Jul 062014

How Restless is the Mind

How hard it is to control the mind! Well it has been compared to the maddened monkey.

There was a monkey, restless by its nature, as all monkeys are. As if that was not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a scorpion stings a man, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey?

The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desires, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of the others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard it is to control such a mind!

– Swami Vivekanand