“mana eva karanam manushyanam bandha mokshayoh.”
The mind indeed is the cause of man’s bondage or liberation, says an ancient Sanskrit proverb. What does this mean? We experience many situations that make us happy or sad, that bring us gain or loss or that make us experience pleasure or pain. When you think about it, it becomes obvious that nothing in the world by itself is good or bad. Always, what we experience is only because of the state of our mind. When we are feeling a little sad, for instance, if a teacher scolds us we feel terrible indeed. However, when we are in a good mood already, the same scolding from the same teacher doesn’t make us as sad. This is why all the ancient Indian masters teach us that the best way to be truly happy and peaceful is through the mind.
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