The Importance of Mental Well Being

The science and art of living life is all about adapting oneself to a phenomenal flux of changing situations, unexpected events & occurrences, challenges & obstacles, conflicting views and above all in our continuous efforts to adjust ourself to other persons. It is this human factor that is really challenging. It is the most vexing of all the other aspects of life that go to make our outer living in this earth plane.

Within the four walls of a domestic setup in one house, one family, there is always a special situation of human relationship and inter-personal relationship between members of this domestic setup. And this gives rise to so many tensions, states of pressure, inner vexations, frustrations, outer confrontations. Sometimes such complications become a source of various states of ill health and much diseased condition of both body and mind.

Nevertheless, we cannot do without the body and the mind.  Body is our dwelling place and an instrument of action. The mind propels and directs us in what way to act, and do things—aptly the inner director. It is in this context that we must clearly perceive and recognize that these two are the sole instruments at the disposal of each human individual to live one’s life and to act and achieve. Whatever needs to be done has to be done through the body and the mind. They are the only tools we have. They are the only endowments which have been given to us to live life, to make maximum out of life, to attain through life.

So commonsense makes it clear that whatever a human individual has as an endowment, an instrument, a tool, which makes one a “human being”, must be kept healthy. And if it is not kept in a healthy condition, its performance will be degraded. It is the physical body that we share in common with all other living beings, but what makes us unique as a human being, is our thinking, feeling, reasoning faculty.

Now it is perfectly plain, to keep one’s unique faculty—the mind in a fit condition so that it is utilized always to achieve best results. It is, therefore, a top priority that every human being has to engage in with intelligence, commonsense and understanding and with all these acumens one can bring upon to bear an important task which is central to life well lived—successfully lived.

How many of us are giving attention to this as a top priority process? How many of us recognize that such attention is imperative and is most important to life that we have to attend to our mind. We have to do everything that we can wisely, to see that it is always in a perfectly fit state. Furthermore, it is not only a top priority which is to be attended to. IT IS CENTRAL TO LIVING OF A LIFE.

Someone has said, as a man thinketh so he becometh. Mind is pivotal. This famous adage in the Sanskrit language it is said, mind alone is the cause of man’s bondage or liberation Manameva manushyanam karanam bandha mokshayoh.

This being so, we all should realize to keep the mind always in a positive state, always in a state of active optimism, always full of enthusiasm, full of positivity, full of confidence, full of cheerful disposition which is indispensable for living life with keenness and zest. Only if you are interested in what you are doing, then the performance and the end result becomes very very successful. And you thrive upon it (don’t drag through it), half-heartedly or half-believing it.

There is an interesting story: It was once announced that the devil was going out of business and would offer all his tools for sale to whosoever would pay his price. The devil always does business at night in the darkness of the inner psyche. On the night of the sale, they were all attractively displayed and a bad looking lot they were. Malice, hatred, envy, jealousy, sensuality and deceit and all the other implements of evil were spread out, each marked with a price. And something exceptional apart from all the rest, there lay a harmless looking wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others.

Someone asked the devil what it was. Discouragement was the reply. Why is it priced so high? Because, replied the devil, it is more useful to me than the rest. I can pry open and get inside a man’s consciousness with that which I cannot with any of the other instruments. Once inside I can use him in whatever way suits me best. It is so much worn because I use it with everybody as very few people know it belongs to me. So, they allow themselves to entertain it, they allow themselves to give a place in them. If they knew, it doesn’t belong to god’s side, it is devil’s, they will think not twice but ten times before allowing it to be entertained inside. It hardly needs to be added that the devil’s price for discouragement was so high that it was never sold. He still owns it and is still using it. It is one thing that prevented him from going totally out of business.

This story seems to be so simple but is so true. And mind is the only thing we have. If we don’t keep it fit, full of courage, full of self-confidence, full of positivity we all are aware of what the result is going to be.

Positivity, optimism, enthusiasm, interest all are the ingredients in the mind that becomes best asset to your subjective-objective life. You have to make it an asset not a liability. You have to make it an instrument for overcoming all obstacles not an obstacle in itself. You have to make it an instrument that provides solution to all your problems and not become a problem in itself. If that which is to be provider of all solutions become itself the problem then where are you? And all these things don’t come by themselves… they come through intelligence-culture, self-culture, culture of the inner man, culture of the psyche. And this is important not only for your secular life but also for your spiritual life. Not only for your own personal life but also for your social life. All aspects of life. And therefore, it needs your positive and active attention.

May the grace of the Supreme and the choicest benedictions of the Guru, the Holy Master be upon us all. Reverential adorations to the great universal spirit divine, the one transcendental, eternal, infinite and absolute non dual reality. May the divine grace and the benedictions of the supreme grant us success in our efforts to make ourselves ideal human individuals and also success in our constant struggle and effort to adjust, adapt and accommodate.

Compiled from the teachings of Worshipful Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.