Let us take a few moments to withdraw from the surroundings and observe our inner world. Along with our heart rhythm, breathing, and blinking of eyes, there is another process that is constantly on. We are creating thoughts, one after another.
The process is so swift and seamless that it feels automatic. It seems that diverse, random thoughts keep flashing on our mental screen from nowhere. But if we pause and carefully observe over time, we will realise that we ourselves are initiating these thoughts through our mind – some consciously, others with little awareness.
The purpose of a thought is to create, to affect a change and produce a meaningful reality. In fact, everything we see on earth was first born as a thought. Considering that we generate innumerable thoughts per day, we are blessed with an abundant personal resource. However, only a few among us live in this awareness as our consciousness is too caught up in the material world. As a result, most of our fertile thought energy – and thereby the power to create, touch and transform – is simply wasted.
The potential of a thought has a close and direct connection with its purity — the less adulterated a thought, the greater its creative power. A pure thought is not fragmented, distracted or ripped by doubt and so is powerful and naturally rooted in truth and belief. It has the capacity to ignite similar thoughts that draw the destination closer. Just like the pure extract of a substance is potent and a drop of it is sufficient to create an effect, a few concentrated pure thoughts can produce significant positive results.
A task is accomplished when pure thoughts that head in the same direction are created, concentrated, and acted upon. Divergent, conflicting thoughts, on the other hand, are like strong winds that cause the original sapling to droop. They keep our intent from bearing fruit by making the atmosphere hostile.
One of the biggest enemies of pure thoughts, therefore, are waste thoughts – those that dwell on things that are unchangeable or not in our control like worrying about the future, regretting the past, deliberating over others’ behaviour, or commenting on things that don’t concern us.
Though waste thoughts appear to be not as bad as negative or toxic thoughts, they actually harm us immensely by blurring our vision and dampening the passion ignited by pure thoughts. They induce fatigue and despair in us, making life an uphill journey. Sadly, waste thoughts dominate the mind space of a majority of us today.
All missions on earth are met by channelizing the seeds of determined thoughts, which are well-nourished by the water of repetition and sunshine of patience. And this holds true for anything we accomplish – both good and evil. Yes, a great deal of planning also goes into making vicious actions, such as acts of revenge or anti-social activities. But their source thoughts cannot qualify as ‘pure’ for they lack the fundamental characteristic of a ‘benevolent aim’.
Pure thoughts are elevated in nature for they are born in the heart of the soul – which is a reservoir of innate wisdom, truth, love, peace, joy and power – and go on to achieve noble ends. They are free from adulterants that creep into the soul when it starts to identify itself with matter – the body, its roles and attainments. Thoughts of lust, anger, greed, insecurity, ego and attachment are adulterated because they do not spring from the true nature of the soul.
Pure thoughts are heart-to-heart. They arise from the pure core of a being and touch a similar space on reaching their destination. Their best example is ‘good wishes’ or consciously created positive thoughts for everyone’s wellbeing.
Though invisible, good wishes have the power to transform visible circumstances and so are valued in all cultures. When authentic and focused, they act as laser rays that can destroy cobwebs of waste and negative thoughts, and promote projects stalled due to staunch opinions and prejudices. In relationships they work like a balm that heals hearts damaged by bitter emotions and encourage dignified bonding. They untangle the sender as much as they free the receiver.
The call of time is to build a culture of sustaining good wishes for each other. Serving through the mind in this way is urgently needed today as the global environment is becoming increasingly contaminated – due to disharmony between our thoughts, words and actions and also because the gap between the demand and supply of noble intentions is constantly widening.
Making room in one’s daily schedule to generate good wishes for the self and others is a great humanitarian service. Choosing a quiet time for meditation, preferably in the early morning hours, we can draw from our Supreme Father – the ocean of purity and all goodness – through a mental love link. We can experience a canopy of His protection over ourselves, and then channel His spiritual light to the world.
We can visualise geographical zones experiencing conflict and shower peace and love there, and send best wishes to those who have lost hope. Similarly, we can also serve the elements of nature by spreading His pure energy through our powerful thoughts.
Source: ‘Purity’ magazine