How to meditate without the mind getting distracted
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How to meditate without the mind getting distracted

Why can’t I meditate without my mind going all over?

That’s mainly because that’s the nature of the mind. The nature of the mind is restlessness. The mind has to go all over.

Why is the mind created?

To experience sense objects. So, the mind will go all over. Allow the mind to go all over, but you don’t follow the mind.

You are not your mind, are you?

The mind is a part of you. If you identify yourself with the mind, you will also fluctuate with the mind.

What are your main factors of existence?

The physical body – body-related, emotional – which is mind related, intellectual knowledge – knowledge related, personality – ego related, and soul – spirit related. These are the five major aspects of our existence — physical, emotional, intellectual, ego – egoistic or personality-based, as well as spiritual.

Whatever you identify with, that you become. You can see a lot of people in this world who care much about their physical appearance. They work hard to keep their body in shape, but if something small goes wrong, they feel that they are finished! A body-builder who always looks in the mirror, looking at each muscle, falls down and breaks his leg. What happens to him? He will be lost. He will feel helpless. He will cry the whole day or a few weeks, at least until it’s healed.

Emotions

Likewise, we gravitate towards emotions. Various things which the media freely gives, things like soap operas. And then we cry because other people are crying. And, sometimes, watching movies where people are suffering serves as a sadistic pleasure as well. We think, ‘I’m glad I’m not suffering’. But there is a problem here. Do you know what is happening? That impression is getting stored in your system.

We may think, “It’s okay, it’s on the screen. Other people are suffering, I’m not suffering. I’m okay”. We are not okay; this is not always the case. On a subtle level, you are collecting the impression and storing it in your subconscious mind, in the causal layer. So these impressions become ingredients for a reality in the future. They become ingredients for another life.

Impressions

So, it’s not always as you think. You don’t have to experience everything in life for it to affect you. Even watching a feature film or getting involved with somebody else’s matter can cause those experiences to come to you. This is the karmic residual transfer. If one man is suffering, and you go and cry on his shoulder or ask him to cry on your shoulder, in the end, you carry all the weight, and then you suffer. This happens in life.

So, this residual karma gets transferred very, very quickly. What you see and what you experience always leaves an impression. An impression never goes away without fulfilment; they sit in the causal layer until it manifests as a reality. It is either a concept (which becomes a part of your constitution and/or character) or a pending matter. 

Fear

That is why a fear of something, the root of the fear, is sitting inside, and it manifests as fear or something, maybe without any obvious reason. But it comes back and shows up because they are stored inside.

Somebody tells you there was a burglary in their house. You may not have anything to do with that house or the burglary, but that memory stayed. You think, “Oh, there is a possibility of burglary!” Then you start developing a fear around it. And that fear becomes an obstruction in your life. Thus goes, one leads to the other. So, it starts as an impression. It manifests as a reality later on. So, like this, it goes.

Techniques for handling the mind

So, the mind’s job is to be restless; you need to accept that the mind is restless. You cannot do anything about it. But allow it to be restless and have nothing to do with it. When I say have nothing to do with it, as it becomes restless, you just allow that to flow. Just watch. The best technique or technique that Babaji suggested to me in the early 2000s was splitting the mind into two and observing one part of the mind with the other.

Imagine your mind is a huge canvas outside of you. It has all the things you’re carrying, which you already have in the manifested form. Not what is stored; you cannot see what is stored.

Observe the mind

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