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How many of us utilise the power of the subconscious mind Your subconscious mind does not need your advice to say what is to be done to overcome barriers when there is a blockade in your daily life It is continuously alert Whatever your need may be your desire for a promotion purchase of house and precious household items or anything else you are able to get guidance from your subconscious mind

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Fairy tales we read or hear in childhood stay with us long after They take us to the realms of wonder and awe Stories have such healing powers One such tale is the Grimm brothers German folk tale Rumpelstiltskin where a poor miller in order to appear important in front of the king boasts that his young daughter can spin straw into goldThe king summons the daughter to his castle and makes her sit with a heap of hay He orders her to transform it into gold by the next day or else lose her life As she sits thinking about it in the night an implike creature appears before her saying he can do it provided she gives him something in return She gives him her necklace The king s happiness knows no bounds upon seeing so much gold and he gives an even bigger quantity to her As she sits contemplating the second night the same imp appears and in exchange for a gold ring does the job for herOn the third day a thrilled king tells the miller s daughter that if she manages to accomplish the same task once more he will marry her but that night she does not have anything to give the imp so the imp tells her that he will take her first born after she becomes the Queen When the time actually arrives she is most reluctant to part with her baby and offers him all other riches which he has no interest in The imp then tells her then to guess his name within three days or else he would most definitely take away the baby She resolves to find out his name and sets out towards the woods where she finds him dancing around a bonfire taking his name The next day he excitedly comes to her and she spells out his name with much joy Rumpelstiltskin Did you figure out who Rumpelskiltskin really was

He was the miller s daughter s subconscious mind When she sat in the room she was actually mulling over the possibility of spinning straw into gold What appears impossible to the logical mind finds possibility in the creative mind Joseph Murphy in his classic work The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind says You can bring into your life more power wealth health happiness and joy by learning to contact and release the power of your subconscious mind The conscious mind is where reason resides and the subconscious mind or deeper mind is where our emotions and creativity dwell Murphy says that once the subconscious mind accepts an idea it begins to execute it When we rely solely on reason to manifest dreams all we end up with is straw But when we have a creative collaborator Rumpelskiltskin who knows how to spin straw into gold there is magic Instead of a necklace or ring we surrender pride and control of the dream Instead of our firstborn we surrender our ego admitting that we cannot do it aloneWhen you find yourself stuck turn to deeper wisdom beyond your reasoning Harness the incredible power of your subconscious mind Hold the vision of the completed dream in your mind Offer grateful thanks in advance Don t ask how it will come to pass just know that it will And you will begin to spin straw into gold

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Aham Brahmasmi means that the God within us The Observer the Consciousness is Brahma the Creator It is through our own thoughts the ultimate creator that our everyday reality is created According to one theory of creation everything is created from the void To manifest the powers of creation we have to move from the same void every day For long we ve been made to believe that very few move to the void and death is a necessary principle However it only requires a daring leap to know that one is God and behave accordingly And it comes with practice If we move to the void every day we take in cosmic energy which causes the kundalini energy to rise activating the upper four chakras which are each associated with a gland They secrete hormones which give us complete immunity Besides perfect immunity there is a greater gain to be had from moving to the void every day We use only 10 of our brain the intellectual brain The balance 90 at the back the subconscious lies unused So when we start tapping into this subconscious brain we re accessing immense energy The rising kundalini ionises the spinal fluid This creates a powerful thrust which opens the reticular formation at the base of the subconscious brain which then becomes available to us Unlike the intellectual brain the subconscious brain operates in infinite dimensions creating new harmonies DISCLAIMER Views expressed above are the author39s own

