Loud Chaos in the Silence
Quiet Your Mind!
It was a quiet summer afternoon. I was alone in the house. It was a 101-degree temperature outside, and no wind. Trees were quietly standing; birds were resting in the shade. Pin drop silence around me inside the house. My mind was quiet, and thoughts were resting in a blissful state—the perfect time to write down Sri Hari’s messages.
I clicked on my keyboard, and the entire internet world woke up on my computer screen like a big bang in the universe. There was chaos everywhere. Words were screaming, complaining, weeping, and wailing, some with anger, others in deep pain. I closed my eyes and put my hands on my ears to mellow down the noise, but it was stuck in my head. Even with my closed eyes, I could still read those words in my mind. My heart became heavy, and tears rushed down. Gosh! I have become so sensitive!
After a few deep breaths, like a brave soldier, I again took a dip in the internet world. This time I saw articles with numbers promising the river of gold:
“ Your Emotions In 95 Words, 6 Stoic Quotes. 15 Psychological Facts. Meditate for 1 Hour, 140 Books. 5 Favorite Nonfiction Titles. One Question that can Interrupt…Forget Everything You Know”
Everyone was assuring me if I used these magic numbers in these articles, I will find my answers, and my problems will get solved. Which one should I follow? So much confusion and so much chaos without any sound.
And then, I laughed and laughed!
Omg! Emotional articles, threatening articles, sad articles, articles with numbers and questions… and the list goes on. They all are lovely, but they make so much noise! Extreme loud chaos in the silence of the internet. We all experience it every day.
No wonder people were more spiritual 100 years ago and could get enlightened quickly. If Veda Vyasa comes down to earth and reads his scriptures online, with millions of different interpretations, I bet even he would get confused with his thoughts! (Just kidding, don’t take it personally). It is almost impossible to avoid this chaos and find the right silence where you experience your truth.
Good news for all of us (little happy dance here!) Bhagavan Sri Krishna, our beloved Sri Hari Ji, has already explained how to be silent in our minds. There are many beautiful ways to do it. Here is a good start.
Srimad Bhagvad Gita: Chapter 17, Verse 16
मन: प्रसाद: सौम्यत्वं मौनमात्मविनिग्रह: |
भावसंशुद्धिरित्येतत्तपो मानसमुच्यते || 16||
(manaḥ-prasādaḥ saumyatvaṁ maunam ātma-vinigrahaḥ
bhāva-sanśhuddhir ity etat tapo mānasam uchyate)
The serenity of thought, gentleness, silence, self-control, and purity of purpose — all are declared as the austerity of the mind.
This beautiful austerity of mind will help quieten the thoughts. Silence (Mauna): When you quieten your mind, you find the truth.
How do you control and quieten your mind and change your destiny to find your truth?
Your destiny depends on your character
Your character depends on your habits
Your habits depend on your actions
Your actions depend on your words
Your words depend on your thoughts
You quieten your thoughts; you control the mind so that you can change your destiny.
Let’s break that loud chaos in the silence. Learn to quieten our minds. Are you with me?