Thought is a vital, living force, the
most vital, subtle and irresistible force that exists in the universe.
The thought-world is more real relatively than this physical universe.
Thoughts are living things. Every change in thought is accompanied
by vibration of its matter (mental). Thought as force needs a special
kind of subtle matter in its working.
Mind assumes the form of anything it contemplates. When you think
of an object, your mind shapes itself into the form of that object.
When you change your thought, your mind also changes its shape.
Many modifications continually arise in the mind. Your thoughts
rapidly change. Your mind also changes its shape rapidly. Every
moment, mind is continually creating hundreds of these thought-forms
and continually dispersing them again. It never holds on steadily
to one thought-form for some time.
Language is different, but thought is one. Mental image is same
Thought is a creative force
Thought is a dynamic force. Thought moves. Thought is infectious.
Thought creates. You can work wonders with the power of thought.
Through the instrumentality of thought, you acquire creative power.
There are nowadays numerous books on thought-power.
Every thought has a literal value to you in every possible way.
The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success
in life and the pleasures you give to others by your company - all
depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts.
Thought gives health
If you entertain healthy thoughts, you can keep good health. If
you hold on to sickly thoughts in the mind, thoughts of diseased
tissues, thoughts of weak-nerves, thoughts of improper functioning
of organs, you can never expect good health, beauty and harmony.
The body is the product of the mind. If you hold on vigorous thoughts
in the mind, then the physical body also will be vigorous.
Evil thoughts of all kinds befoul and infure the mind and, if persisted
in, will become veritable diseases and maimings of the mind, incurable
during the period of life.
Thought builds character
"As a man thinketh, so he is." "Man is created by
thought; what a man thinks upon, that he becomes." Think you
are strong; strong you become. Think you are weak; the weak you
become. Think you are a fool; fool you become. Think you are God;
God you become. A man forms his own character, becoming that which
he thinks. If you meditate on courage, you shall work courage into
your character. If you think nobly, you shall gradually make for
yourself a noble character, but if you think basely, a base character
will be formed. Steady persevering thought sets up a definite habit
of the mind and that habit manifests itself as a quality in the
character. The thread of thought is woven into mental and moral
qualities and these qualities in their totality form what we call
character. You can build your character as surely as a mason can
build a wall, working with and through the law.
The first step towards a deliberate creation of character lies
then in the deliberate choosing of what we will think and then of
thinking persistently on the quality chosen. Soon, there will be
a tendency to evince that quality; a little longer, its exercise
will become habitual. Thought makes character. You spin the thread
of thought into your destiny.
Thought weaves destiny
That which man thinks upon in one life, he becomes in another. If
the mind dwells continually upon one train of thought, a groove
is formed into which the thought-force runs automatically and such
a habit of thought survives death and since it belongs to the ego,
is carried over to the subsequent earth life as a thought tendency
every thought has got its own mental image. Every man has a mental
world of his own, how own views, his own sentiments, his own feelings,
his own habitual thoughts, his own experience and his own mode of
thinking. The essence of the various mental images formed in one
particular physical life is being worked out in the mental plane.
It constitutes the basis for the next physical life. Man makes the
circumstances of his future life by the effect of his actions upon
Every action has a past which leads up to it; every action has
a future which proceeds from it. An action implies a desire which
prompted it and a thought which shaped it. Each act is a link in
an endless chain of causes and effects, each effect becoming a cause
and each cause having been an effect; and each link in the endless
chain is welded out of three components - desire, thought and activity.
A desire stimulates a thought; a thought embodies itself in an act.
Selfish coveting of the possessions of others, though never carried
out into active cheating in the present, makes one a thief in a
later earth-life, while hatred and revenge secretly cherished are
the seeds from which the murderer springs. So again, unselfish loving
yields as harvest the philanthropist and the saint; and every thought
of compassion helps to build the tender and pitiful nature which
belongs to one who is a friend to all creatures.
Like attracts like
The great law, "Like attracts like," is ever operating.
This is a great cosmic law. This is a law in nature. This law operates
in the thought world also. People of similar thoughts are attracted
towards each other. That is the reason why the maxims run as follows:
"Birds of the same feather flock together....A man is known
by the company he keeps." A doctor is drawn towards a doctor.
A poet has attraction for another poet. A singer loves another singer.
A philosopher likes another philosopher. A vagabond likes a vagabond.
The mind has got a 'drawing power'. You are continually attracting
towards you, from both the seen and the unseen sides of life-forces,
thoughts, influences and conditions most akin to those of your own
thoughts and lives.
In the realm of thought, people of similar thoughts are attracted
to one another. This universal law is continually operating whether
we are conscious of it or not. We are all living, so to speak, in
a vast ocean of thought; and the very atmosphere around us is continually
filled with the thought-forces that are being continually sent or
that are continually going out in the form of thought-waves. We
are all affected more or less by these thought-forces either consciously
or unconsciously and in the degree that we are more or less sensitively
organised or in the degree we are negative and so are open to outside
influences, rather than positive, which thus determine what influences
shall enter into the domain of our thoughts and hence into our lives.