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Define what God means to you God is the supreme power that I believe in I acknowledge His existence and have faith in His power How often do you pray I don t necessarily go to temples regularly or sit in front of the idols for hours God is a part of my subconscious I have a conversation with Him as and when possible Generally I have a conversation with Him when I want to thank Him for this life What does being religious mean to you It first begins with the basic step of being Godfearing To me being religious means to be honest to the faith without any discrimination How do you connect with God I connect with God in the conversation I have with Him or when I thank Him What do you think of godmengurus Do you have a guru I don t have much faith in these gurus For me my guru is my father Even till today whenever I want an answer to things or any doubt in my mind I always think of him If you could meet God what would you ask Him If I meet God I would ask Him how to restore peace and tranquility in the world

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Become master of your mind writes RICK LEVYLearn how to master the power of your mind and life will become your playground There are actually four levels of the human mind each more powerful than the last rising all the way up to infinity If you learn how to access and steer your thinking at all four levels you will gain astounding benefitsYou ll be able to free yourself from distorted logic of the kind that keeps you susceptible to distress You will gain tremendous insight regarding your own destiny and the power you need to make it happen Distress will be nothing more than a distant memory every challenge will become a cause for eustress the opportunity to make gains in understanding progress Conscious MindThe first tier of the mind is the one you are most familiar with and have the easiest access

to the conscious mind It consists of your everyday thoughts feelings beliefs perceptions attitudes and expectations the facets of your mind you are aware of It is however the weakest smallest part of the mind Even though the conscious mind is the weakest smallest part of the mind it packs a lot of powerUntil now in the history of humankind it s the part of the mind that has principally been responsible for getting us where we are today Just think of what we have accomplished by relying on it the Internet the space travel the United Nations satellite communication laser surgery cell phones However all that we have accomplished using the conscious mind has its limitations and it s important to understand what they are For one the conscious mind is not as reliable or objective for what you may think it is What you think at the conscious level is the product of your conditioned habits and the workings of your brain all of which are highly subjectiveHidden behind the conscious mind is the subconscious mind a storehouse of memories deep feelings desires motives and knowledge of which you are not usually aware It is gigantic in size and power compared to the conscious mind Sigmund Freud provided a simple but accurate model for understanding the sizepower relationship between the two levels of mind the iceberg model The conscious part is the tip of the iceberg the part that you see above the water line which is always many times larger than the tip floating above the waterline Super Conscious Mind Hidden behind the subconscious mind is a third level of mind called the individual super conscious mind Most people know it by its popular name the soul It is here that we are most directly aware of the Story Behind The Story This level of mind is exponentially more powerful than the subconscious and possessed of abilities that defy most people s imagination It is for this reason that the nature of the soul is usually relegated to the realm of scripture and poetry To understand the power you possess at this level of your mind you have to have a basic understanding of how the universe is structured and how it works The individual super conscious mind is a gateway to the universal superconscious mind which is infinite in power It is virtually impossible to describe the infinite mind to someone who has not experienced it There are no words no poetry that do it justice Lao Tzu the fully enlightened master once said He who speaks does not know and he who knows does not speak The Happiness Sutra Times Group Books

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Every individual is supposed to have body mind and soul We know a lot about the human body thanks to modern science How about the mind Here too psychologists have made some progress Still the mind appears to be a mystery It is proven that the state of mind affects the wellbeing of the bodyYoga shastra calls the mind as our sukshma sharir a very fine body Mind could serve as gateway to heaven or to hell Hence mind control is important The mind is unseen and cannot be touched Its major function is thinking decisionmaking and keeping memory This is what our conscious mind does At the subconscious level it performs anumber of other functionsBut be aware that we are not mind we are Atman soul possessing physical body and mind We take care of our organs such as eyes hands and legs we protect them from hurt The mind too could get hurt due to several reasons Do we take care of it Unlikely Our mind is open for hurt If somebody says harsh unjust words to us we get offended and have thoughts of anger hate and revenge perhaps Or we may have thoughts full of grief and disappointments The mind too needs protection and it also needs healing when it is hurt Accept everything take necessary action then forgive and forgetIn chapter two of the Bhagwad Gita Krishna talks about the person who maintains equanimity in all circumstances the stitaprajnya Neither gain nor loss affects him Such a person can sail through life and achieve great things

