Watching how the mind works I see how stray desires, like mongrels roaming the streets, draw my thoughts, my images away from Self and outward into dank corners and crevices. There these mongrels find enticing odors. For these deprived beings the more putrid the odor the better. For the mongrel mind it is the same: it is seduced over and over again by its attraction to ‘news’, images and stories of violence, war, injustice, lust, carnal pleasures, sadness, despair, hopelessness, apocalypse, riches, luxury, future utopias, pain, unveiling of ‘secret knowledge’ etc. etc. They are the great attractors, promising some degrading kind of sweetness. All these attractors have in common that at their essence they are based on some form of violence; that is their underlying frequency and deeper feeling tone. They all draw me away from Self, my own true Self.
Here are some antidote thoughts and images from Chapter 7 (excerpt) of the bhagavad-gita for contemplation:
Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and personality; this is the eightfold division of My Manifested Nature.
This is My inferior Nature; but distinct from this, O Valiant One, know thou that my
Superior Nature is the very Life which sustains the universe.
It is the womb of all being; for I am He by Whom the worlds were created and shall be
O Arjuna! There is nothing higher than Me; all is strung upon Me as rows of pearls upon a
O Arjuna! I am the Fluidity in water, the Light in the sun and in the moon. I am the mystic
syllable Om in the Vedic scriptures, the Sound in ether, the Virility in man.
I am the Fragrance of earth, the Brilliance of fire. I am the Life Force in all beings, and I am
the Austerity of the ascetics.
Know, O Arjuna, that I am the eternal Seed of being; I am the Intelligence of the intelligent, the Splendor of the resplendent.
I am the Strength of the strong, of them who are free from attachment and desire; and,
O Arjuna, I am the Desire for righteousness.
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