Exploration of Indian Yoga Psychology

A blog on the Transpersonal Psychology of Indian Yoga and the Spiritual Genius of India (another blog of the same author – http://integralmusings.aurosociety.org)

How to Quieten the Mind – Sri Aurobindo

cactus_flower_plantA quiet mind does not involve itself in its thoughts or get run away with by them; it stands back, detaches itself, lets them pass, without identifying itself, without making them its own. It becomes the witness mind watching the thoughts when necessary, but able to turn away from them and receive from within and from above. Silence is good, but absolute silence is not indispensable, at least at this stage. I do not know that to wrestle with the mind to make it quiet is of much use; usually the mind gets the better of that game. It is this standing back, detaching oneself, getting the power to listen to something else other than the thoughts of the external mind that is the easier way. At the same time one can look up, as it were, imaging to oneself the Force as there just above and calling it down or quietly expecting its help. That is how most people do it till the mind falls gradually quiet or silent of itself or else silence begins to descend from above. But it is important not to allow the depression or despair to come in because there is no immediate success; that can only make things difficult and stop any progress that is preparing.

6 comments on “How to Quieten the Mind – Sri Aurobindo

    July 10, 2016

    I have been looking for a very long time an answer for this question and finally I am so blessed by Mother to get the reply.

    However, the quieting of mind becomes possible when I am alone but when among others, it is very hard to be just an observant . Is there a better way to practice that?

  2. don salmon
    November 25, 2016

    HI Jayashree:

    Personally, I don’t know any “secret” method other than continuing to deepen one’s practice. For some, self offering in work is enough; but I find that disciplined meditation is indispensable. The longer i can sit – 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour or more – with a quiet mind – stably quiet, not wandering and occasionally quiet, but present and fully aware whether or not thoughts or coming and going – the more the Force comes into the mind, quietening it, and spreading through the body, and the more likely the quietude will remain in the midst of other people.

    Please let me know if that is what you were looking for. We’re all brother/sister sadhaks together on this path, and however we can support each other, it is good!

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