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You can overcome the unconscious says SWAMI SATPRAKASHANANDA The mind according to Vedanta is distinct from the physical body and spiritual Self It is an object of knowledge and cognition The knower is distinct from the mind because that knower visualises the mind and observes it Vedanta stresses development of the mind because life s development implies development of the mind Physical intellectual aesthetic and moral developments are not possible without cultivation of the mind The mind is the source of freedom as also bondage Our joy and suffering wisdom and folly strength and weakness depend much on the condition of the mind As the mind is an object of knowledge consciousness is not intrinsic to the mind Consciousness is intrinsic to the knower The knower is selfaware selfevident The mind is an object of knowledge just as a chair Naturally the mind is devoid of consciousness Vedanta says mind is dark material and devoid of consciousness

Likes And DislikesMind is the seat of perception Just as you perceive an external object you can also perceive internal facts You can perceive likes and dislikes hopes and fears joys and sorrows Just like external perception internal perception is also a criterion for existence Your likes and dislikes hopes and fears joys and sorrows are also real to you Vedanta recognises cognition feeling willingness as primary functions of the mind It is not the mind that feels imagines wills hopes or fears it is the light of consciousness that enables the mind to behave this way Vedanta has analysed the cognitive aspects of the mind and identifies its four states manas or deliberation buddhi or determination ahankara or egoism and chitta or recollection The four functions represent four different states of the mind Just as perceptions leave impressions on the mind through cognitive organs the experiences through the organs of action leave indelible impressions on the mind The mind is a huge storehouse for all these impressions which create your disposition tendencies and become the source of your memory likes and dislikes These impressions live within you as subtle forces Vedanta emphasises that mind stores impressions in two forms conscious and subconscious There is also a super conscious state Unconscious is below ego consciousness and conscious is within the range of ego consciousness The super conscious is beyond this range Ordinarily you are within the range of ego consciousness and there is a good deal of impressions below this range Vedanta stresses the cultivation and development of the conscious mind It is through the conscious mind that you have to overcome the unconscious You have nothing to fear from the unconscious because the unconscious works mechanically But the conscious mind has selfdetermination Through the conscious mind you can overcome the unconscious wrong tendencies within have to be weakened by conscious effort Vedanta suggests practices for the development of the mind One such practise is selfdiscipline It is alignment of your emotional life with your rational life directing all your energies to the realisation of the ideal This not suppressing something you are just changing your actions to those which you consider right Abridged from Tattvaloka

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We ve always found ourselves to be interesting objects of study That s why some of us often cross personal limitations in our endeavour to understand human behaviour and spirituality Psychologist Sigmund Freud introduced the term unconscious mind while explaining the topography of mind He divided the human mind into three specific regions the conscious subconscious and unconscious The conscious mind represents immediate awareness of the person the subconscious mind acts as a channel between the conscious and unconscious whereas the unconscious mind which is out of a person s awareness is a large storehouse that contains past experiences animalistic drives and unfulfilled wishes in their suppressed formAn individual making a socially unacceptable wish generally does not execute it so it gets left in his mind In time the idea disappears from his conscious mind but it does not go away altogether For it is unwittingly transferred to the unconscious mind This is known as repression when the mind relegates to the unconscious painful memories Repressed memories influence the individual s conduct mental health and social transactions and stimulate negative behaviour Unconscious patterns arethus reflected through various asocial behaviour that manifest through feelings of vanity anger greed treachery jealousy and indifferencePeople in search of reclamation put their invaluable efforts to overcome all worldly frailties For this an exceptional search of self is conducted in order to reveal one s unconscious to the seeker Sages Sufis and yogis through the practice of meditation think profoundly and surpass their limitations internally This activity needs tremendous effort and is different from introspection which is just the review of consciousness During therapy psychotherapists conduct catharsis in whichthey help their subjects to identify negative unconscious patterns and overcome them to an extentIn order to achieve complete redemption and to get deliverance from all burdens comprehensive selfcatharsis is required Poet philosopher Iqbal said Dive deep within yourself in order to find the clue of life be good to yourself if you can t be good to me Carl Jung explained the role of the unconscious in spiritual realisation and in the achievement of psychological wholeness The seat of faithis not consciousness but spontaneous religious experience only when the individual iswilling to fulfill the demands of rigorous selfexamination and selfknowledgethat is the unconscious The practice of exploring the unconscious does not necessarily limit us to stay confined in the shell of persona Besides the personal unconscious there is also collective unconscious which is a socially shared unconscious This deals directly with temporal or worldly affairs such as various patterns of justice humanity and balance of power These golden patterns present in abundance in the collective unconscious are named as archetypes Exploration andrealisation of self is inevitable in the striving to achieve purity

