Soothing music and witty tales kept Delhi audiences enthralled as spiritual counselor Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev stressed on the mind's power for happiness and peace.
Far from being a moral science lesson full of spiritual jargon, the yogi's discourse late Thursday on 'Circus of the mind' was a simple talk backed up with tips on mental control.
"Circus is a very well-coordinated activity made to look like a mess. Similarly our mind, which has a thousand neurons shooting messages to the body, is like a circus. There are so many thoughts, so many emotions running through it at all times.
"But whether you use your mind to live positively or make it a misery manufacturing machine depends on you," the Sadhguru said.
As people jostled each other for space at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry auditorium here, the spiritual guru warned against detachment.
"Detachment, which most people think is the answer to unhindered happiness, is simply a fear of getting entangled. It means you are running away from life. Be involved in life's smallest activities. That is the best way to live and the mantra for a happy life," the Sadguru said.
To avoid getting entangled in life, he advised shedding of 'identifications'.
"You carry a thousand identifications with you, be it your gender, caste, creed or relationship with someone. When your intellect identifies (with such things), your perception will be distorted," he added.
"When you think something bad is going to happen, doesn't it actually happen?" he asked the attentive audience.
As many nodded their heads, he said: "That's because you think about the negative so strongly that your mind is convinced about it. Even a minor incident makes you think, this is it."
With instrumental music interspersing the discourse, which was organized by the World Academy of Spiritual Sciences (WASS), the Gangaram hospital and the Research Institute of Vedic Culture, the talk cheered the crowd.