For most of us Liberation would mean becoming free from negative thinking, ego, anxiety, despair and unhappiness. To be free from the continuous chatter and unproductive thinking Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj tells us to find solace beyond the mind. But how does one become free from the conflicting thoughts in our mind? Its almost as if the mind connives with thoughts of our past and of future and keep us in a constant state of fear and uncertainty. Yet we do have our moments of joy, beauty, creativity and bliss though such moments may be few and rare.

Such deep happiness cannot be from the mind but from a source which is found in simple virtues such as nature, spontaneity, awareness, humour, simplicity, humility, empathy creativity, music and the arts and so on. I request you my friends to share your own experience. How do you detach yourselves from the mind, get centered and enjoy moments in peace and contentedness?

Namaste friends

Namaste

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. ajay says:

    We have accumulated so much from this and previous lives which we think is very precious and do not want to share with others. Sharing with other and watching is the key to unload and be in the present moment. Live, love and laugh.enjoy whatever we do and love this wonderful gift of life accepting whatever comes our way with thankfulness and greatfulness.

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  2. If only we could control the mind! So so difficult, but as they say try try and try again………..
    Glad I stumbled upon ur blog๐Ÿ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi and welcome Leena. As we all know the mind is most difficult to control the and the more force we use the more resistant it becomes.

      The easier option to just let go and allow the thoughts to came and pass through๐Ÿ™‚

      Cheers and regards.

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  3. Suhas says:

    Thanks for the link. Have patience, Sir. Yahan hukum nahi chalta.

    Your selection makes one think.We all read,like and appreciate the words.But how many try to inculcate them? The words of wisdom are many, but how many really follow them?
    Any way—
    Suhas

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Suhas my friend hukum kaheen bhi aur kabhi bhi nahi chalta hai๐Ÿ™‚ Namrata is the key.

      You are right only very few follow the words of wisdom. Lets follow them.๐Ÿ™‚

      Warm regards Dilip

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  4. Simona says:

    Buon Mercoledรฌ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Lala Rukh says:

    Very useful advice. To enjoy moments in peace, I usually gets out of myself. This way, I can understand myself more clearly. Hope you are doing good ! Love.

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  6. phdinmeblog says:

    Awesome post! Glad I found this blog! Light and Love, Shona

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  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wise words.. How do I achieve my own contentedness? I guess I allow myself to get totally absorbed in all I do.. Focusing on the now of the moment.. Whether it be weeding in my garden, or playing with my Grandchild, or sitting in quiet contemplation observing a flower as the Bees pollinate it .. Learning to as you have so rightly said ..


    Such deep happiness cannot be from the mind but from a source which is found in simple virtues such as nature, spontaneity, awareness, humour, simplicity, humility, empathy creativity, music and the arts and so on. ”

    Enjoying each moment as a Gift..

    Thank you Dilip for the gift shared today in your post.. I apologise I am late in arriving.
    Blessings Sue๐Ÿ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      How very kind of you Sue to share your way to contentedness. It is so simple yet I feel it is the only way. But not every one is aware of such God given bounties around us.

      As Thich Nhat Hanh says “People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle”.

      Wish you very well and take care. Cheers๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Simona says:

    Buon Ferragosto๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Hariod Brawn says:

    I ask where awareness is, not where attention is, but where awareness is.

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    • dilip says:

      Good question Hariod. I am still a learner in the metaphysical yet it is my belief that awareness lies in the “present moment”!.

      Just visited your blog and found your articles very interesting and thought-provoking.

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      • Hariod Brawn says:

        Thank you Dilip. We are indeed all of us learners when it comes to awareness – making a slight distinction there between it an consciousness, which of course we know a little about, functionally at least. I personally find temporal referencing a bit of a blind alley Dilip, as how can we (as awareness) ever be other than ‘in the present moment’? Even our projecting forwards and backwards in time occurs in life’s real-time of course, though I accept such ideas as being usefully applied tropes for not getting lost in thought. Then there is the complication of psychological time as against physical time, or perception as against the clock. Nisargadatta – a truly great man. With respect and gratitude, Hariod.