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Everything comes from the mind The observing mind is called the conscious mind and the constant undercurrent of thoughts even as we are engaged in doing something is called the subconscious We need to quieten the subconscious mind and let in the conscious mind That s why we re here Here is a simple doityourself to quieten the mind Wherever you are seated on a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed just straighten your back hold your chin slightly up and make sure your hands are placed on your lap with the right palm over the left and palms facing each other Wear a gentle smile on your face that eases all your facial muscles Keep your eyes closed Now gently clench your teeth and sip the air in as though you are using a straw to suck up fluids Once the air fills the lungs without holding the breath just let the air out through your nostrils Observe the movements in your chest stomach and the posture as you keep doing this breath You can do three to six cycles of this Having done the breathing again with straight back make sure your chin is up and you are totally relaxed Just observe your posture breathing naturally and maintain the smile on your face Think that you are collecting all your awareness on to the forehead You will now observe that your mind has become relatively quiet Initially this quietening of the mind happens for a minute or two but with regular practice this duration will increase tremendously For those who didn t feel much and for some of you who want to go a bit deeper try balloon breathing which works on the exhalation aspect seated on a chair or floor the idea being that your base is adequately supported so that you can hold a straight back or relatively straight back breathe in deeply through the nostrils as much as you can without holding the breath and puff your cheeks and blow the air out as though you are blowing into a balloon Repeat this up to a maximum of five times and then observe you are observing your posture natural breathing the chin position and the smileAnybody can practise these breathing techniques This is best done on an empty stomach For further clarifications consult a qualified yoga instructor These two breathing exercises are to quieten the mind but not to quell it as some of you might be expecting a nothought state Technically we are working on the two phases of breathing here that is inhalation and exhalation Inhalation is enhanced by conscious expansion of the chest stomach and the collar bone areas and exhalation is enhanced by pulling the stomach muscles in slowly as you exhale There is a close link between your breath mind and intellect As long as our breathing remains automatic and involuntary your awareness remains normal The minute your breathing gets deeper the awareness level improves tremendously This practice quietens the mind in a conscious way as against subconscious methods such as imbibing a drink or smoking getting massages done steam sauna or any other method which does not involve conscious mind applications Our communication with our surroundings happens mainly through our sensory organs Sensory stimuli in exceeding levels coupled with lack of rest perceived fears goals deadlines and targets play havoc with the mind Failure to unwind or learn proper conscious methods to destress often leads to insomnia and elevated stomach acid levels Several complex health problems crop up from there Effective breathing techniques can help a person to turn his conscious attention inward to focus on mind and body This sensory withdrawal and turning inward is explained as pratyahara in Patanjali s yoga The calm state of mind achieved through these kinds of meditative techniques is closely linked to the everyday repair and healing that occurs in the body Native Haat is a trademark of Bennett Coleman Co Ltd httpwwwnativehaatcom

