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First you need to understand what is mind.
A mind is an accumulation of data that you have stored consciously or unconsciously. You like it or not all will be there. It's like a recycle bin. It is an important thing. Cuz if you don't have a in at home your home will become a garbage bag. You can never think anything new with your mind. All you do is take all the stored items from your mind. It's only good for survival.
What is survival
Survival mode is what most people are on. All you see around you is pure survival. For this mode the nature has provided you five sense organs. All your mind cares about is survival. You need to really understand this. You have to go beyond your five senses. Not enhance it now. It will happen soon as the result of mediation.
Mind chattering -
Why is mind constantly thinking. Have you wondered why. Ask yourself. Ask your mind.
If You try to shut it down. It's doesn't work that way. Your mind is capable of unbelievable hallucination things. It will take you to a point where Buddha himself will come to you and talk to you, walk with you. That's why you need to understand your mind.
Understanding the mind.
When we say mind. There is two different types of mind. One is your immediate mind which is your brain. And one is a mind body.
Mind body -
In Sanskrit we call it manas. It the information and memory stored in every single cell in your body. You may have forgotten how your fire fathers look like but their nose is sitting right on your face. The Manas is also responsible for auto heart pump reproduction of new cells and DNA. To get enlightened there is a work to delete all the strands that is attached to manas as well to a certain degree. Deleting the ancestral karma was a big time challenge for me.
so remember when the mind chatters. Just tell yourself. It's just being stupid. And let it play but don't give importance to the thought. Once you do. Boom you are lost. just keep reminding yourself that you are not the body and not the mind. And willing to know thyself. If you know any chant. Keep repeating the chanting. Like AUMMMMMMMM OR OMMM. AUM NAMAH SHIVAYA or AUM MANI PADME HUM. OR ALL THE ABOVE. Some deities mantras can help but let's not go there. At least for now.
Thanks for an amazing post.
The problem for most of us is that we 'catch' ourselves chattering only AFTER it has happened. Which sort of makes it pointless, not to mention frustrating. Not having to chatter at all is very different from chattering first and then trying to control it after the fact.
Bridging gaps is a start. One cannot go from "you are my enemy because you are different" to love, light and perfection overnight. Recognizing other religions as valid is a huge step for the Church.
This pope is different from the previous popes. He has spoken about charity, helping refugees, ending poverty, etc. No pope before him has done that, especially so consistently. It looks like he really cares. But it doesn't mean the official position of the church itself has changed. The next pope may be entirely different.
We can't sit quietly in a room for twenty minutes. We become restless, we panic. We check the phone messages, watch tv, read a book, chat with friends. We can't even find peace with ourselves.
Yet we want world peace.
We become the judge and jury, and declare that certain individuals (or nations, religions) are destroying the world. Were it not for them, life would be beautiful. Or so we think. Hypocrisy? Certainly.
Worse yet, it is born of a self-righteous attitude - that one is better than the rest.
Less judging, more understanding.
What we need is humility, not the arrogance of a self-righteous mind.
This too is Buddhism.
Is there really a right or wrong with this, @techie? I think holding staunch views of one religion versus another and an insistence that one is right over the other is the cause of a large portion of the world's problems. It's how churches in Egypt were attacked today. But holding views that it's us vs them and only one can be right in the end.
You are free to reconcile Buddhism with Christianity.
Others are free to see both religions as distinct, unique, and beautiful in their own way - and therefore no reconciliation is necessary.
Live and let live, that's all I am saying.
Small minds discuss events and people. Great minds discuss ideas.
One individual in power is not the issue. The rise of right-wing ideology (and its growing popularity all over the world) is the real issue. Why did the left/liberals fail? Is this vacuum being filled by the right wing forces?
Discussing such ideas would be productive. Focusing on one man/his vile behavior (and ignoring the whole context of political atmosphere, ideological framework) is illogical.