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        • dilipnaidu says:

          Hariod my friend reading your response makes me sharply aware of my own limitations in interpreting the meaning of ‘Awareness’ and ‘The present moment’!

          Reading the book ‘Power of now’ by Eckhart Tolle convinced me that the essence of spirituality is in the present moment. And for me spirituality would mean remaining calm and peaceful even under stressful conditions. I do admit its not easy but needs to be practiced.

          Thank you and kind regards.

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        • Hariod Brawn says:

          It is a very good book Dilip, and coincidentally, ET used to live in my home town, which is Glastonbury here in England. As to remaining calm and so forth, then of course Nisargadatta himself was a highly animated man!

          With metta,

          Hariod.

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        • dilipnaidu says:

          Wow ET lived in your town? Yes Hariod every now and then when I refer to his book ‘The Power of Now’ I get new insights.
          With kindest regards,
          Dilip

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  10. Thought provoking Dilip…from my perspective and my reality the mind is meant to serve my inner man- my spirit…not to run all around like a toddler on red cordial…which it often does..hahaha…worries and anxieties, fears and doubts..all like the waves and the winds buffeting our ship…Where do I go for peace? It would be easy for me to say I pray to God–or I go to Jesus…but where is He? Certainly not in my mind! Since He found me years ago when I was in a personal crisis(my wife said our marriage was over)..I have learned to worship Him with my spirit. The mind has learned to cooperate with my spirit. I sing songs of praise…or I simply sing out my worries to Him…my fears…my hurts…and always He speaks in my spirit- where He dwells- that “I am in control trust in Me.”

    Alone I stand with His great help…alone I am but He is here….for things I sometimes long…but He is always here…fears assail me…doubts do too…but in the end I run to You…only love will hold me now…only Love will show me how…I run to Jesus who lives in me..I let go of all other priorities…So my friend His peace I do find..when I sing and praise His wonderful Mind..

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  11. A very profound post.
    I have to really watch myself from posting too much negativity.
    I’ve been lost and confused on a few important issues. Feeling out of my “Comfort Zone “Unless I am Home inside these walls or Out walking in Our NecK Of The Woods. I can’t wait for COOLER TEMPS….No Storms and being ABLE to walk outside without trouble. I miss the serenity I feel outdoors with the animals near by. The quietness . Peace.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Hugs Sarah

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow beautiful and positive thoughts. You are indeed blessed to have forests around with animals popping in now and then. The deer is my favorite as just watching it in the wild makes me feel calm and peaceful.

      Thank you for your kind visit!

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  12. suzicate says:

    Thank you for this post today. A walk among the trees and flowers is what I need to day.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your way to keep your mind refreshed and peaceful. A walk among trees and flowers is a simple yet beautiful thing to do after all life itself is so simple.

      Thanks and have a nice weekend.

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  13. ladyfi says:

    A profound thought!

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  14. Robin says:

    I love this quote. I sometimes have a difficult time getting out of my head. Nature is always a good way to find peace. Sometimes music is my solace. And I find that if I put thoughts on paper, I can release them.

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    • dilip says:

      Glad you liked the wisdom in the quote. And nice of you to share your ways of calming the mind by listening to music and jotting down your thoughts. I am sure it works very well.

      Many thanks Robin for sharing๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. I learn a lot from commentators here..what a great sharing! Thank you!! I love to be in the nature..walking through the forest and park sometimes bring me peaceful mind๐Ÿ™‚ and of course when I scuba dive too – it feels like meditating when I was diving๐Ÿ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Nature walks in forests and parks sounds so peaceful. Ah sports like yours scuba diving and others like mountain climbing and even playing golf do present many blissful moments. Gardening too is another mind fulfilling activity.

      Many thanks and regards.

