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Depression - Part 4 By Sri.Sri.Muralidhara Swamiji

Dear All,

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

Depression contd…

The only medication for the weak minded is proper spiritual practice.

Those who are weak of mind can easily be mesmerized or hypnotized. But
those who are strong minded cannot be mesmerized or hypnotized as
easily. A lot of people are moved to tears while listening to the
so-called chanting the divine names, set to modern music. This is not
due to devotion. This is also a kind of hypnotism. This is similar to
people getting ecstatic while listening to pop or rock music. There is
absolutely no semblance of devotion in these. chanting the divine names
should conform to the norms set by Saints. Just as a physically
powerful man enslaves the weak man so does the strong minded enslave
the weak minded.

In the name of meditation if one just stares vacantly into space, fixes
the vision on a mirror or concentrates on a black dot/electric lamp the
mind gets self-hypnotised. One should learn meditation directly from
the Guru and adhere to His instructions strictly without any
compromise. Until such time one finds a suitable Guru the safest way is
to chant chanting the divine names ceaselessly.

Psychologically, women are more vulnerable to mesmerism/hypnotism. This
is the reason that it was not in our tradition for the women to mix
freely in the society. The kumkum applied between the two eyebrows and
the 'kaajal' applied to the eyes protect them from mesmerisers and
hypnotizers. (Provided the kumkum and kaajal are prepared in the
traditional way).

A person can be in two different states at a time. For eg. A man may
appear to be asleep. But he may be dreaming. Somnambulism (sleep
walking) is a condition wherein the person is simultaneously in a
wakeful and sleeping state. Similarly, those in depression are at the
same time in wakeful and dream state. Just as we see totally see
unconnected scenes in our dreams these people see unconnected scenes in
their meditative state. Just as a few of our dreams turn out to be
true, so too, do some of their 'visions'. Hence, this leads to
confusion. The fine line of demarcation between reality and dream state
is lost and they are pushed into emotional imbalance. Let's say we have
had a divine vision. Standing in front of a picture of God we think
that if a flower placed on the picture were to fall then it would
confirm the authenticity of the vision seen. Now there is nothing
surprising even if the flower were to fall down, for, it is but a
natural occurrence for a thing to fall down. If the vision were
authentic the flower should move up! This is not an exaggerated

When Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had had his first darshan (Vision) of
Goddess (Devi) he prayed that if what he had seen were true the sword
placed beside the deity should jump thrice. And it did!

Our divine visions should be confirmed in this manner without place for any doubt.

!!! Will continue !!!

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