Violence grows first in brain. Then it is implemented by the body. Torturing, beating, loot, hurting, murder etc.. are planned in the brain before the further plan is chalked out. Actually saying, the plan for every moment and of every action is drawn in the brain only.
Even the smallest piece of action is carried out according to the order issued by the brain. Even shaking a finger will have to be originated in the brain; the idea will then be transmitted to the hand concerned; then only the finger will shake, otherwise it will not shake at all.
Hence, it is a universal idea that violence first grows in brain. It is planned there and then it is actually implemented. Violent planning, therefore, means that the brain isn’t fully healthy. It is ill, then only it chalks out violent plans. Taking revenge means an action under some complex. And complex means mental disease.
Our body is surely not fully healthy. The hunger, thirst. fear, sleep and so on which we feel, suggest some other state of the body. The body demands some thing when that thing is exhausted or in short supply within the body.
Once, a king asked his minister to let him have ‘darshan of God. The order had naturally to be implemented. The minister asked him for some time.
Outside the city a lonely place was occupied where a platform was erected and it was covered with curtains from all the four sides.
The king was informed, ‘the ‘darshan’ of God can be had but a cross-breed will not be able to have a ‘darshan’ at all.’
The king made an announcement accordingly. Amongst the rushing crowd, the king was the first to reach the place for a ‘darshan’ of God. He looked inside. There was nothing there. He thought. Is it that I am a crossbreed?
Getting out he told the minister. I have had a ‘darshan’ of God.”
Then everyone repeated the same thing, going in, coming out, not finding anything, yet declaring. ‘I have had a ‘darshan’ of God.”
A general talk may be supported by the crowd, and the one, who will refute it, will have to face violent attacks. Obstructing any individual or popular desire means inviting violence.
The man who is always busy thinking of violent actions only, is more diseased from the mental point of view.
To remain busy with destructive activities. implementing the projects of war, even making underground passages (through hills with the help of explosive charge placed ready to go off when required) and such other affairs have a goodwill behind them; but those, who undertake such affairs, have the emotion of violence in their unconscious mind somewhere.
Working in a slaughter-house, operating its machines. packing fishes in boxes, working in such factories and such other careers involving cruel activities, suggest a violent feeling. And this feeling, like a wheel. is always on with no stop.
For the renunciation of voilent feelings there should be a certain type of feeling in the mind, that is of renouncing Violence will continue as long as the desire for possession will remain. But, the day the meaning of renunciation will be clear, the violent feeling will cease to grow..
A great saint came in a town. Public started visiting him. He was a great scholar and his fame had spread far and near. The news reached even to the king, The king sent his minister to invite him.
He denied. What shall I do in the palace? I am an ascetic. He, who may like to visit me may come here himself.”
The king wondered. But he had anxiety in his mind to visit. so he himself went. The king made appropriate arrangements. Warm reception, good food, comfortable room, and that saint continued his stay in the palace.
The king thought. ‘What type of ascetic is this? He does not wish to leave this place. It seems, his renunciation is ficticious.’
One day the king proposed. ‘Let us have a walk for a while. They both moved towards the jungle, far away.
The king told. “We are know far away, let us be back.”
The ascetic told. ‘Where to return. Come, we will keep on moving onwards. We shall stay anywhere, just to take rest. Now what for to go back?”
The king told. ‘But. O lord, the palace is left behind.
“The ascetic told. The palace is not left. It still remains in your mind. I was reading your suspicion reflected on your face. You were thinking. What type of an ascetic he is who is continuously staying in the palace. This is the difference between you and me. While in jungle it was my own self that remained in me, and not the jungle. While in your palace, it was my own self that remained in me, not the palace. Your mind, however, is still in link with the palace.”
The ascetic had no desire in his mind. He did not differentiate between a palace and a jungle. That is why his mental soundness remained intact during his leaving the palace or coming to the palace from the Jungle. On the other hand the king’s mind was linked with the palace. He therefore, felt uneasiness in leaving the palace.
There can certainly be no difference where the non-abstinence is harmonious, and tending also is harmonious.
Once Gautama, the Ganadhara, asked Mahavira, ‘O lord. is there any equality between a sovereign-of-the-six- regions Chakravartin and a tiny creature, called ‘kunthu’?’
Mahavira replied, Yes, they both are equal.’
‘Olord. wonder strikes to me a lot but I am not able to understand what sort of equality between the two
Clear was the answer of lord Mahavira, ‘O Gautama. desire is no lesser in either of the two. The density of desire of ‘kunthu’ is the same as that of Chakravartin. Both have the same non-abstinence, same tending,same desire, there is no difference .’