Carry any kind of thought you please about with you and so long
as you retain it, no matter how you roam over land or sea, you will
unceasingly attract to yourself, knowingly or inadvertently, exactly
and only what corresponds to your own dominant quality of thought.
Thoughts are your private property and you can regulate them to
suit your taste entirely by steadily recognising your ability to
do so. You have entirely in your own hands to determine the order
of thought you entertain and consequently the order of influences
you attract and are not mere willowy creatures of circumstances,
unless indeed you choose to be.
Good thoughts and evil thoughts
A good thought is thrice blessed. First, it benefits the thinker
by improving his mental body. Secondly, it benefits the person about
whom it is entertained. Lastly, it benefits all mankind by improving
the general mental atmosphere.
An evil thought, on the contrary, is thrice cursed. First, it harms
the thinker by doing injury to his mental body. Secondly, it harms
the person who is its object. Lastly, it harms all mankind by vitiating
the whole mental atmosphere.
Every evil thought is as a sword drawn on the person to whom it
is directed. If you entertain thoughts of hatred, you are really
a murderer of that man against whom you foster thoughts of hatred.
You are your own suicide, because these thoughts rebound upon you
A mind tenanted by evil thoughts acts as a magnet to attract like
thoughts from others and thus intensifies the original evil.
Evil thoughts thrown into the mental atmosphere poison receptive
mind. To dwell on an evil thought gradually deprives it of its repulsiveness
and impels the thinker to perform an action which emodies it.
The progeny of Thoughts
It is not sufficient that your thoughts are not bad. You must transmute
bad thoughts into good thoughts. This is the first part of your
Sadhana. You must make them helpful thoughts. When they are sent
out, they must be capable of doing immense good and benefit to the
suffering humanity and your neighbours.
Thoughts are your own real children. Be careful of your progeny
of thoughts. A good son brings happiness, name and fame to the father.
An evil son brings infamy, discredit to his father. Even so, a noble
thought will bring happiness and joy to you. An evil thought will
bring misery and trouble to you. Just as you rear up your children
with great care, so also you will have to rear up good, sublime
thoughts with great care.
Thought is contagious
Thought is very contagious and nay. Thought moves. It actually leaves
the brain and hovers about. It enters the brains of others also.
A sympathetic thought in you raises a sympathetic thought in others
with whom you come in contact. A thought of anger produces a similar
vibration in those who surround an angry man. It leaves the brain
of one man and enters the brains of others who live at a long distance
and excites them. A cheerful thought produces cheerful thought in
others. A thought of joy creates sympathetically a thought of joy
in others. You are filled with joy and intense delight when you
see a batch of hilarious children playing mirthfully and dancing
The mind is like a wireless machine. A saint with peace, poise,
harmony and spiritual waves sends out into the world thoughts of
harmony and peace. They travel with tremendous lightning speed in
all directions and enter the minds of thousands and produce in them
also similar thoughts of harmony and peace. Whereas a worldly man
whose mind is filled with jealousy, revenge and hatred sends out
discordant thoughts which enter the minds of thousands and stir
in them similar thoughts of hatred and discord.
Thoughts are very contagious. Keep a good and honest man in the
company of a thief. He will begin to steal. Keep a sober man in
the company of a drunkard. He will begin to drink.
Thought-transference or Telepathy
What is the possible medium through which thoughts can travel from
mind to another? The best possible explanation is that mind-substance
fills all space like ether and it serves as the vehicle for thoughts.
Hence, thought-transference is possible. Thought-transference is
If we throw a piece of stone in a tank or a pool of water, it will
produce a succession of concentric waves travelling all around from
the affected place. The light of a candle will similarly give rise
to waves of thereal vibrations travelling in all directions from
the candle. In the same manner, when a thought, whether good or
evil, crosses the mind of a person, it gives rise to vibrations
in the mental atmosphere, which travel far and wide in all directions.
While electricity travels at the rate of 1,86,000 miles per second,
thoughts virtually travel in no time, their speed being as much
faster than electricity as their vehicle mind is finer than ether,
the medium of electricity.
Thoughts are like things. Just as you hand over an orange to your
friend and take it back, so also you can give a useful, powerful
thought to your friend and take it back also. You must know the
right technique to handle and manipulate a thought. The science
is very interesting and subtle. You can aid a friend in trouble
by sending him thoughts of comfort, a friend in search of Truth
by thoughts clear and definite of the truths you know. You can send
into the mental atmosphere thoughts which will raise, purify and
inspire all who are sensible to them.
If you send out a loving, helpful thought to another man, it leaves
your brain, goes directly to that man, raises a similar thought
of love in his mind and returns back to you with redoubled force.
If you send out a thought of hatred to another man, it hurts that
man and hurts you also by returning back to you with redoubled force.
Therefore, understnad the laws of thought, raise only thoughts of
mercy, love and kindness from your mind and be happy always.
When you send out a useful thought to help others, it must have
a definite, positive purpose and aim. Then only it will bring out
the desired effect. Then only that thought will accomplish a definite
Benefits of Thought-control
Thoughts lead to action. Thoughts are the sources of all actions.