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Science and technology can only study and reveal how the brain functions it is yet to find a way to plumb completely the mind that propels the thinking processThere can be no mind without body although mind does not have a physical form Mind in a way is affected by external situations and circumstances like living conditions the food one consumes susceptibility to body39s demands like hunger thirst sleep and other physical needs like sexual urgesBut the fact remains that the evolved mind can handle these demands or urges wellImmensity of this subtle invisible intangible force cannot be measured Since mind does not have a gross or physical form its run cannot be obstructed or restrained It is said mind travels faster than light Mind needs to be cultivated or charged to reach its potential power Buddha said The mind is everything What you think you becomeThe mind can open up a spectrum of possibilities including inner wisdom heighten awareness of being and relate to universal cosmic energy But the same mind by falling prey to substance abuse lust and anger could not only rob itself of its power of reasoning but also cause havoc with physical health The mind could get trapped in the web of past and future hardly ever stopping for the present To become fully alive to the present moment and enter into an elevated state of awareness the mind has to calm down as it is the seat of perception and interpretationOne39s state of mind can be divided into pure and impure When engrossed in worldly ways of material trappings and sexual desires the mind could adversely affect the journey of life Mind alone is the cause of liberation and bondage According to Thakur Sri Ramakrishna By mind one is bound by mind one is freedMind has three dimensions the subconscious conscious and superconscious mind When the conscious state of mind is regulated and undergoes upward evolution one begins to tread the path towards the superconscious state Abilities like Extra Sensory Perception clairvoyance and telepathy all arise out of sheer mind power Hyper linking the conscious mind to the superconscious state of liberation leads one to freedom from all bondage thereby making attainment of the life of a jivan mukta possibleThe Supreme has coopted humankind as cocreator by giving the human being a highly developed mind which distinguishes the species from those of any other living entity of this world mind and instincts function only for the basic need and survivalA mind tuned finely with the melody of the universal mind can alter and better the course of life A mind that is full of positive thoughts will not give space for impure trends This has to be a constant endeavour even for a mind that has tasted the essence of being because deluded by objects of senses it starts seeking illusory sensual pleasures and gets entrapped in the world of mayaMind motivated by matter is avidya or ignorance Controlling the mind is a lifelong process The best way is to make your mind your sakha your best friend so that you are able to work in tandem to discover the Self39s own natural state which is one with Brahmn Sages have stated in the Chandogya Upanishad that one should meditate on the mind as Brahmn for all objects are perceived by manas or mind

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Existence is inseparable from its elemental essence consciousness and cosmic energy Ultimate reality according to Vedanta is Brahmn identified as Being Consciousness and Bliss The external universe in spacetime is a holistic one where everything is derived from and fundamentally interconnected with allpervading consciousness The socalled conscious subconscious and superconscious states relate more to the mind than consciousness proper although superconsciousness transcends limitations of time space and causality as it is closest to consciousness Ultimate consciousness is beyond limitations of bodymind Consciousness is the precondition for all physical and mental activities like perception action knowing thinking feeling and willing First we are conscious before we perceive act know think or feel Consciousness is the elemental condition and all else is secondary to it J C Bose proved that the same life and consciousness pulsate in the living and the nonliving Richard Feynman showed that the waves of electron and photon while moving like waves exhibit a capacity to decide their own course of action Physicist Jack Sarfatti said that the general relativity and quantum theory are simply two complementary aspects of a deeper theory that will involve a type of cosmic consciousness as the key concept DISCLAIMER Views expressed above are the author39s own

