I was taught that the ages of man run in periods of seven years and having reached my tenth era, full three score years and ten it seems to me that in each age of man the most difficult thing to control is the mind.
In my meagre studies I came to know the teachings of the master Jeshua as the gospel of love and the words of the Buddha as the gospel of mind. The latter appeared dry to me, but maybe that was because I was just not ready to understand the real control of mind.
Whoever you talk to of whatever religion there is a common agreement that it is relatively easy to control the bodily senses and movements but the real difficulty is control of all that happens in the brain box, the software that runs the hardware of the brain. And when stepping out on the pathway to meditation the monkey chatter is the most tiresome to stop!
Meditation is not for all and many will tell you that their idea of meditation is not so much sitting in the silence but either a way of working, playing a sport or walking in the woods. And that I understand as well.
Each of us is gifted with a conscience, the gift of knowing right from wrong. This is the basic key to wisdom that leads us on to greater things to the higher state of the human condition if only we will allow it, the ladder that leads to the beginning of enlightenment.
Control of the mind gives us the greatest opportunity for health of the body mind and spirit. The consciousness of every cell in the body is subservient to the master consciousness of the mind. Recognition of this important fact will bring understanding that we are what we believe.
The search for happiness through worldly things will only bring attachment, worry, disenchantment and consequently poor health. Happiness is a level of consciousness and depends therefore not on the outer world but on the inner control of the mind.
Sai Baba puts it like this:
This is an ancient observation true even today – that most people spend their childhood in pranks and play, their youth in sports, pleasure and pastime, middle age in plans and schemes to pile up a fortune, and old age in hospitals trying to bolster failing health through failing wealth.
Earning and spending, one fills their time with work and worry. People are busy with a number of attempts to earn happiness, but success is little and short-lived. The only panacea for all ills, the effort that will result in total victory is the control of the mind, which is the master of the senses.
Every sense organ is an outlet for energy that binds one to the objective world. The senses are induced by the mind to move out and attach themselves to objects. You must make the mind submit to viveka (wisdom), which discriminates between right and wrong. Then the mind, instead of harming, will help you.
Divine Discourse, Oct 2, 1965.