Thoughts have got immense power. However for most of us thoughts are only figments of one’s imagination. Generally people consider thoughts as spare time entertainment, but the only reason for this is that they have never paid attention to the power of thoughts.
In fact, this entire world is a creation of thoughts. Gross material objects of physical world are nothing but the creation of subtle power of thoughts. The scriptures describe this entire Universe as the Creator’s urge to manifest as many. “ Ekoh~m bahusyami”. Even if we don’t go that far, we can see the power of thoughts manifested all around us in the form of this evolved material world. All the material developments, arts, equipments, technological innovations, life-transforming literature are the result of the thoughts originated in the minds of their creators. First the possibility of such a creation arises in their thoughts, then contemplation and investigation on the same thought ultimately manifest as the creation.
Sitting near the fire warms and protects us even in harsh winter. Fire spreads the heat in its surrounding area. That way, our body also has heat in it. The heat inside could be experienced in the expired breath. The clothes we wear also become warm by the heat of the body. This effect is more noticeable during winter by touching the clothes that we are going to wear and the ones we cast-off. Wearing woolen clothes in winter protects the emission of body’s heat outside and thus helps keeping the body at normal temperature. The body-system also possesses many other kinds of energies in it. But most prominent, intense and radiant of the powers a human being is endowed with is the thought-power.
The origin of thoughts
The thought-power and willpower are generated in the mind. Numerous mind boggling examples of the immensity and trenchancy of these mental powers are available in the history of mankind. Paragons are born by awakening of these hidden sources of inner force. Many demonstrations of willpower are recorded in different parts of the world; some are even entered in the Guinness Book of World Records; these often appear astonishing to the masses. While most of us might have experienced willpower as the strength of determination, only few would know that thought-power and willpower are manifestations of the same subliminal force of the higher mind and are implicitly the same. Mental concentration is an effect as well as a generator of this power. Every impulse of focused mind is also a refection of this power. Enlightened and deep thoughts are more evolved expressions of this power, which is also regarded by the modern researchers of metaphysics and parapsychology as a source for deciphering the extrasensory psychic force.
Illustrations of Thought Power
How and from where does thought power emerge? It is hidden in the subliminal cores of our minds. Human mind is indeed a majestic bequest of the Supreme Creator. However advanced it may be, no super computer of the world could ever equal the Nature’s masterpiece – the human brain. Even the perceivable faculties of mind reflected in wisdom, intellectual and creative talents, memory, eloquence, etc are unlimited; then what to say about its preeminent inner powers? It is a pity that we, the intelligent beings, use only a negligible fraction of this infinite treasure hidden in our own self. Moreover, whatever fraction of this power we are able to awaken, we spend (or rather waste!) it only in earning and gathering comforts for the physical body and in worthless ego-driven activities and passions
Most precious gift
How and from where does thought power emerge? It is hidden in the subliminal cores of our minds. Human mind is indeed a majestic bequest of the Supreme Creator. However advanced it may be, no super computer of the world could ever equal the Nature’s masterpiece – the human brain. Even the perceivable faculties of mind reflected in wisdom, intellectual and creative talents, memory, eloquence, etc are unlimited; then what to say about its preeminent inner powers? It is a pity that we, the intelligent beings, use only a negligible fraction of this infinite treasure hidden in our own self. Moreover, whatever fraction of this power we are able to awaken, we spend (or rather waste!) it only in earning and gathering comforts for the physical body and in worthless ego-driven activities and passions.
The realm of thoughts
As the sun spreads the heat and light in all directions, our mind also continuously emits energy radiations in the cosmos through the medium of thoughts, emotions, desires, determinations, inspirations etc. Every human thus inadvertently influences – even without saying or visibly doing anything – the ambience and hence many others around him via these mental radiations.
Throwing a stone in a pond produces wavy currents of water on the surface. Our thoughts also do something similar in the cosmic pool of ether. The waves generated by thoughts are more subtle and of higher frequency than the light or sound waves. These waves do not cease and continue to traverse in the cosmic expansion with superimposition on compatible thought-waves. Because of their circular trajectory, they eventually return back to their origin with more intense resonance effect (due to superimposition), while also influencing on their way the like-minded people, or those whose minds are receptive to similar kinds of thought-waves. Their impact is negative or positive, depending upon the quality of the thought, upon the person from whose mind the thought had emerged and also upon the mental force of others in their domain of influence.
A farmer harvests the corps he had cultivated. But he is not the only one to benefit from it. Many others also gain their shares from the colossal multitudes in quantity, of what was sown. The grains of this crop fulfill the hunger of many thousands of unknown people, residing far away, and not having any worldly connection or contact with the farmer…. Cultivation of thoughts also multiplies and expands similarly, though invisibly, at a far more wider and dense scale.
Intensity of Thoughts
‘Thoughts’ of animals are nothing but mental instincts pertaining to the sustenance of their gross body; these instincts are usually weak and short-lived and are educed as per the Nature’s arrangement for their food, growth, reproduction, defense etc. But the force of human emotions, desires, thinking, mental sensitivity, convictions, faith, determination, etc is immeasurably powerful and profound. The nature and degree of this force varies among humans as per their intrinsic character and intensity of their thoughts. Most people today live an extrovert life generally revolving around sensual pleasures, instinctive joys and satisfaction of ego in one form or the other. Therefore, their thought waves are also feeble and dispersed in general. It is the strength of the inner self and the concentration of radiant thoughts that generates intense and powerful thought waves.
