The Zero State of Mind (Also in Hindi ‘ Mann Ki Shoonya Awastha)
What is the reason that we are unable to recognise our unique talents; this question had been troubling me for quite some time. Why can we not recognise our unique talents and immense powers?
One evening I kept on thinking about this by myself well into the night and then right up to dawn sitting on the terrace. It was a dark and silent night, trains whistles could be heard very distinctly from a long distance. Just as the night was ending, I could hear the crowing of cocks. Some more time passed and then it was dawn. People had started waking up and going about their daily routine, as a result the noise level also started going up.
Suddenly, in this spell of a mundane din I found the answer to my question. Till it was absolutely quiet, sound could be heard very distinctly even from really far away places. But as soon as the noise level in the vicinity started going up, leave alone sounds from great distances even the sound from immediate neighbours could not be heard clearly.
A similar thing happens in our mind also. When our mind is at peace we can understand even the most difficult subjects very easily but the moment we lose the peace of mind, we cannot understand even the simplest of subjects. We get so involved with our every day difficulties that we do not even get the time to think about our talents. We get so engrossed in our mental conflicts that it does not allow us to recognise our talents.
What is the Zero State of Mind? Is it necessary to meditate ceaselessly to attain a Zero State of Mind or can it be achieved anywhere?
For the zero state of mind, you do not have to go to Himalayas and meditate. No matter, you can sit quietly in a peaceful environment or even live there, ultimately you will have to come back to your own environment. Even for the peace of mind one has to continue to live in a crowded atmosphere and be able to do creative work in any kind of environment or to face any kind of situation.
You do not have to search for peace in solitude. In such environments the mind becomes peaceful by itself. We have to accept the realities of life and learn how to get peace of mind despite those things that do not help us in achieving this end, only then will we be free from all our problems.
What is the Zero State of Mind?
Zero State of Mind does not mean the lack of thoughts in the mind but its neutralness. The mind can never be free of thoughts. Just as the fulcrum of a weighing scale lies exactly in the middle i.e. on zero, similarly our mind also can have absolutely neutral thoughts. If we consider the negative and positive attitudes to be at different ends of the scale then the middle of the line joining two would be neutral – the position of zero, which is neither negative nor positive.
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