Jim’s mind was very frantic. All kinds of thoughts raced through his mind and he couldn’t sleep. Tomorrow he has an important interview, and he is afraid it might go wrong. When the morning came, he was very tired and tense. Though he washed and dressed, he looked exhausted.
Arthur works with machines in a factory. It is a job that required attention and caution, but he cannot keep his attention on the machines, because he has problems at home. Every now and then he finds himself thinking about his personal problems, and forgetting to heed the machines.
Have you noticed how tiring it is when you are occupied with problems? You cannot take your attention from them for a moment. You do not pay attention to what you are doing, make mistakes, miss opportunities, get tired quickly, lose control and get angry quickly.
The mind gets agitated rather quickly, get engrossed in almost every thought that comes along, and does not give a moment’s rest. No wonder people love to go to sleep. When the sleep is deep, the mind is calm and there is peace.
Everyone, even if not admitting consciously, desires inner peace and silence. This is a vacation from the mind. We seek ways to divert our thoughts from the mind. Hobbies, movies, parties, sports and meditation are all ways to run away from the incessant activity of the mind.
There is slavery to the mind. The mind works overtime just to keep us occupied with thoughts, because for the mind, thinking and activity are life. Without thoughts the mind is non-existent. It rarely occurs for anyone to disassociate himself from thoughts. Thinking seems such a natural process. It seems natural to be involved with thoughts, and to believe that we cannot exist without them.
The mind is our instrument. It need not be our master. When we are able to look at it in this way, our life changes. We begin to experience real peace. When the mind is quite, there is consciousness, strength and power.
When the lake is still we can see the bottom, and any treasure hidden down there. It is then easier and more pleasant to swim in the lake. There are fewer dangers. So it is with inner silence.
Inner silence is not a state of torpor. It is a state where the mind is calm and does not produce thoughts without our consent. It returns to its right place, as a useful instrument, which is used when necessary and put aside when not needed. It stops being our master, and obeys us instead of us obeying it.
Wouldn’t you prefer to feel calm under all circumstances? Never to lose your composure, always remain conscious of what you are doing? Life has many ups and downs, happy and unhappy events. Sometimes things turn out as we would like them to be, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes we gain something, at other times we lose something. All these events toss the mind like a boat on a choppy ocean.
You don’t need to be a yogi, or a saint, in order to enjoy inner silence. It is quite possible to lead an ordinary active life, and at the same time enjoy the high planes of inner silence.
Inner silence is inner peace. In this state only thoughts that we allow can enter into the mind. In inner silence, we experience who we really are. The mind is like a screen hiding our real reality. When this screen is dropped we know who we really are.
This is not a state of inactivity. It is a state of consciousness, knowledge and power. Only by experiencing it one can really know what it is. The way is open for everyone. Developing concentration, practicing meditation, and learning to be detached from the mind lead to this inner treasure.
2010-11-17 16:18 编辑：kuaileyingyu