Thinking is the real action. If you can root out all evil thoughts
in the beginning, you will not do any evil action. If you can nip
them in the bud, you will be free from the miseries and tribulations
of this world. Watch your thoughts with vigilance and introspection.
A wise man watches his thoughts and eradicates all evil thoughts
as they arise from the surface of the mind. So he is happy. He has
always pure thoughts. By meditation on God, pure thoughts emanate
from the mind.
If you have control over your thoughts, you can turn out immense
work with intense concentration. Mental torments of all sorts, cares,
worries and anxieties will disappear. The peace that you will enjoy
cannot be adequately described.
Those who have even a little control over their thoughts and speech
will have a calm, serene, beautiful, charming face, sweet voice
and brilliant, lustrous white eyes.
Conservation and proper utilisation of Thought-energy
Just as energy is wasted in idle talk and gossiping, so also energy
is wasted in entertaining useless thought. Therefore, you should
not waste even a single thought. Do not waste even an iota of energy
in useless thinking. Conserve all mental energy. Utilise it for
higher spiritual purposes and meditation and helpful service to
Do not store in your brain useless information. Learn to unmind
the mind. Unlearn whatever you have learnt. They are now useless
for you. Then only you can fill your mind with divine thoughts.
You will gain new mental strength as all the dissipated mental rays
are collected now.
Drive away from your mind all unnecessary, useless and obnoxious
thoughts. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious
thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement. You are
away from God when you are entertaining useless thoughts. Entertain
only thoughts that are helpful and useful. Do not allow the mind
to run into the old grooves and to have its own ways and habits.
Be on the careful watch.
You must eradicate through introspection all sorts of mean thoughts,
useless thoughts, unworthy thoughts, impure thoughts, thoghts of
jeasousy, hatred and selfishness. You must annihilate all destructive
thoughts of disharmony and discord. You must develop good, loving,
sublime thoughts. Every thought must be of a constructive nature.
It must be strong, positive and must be of a constructive nature.
It must be strong, positive and definite. Develop right thinking.
Every thought must bring peace and solace to others. It should not
bring even the least pain and unhappiness to anyone. Then you are
a blessed soul on the earth. You are a mighty power on the earth.
You can help many, heal thousands.
Generally, in untrained persons, four or five kinds of thoughts
occupy the mind at a time. Household thoughts, business thoughts,
thoughts of office, thoughts of food and drink, hope and anticipation,
some kind of planning to get money, some kinds of thoughts of revenge,
etc., occupy the mind at a time. When you are studying a book with
interest at 3.30 p.m., the idea of pleasure of witnessing a cricket
match at 4 p.m. disturbs your study every now and then. It is only
a Yogi with concentrated mind, who can have only one thought at
a time and can keep it as long as he likes.
If you watch the mind carefully, you will find that many thoughts
are inconsistent. The mind wanders at random aimlessly. There will
be some thoughts of the body and its wants, some thoughts of friends,
some thoughts of acquiring money, some thoughts of eating and drinking,
etc. If you can study the mind and if you have consistent thoughts
of one subject or one kind only to the exclusion of all other thoughts,
this itself is a very great achievement, is a great step in advancement
Haunting Thoughts of sin
Thoughts of sin haunt the minds of some persons. One person always
thinks, "I have committed a very heinous sin. I do not know
what to do." Again and again, this one idea haunts his mind.
This is a bad habit. These people do not know how to divert their
minds. They become pray to these 'haunting thoughts'. Virtue and
sin are relative terms. They are creations of the mind. Sin is nothing
but a mistake. Remembering God's name, charity and fasting will
destroy at one any amount of sin. Even the worst sinner can attain
salvation, can become holy of holies.
Techniques of Thought-control
If you think again and again on impure things, an evil thought gains
new strength by repetition. It gets the force of momentum. Drive
them immediately. If you find it difficult to do so, entertain counter-thoughts
of God. A noble thoght is a potent antidote to counteract an evil
thought. By repetition of God's name thousand of times daily, good
thoughts gain new strength by each repetition.
If you are not able to control any evil thought, control the body
and speech first. Slowly you will gain mental strength and will-force
and will be able to control the thoughts gradually. If, for a moment
you think you will not succeed in vanquishing an evil thought, at
once get up and set about some work involving physical labour. One
effort after another will make gradually the task easy and, in a
few weeks, you will obtain a complete control over your thoughts.
Control the physical body and speech first. Then slowly proceed
to control thoughts. Do not speak ill of others. You can control
your actions only when you have become moral. When you speak ill
of a man, you poison the mind of several people. Just comment without
hatred or malice is permissible occasionally.
Do not allow useless or evil thoughts to develop themselves into
words. Curb the speech. Divert the mind at once to something good.
When the mind is vacant, evil thoughts try to enter. Evil thinking
is the beginning or starting point of adultery. Mental actions are
the real actions. God judges a man by his motives; worldly people
judge a man by his external physical actions. You will have to look
to the motive of the man. Then you will not be mistaken. Keep the
mind fully occupied. Then evil thoughts will not enter. An idle
brain is the devil's workshop.