Friday, October 31, 2008


Sher Agrawal

Depression Part-2 By Sri.Sri.Muralidhara Swamiji

Ravishankar Gopal Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 7:49 AM
Radhe Krishna To all,

A man is disease prone when he is immuno deficient. Nobody's life is exempt from success, failure, joy, sorrow, expectations and disappointments. Just as a man with a weak immune system suffers frequently from diseases, so, too, does a man with a weak mind suffer from depression? The only medication for the weak minded is proper spiritual practice.

Those who are weak of mind can easily be mesmerized or hypnotized. But those who are strong minded cannot be mesmerized or hypnotized as easily. A lot of people are moved to tears while listening to the so-called Nama Sankeerthanam, set to modern music. This is not due to devotion. This is also a kind of hypnotism. This is similar to people getting ecstatic while listening to pop or rock music. There is absolutely no semblance of devotion in these. Nama Sankeerthanam should conform to the norms set by Saints. Just as a physically powerful man enslaves the weak man so does the strong minded enslave the weak minded.

In the name of meditation if one just stares vacantly into space, fixes the vision on a mirror or concentrates on a black dot/electric lamp the mind gets self-hypnotised. One should learn meditation directly from the Guru and adhere to His instructions strictly without any compromise. Until such time one finds a suitable Guru the safest way is to chant Hari Naama ceaselessly.

Psychologically, women are more vulnerable to mesmerism/hypnotism. This is the reason that it was not in our tradition for the women to mix freely in the society. The kumkum applied between the two eyebrows and the 'kaajal' applied to the eyes protect them from mesmerisers and hypnotizers. (Provided the kumkum and kaajal are prepared in the traditional way).

A person can be in two different states at a time. For eg. A man may appear to be asleep. But he may be dreaming. Somnambulism (sleep walking) is a condition wherein the person is simultaneously in a wakeful and sleeping state. Similarly, those in depression are at the same time in wakeful and dream state. Just as we see totally see unconnected scenes in our dreams these people see unconnected scenes in their meditative state. Just as a few of our dreams turn out to be true, so too, do some of their 'visions'. Hence, this leads to confusion. The fine line of demarcation between reality and dream state is lost and they are pushed into emotional imbalance. Let's say we have had a divine vision. Standing in front of a picture of God we think that if a flower placed on the picture were to fall then it would confirm the authenticity of the vision seen. Now there is nothing surprising even if the flower were to fall down, for, it is but a natural occurrence
for a thing to fall down. If the vision were authentic the flower should move up! This is not an exaggerated statement. When Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had had his first darshan of Devi he prayed that if what he had seen were true the sword placed beside the deity should jump thrice. And it did! Our divine visions should be confirmed in this manner without place for any doubt.

!!! Will Continue !!!

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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