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  16. impostorpawn says:

    its true the mind can be a helllish contraption we must go beyond it if we are to truly transcend.

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  17. I work diligently at my daily meditation. I’m not skilled with my practice, but I am determined. Mostly, I find these tiny, blissful moments of total grace by practicing gratitude. I am never short of a big bucketful of it every single day. That, for me, is something that has always been there and I’m lucky enough not to have had to develop the mindset. Just lucky.
    Nameste, Dilip

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      How nice to know you do make time for meditation in your scenic environment. Oh yes being grateful and aware of the limitless goodness we are blessed with is a beautiful way to enjoy moments of bliss and joyfulness.

      Thank you so much Shelley for sharing.
      My Namaste to you too๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Alok Singhal says:

    I am yet to find the eternal peace (like many of us); but i think if one lives in the present and enjoy what life has offered all around, it is worth it.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      I believe eternal peace comes to sages but most of us still have a long way to go.๐Ÿ˜ฆ But yes what you say is true if we are able to live in the present then we should consider ourselves blessed๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks and regards!

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  19. InfiniteZip says:

    If I can’t get into the woods, I go to the white room in my mind, sit on the floor and feel the long white drapes blow a gentle breeze over me….it is here (the room of my peace in my mind) where I turn off the voices, empty of thought, I am.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Aha how very beautiful and just what I need to do myself. In fact we all need to break-off from the routine and be with our-selves.

      I am delighted and inspired to read your lovely response. Cheers๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. dheemanb says:

    thinking, ego, anxiety, despair and unhappiness come from the restriction of choice and lack of freedom. Freedom itself, many argue, is a constraint which by merely existing implies that opposite of freedom (i.e. the constraint on choice) may also exist. The idea of freedom and choice is what drives people to all negative emotions, Sir.

    In world where everything is so free that freedom as a concept does not need to exist, is the perfect world, free of all negative emotions.

    Good day to you!!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Dheeman that’s a profound response and you are so right it is the restriction of choice and lack of freedom that leads to bottle-up emotions and negative feelings. And this is further played-up by the crafty mind.

      In Jim Morrison’s words “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free”.

      Felt great hearing from you and your deeply thought about response!

      Cheers and be very well always๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Thank you for your guidance. I look forward to reading all your posts on advancing on the spiritual path!!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      I am encouraged by your words. Yet with due humility I wish to say I am still very much a learner and draw inspiration not only from enlightened sages but also from simple people and friends.

      Thank you and with kindest regards. Wishing you much joy!

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  22. This is an intriguing question and one that has baffled me for years. The mind has been compared to a monkey, utterly restless and jumping around incessantly. I still have a very long way to go, but it was only after reading the ancient teachings of the Vedanta/The Gita and the illuminating works of Paramhansa Yogananda, that I have started getting just a few glimpses of how one could potentially control it. I think it begins with recognizing that โ€œI am not this body, and I am not this mind, but the infinite soul behind it. The mind and the body are transient, but the soul is not. My mind and body belong to me, I do not belong to my mind and bodyโ€. I have to give up identifying with my mind, so I am not enslaved by it. At the same time, the mind is a beautiful thing and when I can harness itโ€™s vast potential for a good cause, it just underscores itโ€™s latent power. I am guilty of not practicing meditation techniques as often as I would like to, but I know that this is the most effective way to tame a wavering mind and return to a place of calm and stillness. Thank you for posing this thought stimulating question.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thank you so much for your insights on the slippery and elusive mind. And knowing of your interests in ancient teachings of the Vedanta/The Gita and the illuminating works of Paramhansa Yogananda I am sure you have advanced to higher realms of spirituality,

      In the words of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu’s “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders”.

      Knowing how the mind functions can be very helpful. We then can stop the mind from controlling and ourselves occupy a position of ascendance. Remember the quote “Mind is a good servant but a bad master.”

      Thanks for stopping by and for the valuable comments.