For such a knowledge, a balance is needed. This age fully lacks in balance. One tries to be balanced, while another gets imbalanced and makes others also Imbalanced. Likewise, the society also gets imbalanced.
Many disharmonies take place in thesociety. One comes to shed blood of the other. In the same community, those hate each other todays who lived together in the same house till yesterday. It seems, they will kill each other coming to the sight. They lose discrimination. They have no thinking.
A Thakur and a Bania lived together. They were fast friends. One day they thought. ‘Who will look after our families in case we would die ?’
Both discussed the problem. The conclusion was. Should we finish our families, there would then no problem be remaining?”
Both decided. They took out swords and moved towards the house. The Thakur finished each of the members of his family. The Bania could not do like that. He saw the Thakur with his sword stained with blood.
The Thakur told. ‘I have finished all; what did you do?
How coward you are! I will do that, let us move.”
‘Leave it, let it be like that, why to worry of the future, come what may.”
‘Alas! there is nothing left to worry about.”
To this distant limit are the people lacking in discrimination. They are not able to get themselves adjusted with the situations, thus they invite sufferings. Being not able to take decision according to the situations, signifies the mental disease.
All types of facilities of medical treatment are available So are those of psychiatric treatment, which is based on control. We can undergo psychiatric treatment if we control some of the habits in our life, as discussed below:
Control over the words: talking only as much as necessary.
Control of diet knowledge of quantity, variety, timing. fasting etc.
Control of relaxation: not to invite laziness by taking unnecessary rest.
Control of sleep: try not to go beyond a certain limit of duration.
Talking much and for a longer time is generally deemed symbol of wisdom; whereas, in reality, talking much is a type of mental disease or defect and its treatment is necessary.
Wisdom does not mean one’s excess talking. Wisdom means one’s talking less, still talking more. A writer’s or poet’s most successful achievement is the use of minimum possible words and maximum possible expression in an aphoristic manner.
Control of diet means taking as much food as needed. We must ‘eat for living, not live for eating’. The day we shall follow this theory, we shall achieve the greatest prosperity.
Relaxation has also a limit. Excessive relaxation makes the tissues of the body habitual of remaining inactive, It develops laziness. It loosens the body. For this all one loses his health, and inspired by this he gets involved in voilent activities, because, that way, many ill feelings are generated in his mind. He starts losing confidence upon his efforts.
Sleeping has also a limit. Human life is so short; if it is not utilized in a properly managed way, its aim will not be fulfilled. Our daily routine has a provision of timing for every work. If we waste more time in sleeping, we will not be able to complete other works, that will mean our being delayed in one way or the other.
Emotional health is as necessary as the mental health. To understand one’s nature it is very essential to understand his emotions. The emotions are accompanied by feelings. There are nine types of sentiments. Every sentiment has its own feeling. like laughter, sorrow, anger, love, pathetic, disgust. We can understand one’s nature by studying his feelings while accompanying him. The emotion takes the same form as that of the feeling from time to time.
Quarrels take place for petty matters between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, father and son. friend and friend, brothers’ wives, brothers etc. A study of the feelings can control most of such quarrels. We should control ourselves as soon as such feelings arise. The basic thing is control.
The superintendent of an Ashram asked the four newcomer students, ‘What do you want?”
We all would like to learn ‘Sadhana,’ the four had the same answer.
The superintendent made them seated in a room and asked to observe silence, and he left the room. The four were seated After some time they started reading questions reflected in their eyes. After all one of the youngsters told. How long have we been sitting don’t know where the superintendent has gone
The other one told. Why should have you spoken while he had asked us to observe silence?
After a short gap of silence, the third told. “Oh! it is now evening time. Somebody should have brought a lamp for us.”
A fourth told. You three have spoken, it is only me who is observing silence.
Control is not so easy. It needs a continuous practice, Who does not know, he must be taught. Who knows but misrepresents, he must be corrected. Who deliberately commits mistake. he will go on doing like that: correcting him is not possible. He should be undergoing mental struggle, hence should be unable to control himself.
At times it so happens that you like to do something. some good thing. Now you understand the thing which you did not understand earlier, hence you like to correct the same. Then your past dominates your present. It does not let the good present remain good any longer. It dominates your efforts. But this type of situation is also accepted and welcomed by the metaphysical world: because there is no wall of ego in that world. It is very essential, we should be healthy from the point of emotional view. That much is the basis of our mentality and physical health. With this health coming up all the mentality will show a change and we shall be able physically also to run our body according to the emotions.