One who complains that his mind listens not to him should read the following story:
Two youths who were poor,hungry and unemployed were roaming unhappily,
When they met a person who was screaming-“Bronze lamp is for sale for one rupee only”.
The friends had only one rupee coin with them. They asked the seller what is the speciality of the lamp.
The hawker explained -“It is a magic lamp.When you rub it, a ghost appears and does all the work allotted to it,
But you should not stop giving the work to the ghost.If the works are not given,it begins to torture you and makes your life unbearable”.
The youth purchased the lamp for one ruppee and rubbed it.The ghost appeared and asked,”What is the order for me”?.
The youth demanded the royal feast.The ghost presented the dinner within a jiffy.
Then the youths demanded a palace for eating the dinner.Within a trice that too appeared.
The ghost asked for the next order.The youths demanded that beautiful girls should serve the dinner.
Within the flash of eyes the girls appeared.The ghost asked for next order.
The youths had no idea what to demand.The ghost did not allow them to have dinner but began to harass them.
An old man sitting at a distance was watching them all.He consoled the youths and told them that he would help them.
He asked the ghost to erect a sky-high pillar and keep on climbing and slipping down the pillar incessantly.
The youths had their royal dinner served by the pretty young women and after thanking the old man looked at the tired ghost which was sleeping at the bottom of the pillar.
The youths asked the old man what happened to the ghost which was torturing them.
The old man explained to the youths-“The ghost is nothing but your mind.If you leave it idle,it keeps on torturing you.
The pillar is the symbol of God.To climb up and down means to engage in meditation by chanting His names.
The restless mind when given ceaseless work of chanting the names of God through meditation it becomes silent and do not distrub you”.
The youths understood the easy method of controlling mind and felt happy.