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Depression - Part 3 By Sri.Sri.Muralidhara Swamiji

Dear All,

Good morning to all of you and have a divine blessed day ahead.

Depression contd…

Imagination and superstition take hold of some to the extent that it chains them down with no way of escape. Yet there are those who are bogged down by other notions. For example, a man might have received good news on a Monday and a bad one on the following day, i.e. Tuesday. At once his mind imagines that a good and a bad news would alternate. And if this man awaits some news on the following Friday he would imagine that it would be a favorable one and that which would be received on the next day, Saturday, would be otherwise.

Likewise, a man might have got into the routine of visiting the temple every day enroute to his office. If on any day he is unable to make it and happens to face some problem on that very day in his office he would blame it all up on his missed visit to the temple. If by any chance he happens to see a picture of his favorite God in any of his office files or pads he would imagine that Lord is reminding him of his missed visit. Likewise, when he misses the visit yet on another day he would anticipate some trouble in his office. The mind of such a man gradually looses its strength. This becomes quite obvious as he starts suspecting everything (PARANOID). For example, when he finds two people conversing he thinks that he is being talked about (IDEAS OF REFERENCE). He becomes careless in his dress, wearing dirty and torn clothes. He then imagines afflictions of various diseases (HYPOCHONDRIAC). He starts speaking incessantly. All these are sure signs of self-pity.

There are always two sides to a coin. For a depressed man everything will appear contradictory. He starts feeling neglected - that none understands him, none praises him, none respects him and none has any affection for him.

When he learns of the symptoms of various diseases through books, radio, like if one feels frequently thirsty it is a sure sign of diabetes, he would feel that he has such symptoms and so is afflicted with that particular disease. Similarly, in devotional matters, if he happens to read the life history of a saint he would imagine that he, too, undergoes similar experiences.

A man is disease prone when he is immuno deficient. Nobody's life is exempt from success, failure, joy, sorrow, expectations and disappointments. Just as a man with a weak immune system suffers frequently from diseases, so, too, does a man with a weak mind suffer from depression?

!!! Will continue !!!

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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