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The Mind and Its Control

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About the Book   The control of the mind is not a problem peculiar to religious aspirants; people in all walks of life need to control their minds if they are to succeed in their vocation. No fundamental work for the uplift of the individual or the community can ever be done without mind- control.   This book, which sets forth the teachings of Vedanta and Yoga on the nature of the mind and ways of controlling it, is meant for all.   ...

About the Book

 

The control of the mind is not a problem peculiar to religious aspirants; people in all walks of life need to control their minds if they are to succeed in their vocation. No fundamental work for the uplift of the individual or the community can ever be done without mind- control.

 

This book, which sets forth the teachings of Vedanta and Yoga on the nature of the mind and ways of controlling it, is meant for all.

 

Preface

 

The control of the mind is a theme of universal interest. It personally concerns every spiritual seeker belonging to any religion. Religion in its applied aspect has to grapple with this problem. No fundamental work for the uplift of the individual or the community can ever be done without mind-control. Hence its compelling claim on our attention.

 

Among those who seek to control their minds there are different kinds of people: atheists, believers, agnostics, and those who are indifferent to religion. Ways of controlling the mind are open to all these kinds of people, though the true believer in God may be at an advantage in that genuine love of God can to a considerable degree simplify his problems with the mind. This book, however, is written for all. A detached inquirer will keep his mind open to all the methods of controlling the mind.

 

Vedanta and Yoga have much to teach about the nature of the mind and the ways of controlling it. In his treatment the author has largely depended on such information and enlightenment as the authentic scriptures and teachers of Vedanta and Yoga provide.

 

The Mind and Its Control was first serialized in the ‘Essays on Applied Religion’ column in the October, November and December 1970 issues of Prabuddha Bharata.1t attracted the attention of some readers, one of whom generously offered to contribute towards the cost of its production as a book for wider circulation. Our thanks are due to that friend.

 

In this publication the text of the original article has been revised; certain points have been further elucidated; and some points have been added. A summary and glossary have been provided.

 

It is hoped that this small book, which addresses itself to one of the central problems of life, may be of service.

 

Contents

 

 

Preface

3

1.

Mind-control: Difficult but Possible

9

2.

How to Strengthen the Will to Control the Mind

13

3.

What is at Stake in Controlling the Mind

16

4.

How to Overcome the Pleasure-motive

19

5.

The Nature of the Mind: Hindu View

28

6.

How Not to Make Mind-control Unnecessarily Difficult

38

7.

A Clear Grasp of the Task on Hand Needed

40

8.

A Favourable Inner Climate Needs to be Created

42

9.

Two Sets of Inner Disciplines

44

10.

The Purer the Mind the Easier to Control

46

11.

Changing the Constitution of the Mind

47

12.

Holy Company Greatly Helps Mind-control

60

13.

How is Sattva Purified

62

14.

Basic Yoga Disciplines for Mind-control

66

15.

Practice of Discrimination Helps

69

16.

Training the Mind to Behave

72

17.

Practice of Pranayarna

74

18.

Practice of Pratyahara

75

19.

Importance of Harmonious Human Relations

77

20.

Healthy Occupation of the Mind Needed

80

21.

Importance of Right Use of the Imagination

83

22.

Importance of Meditation

85

23.

Guard Against Despondency

86

24.

Emergency Control Devices

88

25.

Directed Thought

91

26.

Control of Thought: the Secret

98

27.

Control of the Subconscious Mind

104

28.

Beware of a Trick of the Mind

113

29.

Believers are at an Advantage in Controlling the Mind

114

30.

The Simplest and the Surest Method of Controlling the Mind

116

 

A Summary

121

 

Glossary

124

 

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Item Code: NAG103 Author: Swami Budhananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2018 Publisher: Advaita Ashram, Kolkata ISBN: 9788175050341 Language: English Size: 7.0 inch X 4.0 inch Pages: 128 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 74 gms
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