The fire of pains in the unconscious mind burns each individual of the modern society which follows the present day theory of materialism. Such an individual is not able to review or meditate on any thing. He is so awfully surrounded by the mental puzzles that he does not find even a few moments to spend in peace.
Man has never tried to search out the reason behind this. If he will seriously analyse this situation, he will find himself responsible for the growth of this mental puzzle. If he will keep a proper balance of his mental state, his puzzles and tension will be removed.
A man went to his friend and asked him, ‘Friend, I am in great need of rupees one thousand. Please lend now and I will return later.’
‘After all how and what for is this big amount needed all of a sudden?” asked the friend.
He answered, “There was a tussle with my neighbour a few days back. He has filed a report with the police. The constable says he will put up my case in such a manner in the court that I will win the case, if I will pay him rupees one thousand. I have much tension in my mind. The sooner I get relief of this tussle the more properly I will be able to look after my family.”
Tussle takes place in everything. Even killings take place between friend and friend, husband and wife, son and father, father-in-law and daughter-in-law. servant and master. Later they repent. But what has been done cannot be undone. It is nothing but a result of mental tension.
There is a renowned physician. He has a big name, money, prestige and position. But he, inspite of being a physician, lives in such a tension that nobody knows how to help him. At times he takes so many doses of drugs that he becomes unconscious for hours along.
There is a very rich man. His wealth amounts in millions and millions. All the worldly luxury equips his palatial house. He himself does not know how many industries he owns. His family also is limited. He perhaps has no will unfulfilled. But he remains so much in tension and takes such a big quantity of drugs that he often goes on sleeping 96 to 112 hours continuously. During that time he takes no food, does not pass urine or stool. does not awake inspite of tumultuous noise. The appointments with important local persons and foreigners fixed months ahead and the meetings, important discussions and seminars, go unattended.
There is a beautiful young lady. She has developed a complex for nothing. She thinks she is a very high class heroine in the field of cinema. She is obsessed with this utopia. She is always busy with the visionary world. The puzzle in her mind has made her unable to work or to think.
These are a few of the actual examples: all our environment, however, is full of such examples in legions To search them out, we need not go far off.
The main reason behind the tensions is our ill intention or complex against others. Mental tension takes place when: we are defeated by some one; our thinking differs from that of other’s; failure comes forth in some venture; the thing desired is not achieved; the quality, form and quantity of the favourite thing do not come to our expectation; the honour which we think should be given to us, is not given; the behaviour coming forth is hostile.
Such a situation can easily be sorted out. For this a change of thinking is needed. Just a slight change would suffice, that is to realize that our thinking is not exact. For this we may always keep the immortal preaching from the Vedas, in our memory.”
‘Friends, for complete success and mental happiness in your life, you will have to recognized your godly capabilities and to remove the demoniac activities. The life is full of difficulties and obstacles which, always on. cannot be removed at all. But for a successful struggle with them, we should have a firm faith in our bright future and godly essence.’44
‘O God, around me, above and below, ahead and behind. let there be the human beings full of friendly emotions and having no enmity.”45
“We all may behave as friends, meaningfully modifying this life, continuously increasing our knowledge, always helping each other and with sweet words on our lips every time.” 46
Regarding sweet words, we all generally know, there is a beautiful verse.
‘Crows rob nobody of their money. Cuckooes impart nothing to anybody, yet they impress everybody just by their sweet words.”47
In the state of tension even luck leaves us alone. Here is an example.
There was a family of beggars. Husband and wife and their son were dragging the life this way or that. They were in great difficulty. Getting food was itself a problem. they could not even think of getting clothes and a roof over their heads.
It was a winter evening when in cold freezing weather they were on move to get alms. A God watched them and. full of mercy, he thought of helping them out of their misery. He placed in heaps, diamonds and emeralds, on their way at some distance. He thought their poverty will vanish for ever, by that.
The boy told. O father, we are destined to live on alms. Maybe a time comes when we all become blind. Then, just think of the sufferings we will have to face. Why should we not get habituated for that, beginning with right now?
The father agreed to him. All the three tied strips over their eyes and walked over the diamonds and emeralds lying on their way.
Luck could not stand by them. The God could not help them. What the mental puzzle had brought for them!
Enmity dwelling in mind, tension will never be reduced.instead it will be increased:
The emotions of enmity are never pacified by the emotion of enmity, but by the emotion of friendship; this is an age-old law. ’48
It is a wise step to pacify the emotion of enmity by the emotion of love. Forgiveness only can remove the emotion of enmity.
There was a saint, sitting at the bank of a river. He saw a scorpion caught in the river and striving to get out of It. The saint helped it come out with the help of his hand but the scorpion stinged on it. When stinged the hand shook and the scorpion got thrown back into the water. The saint repeated the same help. the scorpion also stinged him repeatedly.
A third time the same thing was going on when a man standing nearby and watching all that, told the saint. By now you have come to know the cruelty of this creature. You are doing favour to it again and again and it is going on stinging you. Now you let it sink in the water.
The saint told. ‘O brother, this creature is not prepared to part with its nature of cruelty, then how shall I part away with my nature of mercy ?
Such an answer could come only from him who is free of tension and puzzle.
We all may live and experience this very type of life and propose an example of the type.