We often overlook the power of our thoughts which not only shape our lives but also give it a direction. Depending on the kind of thoughts we harbour, the results will vary. Positive thoughts yield rich benefits while negative ones impede our progress in many ways. The mind is a powerful machine. Shri Krishna talks about the importance of keeping the mind in control. Vedic literature teaches us the power and importance of positive thoughts and how they can do wonders for us.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (4.4.5) states:
काममया एवायं पुरुष इति
सा यथाकामो भवति तत्क्रतुर भवति
यात्क्रतुर भवति तत कर्म कुरुते
यत कर्म कुरुते तद अभिसम पद्यते
Kaama maya evayam purusha iti
Sa Yatha kaamo bhavati tat kratur bhavati
Yat kratur bhavati tat karma kurute
Yat karma kurte tad abhisam padyate
You are what your deep, driving desire is
As your desire is, so is your will
As your will is, so is your deed
As your deed is, so is your destiny
Thoughts are the seeds from which the tree of action springs up. All that we earn in life, good or bad, is a result of our own actions. It is, therefore, important to harbour good positive thoughts. Our face is a reflection of our thoughts. The moment we feel happy and confident our face brightens up. Similarly if we do not think highly of ourselves then no matter how qualified or skilled we may be we will always fall short of achieving our goals. More than the physical strength it is the mental strength that ensures success. This is the reason why differently abled people are able to do wonders. It is their self belief that helps them to succeed against all odds.
Just like a stone thrown into water creates concentric waves of ripples that travel outwards; thoughts create vibrations in the mind that may reach all around using ether as a medium. This proves that our thoughts can affect those around us and we may also be able to effect changes using the power of our thoughts. What we listen to feeds our thoughts. The power is within us. We need to recognize and unleash it. Harnessing thoughts and manipulating them to our advantage is an art. To quote the Gita: For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy. Both the friend and enemy reside within our minds in the form of thoughts. The one we feed is the one that stays.
Each one of us faces challenges in life. The effectiveness of our response to the challenges thrown at us depends on the type of thoughts we entertain. Often times we see that two people facing a similar challenge get different results because their response is conditioned by their action which in turn depends on their thoughts.
Hence, the Rig Veda exhorts us:
Rig Veda 1.89.1:- आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः
Transliteration: Aa no bhadrah kratavo yantu vishwatah
Meaning: May noble thoughts come from everywhere in the world
Think positive and unleash the power within you!!!