Impressions of thoughts
What induces radiance and force in the thoughts? If the answer is to be crypt, it would be –– the spiritual light and inner force of emotions pertaining to noble ideals. Only the elevated and enlightened emotions of this kind can inspire the flow of virtuous and trenchant thoughts. The altruist sentiments, piety of character and eminence of endeavors of great souls generate corresponding thought waves and thus bestow enormously more benefits upon the world than the noted contributions of their visible deeds. Presence of benevolent sentiments and mental purity in other (ordinary) people also contributes, though invisibly, in the refinement of the subtle world by combining with compatible thought waves in proportion to their strength and intensity. The same is true of the negative effects of the untoward or debased thoughts. The firm determination and extreme negative psychology of the demonic minds, dreaded criminals and terrorists etc makes the impressions of their perverse thoughts, cruel, scandalous intellectual sharpness quite intense and dense. People with weaker mental makeup are often easily influenced by their thought waves. At times, the resonance of collective thought waves of similar kinds makes them powerful even if they are individually infirm; for example, this is what is happening with erotic thinking these days.
Thoughts attract thoughts of similar kind
Accumulation of similar or compatible elements appears to be the law of Nature. This is what accounts for formation of seas and oceans. Individually the metal particles lie unnoticed in the soil. However, wherever they are gathered, their force of affinity compounds exponentially and leads to formation of huge repository of that particular substance. The gigantic mines of metals and minerals evince this fact. Similar is the case with superposing of sound waves etc. The cycle of their circular motion and recurrence with further superimposition of similar thought waves creates a subtle energy field in the etheric expansion that widens and affects more and more people having even slightest receptivity to those thoughts, with its larger and sharper reach. This is why the books we read, the ambience we live in most of the time, or the people we interact with, indirectly influence our thinking and tendencies. This is how the company of drunkards produces more drunkards, that of thieves makes others thieves and so on; this is how criminals form stout gangs. This is how the inspiring proximity of saints, great personalities, or sagacious thoughts enlightens and elevates many others.
What kinds of thought waves influence one and to what extent? This depends upon what his mind is prepared for and what are its own intrinsic inclinations and aspirations. Radio stations or satellite sites broadcast/transmit varieties of programs, but our radio or television sets receive only those for what they are tuned. Our minds are also like antennas or receiving stations for thought waves they are naturally tuned or vigorously trained for. Good people with alert mind feel some kind of repulsion from cruel, cunning or debased people; whereas the magnetism of morally pure, elevated and kind-hearted personalities often attracts them. Contrary is the case with people having mental vices, evil characters or perverse tendencies.
Ability of thoughts
All of the infinitely many kinds of thought waves floating in the subliminal layers of the cosmic expansion may touch every mental body at some point of time, but attract or influence only those that are sensitive or receptive to them or have compatible nature. Unstable (agile), dormant and weak minds do not have any firm tuning and are therefore easily influenced by any kind of thought-waves that have strong force of attraction.
Thoughts Shape our destiny
We often consider the actions of the body and its five senses as the cause of what makes good or bad karma (destiny). But the shastras (vedic scriptures) also describe a great deal of the effects of mentally committed p³pa (sins) and puñya (noble, ethical deeds) in shaping our future destiny. As we discussed above, our virtuous and evil thoughts indirectly make corresponding contributions in the subtle environment and hence on many others; so these invisible actions of our mind also account for our karma. The more and deeper the involvement of our mind and hence of the inner self in the thoughts, the more intense and lasting would be the impression of the associated karma in the script of our future destiny (which keeps getting inscribed in our unconscious mind).
Be cautious with your thoughts
The social norms and governmental laws may constrain the conduct and visible deeds of a person. But every one is totally free in the unlimited expanse of mental creations, imaginations, thoughts, feeling … etc. This is why most of us don’t care for the immense capabilities and impact of the hidden powers of mind and the inner self. The shastric concept (affirmation) of mental p³pa and puñya should serve as a timely warning for us. The kinds of imaginations and thoughts one’s mind is inclined to, or is often engrossed in, inspire and influence his attitude, mental tendencies and hence his actions because of the compounding effect of the thought-waves of coherent quality. Thought power is like fire or electricity, which should be used cautiously; little carelessness may cause havoc in the subtle world and eventually give rise to equally hazardous consequences in the visible realms of life.
Thoughts Are subtle Force
Thoughts are subtle force, transmitted to us by food. Chhandogya
Upanishad describes this fact as a dialogue between Uddalaka and Svetaketu – ‘If the food is pure, thought also becomes pure. He who has pure thoughts speaks very powerfully and produces deep impression on the minds of the hearers by his speech. He
influences thousands of persons through his pure thoughts.’
A pure thought is sharper than the edge of a razor. Entertain always pure, sublime
thoughts. Thought-culture is an exact science.
Thoughts Affect the Body
Every thought or emotion or word produces a strong vibration in every cell of the body
and leaves a strong impression there.
If you know the method of raising an opposite thought, then you can lead a happy
harmonious life of peace and power. Thought of love will at once neutralize a thought of hatred. A thought of courage will immediately serve as a powerful antidote against a thought of fear.
Thoughts Promote Radiant Health
The body is internally associated with the mind, rather the body is a counterpart of the
mind; it is a gross visible form of the subtle, invisible mind. If there is pain in the tooth or in the stomach or in the ear, the mind is at once affected. It ceases to think properly; it is agitated, disturbed and perturbed.
If there is depression in the mind, the body also cannot function properly. The pains
which afflict the body are called the secondary diseases, Vyadhi, while the Vasanas or desires that afflict the mind are termed mental or primary diseases, Adhi.
Mental health is more important than physical health. If the mind is healthy, the body will
necessarily be healthy. If the mind is pure, if your thoughts are pure, you will be free from all diseases primary and secondary. a sound mind in a sound body.”