Can a human mind ever be controlled by self-effort?
[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, Lord Datta is the preacher of the preachers. You came here to correct the present time preachers who have become psychiatrists. They mainly focus on controlling mind and manage stress. But, our mind is like a monkey. Shri Satya Sai Baba says that human mind is not just a monkey but a drunken mad monkey bitten by a scorpion. Every human being is struggling to control one's mind through self-effort. I have two questions here.
Can human mind ever be controlled by self-effort? Was there a time when human mind was controlled by one's self-effort?
If only God's grace can help me, why did God give me such uncontrollable mind which only He can control? Does God want every soul to surrender to Him out of helplessness? Kindly enlighten us. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Laxmi Thrylokya]
Swami Replied:- Self-effort can achieve the control of mind temporarily. The reason for the tension of mind is the punishment given by God for the sin of the soul committed previously. This is the root cause of the tension. The self-effort done through the advice of present preachers on mind management can only bring a momentary relief, but, as long as the root cause is not removed, permanent relief can’t be obtained. How to get permanent relief? If you realise that whatever you have done is a sin that is 1st step, which is equal to Jnaanayoga or knowledge. After that if you repent for your sin, this 2nd step is Bhaktiyoga or devotion. The third and final step is non-repetition of sin, which is Karmayoga or practice. If the 3rd step is achieved, this means that you don’t perform any sin hereafter, not only the present punishment but also the pending punishments are also cancelled. The logic here is that the punishment is only to prevent the repetition of sin and when that is already achieved, there is no need of punishment. Unless this procedure is followed, there is no permanent relief (Nābhuktaṃ kṣīyate karma…).
Human mind can be controlled by the effort of the human being associated with grace of God. This principle of realisation, repentance and non-repetition of sin will be taught by God if the soul becomes devotee and through this path, the soul can get rid of tension permanently so that there is no necessity of mind management. The preachers must preach this principle and try to cure the root cause and not to preach mind management, which is very superficial temporary first aid only. The fever comes due to attack by bacteria and virus. The antibiotics must be used to destroy the root cause. Keeping a wet cloth on the forehead is only superficial temporary aid only.
If a doctor is treating a patient with fever, without giving antibiotics, it means that the doctor is not aspiring for the permanent cure, perhaps, with the aim that he can extract fees from the patient continuously! After preaching this principle, there is no need of preaching about the devotion of God in this case. If this principle is not followed, even God will not give permanent cure. If you worship God with rigidity without following this principle, God will only postpone the punishment to latter time in this birth or at the maximum to the next birth. In such case, you have to pay the punishment along with interest. Due to ignorance, you think that God has cancelled your punishment due to your buttering technology through prayers and worships! One must follow this principle in Pravrutti and must become a strong devotee of God for the sake of Nivrutti because Pravrutti is temporary and risky based on your efforts only whereas Nivrutti is a permanent remedy, which develops strong bond with God without any business account. Hence, the present day preachers must preach this principle for the sake of Pravrutti and must preach strong devotion to God for the sake of Nivrutti.
First God made human being like robot and then there was no question of human being doing the sin. But, human souls were bored and wished for freedom. Then, God gave freedom taking all precautions to advice human beings not to do sinful things. God incarnated Himself and preached Spiritual knowledge. In spite of all these precautions taken by God-Father, the human being does sins and undergoes punishments resulting in inefficient to control the mind. When this is the true background, will God keep control of mind in His hand so that the devotee surrenders to Him? Such behaviour is usual for a politician and God is not a politician. The entire blame for the sin goes to the soul only. Even then God is trying His level best to help the souls in all aspects.
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-By Shri Datta Swami
Universal Spirituality for World Peace
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