Focus on Silence
[Vinod Anand]

The mind and the physical brain control the human body. The brain and mind are controlled by the desire of the soul. Just close your eyes and see what is going on inside the brain. Give it just two minutes. You will find so many thoughts running inside you related to children, family, spouse, business, emotions...

All these thoughts indicate desire of the soul. And it is because of these thoughts or desires that you are unable to go beyond human existence.

All that is physical is temporary and what is temporary is painful, hence the pain that you experience day in and day out is in’ the pursuit of these desires.

When the mind is engaged in worldly thoughts you cannot think of anything beyond. Because the mind can only do and think of one thing at a time.

Ayurveda says that you have five senses and of those only one sense is active at one time. They alternate so fast that you cannot make out, so when you are thinking, your thought process has to be one.

Our bodies are programmed to achieve whatever they want provided it’s only one thing. Words like ekhgrath, ek tatva nirantar abhyas, and bhumadhya all indicate the path to success as one-pointed focus. Multiplicity of desires leads to a feeling of being unsure.

This lack of understanding of what one actually wants in life leads to success evading us... it is something like, if we have five liters of petrol and we put it in five different cars, none will move forward. Thoughts of the physical world tie you to the physical world, your thoughts are dissipated and the force of your consciousness is unable to perform; you cannot go beyond.

So, when we talk about going beyond, it is nice to read books, but it is completely redundant as far as your spiritual journey goes because the book is somebody else’s thought, some- body else’s experience. Then you will get carried away in somebody else’s thought process, not yours. Only when you will silence your mind, you will be able to go beyond. Then your thought process is going to be on creation and you will go to higher dimensions.

Scientists say there is a primitive mind and a developed mind. The medulla oblongata, lower part of the brain, is called the primitive mind because it is responsible for basic thoughts and basic breathing.

Altering the breathing process by pranayamas requires higher brain centers to be involved, and hence they are called advanced breathing patterns that need to be developed. When you silence your mind, higher centers of the brain get activated. Then revelations come that are already inside you. When you still your mind, you are able to access those higher energies and then revelations come to you. Then you are called a jnani, not a knowledgeable person.

Knowledge you can get through books, but that knowledge is not yours, it is somebody else’s. You need to have your own experience of that knowledge, which is also called jnana or gyan. The Vedas were revealed when rishis went into silence. From silence everything emerges and goes back. Like from darkness everything emerges and goes back into darkness. So if you want to create, go into that silence, ek tatva nirantar abhyas, one pointed focus in silence, on silence; and that is what is going to make you evolve and give you the knowledge of creation.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.