- Pure Thoughts—Their Impact on the World
- Thought Power for World-weal
- Thought Power for Cultivation of Courage and Love
- Thought Power for an Ideal Life
- Thought-energy for Service and Spiritual Progress
- Help the World by Good Thoughts
- Thought Power and the Conditions of a New Civilization
Pure Thoughts—Their Impact on the World
The western psychologists and occultists lay great emphasis and stress on the purity of thoughts. Thought-culture is an exact science. One should cultivate right thinking and should drive out all sorts of vain and worldly thoughts.
He who entertains evil thoughts causes great harm unto himself and to the world at large. He pollutes the thought-world. His evil thoughts enter the minds of others who live at a long distance, because thought moves with a tremendous lightning speed.
Evil thoughts are the direct cause for all sorts of diseases. All diseases take their origin at first from an impure thought. He who entertains good, sublime and divine thoughts does immense good unto himself and to the world also. He can radiate joy, hope, solace and peace to his friends who live at a distance.
Thought Power for World-weal
Karma is action and also the law of cause and effect. All kingdoms below the human kingdom are ‘mindless’. Therefore they cannot generate thoughts. Further they have no idea of right and wrong, what ought to be done and what ought not to be done and so they cannot create Karma.
Thoughts are solid things, more solid than a lump of sugar-candy. They have tremendous force or power. Utilize this thought power carefully. It can serve you nicely in a variety of ways. But do not misuse this power at random. If you misuse this power, you will have quick downfall or a terrible reaction. Utilize it to help others.
Thought Power for Cultivation of Courage and Love
Destroy ruthlessly the fear-thoughts, selfish thoughts, the hate-thoughts, lustful thoughts, and other morbid negative thoughts. These evil thoughts induce weakness, disease, disharmony, depression and despair.
Cultivate positive thoughts such as mercy, courage, love and purity. The negative thoughts will die by themselves. Try this and feel your strength. Pure thoughts will infuse in you a new exalted life.
Sublime divine thoughts produce tremendous influence in the mind and drive away evil thoughts and change the mental substance. Mind is wholly changed into light by entertaining divine thoughts.
Thought Power for an Ideal Life
Entertain loftiest thoughts. Your character will be exalted. Your life will be noble and ideal.
But, different people have different mental backgrounds. People vary in their capacities, mental and intellectual, and in physical and mental strength to do things. Therefore each of you should have an ideal which is suited to your temperament, your capacity, and realize it with great enthusiasm and dynamic action.
The ideal of one person will not suit another. If one keeps an ideal that he cannot realize, an ideal that is beyond his reach and capacity, he will get disappointment. He will give up his effort and become Tamasic.
You should have your own ideal. You may realize it this moment or after ten years with faltering steps. It does not matter much. Everyone should endeavour his or her level best to live upto this ideal. Your whole energy, nerve-force and will must be put in the realization of the ideal.
You can chalk out your own ideal yourself according to your own standard. If you are unable to do this, have your guide and he will select for you the ideal that is suitable to your capacity and standard.
One should not treat a man, who has a low ideal, with contempt. He may be a baby-soul, who is just crawling now in his moral or spiritual path. Your duty is to help him in all possible ways in the realization or accomplishment of his ideal. You should give him all sorts of encouragement in his sincere endeavour to live up to his own highest ideal.
It is highly deplorable to note that the vast majority of persons have no ideal at all. Even educated persons do not cherish any ideal. They lead an aimless life and therefore are drifted hither and thither like a piece of straw.
They make no progress in life. Is this not a very sad plight? Highly lamentable indeed! It is very difficult to get a human birth and yet people do not realize the importance of keeping up an ideal and living up to the ideal.
The idea of “Eat, drink and be merry,” is adopted by the Epicureans, the gluttons and rich people. This school of thoughts has countless followers and the number is increasing by leaps and bounds daily.
This is the ideal of Virochana. This is the ideal of Asuras and Rakshasas. This ideal will lead a man to the dark region of misery and sorrow.
Blessed is the man who elevates his thoughts, keeps up an ideal and struggles hard to live up to his own ideal, for he will soon attain God-consciousness.