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Regular spring cleaning of the mind enables us to lead a happier and healthier life says psychotherapist REENA SHARMAWhen viewed through a scratched dirty lens even the most pristine scenery looks flawedAnd so it is with your mind A cluttered mind leads us to confusion and irreparable mistakes Memories of events and moments take up a place in our subconscious Some memories make us happy and encourage us while many others cause us trouble and distract us Therefore from time to time you must take out time for some mental hygiene that is necessary to keep the mind clean We often learn from our experiences both good and bad Good experiences move us forward while bad ones pull us back When something works out just the way we want it to we carry that happiness forward into everything we doMental RoadblocksGood feelings spur us on to believe that we will succeed in all our actionsThis confidence fuels our life and we become happier every minuteThis good feeling is like the warmth of the sun it spreads across into all our actions Yet at the same time a single negative can spring up from nowhere and derail our life completely making us sulk and retreat into our shell This negativity is so contagious that it infects all our thoughts and actions We drag this failure through every step we take We just can t seem to shake off our negativity it grows and eventually clouds our view of the worldThis is the mental clutter or roadblock that we must guard against But if we do hit it we can clean up this clutter organise our thoughts and look at the brighter side of lifeA clean mind like a clean lens always helps us focus better Mental hygiene is defined as the science of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through the application of psychiatry and psychologyThe emphasis here is not so much on the cure but on the prevention of illnesses by way of regular mental hygiene through early intervention and promotion of mental health Begin with early childhood experiences and their impact on children as a traumatic adulthood is generally caused by a disturbed childhoodStudies show that a fogged mind can lead to several criminal activities and impulsive actions The remnants of the experience cloud the person s mental faculties causing an unhealthy mind Seek to detox your mind of these experiences and soon you will be able to look at life s more positive aspectsClean Clear ConfidentIntrospection helps you find what makes you sad negative and irritable and what affects your mental health It could be an experience from the past a hurtful event a childhood fear anxiety about the future a friend s experience and so on It is important to understand the link between your brain and your body Unnecessary thoughts confuse your brain and if the brain is tired the body follows On the contrary a healthy body nurses a healthy mind A healthy mind in turn fuels a healthy body and we further contribute to society Be physically clean to be mentally clean Spend time everyday to focus on the good things that have happened to you analyse the bad ones and learn what good you can make of that experience Do a mental cleanup everyday Lead a cleaner healthier life this will eventually lead to a healthier society

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There are three vital areas that could enable us to fulfill the purpose of our lives to become Selfrealised The three dharmic obligations are Bhoutika dharma or worldly obligations that are fulfilled through the body mano dharma that is fulfilled through the mind and intellect and atma dharma that activates and empowers the soul All you need to do is follow four stepsValue the body We normally value our body for its beauty youth health or usefulness without realising that it is a walking miracle From birth to death the body carries out innumerable life sustaining activities The heart beats 86 400 times and lungs breathe 21 600 times every day All this is possible due to the inexhaustible power called the Soul that is enshrined in the body which is making life throb around it When we are aware that we constantly carry this sacred energy we will never misuse it to perform actions which are harmful demonic criminal or destructive in nature Also we become aware that our body is exposed to the limitations of time and space which are governing our lives So we understand every moment that is available to us Then we follow a strict regimen Niyama with a definite schedule of time for food sleep and regular routine of sadhana Our body will be healthy and we will have health and fitness control Thus we discipline the bodyProcess the mind We should examine every thought and emotion scrupulously to check whether it falls within the framework of righteousness with great objectivity and vitality Chanting Aum which is the seed mantra or syllable of the soul energises the mind and transforms it into an impartial witness This also churns the mind and draws out all thoughts and emotions hidden in its subconscious layersThis is symbolically depicted in churning the kshirasagara or ocean of milk to obtain the nectar of immortality Here the mind is the said ocean and the sacred syllable Aum from which the whole Universe emerged is the churner Our good thoughts dharma represent the gods and bad thoughts adharma represent demons As we begin churning the mind by chanting Aum for at least thirty minutes at a stipulated time everyday cleansing of the mind begins and the negativity within is thrown out and divinity is retainedEliminate negativity As we continue our sadhana by chanting Aum with total faith and belief Shiva in the form of a guru removes all the negativity as soon as it rises up from within us All negative thoughts tendencies and feelings we have accumulated over many lifetimes rise to the surface This negative energy constricting the mind is eliminated through the grace of the guru and our intellect concentration and memory become razor sharp We make quick accurate decisions and complete our tasks at lightning speed Everyday expands to give us ample time for further sadhana and we become more and more absorbed in the vibrations of it Create wealth At this point you will begin to create nidhi or treasure As we immerse completely in sadhana we transcend our senses and the mind blossoms and the heart expands to embrace all beings We generate only selfless dharmic desires which benefit all and are instantaneously fulfilled by Cosmic Will We develop selflessness which is one of the important characteristics of Selfrealisation and our atma dharma is thereby fulfilled

