Maha Upadesh of Aadishri, Part – 6
The mind’s nature is restlessness. The Gita says this in chapter 6 verse 34. It is in the nature of the mind to be restless, exploratory, focuses on a goal and even take risk in that regard. A child will explore his surroundings even after being warned by the parents to not go to places such as lakes and forests as they could be risky. The child still does so and obeys his mind even when he has been forbidden to do so.
Breaking barriers and rules is part of the basic nature of the mind. Thus when there is no wisdom, breaking barriers becomes an exercise of great danger and can lead to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual downfall. But a calm mind is a great asset. So the question is-How do we calm our mind? The way to do so is to cultivate the quality of patience. Then you will find that the very same restless mind will focus like an arrow on its goal. So learn to have patience and don’t run for instant gratification.
There are many times when even though a person is very close to his goal, his path suddenly may become difficult or even impossible. The person starts to give up… Again the answer is to be patient.
Here I would like to add that there is a difference between restrictions and guidelines.
Those guidelines that are there to make the running of society smooth are there for a reason and they must be respected but meaningless ritual that creep in, must be avoided.
And how to decide what is right guideline and what are meaningless restrictions? The answer is straightforward. Have the same standards for everyone. What you would not like to happen to you, do not do to others. It is as simple as that.
The day you think like this from your heart, you will never have to worry about the difference between righteous behaviour and needless restrictions.
So when you treat others like the way you would be want to be treated yourself, God will have no problem residing in your heart. You will never ever do sin ever again. Because hypocrisy, double standards etc are the very genesis of sin. All have the same soul. When you discriminate you commit sin.