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Concentration experiment

Human mind is very amazing. Yesterday night i did a thought experiment regarding concentration. I decided to walk back home from university while meditating on the sacred verse, "La ilaha illallah" which means, "There is no god but One God". What i was trying to do is to see how much concentration i can do on it, and how long can i keep other thoughts coming into my head.

The experiment result was not so positive. Although i was thinking and reciting on this verse and was trying not to think anything else, even then when my eye fell on something different thoughts arise. For example when i saw a car, immediately my father and family came to my mind. When i saw a mosque, it reminded me someone else. I saw a science park bus it reminded me Tushar bhai. Things like that. And also different thoughts came without a clue.

I was amazed to discover how visual clues are so closely associated with different memories of our life and known peoples. What i learned from Buddhist meditation helped me to concentrate more. I was aware of my passing thoughts (as if i was watching my sub-conscious thoughts from above acting as a separate being above my thoughts), letting them go and then again go back to my original goal. In 10 minutes walk i guess there were almost 20 or more different thoughts passed through my mind. How weak is my concentration (pls pray for me) !!

Oh, Lord bless my mind so that i can have crystal clear concentration while i remember You.

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Technology of the Heart: Concentration experiment
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Technology of the Heart
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