The following post is based on Acharya Shree’s hindi book naye mastishk ka nirmaan
Everyone today wants a new world. The current world does not seem to give happiness. The formation of a new world, however, requires the formation of a new brain. With the kind of brains we have today, a new world cannot be conceived.
In the words of psychology, our brain is a conditioned mind. It works on the basis of some present notions. Unless the force of beliefs and notions does not break, formation of a new society cannot even be thought of.
During the second stage of life, which spans from eleven years to twenty years, the brain is fully developed. Till fifteen years of age, the brain is fully developed. Afterwards, personality is developed, not the brain. Therefore, the brain can be changed till fifteen years of age. Afterwards, it is impossible.
There are many revolutions needed today, out of which the psychological revolution is the most important one. The meaning of a psychological revolution would be the formation of a new brain. One part of the brain is – animal brain. It is the most active today. And that is why society witnesses a lot of criminal activities.
The animal mind creates greed, which further creates selfishness. With selfishness, cruelty arises, which further creates a criminal mindset.
Greed is a basic tendency. It has been with us since eons. Changing our brain/mind means refining the tendency of greediness. Meditation is a prime mode through which this can be accomplished.
The world has just one root problem – that is, greed. All else are its accompaniments. And our brain is conditioned with greed. All our thoughts revolve around it. Every person first thinks about their self-interest.
Greed – The Cause Of Struggle Between Classes
Today there is struggle between classes. The root cause of this struggle is greed. Mill owners want to pay the labourers less and get more work done. And a labourer wants work less and get maximum payment. Can the mindsets of the two groups of people be changed? If the change does take place, then there would be no Marxism nor any violent activities would take place. But the struggle continues. The question is – can there be a solution?
Lord Mahaveer proposed a principle which can solve the problem. He proposed that one should not cut an individual’s livelihood. How much ever someone owes, that much should be given to him/her. Taking a portion of someone’s livelihood is an act of violence. The principle can only be developed when a new brain is created.
A relationship can be based upon two bases – selfishness or idealism. In the present era, relationships are formed on the basis of selfishness. Idealism is absent or minimum. The basis of an ideal relationship is truth. A mill owner would say, this much is mine and so, I’ll take only this much. And a labourer would say, this much is mine and so, I’ll take only this much. This is only possible when the minds of individuals change.
Changing Of Minds
Everybody wants others and the society to become better. Parents want their children to be good. Children want their parents to be good. Expectations are in everybody. The fulfilment of these expectations can only be achieved with a new mind. However, no one is prepared to carry a change on their own mind.
Refining the mind requires meditation. When we begin to observe our own selves, then beliefs start changing. The notions upon which life runs change. When beliefs change, human relationships also change. Inside us, there are several beliefs. All of these must come out one by one. The more deeply we look within ourselves, beliefs will weaken to that extent.
The weight of beliefs which a man carries, even a donkey does not carry. Beliefs are very weird. Once, Acharya shree was leaving a village. A widow came in sight. A sister started shouting ” go away! go away! don’t be a bad omen.” The widow was bewildered. She moved to one side. Acharya shree asked – what happened? The sister replied ” You are leaving and the woman in front is a widow. Her coming on your way is considered a bad omen.” Acharya shree replied ” This is a wrong belief. We will leave with the good omen of this sister. A widow sister living with good conduct, is an individual of purity. How can she be a bad omen?”
Our beliefs make our minds narrow, which further disallows us to see the reality. When an individual steps within and looks at these beliefs, then the truth emerges, the mind becomes empty.
Meditation – The Way For Life Transformation
Meditation changes beliefs. And when beliefs change, the mind changes. When the mind changes, personality changes. When personalities change, the society changes for good.
In one sentence, for change to come, formation of a new mind is necessary.