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  23. I remember having heard this long long ago that mind is like a monkey – it keeps jumping from one thought to another – and these thoughts make us sad, happy , jealous, angry or whatever ..but they also give us something to look forward to, which is again needed to keep going. Probably detaching your self from the mind refers to a higher level of consciousness where you are not thinking anything in particular ..but are at peace with everything around you ..thoughts will still come, but you are engrossed in something more sublime say in assimilating the beauty of nature, or even engaging in some creative pursuit. Thanks for sharing this perspective about going beyond mind.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thanks aplenty for sharing your insights on the nebulous mind. You are so right when you say we must find our own ways to detach ourselves from the mind and be at peace with oneself.

      And yes engaging in activities which interest us too will keep our mind in balance.

      Thanks and regards.

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  24. sindhoooo says:

    Enlightening words! In my experience, detaching from mind is the most difficult task in the world… Sometimes it seems to be in my control and sometimes acts too stubborn. There is no single method I can always follow, I have to discover a new way to cool it down just like how we deal with small kids… One thing that surely helps me is to convince myself that whatever happens, whatever thoughts ‘come’ to me is not mine irrespective of good or bad… It is that supreme power within all of us who is responsible for everything.

    It was nice of you and your readers to share your perspectives… I get positive vibes reading your posts and the readers’ comments๐Ÿ™‚ thanks a lot…

    TC! Keep smiling๐Ÿ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Very well said Sindhoo. You have touched upon some simple truths like ‘not owning the thoughts’. Doing that has proved to be effective in lightening the mind.

      And yes there is no single right way it’s good to be perceptive and adopt the approach which best suits the situation.

      Thank you so much for taking interest in this mind related enigma and giving some interesting and practical suggestions.

      Regards ๐Ÿ˜€

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  25. We become free of our mind when we allow each moment to be as it is. Namaste.

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  26. Simona says:

    Buona Domenica a Te! HUGS๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Binky says:

    I don’t know. But most everyone else seems to be able to do that by communing with nature. I think I need to do that more often.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Very true but frankly I was not aware that there are many others who do. On my part I do try my best to appreciate nature either during my morning walks or on the golf course which is green and wooded.

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  28. Thank you for yet another brilliant post!
    What always ‘does it’ for me is simply watching the sea.
    The mind is one thing – our bodies another and who we are a third. I believe it must be extremely simple to liberate the mind – so simple that we fail to see! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a beautiful weekend, my dear Dilip! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. Val Boyko says:

    Nature is a wonderful way to find inner peace. Personally I have a daily yoga and meditation practice. I follow the wisdom of Patanjali and the sutras. I call it finding my middle ground … like my blog๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. Nature! Oh, yes..a simple walk through the woods gives me immense pleasure and peace of mind… Mother Nature, the best teacher and healer…๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. I find if I have something bothering me, the most liberating thing is to talk to someone, particularly someone who is a friend or someone wise. It dissipates tension for me๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. Rajagopal says:

    So nice to see a post of yours, Dilip, a case of few and far between. The prescription to attain freedom from the mind may be to always live in the moment, doing the best you can at the present moment, thereby placing yourself in best position for the next moment, and so on. Not doing so is what creates unsuccessful pasts and uncertain futures, and the constant mind-chatter related to it that holds us on tenterhooks. Solitary walks in the park or along wooded trails, in commune with nature, ideally during early mornings, is another useful pursuit that helps us transcend the mind and anchored with our inner spirit. In fact I meditate during my early morning walks…best wishes.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes Raj it is the present moment which holds the key to go beyond the mind. And this needs constant practice. How wonderful to know of your early morning walks where nature partners you in connecting with your inner peace.

      I am truly inspired by your beautiful routine and hope to learn from it.

      Thanks Raj for sharing.

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  33. Linh Tran says:

    To me, I like walking in the nature. It’s also relaxing to sit under a shadow of a tree. Just sit still, breath and listen to surrounding’s sound: birds’ singing or simply sound of the wind blowing through trees’ branches.

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