Stop me if you have read this story before! Skip it and go to the concluding part! An old Zen monk was walking through a beautiful forest with his three young disciples. The young ones always looked forward to these walks not only because they found the woods, like Robert Frost, lovely, dark and deep but also because these were special moments of learning. The words of wisdom that rolled out of their revered Guru’s mouth during these walks were more precious than the woods that lay before them. The answers that he gave in reply to their incessant questioning gave them an insight into the working of his great mind. This particular day was no different from the rest and the young disciples could feel the empty space in their heads fast filling up with the light he was pouring into them. They walked on and on making vigorous and enlightening conversation when their progress was halted by a forest brook. As they prepared themselves for a swim across the icy river, their eyes fell on a young and beautiful maid standing helplessly on the banks of the river. At the very first glance at her, it was obvious that her repertoire of skills did not include swimming. The old Zen monk walked up to her, lifted her and put her on his shoulder. He swam briskly with the girl on his shoulder and crossed the river silently. On reaching the shore he placed her gently on the ground and walked away in silence. The disciples followed him in silence too. Several moments passed and not a single word was uttered by any disciple. The surprised Guru turned to his disciples and asked them the reason for their sudden silence. One of the disciples gathered his courage and asked the Guru how he could, being a sworn celibate, touch a woman. The smiling Guru replied, “Son! I have put her down long back but I see that you are still carrying her!” I am sure that the significance of this story is not lost on you. It is not without reason that our mind is compared to a computer, not just a computer but by far the most complicated, the most efficient and the most user friendly. But unfortunately most of us use it just as a word processor. Imagine being in possession of one of those super computers they have in the Pentagon and you use it only for writing your blogs, sending out mails and chatting and you will get the picture! Our mind is also governed by the GIGO rule like any computer. Garbage in, garbage out! Now look at those young monks. They were making such progress until they saw the spectacle of their Guru carrying the girl on his shoulder. With this single episode filling every available space of their heads, it was not possible for them to let any more light from their Guru enter the portals of their minds. Like your Yahoo mailbox bursting at the seams with read mail can not receive any further mail however vital! We take care to clean up our Mailbox and our computers almost on a daily basis by removing all the unwanted stuff from them so that their performance is optimized. But we prefer to keep our minds full of stuff that ought to have been thrown out ages back! I do not want to dwell at length on the kind of stuff that needs to be thrown out because I don’t want this to sound like the Sermon on the Mount. Everyone knows it! But unfortunately no message is flashed across our mental screen like what we see on our monitor when our computer is low on resources. Fortunately for us, Nature itself has provided a Junk Filter that filters out a lot of trivia. For example, we may remember what we ate yesterday or the day before but not a month before! These and many other things are automatically deleted or otherwise our heads will burst. But still, garbage continues to accumulate and so it’s time we set the cleaning process in motion manually and ensure that the system does not crash eventually!