[JUSTIFY]What is Mind? When this question came up a few years back, I went to the teachings of my beloved Guru. He defines mind as “that which makes us feel we are the body and fell things related to the body as “mine”; that which runs out through the senses to the objects, in order to experience the pleasure there from. It is thus rendered very unsteady; always flitting from one object to another.” He also describes it as “an adroit substance and is a conglomeration of thoughts of various kinds; It is just like a cloth, our thoughts are the cotton, the desires which they mold are the threads, and the intermingling and interaction of these desires is the cloth i.e. the mind made out of warp and woof. When the threads (desires) are removed one by one, the cloth (mind) disappears.” He also explains in his teachings that the worldly desires are like seeds that sprouts. If we can visualize the human being as the rice, the desires (s)he has is the husk. If we remove the husk, we prevent it from sprouting. Similarly, the human being when (s)he removes the desires, becomes a real being that she is. The mind when it firmly places our identify as this body, it is known as “Bhavaroga” and the very same mind when it transcends that feeling and understands that we are a divine being, it is the cure for that disease. Even though it is difficult for me to comprehend his teachings about the mind or for that matter all of his teachings, being a person who has a nature to analyze everything at length, I keep thinking a lot about my mind and how to control it. There are times, it goes on a tangential thinking process, when my body is doing a mechanical action. Other times, it keeps me so focused on a subject not letting me move one bit from that thought process especially when it wants to celebrate an accomplishment or mourn for a pain that I have experienced. It is interesting to watch how the body and mind work in tandem as I feel the pain in my body every time my mind suffers from stress and when my body hurts, my mind communicates the pain to me loud and clear. How do I control my mind? I imagine my mind as a monkey that wants to be active. If it remains dormant, it could cause more problems to me. Therefore, it is important to keep it active. It is not enough if it remains active but it should be trained to focus on everything the body does with due care and diligence. Even if it is trained to be active and focused, it is also important to train the mind not to be complacent for completing the tasks nor feel depressed for failures. We need to train the monkey to remain calm and contented. When does it really go out of control? When the monkey is in pain, it humbles itself and initially behaves like a saint in deep meditative state. After that, it reaches out to people and seek relationships and consoling words from others. But when it accomplishes something really remarkable and when everyone else appreciates its action, it behaves like a monkey in steroids. Instead of feeling the sense of fulfillment, it begins to enjoy the appreciation, name and fame it gets. It increases its own expectations. It no longer works for sense of fulfillment and instead begins to work for the appreciation, name and fame it gets. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that the biggest problem I face in controlling the mind is the tendency to seek appreciation instead of doing things for self satisfaction. This thought process has given me a great relief that at least I was able to identify a major problem. Once I find the problem, rehabilitation at least becomes a possibility. How I succeed is dependent upon how I make the mind to behave well and avoid complacency [/JUSTIFY].