"All human beings, even in Kali Yuga, and even surrounded by pollution, are capable of mental purification."— The Aquarian Almanac

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August 8, 2015 Theme for the Week: Mental Hygiene

“Just as the physical body requires incessant attention to prevent the entrance of a disease, so also the inner man requires an unremitting watch, so that no conscious or unconscious thought may attract atoms unsuited to its progress.?

—D.K. Mavalankar

Any suggestions on how to go about this?

August 9, 2015 Theme for the Week: Mental Hygiene

? Let a man guard himself against mental irritations, let him be well restrained in mind. Having relinquished mental misconduct, let him practice purity of thought .?

— Buddha

“Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they overpower thee.?

— The Voice of the Silence

What is purity of thought?

"What is purity of thought?"

I assume thoughts are products of the very wide page of Nature.  They, thoughts, are governed by an array of energies or specific grades and classes of deities.  Our observed thoughts might be more or less quasi-psychic flutters and electro-magnetic disturbances, in short fluctuations of various degrees.

If we consider the mind as somewhat of a matrix, or a field, we must take care to sort out the weeds that might be inherent in the soils.  Purity of thought, to me, implies a constant weeding out, starving out, and shutting out the lower tendencies.  Damodar has beautifully stated this in his analogy to the physical body;

Just as the physical body requires incessant attention to prevent the entrance of a disease, so also the inner man requires an unremitting watch, so that no conscious or unconscious thought may attract atoms unsuited to its progress.

The idea of the attraction of atoms is very significant regarding the impressions of thoughts upon matter and elemental forces which all make the mind- perhaps the one we're all well acquainted with.

August 10, 2015 Theme of the Week: Mental Hygiene

“As a result of the yoga-fire, the gross particles of his physical body have been purified and etherealized, making that body a vehicle refined enough for the functioning of the higher consciousness.?

— Bhavani Shankar

“We live in an atmosphere of gloom and despairs…… because our eyes are downcast and are riveted to the earth.?

— H.P. Blavatsky

What is the role of ideals in mental hygiene?

I would think that an ideal has a cleansing effect.  It would shake off illusion.  It would expand beyond the personal. It would help to distinguish the real from the unreal.  When we contemplate the ideal we see the gap between what we have realized and what is potential and that by definition provides direction to our growth and chases away lethargy and false contentment.

What Pndt. Bhavani Shankar states, explains what D.K. Mavalankar introduced regarding the atoms of the physical body and the intimate relation of thought.  I believe, when this power of thought becomes concentrated and fixed on an Idea, the material particles and atoms in close proximation become purified by the Yogic-Fire and a very sacred transference of life is established.

It seems to be a fact that mental austerity is recommended over and above all other practices.  This practice, I sense not only being the most practical in a moral and ethical scope, but appears to be a flawless method of Selfless Service and devotion towards the One Life if/when done carefully, honestly, and humbly.  I also believe this is what is meant in many Upanisads when the self is spoken as the sacrificial alter. 

There is a lot of overlap between this subject on mental hygiene and the previous week's theme on purity and pollution.  You might say pollution starts in the mind.

I wonder if purity and pollution are analogous to darkness and light. If darkness is the absence of light, could pollution be the absence of purity? 

The more light the more vision.  The more darkness the murkier the view. So what would more vision mean?  Would it indicate a movement towards universality?

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Permalink Reply by Laura on August 11, 2015 at 4:47am
Mr Judge is his Letters indicates the need to make the brain more porous. So the light of the Higher Principles can pierce through. This is a watchfull slow steady process. And the best purifier is the constant desire to serve others. Discernment comes with practice and watchfulness.
Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 14, 2015 at 10:33am

Laura thank you for that comment.  What do you suppose blocks the light?  What does it mean to make the brain more porous.  I am sure it is an analogy for us.  It seems like it would help to get to the root of the problem.  What is blocking the light?

Permalink Reply by Shen Rampersaud on August 14, 2015 at 11:48am

How does the constant desire to serve others create a better purifier, Laura? I find this fascinating.

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on August 12, 2015 at 5:05pm

August 11, 2015 Theme for the Week: Mental Hygiene

“Half, if not two-thirds of our ailings and diseases are the fruit of our imagination and fears. Destroy the latter and give another bent to the former, and nature will do the rest.?

— H.P. Blavatsky

“The food taken into the body, the emotion taken into the heart, and the thoughts taken into the mind must be carefully screened.?

— Paul Brunton

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 14, 2015 at 10:37am

What does HPB mean by putting a new bent on fear?

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on August 12, 2015 at 5:09pm

August 12, 2015 Theme of the Week: Mental Hygiene

“No creature can be sound so long as the higher part in it is sickly.?

— Apollonius

? He should not defile anything by the eye, or the mind, or by speech.?

— Anugita

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 14, 2015 at 10:38am

What does it mean to defile?

Permalink Reply by Shen Rampersaud on August 14, 2015 at 11:46am

To defile, I believe, is to make judgement of anything as either good or bad.

It is to rob the depth and truth of 'anything' by confining it into a box for human comprehension and believing this understanding to be absolute. In the process, it is forgetting that our world is more than meets the eyes, ears and mind. 

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on August 13, 2015 at 10:37am

August 13, 2015 Theme for the Week: Mental Hygiene

“God be in my eyes

And in my looking.?

— Sarum Missal

“By gentleness, detachment, strict attention to duty, and retiring now and then to the quiet place, bring up good currents and keep back all evil ones.?

— William Quan Judge

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on August 14, 2015 at 10:34am

August 14, 2015 Theme for the Week: Mental Hygiene

“O Desire, I know where thy root lies. Thou art born of thought. I shall not think of thee, and thou shalt cease to exist as well as thy root.?

— Mahabharata

“Len not thy strength to obstacles

Which are already falling away.?

— Evangelium Veritatis