Bhagavad Gita

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thoughts and Waves

The ancients of India studied these powers systematically, and showed that they could be acquired by practice. They embodied their findings in a science called Raja Yoga. One of their conclusions was that the minds of individuals were parts of an external continuum which they called the Universal Mind. It was this that made seemingly miraculous phenomena like telepathy possible. They held that such phenomena were not super-natural but natural. Today, we take for granted waves that enable us not only to see and hear, but also burn, melt, cut, penetrate and carry information across space; we still do not know whether thought waves can do these or more !

The science of Yoga addresses the laws and methods which help man to grow and strengthen his personality. These laws indicate that behind the gross level of power
that we can physically sense, lie sources of power of increasing sutlety, the ultimate one being the spirit. Man, both as an individual and as a race, is progressing, not only towards acquiring these deeper powers, but to an ideal beyond.

"Let us call it (this ideal) perfection. Some men and women are born who can
anticipate the whole progress of mankind. Instead of waiting ..... they rush through
them (all the processes) in a few short years of their life. And we know that we can
hasten these processes, if we can be true to ourselves. ....... And this is what the Yogis say, that all great incarnations and prophets are such men. We have had such men at all periods of the world's history, at all times ..... Even this hastening of the growth must be under laws. Suppose we investigate these laws and understand their secrets and apply them to our own needs; it follows that we grow. We hasten our growth, we hasten our development, and we become perfect, even in this life. This is the higher part of our life, and the study of the science of the mind and it's powers has this perfection as it's real end."

"This science calls for more application that any business can ever require. ..... It challenges comparison with any other science. There have been charlatans, there
have been magicians, there have been cheats, more here than any other field. Why ?
For the same reason, that the more profitable the business, the greater the number
of charlatans and cheats. But that is no reason why the business should not be good"

- Swami Vivekananda

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