Good Books – Our True Friends
As our body needs food to be strong and healthy, so is our mind in the form of Good Positive Ideas. There is an old saying, “An Empty Mind is a Devil’s Workshop.” It is very much true all sorts of Inferiority Complexes, Ego complexes, Phobias, Negative Emotions, bad qualities (Jealousy, Selfishness, Envy – -) – – are the result of this Uncontrolled and Untrained Mind. Mind is compared to a Monkey bitten by a Scorpion. That is its nature. The only way to control is to make it concentrated. And that is not easy, Swami Vivekananda says, “If sum total of the impressions in the Mind is bad the resultant thought force shall be bad and the person is forced to do bad” and the same is true if the person has got good thoughts, they will force him to do Good. Nature of thoughts in our Mind depends on our Actions, if we expose our mind continuously to obscenity, vulgarity, violence – – naturally our mind will be full of those thoughts. On the other hand, if we pour in Good Ideas, be in the Company of Holy People and realised souls the Mind becomes purer and purer and ultimately one realises God or one”s own Self and becomes Free from Bondage – cycle of Birth and Death. Now in this Modern Materialistic world very rarely we come across Realised Souls. To find Good Company is also rare now a days. But there is no need to Despair; Good Books are waiting for us with an abundant source of Energy bundled up in the form of Super Powerful Words in them which are spoken by the Realised Souls and Great Personalities.
A Good Autobiography helps us to know the struggle behind the success of a Great Personality.
A Good Novel takes us to a dream world and helps us to forget our present, past for a Moment, brings in new perspective towards life.
A Powerful Literature helps us to overcome all our negative complexes and helps us to elevate the Mind to Higher planes.
An Epic helps us to identify ourselves with one of the Characters and also puts number of Ideals before us: An Ideal Husband, an Ideal Wife, an Ideal Mother – – –
A Religious book helps us to take a righteous path to realise the Supreme soul, the Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent being. So on.
Recently, I have read this magnum opus by Sri Paramahamsa Yogananda. It’s no ordinary book, indeed an invaluable treasure. Do read this once in your life time, if not now may be after 10 years but go through it once.
Let the mind have the taste of this book; Below is an extract from this Modern Spiritual Classic.
“The yogi is deemed greater than body-disciplining ascetics, greater even than the followers of the path of wisdom or of the path of action; be thou, O Arjuna, a yogi!” – Bhagawat Gita