Meditations

I am reading books nowadays, extensively.

This one book I came across recently is beautiful, “Meditations” by MarcuIMG_20190226_150910s Aurelius!

You will be stunned to know that Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor some 2000 years ago. And, he practiced whatever he preached or spread among his people.

In this wonderful book that is a collection of all his preachings and revelations, Marcus shows us how to capture our desires and emotions through continuous vigil and watch of each one of our actions or thoughts and through impartial analysis of the goodness or badness of each such action or thought.

Marcus defines good acts or thoughts are those that contribute to or result in the welfare of the society and not for one’s own self.

If I perform an action or even feel something to do, I should first consider whether it contributes to the betterment and happiness of people around me. Then only I indulge in that action or perception. Otherwise, discard it.

He reminds us continuously in all his preachings that our body is just temporary. It can perish at any moment. So, one should always live in his present moment and try to use his body for performing a good job.

He always believed that God gave us this body only for carrying on his mission of keeping this universe wonderful and beautiful for all his living beings alike. So, men are provided reasoning power and the body to perform his work on his behalf. He provided us with the hands and legs and the brain for all this mission. So, carry on the mission at each moment of your life as you may not know when you will die and leave this body.

It is a very interesting book to read and to know the purpose of your life. But, you need to digest each sentence of it before proceeding further. Make up your mind to get to dive into this wonderful knowledge of the purpose of life. It is a very short book of only 62 pages. But, full of Gems.

Keep the Mind Cheerful for a Happy Life

Our mind is a clutter of thoughts.

All of you agree that thoughts are evergrowing and they keep on coming unless one is asleep.

So, after a period of time, your mind will be dumped with an innumerable number of thoughts and you will get much perplexed and disturbed.

Now, most of these thoughts can be of no use at all. They are merely repetitions of our old memories which may make you feel either sad or pleasant depending upon their nature. Nothing more than that.

Or, most of them can be about your future perceptions and fears of survival. You can develop worries and anxieties by a mere thought of going to face a certain situation or a particular person. It can make you fearsome or much disturbed.

But, all these unnecessary fears and worries are wholly due to those thoughts in your mind only. Those are not real circumstances. It is only your imagination that such and such a thing happened in your past life or that something is going to happen in your future. It makes you worried and develops fear or disturbance in your life.

So, in order to be well balanced and cheerful, you need to drive away those unnecessary thoughts from your mind and keep it clean. You need to keep only those constructive thoughts which aid your life and discard all the other clutter from your mind.

Just like a fruit seller or a vegetable seller sorts out all rotten items from his stock and keeps only the fresh and useful ones for next day, we also need to sort out all those useless thoughts from our mind and keep in stock only the positive thoughts that are beneficial for our progress in life. Otherwise, the entire stock will decay and create much loss.

So, let us make our minds clutter-free and keep them healthy and pleasant to achieve success in life. Thereby, our body will also be healthy and strong.