[image] “the Mind is a Wonderful Servant, but a Terrible Master.”

[image] “the Mind is a Wonderful Servant, but a Terrible Master.”
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  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    dogs_do_it_right

    When you scroll through reddit as a distraction...and realize you need therapy
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    I-LOVE-LIMES

    Have been laying in bed for 2 hrs playing this game with my mind of who controls whom ? Edit: I am out of the bed! As a matter of fact I drove to a nearby small town to hangout, explore and take photos for few hours. (I have the day off from work because 4th of July) Edit 2: you people are freaking incredible. Thank you for your replies and messages. It means to me more than you may think!
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    harpocoffee

    One of my biggest takeaways from therapy was mindfulness and the inability to control my thoughts. Mindfulness comes into play when I have an intrusive thought; instead of dwelling on it I accept the thought and remind myself that it’s merely a thought and right now I’m not living that particular moment. This quote is a great reminder.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Jeremy_Edwards_20XX

    I suspect that *conquering* the mind is a mistranslation. The idea the Gita is trying to express is more closely related to Bacon's observation that, "To command Nature, you must first obey her." In the same way, you must listen to your conscience in order to develop it, before you can wield consciousness effectively.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    room_303

    That's how I learned to stop worrying and love the war in my mind.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Bhooshan

    I’m not one bit surprised reading all the wonderful arguments in this thread. The beauty of the Bhagavad Gita is that some people might get it while others won’t even if they tried hard. Its teachings are open to interpretations and all of them would have a meaning based on an individual’s level of intellect and perspective.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    yoshida18

    It is so great to find a gita quote in here! I am a historian and one of the oldest works i have ever read was the gita, IIRC wrtten 3500 years ago, and it is just a timeless piece about nature - human nature and the world. I randomly got interested in it after I was researching the atomic bomb. Turns out there is a relatively famous quote by Robert Oppenheimer that says that he quoted the gita after he watched the trinity test, the first, working as intended. " now I have become death, destroyer of worlds " . turns out that even if we cant proof he said those rather poetic words, he did seriously learned sanscrit and read the gita ( and some other books that are part of the mahabarata, a literal 100 book colection ). Further context was really interesting, but even as I started reading it solely for historiographical curiosity, I realize the book was worth waaaay more than that. It is always scary to thing that man that did terrible things, more often than not, had really solid, hardly contested ideals I got really out of subject here but I just love this book, this was the blog post by the professor Alex Wellerstein that fired my interest if anyone is interested http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2014/05/23/oppenheimer-gita/
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    BurstSpent

    This reminds me of the Happier podcast. They bring up good servant/bad master a lot.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Broomsbee

    You have to keep reminding yourself, over and over, “This is Water.” “This is Water”
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Mcswigginsbar

    I love this. Serious question. How do you go about conquering your mind?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Juswantedtono

    If someone is friends with you after you conquer them isn’t that Stockholm syndrome?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    PaxWV

    How do you take control of your mind? Mine is always telling me bad things
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    HoustonWelder

    So true.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    baap_ko_mat_sikha

    Ah. Krishna’s wisdom.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

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    [deleted]

    If you are interested in some more commentary: [https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/6/verse/6](https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/6/verse/6) I especially like this - "If someone accidentally throws a stone at you, it may hurt for a few minutes, but by the next day, you will probably have forgotten about it. However, if someone says something unpleasant, it may continue to agitate your mind for years." I for one cant let go of some of the things which were said to me ~20 years ago, damn ego.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    GOATBrady

    All of man’s troubles come from his inability to sit quietly in a room by himself. -Arnold Rothstein
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    caffeinatedstardust

    It's scary how our minds could work. One day I feel so happy, then in a short span of time everything seems crashing down. There are times that I convince myself that I'm okay even if I am really not. It's becoming a constant thing, but I do try my best to get through each day. I try to fight my mind- the voices inside my head, myself. I try to not let my mind get the best out of me and eat me. And it's not because I don't have a choice (okay maybe sometimes I feel like I don't). It is because I have to and I want to. I want to do this to myself. I want to help myself that I am not what my mind creates and dictates me to be.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Snaxet

    The war is within.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Jacomer2

    I'd really recommend anyone to read the Bhagavad Gita. Some teachings translate very well to secular ideas. It's a very interesting and helpful towards meditation.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    The_camperdave

    You *ARE* your mind.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Vicariousness

    This book is my absolute favorite. My favorite part is when Krishna showed to arjunan his true form after giving Arjunan the eyes capable of barely comprehending such magnitude of indescribable greatness. Arjunan refers to the image of a “thousand rising suns.” At first I only though of the Sun times 1000 until walking to work late sone summer night and looking to a particularly clear sky I realized the thousands and thousands of stars and made that my Krishna. Sorry. I suck at writing but I have loved that moment in my life and encourage anyone to read it. Edit: a word and some capitalization. I’m on a phone js.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    TheLaserBear

    Painting in the background appears to be by John Speaker. Lovely artist, he has an Instagram.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Boris_Two_Fingers

    But... How?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    maggot_mind

    Fun fact: Himmler was obsessed with Bhagavat Gita
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    nilsleep

    Reminds me of a quote from Nietzsche: "He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.”
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Zentaurion

    Seems very timely, a quote like this. When the sun can get to you and make you do silly things or you get stressed out that you're not making the most of it. You want to chill out and let your mind make good decisions.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    blorkmastersupreme

    Translator, try grammar...
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Harryisamazing

    Thank you for sharing this, needed to read that!
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    inky95

    What's the part of you that isnt your mind, then? What's the outside entity that needs to master the rest of yourself?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    igothitbyacar

