How do I control my mind 1

Three things that affect the mind

Our minds are influenced by three things: time, food, and the society with which we surround ourselves.


You have certainly already experienced this in the past: Even if everything is fine, you have everything you need, but the time is not there, then your mind is agitated and it rides a roller coaster with you.

It is the time that makes the mind happy or unhappy, angry and upset, or complacent and compassionate. Time affects the mind. How can we minimize this impact? By chanting the mantra "Om Namah Shivaya". The mantra cancels almost 99% of the negative influence of the planets.

How do you know the time is not right? Using Jyotish or astrology. "Jyoti" means light. Jyotish means to understand or know the light. Light that understands light is Jyotish. That which is the nature of our life. Everything in the universe is interconnected. The microcosm is related to the macrocosm.

How do you define time? What is time Time is movement. The distance between two points or events is called time. The movement of the heavenly bodies determines time. The earth, the moon, the sun, all planets move. The quality of time is determined by the movement of the planets.

Did you all know that our minds and the moon are connected to each other? That's why someone who acts strangely is also called crazy (Annotation: in English derived from the word "lunatic" for "madman"; the word comes from the Latin term "luna" for moon).

The spirit, the moon and the water are connected to one another. Around 60–70 percent of our body consists of water. The moon affects the fluids in the body, which in turn affects the mind.

So the mind is connected to the fluids in the body. Do you know what happens if you don't drink water for a day or two? You are going crazy. Something is happening in the brain, in the spirit. That's why water is so important.

The water element is related to the moon, which in turn is the cause of ebb and flow. It is obvious. We don't need to elaborate on the importance of water to humans and the relationship between the moon and water.

Similarly, the movement of different planets in the zodiac has an impact on the mind. We will go into more detail at another point in time. It's fascinating how the moon goes from one constellation to another every two and a half days, and how that affects the mind and thus our mood.

It is also interesting to know how Saturn affects our system. It takes the planet two and a half years to migrate from one constellation to another. It takes 30 years to complete an entire cycle. The sun moves every month, and its influence on us is also interesting.

Mars moves every few days. Mercury and Venus, all of these planets are moving. The slowest is Saturn at two and a half years. The moon is the fastest: it moves every two and a half days. So it is the movement of the planets, and not the planets themselves, that affects our minds.

It is the quality of time that makes the mind happy or unhappy, angry and troubled, or complacent and compassionate. Time affects the mind, and knowledge of the planets is called Jyotish.

How can we minimize the impact of time on our minds?

By chanting “Om Namah Shivaya”. That brings almost 99 percent of the planet's negative impact to zero. One percent of the effect may remain, but 90 to 99 percent can be eliminated.

In addition to chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” there are other yagnas (ritual fire ceremonies) and pujas, many different things that the people of that time found out. They too reduce the influence of the planets.

Did you know that every planet is related to a special grain, a special color, a special flower, a special wood, a special tree and a special animal or bird? Macrocosm and microcosm are interconnected. In Yagnas, these various herbs, tree bark, roots and grains of grain are sacrificed to the fire while mantras are chanted. This in turn has a healing effect on the influence of the planets. However, it is quite sufficient for us to chant “Om Namah Shivaya”. That is very easy. Nature gives us very sophisticated and also very simple things to do. So the influence of time can be canceled through chanting, meditation, yoga and pranayamas.


What you eat echoes in your system. Food is also related to time; H. which food you eat in which season. In summer, for example, when the pitta level is already high, you should eat food that balances the pitta. In winter, when kapha is high, kapha producing food is not good for the system. There is a wealth of knowledge about food and medicinal herbs called Ayurveda.

What you eat echoes in your system. There is a great deal of knowledge about nutrition and medicinal herbs called Ayurveda.

Medicinal herbs have many beneficial effects that can improve people's mental and physical well-being. Hence the Shanti mantras (peace mantras). At every festival or every Vedic ceremony “Om Dyau Shantir, Antarikshagwam Shantir” is chanted, which means something like: Let peace reign in heaven, let peace reign between heaven and earth.

"Prithvi Shantir", let peace reign on earth, let peace reign in water, do not let a tsunami or any other disaster caused by water arise.

"Rapa Shantir, Oshadhaya Shantir", let the herbs bring us peace, let the herbs that bring us peace grow. May they bring harmony.

Vanas Patayah Shantir, let the trees and the wind that comes from the trees bring us peace. Don't let a forest fire start.

Asking for peace on all levels of creation is an ancient practice.

Do you know how Ayurveda came about? Long ago, 84,000 rishis (holy men) gathered in a place called Naimisharanya in Uttar Pradesh, central India. Naimisharanya is known for its variety of medicinal herbs. Ayurveda was born there. The Rishis sat there to meditate and "download" the Materia Medica. Materia Medica is the Latin term for the body of knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing.

