Hello friends, today we will talk about the games, our very own minds like to play with ourselves. The mind can be our best friend and also our worst enemy too! When intelligence gets ousted by the rusty mind and it promptly substitutes our intellect as the centre of command, it becomes a lot easier for one to succumb to every temptation, hands down. A person becomes a slave of one’s own devious mind and acts accordingly.
The book, Bhagavad Gita states that the mind, by nature, is restless, obstinate and overbearing. Just as we have hard time dealing with toddlers, the same is the case with the mind. It keeps vascillating between extremes, is quick to judge, snubs good advice, scoffs at discipline and is averse to wisdom.
The Gita also envisages on the three prominent vices that can destroy the calm and peaceful state of our minds. They are lust, anger and greed. Added to this, three more vices: pride, envy and illusion, all six have the potential to shroud the intelligence and reasoning of the mind completely and life hurtles out of gear.
For example, the case of Ravana, the mighty and resourceful king of Lanka (now Srilanka), could be discussed. He had amassed great knowledge and power and beside being a ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, was a great Yogi too and had a long list of conquests under his belt.
Yet Ravana chose to succumb to these great vices – lust anger and greed by an outright submission. He was thoroughly vanquished and got killed by Lord Rama, the exiled king of Ayodhya that too taking help of a troops of monkey soldiers.
His reasoning and intelligence absolutely got eclipsed by his unfair and fatal temptation towards beautiful Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, who had accompanied him during his exile( as I mentioned in my previous post), ‘ Let there be light ‘
Ravana was overcome with anger too, when he learnt that his sister Surpanakha was promptly repulsed by Lakshman, the handsome brother of Ram, in her attempted overtures towards him. It is said that Lakshman cut her nose to punish her for her indiscretion. For your information, Lakshman was married and left his wife in Ayodhya to serve his elder brother and his sister in law during the term of their exile of fourteen years.
Blinded by his pride of unassailable power, lust for a married woman and anger for the humiliation of his sisteter, Ravana decided to abduct Sita and make her his wife. He resorted to treachery and kidnapped her.
He first sent Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman on blind goose chase, in persuit of the illusory golden deer on demand by Sita. Finding her alone, he took the guise of an old brahmin and went to her hut asking for alms. As it was deemed inauspicious to send a brahmin away, empty handed.
Sita decided to give fruits and cereals to him despite being forbidden by her husband and brother in law not to come out alone.Consequently he grabbed her by her arms and took her away to Lanka to make her his bride. It was the power of a pious woman that he couldn’t apply force with Sita and waited for her to toe the line.
Friends, what happened after that was sheer devastation of war, as Lord Rama attacked Lanka to rescue his wife. Despite repeated pleading by his wife, queen Mandodary, to see reason and set Sita free, Ravana remained adamant. After a long, fierce and hard fought battle, he was eventually killed by Lord Ram.
Ravana could have reigned for a very long time to come, had he not got enslaved by the three evil vices. Like him, no person can remain immune to these vices at one point of their life or other. But if a strong, conscious and determined mind can succesfully uproot their tentacles and rebuff them, one can be saved from their sinister grip and could go on to lead a meaningful and happy life.
Let’s pledge to make our intelligence the supreme commander of our mind and defeat the vices of lust, anger and pride, in their mind games.
What is your opinion about the mind games, do let me know in the comment box. I shall like to read them.
Wish you all health and happiness. Adieu for now.