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gbngLDPSaDw
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Jar3kTV

    He conquers who conquers himself.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    EvanMacIan

    Conquered the mind with _what?_
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    ApeofBass

    My mind has me down like a bitch. Its so stupid tho. Hey stop complaining about feeling bad mind, you're the one who won't let me sleep or be happy or get boners anymore.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Pretty_petty_kitty

    Needed this today!
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Kdawgx

    Great truth.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    toothless3010

    this is 100% true.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Yakshev

    So true
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    1one1one

    **I have undertaken some research, trying to find out what is meant by the mind and how it can be controlled.** _I'm not the only one who asked this question so here's a succinct article explaining it..._ Still your mind This takes more effort than the first practice and I can give you here only a hint into the direction. There are many practices that you can do. All involve a change of habit and honesty and a loving attitude with yourself. 1. Set the goal right According to the Bhagavad Gita all attachments other to God and all desires are giving endless reasons for the mind to think. The cure is to eliminate all desires and only to keep only the desire for Self-Realization. Self-Realization is the realization that you are the Divinity Within you. This Divinity is the same in everybody else and that even the separateness is an illusion and that we are all the very source of Bliss itself. 2. Self-Inquiry By doing self-inquiry you are able to track down the source of every thought in your mind and dissolve it. Thus, your mind becomes calmer and calmer and still eventually. Here some ideas for inquiring about the roots of your most prevailing thought habits: Investigate your thoughts and get to the root desire. See which Divine Quality in yourself can give you that desire that you are searching in vain in the outside world. Investigate in painful past events and search for the learning in them. Make the learnings of painful past events your treasure and your light. Investigate in fears of the future and surrender trustfully to the Divinity Within Yourself. Your Higher Self always knows the next step, and it knows it in the PRESENT. Investigate in false concepts of the world and false concepts you have about yourself. Which concepts are you comparing yourself against? Give unconditional love for yourself and others.  Take out the judgment and guilt. They lead to nowhere. Trust that your inner voice will prompt you to do the most beneficial actions for all and lead you on the perfect path for you. 3. Become the watcher of your mind Another possibility is to watch your thoughts. Know that you are different from your thoughts. That they are only temporary and your essence is not your thoughts. This means: Your mind is still running and doing its thing. But you are not really interested in it. You let it run and you don’t judge yourself for having thoughts. To watch your thoughts may be difficult in the beginning and repeating the name of your chosen form of God could be much easier at the beginning. Start practicing to watch your thoughts in a meditation and later it will be a practice which you can do in any situation, in fact, it will be second nature to you. And after all – who is the one in you who watches your thoughts? Conclusion If you are able to control your mind and to even still it, you will not be prompted to act in this world for the sake of fulfilling your egoistic desires and attachments. By differentiating between the prompts of your monkey mind and the action itself you will eventually be able to transform your not-serving habits to life-supporting habits https://simplyloveyoga.com/bhagavad-gita-part-2-how-to-control-and-to-still-your-mind/
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    viperex

    > conquered the mind Further clarification needed, please
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    the_bass_saxophone

    *Mittler zwischen Hände und Hirn muss das Herz sein.* (The mediator between hands and mind must be the heart.) –Fritz Lang, *Metropolis*
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Rahul_pandu

    When I was pursuing my high school I got a chance to read Mahabharat. It was a fantastic book. I immediately bought it on Kindle. I completed the book the in 2 days. The story was great. I recommend to read the book.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    _k_a_l_i_

    Your mind is your worst enemy and yet you seem unbothered. -X
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    unparag0ned

    I wonder what exactly this means. Normally with dualistic language the mind represents reason and logic, but that doesn't fit here. I would expect it to fit better with it being conquering one's heart or something. So what exactly does this quote mean?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    PenguinCastle

    Toof
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    LucyWithFur

    How are you supposed to conquer your mind when you have all these other minds around you fucking it all up.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    kurtthesquirt

    I've also heard this quote written about money, written as "Money is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master."
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Antworter

    When your 'beautiful mind' leads you on a lifetime of wage slavery, with you as its 'master', then you're on your deathbed, naked and broke as the day you were born, and realize your ONE SHOT YOU DO NOT GET A 2ND CHANCE, was totally wasted on thought!
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    forget_the_alamo

    I'm thinking a little different. I don't see the mind as something that needs to be conquered; that implies a battle. I welcome all thoughts into my mind; I don't resist them. I allow them to settle in and I make a judgement as to their use when it suits me. Resisting them, to me, sets up a conflict and a battle of wills. But, maybe this IS a form of conquering the mind. ;)
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    CarelessRook

    My mind sucks I can't wait to kill that fucker.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    sdrn3zam

    How the fuck mind gonna conquer mind and become friend or enemy with it.smoke weed every day gita
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    UsernameAlex

    That background picture is very creepy. I can't even read the message.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    DistinctCoat

    Take it easy, people! Out of context quotes found on the internet are not going to improve your life.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    iScoopAlpacaPoop

    Yup
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Sekmet19

    What is the master if not the mind?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    NickNack54321

    And how does one conquer the mind?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    qmahmood94

    Is it possible to learn this power?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    S3v3n007

    I’d have to say it’s the heart that needs more discipline than the mind.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    asleeplessmalice

    ....maybe I should finish this book.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    culturalviscosity

    I think if you treat people with the love you show yourself, even if there is a world full of assholes then you can live knowing at least there is one less in the world.
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    donut2099

    Did you think that up yourself, or did your mind think that up for you?
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 21:39

    Anonymous