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There are three vital areas that could enable us to fulfill the purpose of our lives to become Selfrealised The three dharmic obligations are Bhoutika dharma or worldly obligations that are fulfilled through the body mano dharma that is fulfilled through the mind and intellect and atma dharma that activates and empowers the soul All you need to do is follow four stepsValue the body We normally value our body for its beauty youth health or usefulness without realising that it is a walking miracle From birth to death the body carries out innumerable life sustaining activities The heart beats 86 400 times and lungs breathe 21 600 times every day All this is possible due to the inexhaustible power called the Soul that is enshrined in the body which is making life throb around it When we are aware that we constantly carry this sacred energy we will never misuse it to perform actions which are harmful demonic criminal or destructive in nature Also we become aware that our body is exposed to the limitations of time and space which are governing our lives So we understand every moment that is available to us Then we follow a strict regimen Niyama with a definite schedule of time for food sleep and regular routine of sadhana Our body will be healthy and we will have health and fitness control Thus we discipline the bodyProcess the mind We should examine every thought and emotion scrupulously to check whether it falls within the framework of righteousness with great objectivity and vitality Chanting Aum which is the seed mantra or syllable of the soul energises the mind and transforms it into an impartial witness This also churns the mind and draws out all thoughts and emotions hidden in its subconscious layers This is symbolically depicted in churning the kshirasagara or ocean of milk to obtain the nectar of immortality Here the mind is the said ocean and the sacred syllable Aum from which the whole Universe emerged is the churner Our good thoughts dharma represent the gods and bad thoughts adharma represent demons As we begin churning the mind by chanting Aum for at least thirty minutes at a stipulated time everyday cleansing of the mind begins and the negativity within is thrown out and divinity is retainedEliminate negativity As we continue our sadhana by chanting Aum with total faith and belief Shiva in the form of a guru removes all the negativity as soon as it rises up from within us All negative thoughts tendencies and feelings we have accumulated over many lifetimes rise to the surface This negative energy constricting the mind is eliminated through the grace of the guru and our intellect concentration and memory become razor sharp We make quick accurate decisions and complete our tasks at lightning speed Everyday expands to give us ample time for further sadhana and we become more and more absorbed in the vibrations of it Create wealth At this point you will begin to create nidhi or treasure As we immerse completely in sadhana we transcend our senses and the mind blossoms and the heart expands to embrace all beings We generate only selfless dharmic desires which benefit all and are instantaneously fulfilled by Cosmic Will We develop selflessness which is one of the important characteristics of Selfrealisation and our atma dharma is thereby fulfilled

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Reshmi R Dasgupta decodes India s psyche through the works of artist Thomas Easley who has made this country his muse Every artist at a subliminal level is also a philosopher his or her muse being life itself In order to realize his individual potential however the artist needs an intellectual and spiritual nurturing that few places can offer India is one such That is probably why Thomas

