The concept of Calmness of mind is a wonderful concept; with calm, silent, steady work you achieve great things, when with tremendous conviction, calm and steady work you face the problems, you find the best solutions. Every experience of the external world throws the mind into waves, just like dropping of a stone in the water of lake creates waves. Some experiences create bigger waves, which throws the mind in to confusion. We lose our mental balance; most of us have some sort of balance in our day to day working only occasionally when something big happens we are thrown out of balance. But with training we can increase our capacity to keep the mind steady even when unsteadying influences work on it.
Shri Krishna teaches the philosophy of life and work – and life and work means upsetting the mind often. So we must learn to handle the mind. We must keep the mind calm and steady- it is the beginning of his teachings. – That’s what he defines in “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate.” Calm and steadiness is Yoga.
In primitive stage of mind-like in animal-any impulse arising must find an immediate expression in action. Then that impulse dies away. That is the nature of animal behavior. In human also if the mind is not trained this is the case. But by nature with evolution, certain amount of calmness has come to human system. Because nature has provided for it every sensory input will be observed and then passed on as motor output. A little gap between input and output, even the most ordinary men have. This is the beginning of tremendous development of human psyche.
We say – action and reaction are equal and opposite – that is mechanical law. But in case of human beings, it can be altered. If action is one unit reaction can be 10 units or no units. That is the freedom human beings have. This capacity to regulate the reaction is our biggest achievement.
Taken from the writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.