How to Control the Mind by Swami Vivekananda


How to Control the Mind by Swami Vivekananda:

We should put our mind on things; they should not draw our minds to them. We are usually forced to concentrate. Our minds are forced to become fixed upon different things by an attraction in them which we cannot resist. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it requires special training. It cannot be done in any other way. 

concentrationConcentration is the essence of all knowledge; nothing can be done without it. Ninety percent of thought force is wasted by the ordinary human being, and therefore he is constantly committing blunders; the trained man or mind never makes a mistake.

It takes people a long time to learn things because they can’t concentrate their minds at will. 

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When the mind is concentrated and turned back on itself, all of us will be our servants, not our masters.

man-concentratingHerein is the difference between man and the animals– the man has the greater power of concentration. The difference in their power of concentration also constitutes the difference between man and man. Compare the lowest with the highest man. The difference is in the degree of concentration. This is the only difference. 

The flow of this continuous control of the mind becomes steady when practised day after day, and the mind obtains the faculty of constant concentration.

how-to-control-mindThe purer the mind, the easier it is to control. The purity of the mind must be insisted upon if you would control it…..Perfect morality is the all in all of the complete control over the mind. The man who is perfectly moral has nothing more to do; he is free.

We have to seize this unstable mind and drag it from its wanderings and fix it on one idea. Over and over again this must be done. By the power of will, we must get hold of the mind and make it stop and reflect upon the glory of God.

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