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MIND: ITS MYSTERIES and CONTROL

MIND: ITS MYSTERIES and CONTROL
$28.00
Item Code: IDG169
Author: SWAMI SIVANANDA
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Language: English
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 8170520061
Pages: 360
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"

About the Book:

To everyone striving for success in life, the invariable stumbling block proves to be the turbulent vagaries of the mind. An undisciplined mind makes a man a slave and wrecks his life. Controlling and subduing it is the most vexing of problems to the earnest seeker of happiness. The vital importance of the subject, therefore, prompted H. H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj to write this comprehensive work "MIND-ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL." It is meant of serve as a valuable guide to all aspirants and is also of immense help to anyone in any walk of life. Being the outcome of personal experience of the revered author and written with a practical end in view, "MIND-ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL" is a treasure worthy to be possessed and constantly.

About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

About the Book:

'Moksha' is freedom from births and deaths and the attainment of supreme Immortal Bliss. Moksha is the goal of life.

Moksha Gita is the essence of Vedanta and all Upanishads. It is the "Song of Salvation". It will throw much light on the spiritual path and help you all in the attainment of freedom and Immortality.

Preface

Happiness has for ever been the prime aim of every human being. All activities of man are directed towards acquiring the maximum happiness in life. But, through the wrong deluded notion that objects will give happiness, man searches for it outside. The result is that in spite of all his lifelong efforts, he gets disappointment only. Vexation and misery alone are to be seen everywhere. The real lasting happiness lies within man. Such happiness or Ananda is the Inner Self, the Antaratman. The very nature of Atman is pure Joy. This is never perceived because the mind is completely externalized. As long as the mind is restlessly wandering about amidst objects, ever fluctuating, excited, agitated and uncontrolled, this true joy cannot be realised and enjoyed. To control the restless mind and perfectly still all thoughts and cravings is the greatest problem of man. If he has subjugated the mind, he is the Emperor of emperors.

For gaining mastery over the mind, you have to know what it is, how it works, how it deceives you a every turn and by what methodsit can subdued. In this book, the subject has been dealt with; and the nature of the mind, the various forms that is assumes, the secret of its inner workings and the way to control it are fully and clearly explained. The previous editions were eagerly read and appreciated by thousands of aspirants who wrote to say how immensely they were helped by the instructions. The lessons and instructions are eminently practical and many helpful ideas and suggestions got during my meditations have been recorded and put down here. Very useful hints on concentration and meditation will be found in the book which, if faithfully followed, will bring success in a short time without fail.

I pray to every aspirant to study constantly the valuable instructions with can and follow the practical hints given in his Sadhana and daily life. It will doubtless enable you to gain control over your passions and craving and to get established in Yoga. The Bhakta, the student of Vedanta, the Raja Yogin, the Karma Yogin- all will find this book an indispensable guide. The later stages of Yoga Sadhana are common in all the four paths and Dharana and Dhyana are quite impossible without first subduring the mind. All Sadhanas are, therefore, aimed at obtaining mastery over the mind. Hence it is that I have tried to present the ways and means of achieving this through simple, yet well-tried and effective methods. My efforts would be amply fulfilled if even a single earnest aspirant is helped on the spiritual path and attains the Goal.

May the Lord, the Antaryamin, the Supreme Indweller inspire all to attempt mind-control and Yoga! May He bestow success on the sincere aspirants that struggle to master the unruly mind! May you reach the Goal of Life, Immortality, Supreme Knowledge and Bliss!.

CONTENTS

 

Prayer vi
Publisher's Note vii
Preface ix
1. What Is Mind? 3
2. Mind and Body 22
3. Mind, Prana and Kundalini 28
4. Mind and Food 32
5. The Three Avasthas 36
6. The Three Gunas 42
7. The Psychic States 45
8. The Mental Faculties 54
9. The Three Doshas 58
10. Suddha Manas and Asuddha Manas 60
11. Vrittis 65
12. Theory of Perception 70
13. Chitta and Memory 79
14. Samskaras 85
15. Sankalpa 94
16. Thought Creates the World 99
17. Avidya and Ahankara 106
18. The Power of Thought 110
19. Thought-culture 121
20. Vasanas 132
21. Desires 138
22. Raga-Dvesha 146
23. Pleasure and Pain 152
24. Viveka 158
25. Vairagya and Tyaga 160
26. Control of Indriyas 166
27. Mauna and Introspection 173
28. Evil Vrittis and Their Eradication 178
29. Cultivation of Virtues 203
30. How to Control the Mind 205
31. Concentration 229
32. Meditation 238
33. Experiences and Obstacles in Meditation 254
34. Samadhi 266
35. Manonasa 275
36. The Mind Compared 280
37. Essence of Jnana Yoga 285
38. The Mind in a Jivanmukta 298
39. The Powers of a Yogi 302
40. Necessity for a Guru 304
41. Hints to Aspirants 306
APPENDIX I
  To the Mind 309
APPENDIX II
  Psychic Influence 329
APPENDIX III
Annihilation of Mind 342
GLOSSARY 345
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