Conquest of Mind is a book that describes practices and strategies for leading the spiritual life. Written by Eknath Easwaran , the strategies are intended to be usable within any major religious tradition, or outside of all traditions. The book was originally published in the United States in Multiple revised English-language editions have been published, and translations have also appeared in several other European and Asian languages.
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Getting caught in unwanted thoughts and emotions can feel like an inevitable part of life. But Eknath Easwaran, a world-famous spiritual teacher who taught meditation for nearly 40 years, shows a way to break free.
Just as a fitness routine can result in a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Best of all, t Getting caught in unwanted thoughts and emotions can feel like an inevitable part of life. Best of all, these opportunities to grow stronger spiritually arise not only during meditation but throughout the day.
With humor and empathy, Easwaran places timeless teachings from the Buddha and other mystics into contemporary scenes — watching a juggler on the street, taking a tennis lesson, going to the theater.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 04, Tim rated it it was amazing. The simple concepts of mindfulness, awareness and detachment are so easy to understand yet can be so difficult to achieve. How do we truly separate ourselves from the ego and not just make it some grand idea? Easwaran promises a lot of hard but extremely worthwhile work to get us there but also a lot of hope along the way.
View 1 comment. I've been wanting to start a meditation practice for some time, but haven't been quite certain of how to do it. This book was pivotal in helping me 'make the leap'.
I've read many books by Eastern authors and Easwaran is, by far, the clearest to understand. He is actually renown for his translation of some of the Eastern scriptures. This book is instructional, inspirational and enjoyable to read. I actually read it twice, I found it so useful. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in I've been wanting to start a meditation practice for some time, but haven't been quite certain of how to do it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in meditation, or even anyone curious about it's benefits. Apr 03, Priyadarshi Ranjan rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual. Mind opener. Apr 18, Nate rated it it was amazing. Being is defined by thinking. Stillness through a focal point of profound inspiration is our native state of being. Mysticism is through personal experience, the discovery of the divine core within oneself. Making this discovery is the actual purpose of existence.
We cannot change the world nor manipulate the future, but we can control how we respond to external circumstances. If we can learn to intimately control our responses, that mastery of life. We say that we think our thoughts, but more seemingly our thoughts tend to think us.
Thinking is often a passive process in modern life, yet active acts of freedom define the marvel of human existence. An untrained mind is always moving, unable to understand nor control how it responds. We lose interest in things when the mind becomes restless. Making the mind like a laser is the key to genius.
Creative spontaneity only comes after disciplined and dedicated practice. The truly great individuals throughout history were great through their gift of dedication, apart from that, various skills simply take different forms. We can always solve our own problems by working on our mind. Artistry in living is learning to be flexible with those around you. The mind is like a muscle that needs strengthening and exercise in the same way others do. The basic pleasure-principle explains much of our conditioned behavior.
Discrimination is the ability to distinguish between meaningful progress and immediate pleasure. Likes and dislikes are incepted at the thresholds of sense-organs. The immature do as they like, the mature like what they do. The more we focus on our own private ego life, the stronger form it takes control over attention and awareness, whereas meditation brings focus to others and shared experiences.
Less self-centered thinking means fewer distractions. In this way, we can perceptually convert any negative into a positive.
To treat others as equals is to treat everyone like they are you, too. Discrimination is all about giving up immediate pleasures for greater joy. The purpose of training the mind is to prevent immediate reactions. The point here is to put negative emotions and responses on-hold until we can see through them clearly in their true light. Our inner tension is our evolutionary heritage.
It reflects the divided nature of the human dualistic condition, constantly being pulled in two oppositional directions. Those unable to abstain from personal desires will never be at peace in their heart-mind. What we seek as our highest goal is what we believe ourselves to be. To a surprising extent, we live to please our body, instead of vise versa.
Most of our suffering comes from an attachment to pleasure, and the desire for happiness within that transitory pleasurable sensation. Conditioning is a repetitive response to the same situation, causing it to fade out of conscious awareness via contact over time. We train our senses to be our friends and allies when we maintain a level of balance with them - by not overstimulating a certain sense. The dynamics of physical indulgence is always the same.
Every time we allow ourselves to get upset, we are actually training our mind to become upset more easily. Never ask anyone: why did you make that mistake? Ask only, what did you learn from that mistake?
Detachment brings confidence and clarity of vision. Detachment means withdrawing your personal energy from secondary reactivity. Discrimination is seeing where to focus that energy.
Anxiety is typically and in a sense, signaling a kind of learning problem that can be resolved if properly understood. This anxiety comes from not being able to be who we want to be, which in turn is a result of not knowing who we really are. The Buddha has outlined five strategies for mind-training: 1. The mind has the ability to exchange one thought for another, in this way, we can drive out a negative thought with a positive one.
Pause before reacting. This is often described as reflective thinking, and should regard our thoughts as well as actions. Train the mind to remain in states of undistracted attention.
Conquest of Mind : Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Reshape Your Life Through Meditation
Conquest of Mind: Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Reshape Your Life Through Meditation
By Eknath Easwaran. Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an experienced, friendly coach, Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and shows how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day. Easwaran shows how training the mind is a glorious challenge — one that brings joy and purpose to life. A dream is real so long as it lasts. When we awake, we do not pass from unreality to reality; we pass from a lower state of reality to a higher one.