Normally, the tendency of the mind is to become a master, and it hates to become a servant. It prefers to worship people or God, not for a love relationship, or to surrender, but for its own purposes. It boasts in worldly affairs and avoids pondering over wise sayings. It gets easily attracted to evils and keeps virtues for display, to gain words of praise. In short, the mind is always tempted to indulge in egoistic feelings and carnal enjoyments. It expects from others beyond their means or physical/mental capabilities, but it doesn’t allow others to take advantage of anything that is well within its means.
It is only when the mind and the intellect through an awakening experience both are convinced of the oneness of creation that the mind starts turning to enjoy providing services, instead of getting served.
In childhood our mind is mostly innocent. As the child grows, the family members try to mould the child’s mind according to their set perceptions in worldly affairs. Similarly, a pious person sets the mind of small children for adopting optimism and an analytical mind.
The mind of a person may be compared to an ocean in which waves of various emotions and intensities (differing in height, wavelength, and speed) are continuously generated due to environmental conditions. We may also define the mind as a flow of thoughts of various kinds. These thoughts are analyzed by the wisdom gained by the individual and accordingly reactions to these thoughts are generated in the mind.
For a common mind it is difficult to avoid painful thoughts and adopt good traits. It is observed that a person is easier trapped in lustful feelings than to maintain innocent feelings. It takes a lot of time and courage to set the positive trends in the mind, but once firmly rooted in wisdom the person progresses with confidence. It is usually said that bad habits are easily adopted without any effort, but for developing good habits some firm teacher or certain circumstances are required to force us to remain on the right track. Once good habits are firmly rooted in wisdom then it is difficult to remove them.
For a mind disgusted in worldly affairs spirituality is a solace, if it happens otherwise the person goes astray. In case the aspirant of spirituality deviates from righteousness due to attachment, then he has to go for the corrective measures.
There is a story about a renowned king in ancient times, Bharat (India has another name: Bharatvarsh, named after him), who was very wise and opted to do penances in a lonely forest along a riverside in the last phase of his life. He developed an attachment towards an orphaned fawn and at the time of his death he was looking at the fawn, like a dying father would be looking at his son. He was born as a deer in his next life due to that attachment and for his emancipation he got yet another birth in a human family.
After embarking on a spiritual path one is supposed not to develop any kind of attachment to anybody or anything, one only has to love all equally. The main objective of spirituality is to find the truth about the self and develop love for mankind. For this we shall have to overhaul our mind removing various kinds of vices and adopt universal love without any distinctions.
SP Sharma, India