Easley dreamt of it even as a little boy in faroff California India came to him like a wave in his subconscious mind But there was no ebbing just more and more waves washing over his mind beckoning him The artist in him was yet to rise but the intellectual quest had already begun Was it serendipity or fate that finally brought Easley to India s shores decades later Was it mere coincidence that he married an Indian It s hard to say for sure But the body of work that comprises his oeuvre both paint and print reveals something that shouldn t surprise anyone who knows Easley and India There is a profound synchronicity between the central premise of the Indian mind and Easley s artistic and intellectual endeavour We must admit at least the possibility that everything we believe to be true is not true says Easley in his book The Mechanics of God That line says it all This illustrates most clearly my understanding of the Indian mind and why I feel so much in common with that mind says Easley 60 bearded visage aglow with enthusiasm sitting in front of one of his most striking works the Black Taj in New Delhi The possibilities of contemplation the ability to see beyond the physical and admit that something else can exist too lies at the heart of Indian thought In visualizing a black Taj Easley unveiled precisely that premise So there is a depth to that painting as in all his works that goes beyond the obvious He has painted a multitude of Indian tableaux from temples to the ghats of Varanasi each as delicately and intuitively portrayed as the Black Taj But the latter best exemplifies the selftaught Easley s ethos It is technically superb with a meticulous attention to detail reminiscent of Indian miniatures executed with the finest singlehair brushes Yet in his very western evocation of the cloudy sky some could liken it to the famed Venetian painter Canaletto there is a philosophical cast combined with whimsy that is also purely Indian for it forms a canopy over a myth a possibility The Indian mind and by extension Indian art is not defined by what it is or has been but by what it can become muses Easley adding This creates a blend of past present and future that is as much realistic as it is optimistic as much detailed as it is abstract but in all cases admitting the possibility that everything we believe to be true is not true Seen in that context gallerist and collector Rekha Mody s assertion that Easley doesn t exactly have an Indian mind but rather understands India is entirely logical In fact she avers that Easley is an intriguing combination of east and west in his approach and has a modern language which makes him equally understandable to collectors around the world and Indians who are global Nor is that surprising for having tried his hand at everything from music to teaching skiing to carpentry Easley s engagement with the wider world has not been limited to India He had lived and travelled all over before arriving here Easley is not the first foreign artist to have painted in India though the best recorded works are of Europeans who arrived here from the 18th century on But Easley can best be compared to the great Russian painter philosopher and humanist Nicholas Roerich when it comes to depth of engagement Roerich found India so conducive to his manyfaceted mind that he not only made it his base for trips into the Asiatic hinterland but finally settled here with his Russian wife Like Easley India left its imprint on Roerich s childhood in this case a painting of the Kanchenjunga mountain in the family home and permeated his writing and paintings Roerich first came in 1928 Many decades later Easley too found his outlook had resonance in IndiaThis has convinced him that whatever his nationality his mind is irrefutably Indian His forays into the realms of possibility were met with incomprehension at best or alarm at worst by his compatriots in the West But in India he s been taken at face value No matter what idea he posits the Indian mind like his own accepts its plausibility This openness grants the mind right to open new doors to question to err and to advance by the insights of correction toward a more perfect union between what we know and what we have yet to learn says Easley My art to the extent that it reflects the Indian mind is detailed and refined in my earlier works and brash even explosive in my more recent extreme impressionist works such as Love of Red or my Fowl Play series of vibrant roosters

I am free I feel to learn at will and to create with that learning images of elastic possibility that redefine themselves in the viewer and over time On the face of it his current work in the US as he is based there again is commercial after all what can be profound say about roosters or wine bottles Some would call that a manifestation of the manyfaceted Indian mind but it is also fun Plain and simple It s pop its sassy it s something that anyone anywhere can relate to Yet there are layers of understanding and perception there too for each painting is a fusion of Easley s cumulative experience and mastery of styles from realism to abstract often diffusing into surrealism Easley doesn t do that consciously though which is probably what makes him more of an Indian than either he or anyone else imagines However I define the Indian mind and to what extent Indians agree with that definition my mind today and therefore my work is and has been shaped by that definition he says I am as an artist and a man made by and of what I understand the Indian mind to be

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