And the Need to Control the mind
“Sit still with a straight spine. Cover up your fidgety eyeballs with the sheet of your eyelids. Hold them still. Then loosen your mind from the consciousness of the bundle of your body? weight. Relax the nerve? strings that are pulling at the heavy muscles and bones of your body. For a while, forget the consciousness of carrying a heavy bundle of bones tied in the thick cloth of flesh. Rest. Free your mind from the consciousness of a beast of burden. Do not think of your body? load, but feel your soul untied from the constant material quality of heaviness. Mentally race in your fancy’s airplane above, beneath, left, right, in infinity, or wherever you want to go. Feel and meditate on this, your mental freedom from your body. Dream, dwell, and feel this body? aboveness when sitting still; the territory of your freedom will constantly increase.
In meditation, you must go beyond thought. As long as you are busy thinking, you are in your rational mind, on the conscious plane. When you sleep and dream, you are on the subconscious plane, and in your astral body. And when your mind is fully withdrawn in superconsciousness, it becomes centered in the bliss of the spine. You are then in your ideational, or causal, body. That is the level of the soul.
The true purpose of life is to know God. Worldly temptations were given you to help you develop discrimination: Will you prefer sense pleasures, or will you choose God? Pleasures seem alluring at first, but if you choose them, sooner or later you will find yourself enmeshed in endless troubles and difficulties.
Do not expect a spiritual blossom every day in the garden of your life. Have faith that the Lord, if you surrender yourself to Him completely, will bring you divine fulfillment in His time, which is the right time.
Having sown the seed of God-aspiration, water it daily with prayer and right action. Remove from your mind the weeds of lethargy, doubt, and indecision. When the sprouts of divine perception appear, tend them with devotional care. One morning you will behold, fully grown, the fairest flower of Self-realization.” – Paramhamsa Yogananda
“How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the mind..There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
All knowledge depends on the calmness of the mind. Man thinks foolishly that he can make himself happy & after years of struggle finds out that true happiness consists of killing the selfishness & that no one can make him happy except himself. Cleanse the mind, this is all of religion.” – Swami Vivekananda
“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come from behind the clouds! Shine.” – Buddha