As you scroll the feed of social media, you come across so many auto suggestions. Most of the time, they are the links to your searches in google. It means whatever you search, whenever you search, your social media tracks your search and tries to offer a solution to your query.
Our mind too is just like google. It can offer you the most complex solution provided you try to dig deep in the vastness of your mind space. We live in a world which sharpens and develops our brains through academics but leaves our mind under developed and malnourished.
If we talk of the human brain, man can do anything with his brain. He has gone, he is going, to the moon, to space. He has invented, he is inventing software. He has discovered, he is discovering electronic gizmos. He has done most extraordinary things outwardly, but he has not gone far deeply within himself. Fact is, the journey to the farthest outer space is far more closer than the journey within.
What prevents man from this journey within? Is it ambition, desire or greed? If we take a deeper look, the words ambition, desire and greed are nothing but a reflection of each other. An ambition comes with a desire and desire often is accompanied by a sense of greed. As you fulfill your ambition, a desire erupts and as you satiate that desire, greed to acquire more of what you desired fuels your ambition again and this vicious cycle of troika of ambition, greed and desire never ends.
Ironically, you never come to know how time elapsed in tracking this journey. All this while, if everything falls in place, you will never ever leave this vicious cycle.
Contemplation occurs only when you encounter a roadblock. That roadblock can be a health disorder, a relationship gone sour, or a major setback in your profession.
During such times, your smart and overdeveloped brain goes into hibernation, and you invoke the services of your underdeveloped and malnourished mind. Such roadblocks make you lonely as your mind does not adjust to the altered reality. By lonely, I do not infer being alone but being alone even in a robust crowd.
Interestingly, we try to escape that loneliness through knowledge, through earned success, through acquired money, through religion, through discourses, through satsang, through chanting, through every form. You tend to enjoy that escape but the moment you return to your routine, that loneliness comes back with a vengeance, as you had never ever learnt the art of managing your mind.
Perhaps, that is the reason, even the most intelligent and qualified are unable to handle themselves during such roadblocks and often end up in melancholic depths of sadness and depression.
A developed mind can handle all the misadventures emanating from the follies of a developed brain, but a developed brain is never developed enough to handle what only a developed mind can face.
Develop your mind before you develop your brain as that can make you and your life invincible.
-VINEET SINGH GALHOTRA
Vineet Singh Galhotra is the author of two books…
1. Inner Calls (published in 2015)
2. Truthful Untruths (published in 2019)
Vineet has a designated blog space in the prestigious Times of India. Please visit Times of India Blogs to read more of his writing.
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