To tackle problems created by the mind, we need to find solutions in the mind only. With our engagement obsessively with the material world, body stress, tension and mental problems become difficult to overcome.
Beyond the mind lies our emotions, and even beyond lies consciousness and finally, the soul. Spiritual people who took the support of the soul and kept away the outside world did not face any problems. The one who lives at the level of body and mind and on the basis of other’s emotions, faces many problems.
There is a state of existence beyond the mind, which, if we access, we can resolve our mental problems. Tensions and depressions can be completely overcome. When faced with depression, man can create havoc, he can hurt himself and others. He could even kill himself.
Worry is a mental problem. Even though we know that nothing can be achieved by worry and that worry is destructive and negative, yet, when something adverse happens, worry follows on its heels.
One potent Sanskrit verse asks, ‘what is the difference between chinta and chita?’ Chinta is worry and chita is the funeral pyre. Not just the sound of ‘n’, says the verse.
Chita burns the dead body while chinta renders the living body lifeless.
Worry seems inevitable because we do not know the truth, the principles on which the world operates. There are two kinds of principles; manmade and natural. Manmade ones may be subject to change but we cannot change the ones in nature…they are eternal and universal truths. Once we know these eternal truths, we no longer experience situations; we become observers. We know. But we do not go through it as an experience.
What is the law of nature? Change. Creation and destruction are happening all the time. If we meditate on this deeply, we will understand that everything is in transition. For example, wealth comes and goes. Whatever comes, has to go. We have a practice called anitya anupreksha. Anyone who practises this for three months will be able to worry less, if not be completely free of worry.
The second mental problem is grief. Grief at the loss of a near and dear one. The truth is, we are all alone. We have the practice of ekatva anupreksha which tells us we are alone, we are the soul. We are not this body, we are the soul. Mahavira said, “I do not belong to any caste, creed, colour or gender, I am the soul.” This is the understanding required to overcome mental problems.
Once Sage Ashtavakra came to the court of King Janaka to deliver a sermon. No sooner did he walk in, the whole assembly laughed and sniggered for his body was bent in eight places. When the time came for him to speak he said, “I think I have come to the wrong place. I was told I would have to speak to sages and scholars. But on coming here I find this is a cobbler’s gathering…their focus is on my body.”
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