Dear esteemed readers,
I hope you all had an amazing Independence Day celebration last week. My week was intensely busy as I was also involved in a festival a few days after, needless to say it was a grand success.
Last week I was having a discussion with my Father about certain philosophical topics and I was really trying to understand certain things about the human way of thinking, willing and feeling viz a viz the opinion of others. It was at this point in our discussion he made a point or a phrase which kind of stuck. He said “If you don’t MIND, then it doesn’t MATTER.” Now there is a bit of Pun (a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.) If we look at this statement from the contextual point of view, we can say it means, if you don’t mind (care, bother, worry) about a situation or circumstance, then it doesn’t matter ( it’s not an issue).
This is a simple yet powerful meaning which I must say if applied one will naturally evolve to the much more esoteric meaning. Usually in life we tend to worry so much about stuff that actually aren’t worth worrying about. Often times we worry about how we look, what we wear, and what people say or think about us, etc. The truth of the matter is a good deal of the time, we actually create these situations in our head. However in a scenario where maybe there is an actual situation where there is a second or third party opinion about us, still if we don’t MIND, then it doesn’t MATTER. When we MIND (worry, care, bother) we are actually giving the situation life and feeding it to grow. Such situations need us to “mind” in order for it to thrive.
The second meaning is a lot deeper and more esoteric. There are basically two factors in life; MIND and MATTER. Mind represents all that is subtle and spiritual, while MATTER represents all that is gross and physical. In order for us to grow as spiritual practitioners, we must focus more on the mind than on matter. When we try to cultivate things of the mind then we try to reach or tune ourselves to a higher frequency, while focusing on matter does the opposite. It is worthy to mention here that when we say “if you don’t mind” it is not a way of saying have a carefree attitude. No, rather we are saying give your energy to those things which are worth your energy and time, and those things that can impact you positively, keeping you energized rather than drained. The entire process of spirituality is actually getting to train the mind to focus on the finer aspects of spirituality rather than on the gross things of matter. To the degree that we can achieve this to that degree we actually understand the real meaning of the words “we are not this body”. As eternal spiritual beings we must understand that it is better to be in tune with our spiritual side than with our gross and physical side if we must make considerable advancement.
There are people who have been able to work on this second aspect and have achieved extraordinary feats. They have been described by many names such as yogis, sages, mystics, or simply those who apply the principle of “mind over matter”. We have seen folks who have been able to levitate objects with their mind, all by harnessing the power of the mind. As spiritual practitioners who are on a mission of discovering our original identity and serving the Supreme Lord, we actually desire more than being able to do “amazing feats” with our minds. We actually want to transcend the mind and connect to that which is greater. So when we say “don’t mind” as spiritual practitioners we are saying “go beyond” the mind”. This naturally brings us to the third interpretation.
The third meaning enables us to see things from the perspective of a spirit soul, completely detached from the dualities of material designations. In this light when we “don’t mind”, we actually saying go even further than operating on the subtle-mind platform, go deeper. When we say “then it doesn’t matter”, we mean; by trying to go deeper than the level of mind control we get to the level of spirit soul connection. We then realize that we are souls with a body and not vice versa.
I do understand that there are folks are who are a lot simpler in mind and are not so philosophical and would like to know what way they can apply this principle in their lives in the simplest way possible. To them I say “If you don’t mind the constant influx of desires the mind throws at you, if you don’t mind the constant criticism that come from different types of people, if you don’t mind the natural setbacks we have to face and deal with in life, then you will definitely realize sooner that it doesn’t really matter. There are a lot of things in life that deserve our real and genuine attention; things that add to our growth materially, spiritually and otherwise. If we can learn to red-direct the “mind” to those things that actually “matter” instead of focusing on just “matter” then we can hope to attain some level of peace and tranquility.
In conclusion, I would like my readers to make a concrete effort in identifying those things that actually don’t matter but take up our minds. When we can identify and isolate these things then we can slowly begin to take back control of our lives and there is a one interesting point. Those who operate on this level deeply, begin to amaze and surprise people, because they do not fit into the “regular type of people” any more. Once you stand out then it becomes easier.
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