Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind

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Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards
whatever point you desire.

Bowl of Saki, November 10, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The mind of an average person may be pictured as an unruly horse that jumps
and kicks and throws anyone that tries to ride it. Masters of the world are
those who have mastered themselves, and mastery lies in the control of the
mind. If the mind became your obedient servant, the whole world is at your
service.

~~~ “Githa Series II, Amaliyyat 1, Psychology “, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
(unpublished)

He who does not direct his own mind lacks mastery. … If there is any self
of which one can say, ‘This is man’, it is the mind. The three Sanskrit
words Mana, Manu, Manusha show that man is his mind, is the product of his
mind, and is also the controller of the activity of mind. If he does not
control his mind, he is not a master but a slave. It lies with his own mind
whether he shall be master, or whether he shall be slave. He is slave when
he neglects to be master; he is master if he cares to be master.

Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards
whatever point we desire, in allowing it to be active as far as we wish, in
using it to fulfill our purpose, in causing it to be still when we want to
still it. He who has come to this has created his heaven within himself; he
has no need to wait for a heaven in the hereafter, for he has produced it
within his own mind now.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_16.htm

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