The mind is a great servant, but not a good boss. Do not let the mind become the boss. The more attached we are towards worldly objects, the more we lose control over our minds. Eventually, our mind will become our boss.
Once, a child went to a horse riding training center. He keenly observed the trainers teaching other children to mount the horses and ride them. When the horse trainers took a break, this child quickly mounted a horse and started riding it. The horse started galloping very fast without any control. Seeing this, his friend yelled, “Where do you think you’re going?”
The boy said, “I’ve no idea! You have to ask the horse!”
This is our story as well. Like the horse, our mind is carrying us away swiftly. Only the horse of the mind knows where it is going. The fact is, we have absolutely no control over the mind.
This situation must change. We must bring the mind under our control. At present, we are under the control of our mind. The mind must become an instrument in our hands, whereas, it is, at present, using us. Unfortunately, our mind has become the boss, and we, its servants. This is the basic reason for all our problems.
It is impossible to overcome attachment to an object when it is nearby. A person addicted to drinking makes a decision never to drink again. However, even after making this decision, the liquor bottles remain right by his bed. When he wakes up in the morning, his first thought is whether or not to drink. Thinking like this for some time, his hands reach for the bottles. Our habits have become second nature and are now controlling us.
Anyone who wants to bring the mind under control must first stay away from all adverse circumstances, and put in a lot of effort to persuade the mind to stay within certain limits. A beginner in driving school learns to drive the car in big grounds. Once he masters driving, he can drive even on highways. Similarly, if we sit focused in solitude and practice one-pointedness, we also will be able to control our mind in any situation. Victory over the mind is real victory. This is true freedom.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi