Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He is also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He has authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.
Whatever we fill our minds with, that is what we become. Our thoughts determine our pleasantness or unpleasantness; our social skills or clumsy communications; violent habits or docile ones; success in marriage and in our profession or dismal failure. It all depends on how we constitute and reconstitute our minds, not daily, but moment to moment. Happiness or suffering, success or failure, is not created by others, but by ourselves.
The mind is an energy field. Just as an energy field may be weak or strong, a particular mind-field may be weak or strongA weak energy field may be strengthened through the application of appropriate technologyA weakened mind may be strengthened through the application of certain methods: self-experimentation in mental, vocal, and physical behaviour; self-observation; concentration; and meditation.
A weakness is the weakening of a particular strength. Darkness, which is a relative weakening of light, cannot be removed by sweeping it out with a broom, but by increasing the light. Find the strength that is the opposite of a weakness, increase that strength, and the weakness vanishes. This applies to individuals, societies, religions, nations, or any other groupings.
However, a part-by-part strengthening that replaces individual weaknesses with particular strengths will not be holistic, complete, or permanent. Any re-strengthening of a particular weakened area of the mind must be accomplished within the context of the strengthening of the total mind field of an individual. This totality of re-strengthening is obtained through meditation.
What are the signs and symptoms of a weak and a strong mind?
- A weak mind is hard; it lacks resilience, fluidity, and compassionA strong mind is resilient, fluid, and compassionate.
- A weak mind is egotistical; a strong mind is humble.
- A weak mind makes statements that contradict each other; a strong mind is consistent and harmonious.
- A weak mind looks at oppositions; a strong mind seeks complements and resolution.
- A weak mind starts its sentences with "I" and frequently repeats the various forms of this pronounA strong mind avoids the first personal pronoun and its variants.
- A weak mind feels that others are resisting or refusing him/herA strong mind has faith in others' positive and good reactions.
- A weak mind remembers the hurts and harm others have caused to him/her; a strong mind forgets these.
- A weak mind forgets the hurt and harm s/he has caused to others; a strong mind remembers these.
- A weak mind remembers the good and kind acts s/he has done for others; a strong mind forgets these.
- A weak mind forgets the good and kind acts others have done to him/her; a strong mind remembers these.
- A weak mind defends his/her own positionA strong mind defends his/her opponent's position and finds excuses for the situation of one who has given him/her a refusal.
- A weak mind forgets things for lack of interest in others, and because of emotional befoggingA strong mind remembers what interests others; the emotional fog does not obscure his/her recall mechanisms.
- A weak mind justifies his/her acts; a strong mind apologizes.
- A weak mind does not forgive; a strong mind forgives and also forgets the incident.
- A weak mind criticizes others and speaks ill of themA strong mind does not criticize, but rather seeks the reasons for another person's weaknesses and grants strength.
- A weak mind becomes tense and stressed; the same stimuli that cause tension in a weak mind trigger a relaxed state in a strong mind.
- A weak mind resists others and blames them for resisting him/herA strong mind meets no resistance, and his/her paths are made easy by others.
- A weak mind is hurt by the anger of othersA strong mind sympathetically seeks to find the history of the pain and suffering that is causing anger and tries to remedy it.
- A weak mind sees others' faults; a strong mind sees its own faults.
- A person with a weak mind is easily fatigued; one with a strong mind regenerates quickly.
- A weak mind seeks others to be responsible for him/her and then resents themA strong mind takes responsibility for others without feeling burdened.
- A weak mind follows set patterns; a strong mind invents.
- A weak mind is lethargic and complacent; a strong mind takes initiative.
- A weak mind is suspicious; a strong mind trusts.
- A weak mind struggles to accomplish any objectiveA strong mind does without doing and accomplishes by his/her mere presence.
- A weak mind finds small irritants to be too large to sufferA strong mind has an oceanic capacity to absorb and not feel that there had been any irritation.
- A weak mind cannot taste the fullness of any experience and therefore his/her craving is never satiatedA strong mind, being well centered, tastes and experiences everything in fullness, enjoys "more of less," and is contented.
- A weak mind is self-centered, seeking its own pleasureA strong mind finds pleasure in seeking the fulfilment of others.
- A weak mind reacts to small things and events of temporary worthA strong mind holds a larger picture in a more expansive time frame and is not disturbed by small events, little words, or temporary situations.
- A weak mind has a small horizon; a strong mind has a large horizon in all subjects and matters.
- A weak mind sees only partsA strong mind carries the vision of a complete whole in which all atoms and galaxies, all ideas and sciences, are a single, interconnected whole.
- A weak mind finds it difficult to learn new things; all sciences are easily opened to a strong mind.
- A weak mind lives in fear; a strong mind grants reassurance to all beings by his/her very presence.
- A weak mind, suffering from inferiority, keeps reasserting her/his (individual, religious, national, tribal, political) superiorityA strong mind withholds such assertions because of an interior self-assurance that embraces all opponents and opposite views.
- A weak mind is full of inner conflicts and questionsA strong mind flows in harmony; even though his/her questions may not have been answered, they have been resolved.
- A weak mind demands; a strong mind gives.
- A weak mind feels insulted; a strong mind gives honour.
- A weak mind rejects everything; a strong mind assimilates what may seem unacceptable in appearance.
- A weak mind speaks loudly; a strong mind speaks from within a depth of interior silence.
- A weak mind struggles to choose one of many optionsA strong mind incorporates the most contradictory options into a single scheme.
- A weak mind overindulges to fill its emptiness with exterior objectsA strong mind has an inner fullness.
- A weak mind lives in fear of others, constantly overprotecting oneself and thereby inviting attackA strong mind lives in love and that love alone is his/her protection.
- A weak mind's endeavors and relationships are unstable; in the presence of a strong mind, all is stabilized.
- A weak mind cannot concentrate on any effort; it wanders aroundA strong mind is a concentrated one and, thereby, well centered in life and in meditation.
- A strong mind, finally, is a saintly mind that grants freedom to others and liberates them from their own self-enslavement.