operates in the thoughts world also. People of similar thoughts are attracted towards each other. That is the reason why the maxims run as follows: "Birds of the same feather flock together" or "A man is known by the company he keeps." A doctor is drawn towards a doctor. A poet has attraction for another poet. A singer loves another singer. A philosopher likes another philosopher. A vagabond likes a vagabond. The mind has got a 'drawing power'. You are continually attracting towards you, from both the seen and the unseen sides of life-forces, thoughts, influences and conditions most akin to those of your own thoughts and lives.
In the realm of thoughts, people of similar thoughts are attracted to one another. This universal law is continually operating whether we are conscious of it or not. We are all living, so to speak, in a vast ocean of thoughts; and the very atmosphere around us is continually filled with the thought-forces that are being continually sent or that are continually going out in the form of thought-waves. We are all affected more or less by these thought-forces either consciously or unconsciously and in the degree that we are more or less sensitively organised or in the degree we are negative and so are open to outside influences, rather than positive, which thus determine what influences shall enter into the domain of our thoughts and hence into our lives.
Carry any kind of thought you please about with you and so long as you retain it, no matter how you roam over land or sea, you will unceasingly attract to yourself, knowingly or inadvertently, exactly and only what corresponds to your own dominant quality of thought. Thoughts are your private property and you can regulate them to suit your taste entirely by steadily recognising your ability to do so. You have entirely in your own hands to determine the order of thoughts you entertain and consequently the order of influences you attract and are not mere willowy creatures of circumstances, unless indeed you choose to be.
Good thoughts and evil thoughts.
A good thought is thrice bestowed. First, it benefits the thinker by improving his mental body. Secondly, it benefits the person about whom it is entertained. Lastly, it benefits all mankind by improving the general mental atmosphere. An evil thought, on the contrary, is thrice cursed. First, it harms the thinker by doing injury to his mental body. Secondly, it harms the person who is its object. Lastly, it harms all mankind by vitiating the whole mental atmosphere. Every evil thought is bad for the person to whom it is directed. but it is even worse for you because these thoughts rebound mainly upon yourself. A mind occupied by evil thoughts acts as a magnet to attract like thoughts from the inferior astral and thus you are the one who more directly suffer from it. Evil thoughts thrown into the mental atmosphere poison the mental environment.
The progeny of Thoughts.
You must produce helpful thoughts. When they are sent out, they must be capable of doing good and benefit to the suffering humanity and your neighbours. Thoughts are like your own children. Be careful of your progeny of thoughts. A good son brings happiness to the father and mother. An evil son brings infamy, discredit to his father and mother. Noble thoughts will bring happiness and joy to you. Evil thoughts will bring misery and trouble to you. Just as you rear up your children with great care, so also you will have to rear up good, sublime thoughts with great care.
Thoughts are contagious.
Thoughts are very contagious. Thought moves. It leaves the spirit and hovers about. It enters the minds of others also. A sympathetic thought in you raises a sympathetic thought in others with whom you come in contact. A thought of anger produces a similar vibration in those who surround an angry man. Cheerful thoughts produces cheerful thoughts in others. Thoughts of joy creates sympathetically thoughts of joy in others. You are filled with joy and intense delight when you see a batch of hilarious children playing mirthfully and dancing in joy.
The mind is like a wireless machine. A peaceful person sends out into the world thoughts of harmony and peace. They travel with tremendous lightning speed in all directions and enter the minds of thousands and produce in them also similar thoughts of harmony and peace. Whereas a worldly man whose mind is filled with jealousy, revenge and hatred sends out discordant thoughts which enter the minds of thousands and stir in them similar thoughts of hatred and discord. Thoughts are very contagious. Keep a good and honest man in the company of a thief. He will begin to steal. Keep a sober man in the company of a drunkard. He will begin to drink.
Thoughts-transference or telepathy.
What is the possible medium through which thoughts can travel from mind to another? The best possible explanation is that mind-substance fills all space like ether and it serves as the vehicle for thoughts. Hence, thoughts-transference is possible. Thoughts-transference is telepathy. If we throw a piece of stone in a tank or a pool of water, it will produce a succession of concentric waves travelling all around from the affected place. The light of a candle will similarly give rise to waves of ethereal vibrations travelling in all directions from the candle. In the same manner, when a thought, whether good or evil, crosses the mind of a person, it gives rise to vibrations in the mental atmosphere, which travel far and wide in all directions.
Thoughts virtually travel in no time, their speed being much faster than the speed of light. Thoughts are a bit like things. Just as you hand over an orange to your friend and take it back, so also you can give a useful, powerful thought to your friend and take it back also. You can aid a friend in trouble by sending him thoughts of comfort, a friend in search of Truth by thoughts clear and definite of the truths you know. You can send into the mental atmosphere thoughts which will raise, purify and inspire all who are sensible to them. If you send out loving, helpful thoughts to other people, under the law of cause and effect, may return back to you with redoubled force. If you send out thoughts of hatred it will attract forces of the Inferior Astral with similar feelings and may also return back to you with redoubled force. Therefore, understand the laws of thought. Raise only thoughts of mercy, love and kindness from your mind and be happy always. Also, when you send out a useful thought to help others, it must have a definite, positive purpose and aim so it can bring out the desired effect. Then only that thought will accomplish a definite work.
