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Ask God for an Enlightened Mind…the Rest is in Your Hands!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 24, 2012

Om bhūr bhuvah svah

tat savitur varenyam

bhargo devasya dhīmahi

dhiyo yo nah pracodayāt

– Gayatri Mantra, Rigveda (3.62.10)

This is one of the most revered mantras from Vedic Hinduism and is an invocation to the Sun God, Savitr for an enlightened mind and stimulated prayer. So why does one of the most widely quoted Vedic mantras, the prayer that symbolizes the break of dawn, ask the Holy One for only an enlightened mind and glory? There is no mention of food, no plea for peace and happiness, no asking forgiveness for our sins. There is no reference to success or failure nor is there any appeal for the good things in life. Why?

Because only the Mind is absolute. Everything else is relative, and in most cases an emotionally conceived illusion. In addition, Mind is a truly free entity. It is divine. We cannot control the thoughts that emanate from it. Yes, we can train ourselves to control how we react to those thoughts and direct them into actions, but we cannot suppress the birth of a thought or check the nature of those thoughts. And for what we humans feel helpless against, we must turn to God.

Everything else, everything, is subordinated to us. We have been blessed with powers to deal with hunger, sadness, stress, sins and evil. Some of us treat these “Imposters” as just that and do not let them affect our lives. The rest of us have capabilities to change the circumstances around us. However this ability relies heavily on having an aware, intelligent and healthy mind.

Hence, prayer to God should seek divine thoughts and an enlightened mind. The rest is in our hands.

As always, comments welcome!

2 Responses to “Ask God for an Enlightened Mind…the Rest is in Your Hands!”

  1. Pat Cegan said

    Well stated. I believe that we have much more power that we ever dreamed possible. As part of the Divine, we are co-creators with Source and if we open to the idea, can allow Source to manifest with and through us. It starts with intention and a burning desire to be one with Source. Our minds, our thoughts are the fount of the worlds that we create. Thank you leaving the link for me. I enjoyed this very much. hugs, pat

    • Raunak said

      Pat, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and enlightening thoughts. Really appreciate it!

      It fascinates me that Vedic Hinduism did not differentiate the Divine from humans. The “Brahman” was considered to be present in all of us and hence ancient Vedic Hinduism preached what you mention.

      It was with the advent of the Abrahamic religions that separation of the Creator and His Creation took place. With the Islamic and Christian invasions of India, this belief had its influence on Hinduism too and now we have a form of Hinduism that keeps God at a pedestal higher than human beings and hence creates a separation.

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