……………..“You will also find that you have completely subjected or enslaved your mind to follow a particular pattern, either of your choice or choice forced down upon you by somebody. In such a condition your mind is not free, your intellect has a projection towards a definite objective, your ego moves in an orbit so to say defined for it, and your mind has to follow dictations of your heart, intellect and ego. Yours, therefore, is a most confused state and pitiable condition. What else could you expect from such a confused state of mind but dissatisfaction, want of peace and misery? When your mind and intellect are free from any bondage, then only you will be able to see or rather enjoy every effort that you make. Every action of yours will give you immense joy as well as peace. You will be able to understand this only by experience and not by intellectual conception…..When the mind is free, intellect is not burdened by any pattern, memory of the past, family traditions, ideas of prestige, fear of losing anything, either concrete or abstract; then mind and intellect both remain free to act, observe, think and find out for itself the working of the inner self. A completely free mind is in a position to hear, see, observe and get most important experience, the manifestations of the inner self which may be called God. The mind is then in tune and harmony with the nature as well as the power that pervades the entire creation. Being completely free, it always moves with the present, from moment to moment, and has no burden of the past, whether historical, social, religious, dogmatic, political, economical and so on. It is not concerned with the future as there is no ideal before it to attain or any pattern to follow. It is happy and peaceful as long as it is free and unburdened. ”
……..A state in which mind does no work, no thought arises, nothing is seen or heard, or interpreted, functions of the senses do not stir or create any activity in the mind. When the mind is so still, then the subject gets an experience, which is neither translated nor understood with reference to anything. That is an experience which gives immense joy and creates unparalleled state of pleasure which cannot be expressed in words. This state is not an attainment but an experience which is followed by understanding. This is not an outcome of any process…………….
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