When everyone is meditating, there should be a person there to write down what is said. So the question arose of who would write it down, who would stay awake and write it all down. Rishi Bharadwaja agreed to write, not meditate. It's like driving a car. The driver is awake while everyone else is sleeping in the car.

So all Rishis closed their eyes and went into deep meditation. They started "downloading" by saying, "This herb is good for this, that herb is good for" and so on. This is how Ayurveda, the first Materia Medica, came about.

Ayurveda is still valid and effective to this day. Teaching will be the medicine of the 21st century.

There was once a request for me to speak about the influence of medicinal herbs. I said you can give me a list of the medicinal herbs we have and we can talk about them. Different herbs have different effects on the body.

Back then, people used special medicinal herbs that they considered sacred, such as the Indians, the sage and several other herbs worshiped as sacred. Even in India, when you offer food to the gods in the temple, you put a tulsi or basil leaf on top. In fact, unless you put a tulsi leaf on it, the food will not turn into prasad. (Prasad means offering to God.) This is because herbs have their own vibrations, they have an influence on body and mind.

Now let's talk about the properties of a few medicinal herbs:

Triphala is a wonderful herb. It balances the three doshas in the body. According to Ayurveda, our basic constitution is governed by three life energies, called doshas. These are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha and they control physical activity. It is good to take Triphala two to three times a week.

Ashwagandha is very good for the nervous system.

Haritaki is good for cleansing and digestion. It prevents the body from accumulating fat. It's also a good laxative. If you have eaten too much or something that is not very good, acid is created in the body. Haritaki cleanses the body very well.

Neem is a very good antibiotic, antiviral medicine. It's one of the best antibiotics out there. It stimulates the body very well and is a very good tonic. You should take neem at least a couple of times a year or a pill or two once or twice a month. Neem is a great choice when it comes to eliminating unfriendly bacteria and viruses that might otherwise become lodged in your system.

While neem is very good, it shouldn't be taken excessively. It is also not recommended to take it during very hot times of the year. If you do not take neem with enough water, it can lead to headaches. Neem should be taken before meals or on an empty stomach. If you find it hot, you should have some milk to counteract its influence.

Neem is also a very good pesticide. Whenever insects attack a plant at the Bangalore Ashram, we just spray a little neem water on it and it will be healthy again.

The neem tree is one of the most sacred trees in India. In every temple of the goddess Devi you will find a neem tree. The neem tree is worshiped as Shakti, divine power and energy.

Tulsi is basil. It has the Vishnu Tattva (the Vishnu principle) in it, therefore it is also called the protector. It's good for your chest and throat.

Shatavari is very good for women. It has a good cooling function.

Yashtimadhu is a licorice tablet. This is good against too much stomach acid. Don't take the common stomach acid pills, try yashtimadhu instead. It is natural and does not have the side effects of a conventional stomach tablet. Chewing a Yashtimadhu tablet has such a calming effect on the stomach. It is also good for coughs and colds. Yashtimadhu is a medicine to always have with you.

Brahmi is good for the brain.

Amla is gooseberry. It contains vitamin C.

All of these herbs are very good and have been tried and tested for a long time.


The type of society we surround ourselves with definitely has an impact on the mind.

How to deal with an environment that is pulling your energy down:

First of all, make sure that you don't get pulled down. Second, you raise the energy of those around you. And third, if you can't, just go.

How can you assess the type of society?

If you sit with people, share your problem with them and leave feeling that the problem is bigger than you ever thought, then this is not good company. On the other hand, it can be the case that you sit together with people, share your problem and afterwards have the feeling that you have no problem at all, that you have unnecessarily excited yourself, then this is a very good environment. You should measure your society by this standard.

Do you go home with great enthusiasm, a positive feeling or if your energy level is low and you feel bad: Then you should evaluate your company.

If you think that someone is constantly pulling your energy down, then you don't have to avoid him or her. Just know that they are pulling your energy down. Next time, just don't let yourself get pulled down, rather raise her energy.

There are two ways to deal with society that is pulling your energy down:

  1. Help people get out of their negative syndrome. If your partner or friend's company is dragging you down and you feel like you want to avoid them, think about how many people you can avoid. That's impossible! Instead, go ahead and refuse to be pulled down and rather tell yourself that you want to raise the energy of those around you. You get people out of their negative syndrome. In this way, you are influencing them instead of being influenced by them. We have to do that.
  2. Acknowledge people, do not value them. Nobody is all negative. Do not value a person as exclusively negative, that is not possible. In that case you are only comparing, that is relative. Sometimes they're negative, sometimes positive.

So first make sure not to get pulled down. Second, raise the energy of those around you. If you can't, just go.

So the society we surround ourselves with also affects the mind.