Mind - Miracle or Manufacturer of Misery?
Sadhguru explains that the mind is capable of producing agony, ecstasy, turmoil or pretty much anything. It produces things that you do not want only because people have not taken charge of it. He explains that we should put in the necessary effort to find out where the "keyboard" is for this fantastic machine.
Questioner: Sadhguru, you have said, ‘We should know this piece of life to its fullest.’ How to know this piece of life to its fullest way? And I feel I am like full of fear, anger, jealous…
Sadhguru: I'm sorry?
Questioner: I feel that I’m full of fear, anger, jealous – all those things. How to go beyond all these things and to know this life to its fullest?
Sadhguru: You don’t have to go beyond all these things; you just have to stop creating those things. (Laughs) Your fear, your anger – all these are products of a mind which you have not taken charge of. Your mind is capable of producing joy, your mind is capable of producing fear, your mind is capable of producing anxiety, turmoil, tranquility, agony, ecstasy – it can produce anything. It is producing things that you do not want, simply because you do not know how to handle it. There is no need for anybody to handle their fear, their anger, their whatever; nor is there any need for anybody to seek happiness or peace or joy or blissfulness, there is no need. All you have to do is you have to spend some time, you have to do certain sadhana to find out where the keyboard is for this fantastic computer that is loaded on your head. You don’t know where the keyboard is, so you’re punching all the wrong numbers, so all kinds of things have (are?) happening.
So, either you can make this mind into a miracle, or you can make this mind into a misery-manufacturing machine. So the misery in the form of anger, fear, you don’t have to do anything about it; you just have to stop the production line, you know, not the product. (Laughs) You just have to stop the production line and start a different product. You must see the joy is coming out of it, bliss is coming out of it, because the same mind is capable of that also. Sometimes, you’re joyful? Sometimes? (Laughter) ____ (Unclear) a young man like this? (Laughs) So it is capable of joy also, so you just have to… J is always here. (Gestures the location of ‘J’ in keyboard) You know the computer? That’s where it is. (Laughs) If you do like this, like this, like this – misery, misery, misery. (Laughs) And if you hold one button - misery misery misery misery misery – it’ll multiply. (Laughter) You should know how to keep your hands off the keyboard and just punch what you want. Now unawares you don’t even know where it is, it’s punching; if you can't think properly… (Gestures itching at his neck) (Laughter) That’s not where it is, wrong buttons.
So (Laughs) (Speaks in Tamil – not transcribed)
So, there is sadhana to take charge of your body, to take charge of your mind, to take charge of your energies, to take charge of everything that you are, rather than taking charge of it you are wishing for a nice product. It will not happen like that. Life has never worked like that, not for anybody. Never ever has anything worked for anybody by doing all the wrong things. Unless you do the right things, right things do not happen to you at all.