Man is a social being. He is associated with the society. The social environment influences him. The same environment brings up and downs in his life, and he feels pleasures and pains.
God has gifted man with conscience. He can think and understand. Because of that power of thinking he flies in visionary plans. And also implements those plans.
At times he fails in implementing his plans when he becomes worried. He, however, tries to be happy even in case his plans are incomplete, while that happiness is visionary based on imagination.
Incidences are the root cause of worries. Incidences occur all the time. If the result is desired, we feel happy. If not desired, we feel unhappy.
Everybody in the world knows that the fulfilment of desires brings happiness. Non-fulfilment of desires and non-fulfilment of the desire are both troublesome.
There are two states, one is desired and the other is undesired. There are two situations, one is sufficiency and the other is insufficiency. The undesired state or situation causes worries. Man gets associated with some incidence or the other and also with the feeling caused by that incidence. This feeling also causes worries.
When obsessed by feelings, man takes the quantity of his worries as if increased. Some one’s nature. particularly flickering nature. stirs the increase of worries, because flickering mentality searches more happiness, while tranquillized mentality searches happiness in unhappiness even.
For his comfort man has conducted more and more researches, made scientific inventions and carried out material adventures. He has discovered so many sources of his comfort that he has been surrounded by discomforts.
When any source of comfort does not work properly then discomfort comes out. He has a feeling of comfortable living, which when disturbed, disturbs him also. As soon as new sources of comfort are discovered, man becomes their slave and depends upon them. He depends upon the comfort to such an extent that he feels much disturbed when any of them is missing or out of order.
Animals do not have such conscience or vision, hence they are not able to classify the discomforts by name. They experience biological trouble only when the body experiences it, while man extends the trouble from body to mind also. That extention gets preserved in his mind and it puts the man in more and more trouble.
Looking at the scene of a funeral procession we naturally get a feeling of renunciation for a few moments. On the other hand man may feel peace to realize that the soul aspiring the body is immortal. The soul is never cremated. It is not the body but the soul which is beautiful or ugly. Not to realize this fact is the basic reason behind our troubles.
We are caught in the net of thoughts that many of the logical facts seem to us as philosophical ones. We. caught in our own net of arguments, take the same thing to be true some time and to be false the other moment.
We are comparable with the boy who wants an elephant to be put in a pot, or who wants all the water of a river to be filled in a small blow in his hand. We are used to be lost in the imagination of achievement which is just imaginary.
The way of our thinking is always changing. The same idea may seem to be useful a moment ago the next moment but it may be harmful. Man’s mentality causes such a change. His mentality is positive at times and negative otherwise. It is this state when his mentality needs control.
Saint Eknath was a great saint. He was on the way back from a river after having bath, when a man, seated on a tree, spitted saliva on him. He went back to the river for a bath again. After his bath, at the same place the same man did the same thing. He again went back to the river and after his bath the same thing was repeated.
The repetition took place twenty one times when in the last, that man kneeled to the feet of Eknath with all his apology, while the Saint told. Friend, you are so kind. It is due to you that I got a chance to bath in the pious river 21 times today. This type of forgiving is possible only by the full control of emotions, particularly, anger.
Controlling one’s emotions is a difficult affair. Controlling the anger is equally difficult. The saintsdivert their way of thinking so much that anger is never generated in their mind.
Acharya Bhikshu, a great Jain saint, met one man who bowed to him and asked. Your name ?”
My name is Bhikshu.’ answered he.
Which Bhikshu, the Terapanthi Bhikshu ?
Yes, the same,
Oh! It is my bad luck, then l
Why, what has happened ?
Having seen your face, I will have to go to hell.” The Acharya, far away from anger, asked. ‘Well, please tell me where would he go who has seen your face. He will go certainly to heaven.”
The Acharya, with a pleasing smile, told. This is a very good thing. I am fortunate enough as my entry in the heaven is assured because I have seen your face today.’
Taking something in such a funny way is possible only for those who have full control over their anger.
The modern scientific achievements often cause many biological diseases. One has again to depend upon nature to get relief from them.
Those who dwell in the modern houses in air-conditioned atmosphere, can never enjoy the natural beauty, un-polluted air, charming scenes of clouds. greenery etc. That is why, they are often victimized by diseases which put the mind in truble.. Continuous living in air-conditioned houses restricts the supply of natural air to the lungs. Therefore it is essential that the atmosphere should be kept natural and its natural qualities should be adopted.