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The depths of the mind

The mind, Buddha suggests has a depth far greater than the deepest sea, and all the way down it churns with emotional tempests of which we are barely conscious, but which virtually dictate thought and behavior. The mind itself- quick, fickle and extremely difficult to focus-is the real of Mara.

In it’s depths lie untapped sources of great power: desires and drives of such magnitude that the mind is rarely under any control; it simply moves about as it likes. To train these forces to obey conscious will is the only way to to free the mind’s race-old urges and proddings. But this kind of training-Mahatma Gandhi once said, requires the patience of someone trying to empty the ocean with a teacup.

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