Thought-energy for Service and Spiritual Progress
Even as energy is wasted in idle talk and gossiping, so also energy is wasted in entertaining useless thoughts.
Therefore, you should not waste even a single thought. Do not waste even an iota of energy in useless thinking.
Conserve all mental energy. Utilize it for higher spiritual purposes, in divine contemplation, Brahma-Chintana and Brahma-Vichara. Conserve all thought-energy and utilize it for meditation and helpful service to humanity.
Drive away from your mind all unnecessary, useless and obnoxious thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement.
You are away from God when you entertain useless thoughts. Substitute thoughts of God. Entertain only thoughts that are helpful and useful.
Useful thoughts are the stepping-stones to spiritual growth and progress. Do not allow the mind to run into the old grooves and have its own ways and habits. Be on the careful watch.
Help the World by Good Thoughts
Like attracts like. If you entertain an evil thought, that thought attracts all sorts of evil thoughts from other people. You pass on those thoughts to others also.
Thought moves. Thought is a living dynamic force. Thought is a thing. If you allow your mind to dwell on a sublime thought this thought will attract good thoughts from others.
You pass on that good thought to others. You pollute the world with your bad thoughts.
Thought Power and the Conditions of a New Civilization
Thought makes man. Man makes civilization. There is a powerful thought-force behind every great event in life and in the history of the world.
Behind all discoveries and inventions, behind all religions and philosophies, behind all life-saving or life-destroying devices is thought.
Thought is expressed in words and executed in deeds. Word is the handmaid of thought, and deed is the end-result. Hence, the saying, “As you think, so you become.”
How to build a new civilization?
By generating a new thought-force.
How to build a civilization that will ensure the peace of mankind, the prosperity of society, the salvation of the individual?
By generating a thought-force that will invariably result in man enjoying peace of mind, that will instill in his heart the divine virtues of compassion, of service to his fellow-men, love of God, and of an intense desire to realize Him.
If but a fraction of the wealth and the time spent on wasteful pursuits and destructive activities is devoted to the creation of a GOOD THOUGHT, there will be a new civilization right now.
Atomic and hydrogen bombs, I.C.B.M. and a host of other inventions drive mankind inevitably to destruction.
They waste your wealth; they destroy your neighbours; they pollute the atmosphere of the whole world, and generate fear, hatred, and suspicion in your heart; the mind is unbalanced and the body is subjected to diseases. Stop this trend.
Promote research in spirituality, in religion, in all the good things of life. Support the philosophers and saints—the real benefactors of mankind. Encourage them in their study of religion, researches in ancient spiritual literature, and the projection of a great thought-force for the good.
Ban all literature that pollutes the thoughts of the young. Flood the young brain with healthy thoughts, ideas and ideals.
The man who commits murder, the man who steals your purse, the man who cheats you—law punishes him. But this crime is insignificant when compared to the crime committed by the wicked intellectual who instills a wicked idea into the mind of youth.
He is the author of many murders that take place on earth; he steals your greatest wealth, viz., wisdom; he cheats you by presenting you with poison in the name of sweet elixir. The law of the new civilization will deal very severely with such Asuric beings.
The new civilization will give every encouragement to those who wish to study philosophy, religion and spiritual thought. It will make their study compulsory in schools and colleges. It will award scholarships to students of philosophy. It will confer prizes and titles on those who conduct researches in religion and philosophy. The deepest urge in man—the spiritual urge—will be given the fullest scope to realize its goal.
The fruits of the New Civilization are well worth all that everybody can do towards building it up. In the New Civilization man will want to lead a righteous life, he will be eager to serve his fellow-beings and share with them what he has; he will love all, realizing that his own Self dwells in all; he will be devoted to the welfare of all beings.
What an ideal society it will be, where people share with others all that they possess, and will serve everybody! Where will be the need for taxes and duties in such a society in which everyone will voluntarily work for all? Where is the need for police and the army when people are devoted to virtue?
This then is the ideal. Towards this end, let everyone strive to generate a Thought-force.
May God bless you all!