Benefits of controlling your thoughts.
Thoughts lead to action. Thoughts are the sources of all actions. Thinking is the real action. If you can root out all evil thoughts in the beginning, you will not do any evil action. If you can nip them in the bud, you will be free from the miseries and tribulations of this world. Watch your thoughts with vigilance and introspection. A wise man watches his thoughts and eradicates all evil thoughts as they arise from the surface of the mind. So he is happy. He has always pure thoughts. Pure thoughts emanate from the mind. If you have control over your thoughts, you can turn out immense work with intense concentration. Mental torments of all sorts, cares, worries and anxieties will disappear. The peace that you will enjoy cannot be adequately described. Those who have control over their thoughts and speech will have a calm and serene appearance and a good life.
Conservation and proper utilization of the energy of thoughts.
Just as energy is wasted in idle talk and gossiping, so also energy is wasted in entertaining useless thoughts. Therefore, you should not waste even a single thought. Do not waste even an iota of energy in useless thinking. Conserve all mental energy. Utilise it for higher spiritual purposes and helpful service to humanity. Do not store in your mind useless information. Learn to unmind the mind. Unlearn whatever you have learnt that is not good for you. In fact they are completely useless for you. Then only you can fill your mind with good and positive thoughts. You will gain new mental strength as all the dissipated mental rays are collected now.
Get rid of negative thoughts.
Drive away from your mind all unnecessary, useless and obnoxious thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement. You are away from the Universal intelliogence when you are entertaining useless thoughts. Entertain only thoughts that are helpful and useful. Do not allow the mind to run into the old grooves and to have its own ways and habits. Be on the careful watch.
You must eradicate through introspection all sorts of mean thoughts, useless thoughts, unworthy thoughts, impure thoughts, thoughts of jealousy, hatred and selfishness. You must annihilate all destructive thoughts of disharmony and discord. You must develop good, loving, sublime thoughts. Every thought must be of a constructive nature. It must be strong, positive and must be of a constructive nature. It must be strong, positive and definite. Develop right thinking. Every thought must bring peace and solace to others. It should not bring even the least pain and unhappiness to anyone. Then you are a spiritual light on the earth. You are a mighty power on the earth. You can help many. If you watch the mind carefully, you will find that many thoughts are inconsistent. The mind wanders at random aimlessly. If you can study the mind and if you have consistent thoughts of one subject or one kind only to the exclusion of all other thoughts, this itself is a very great achievement, is a great step in advancement in the control of your thoughts.
Haunting thoughts of thoughtless acts and attitudes.
Thoughts of thoughtless acts and mistakes haunt the minds of some people. One person always thinks, "I have committed a thoughtless act. I do not know what to do." Again and again, this one idea haunts his mind. Though the individual should learn from his mistakes, he should not dwell on them forever. They do not know how to divert their minds. They become pray to these 'haunting thoughts'. Let those negative thoughs go and replace them by good and positive thoughts.
Techniques to control your thoughts.
If you think again and again on impure, negative things, an evil thought gains new strength by repetition. It gets the force of momentum. Drive them away immediately. If you find it difficult to do so, entertain counter-thoughts of the Universal Intelligence, which can be portrayed in your mind as an immense pure light in the cosmos. A noble thought is a potent antidote to counteract an evil thought. By repetition of positive thoughts many times daily, good thoughts gain new strength by each repetition. If you are not able to control any undignified thoughts, force yourself to be occupied with any useful activity. It can be either a physical or mental activity, but a good one which can dispel those demeaning thoughts. Furthermore practise
Psychic Cleansing to drive away the spirits of the Inferior Astral that try to maintain those undignified thoughts in your mind through intuition. One effort after another will make gradually the task easy and, in a few weeks, you will obtain a much better control over your thoughts.
Do not speak ill of others. You can control your actions only when you have become moral. When you speak ill of someone else, you poison your mind and the mental environment. Do not allow useless or evil thoughts to develop themselves into words. Curb the speech. Divert the mind at once to something good, so that you don't attract spirits of the Inferior Astral with their harmful intuitive influences. When the mind is vacant, objectionable thoughts try to enter your mind. They are usually intuitions from the Inferior Astral. Those wicked thoughts are sometimes the beginning or starting point of negative actions and thus a turning point for the worse
in your life. Therefore, keep the mind fully occupied. Then evil thoughts will not enter. As the saying goes "an idle mind is the devil's workshop", which is the same to say that an idle mind is an open door for the harmful intuitions of the spirits of the Inferior Astral.
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