Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
My discipline seems to be changing. I am working in a mental hospital with people whose minds run amuck. It is very difficult for me to remain centered while helping those people because I am very susceptible to the wanderings of their minds.
You could do your work quietly easily if you would become firmly centered in witness – consciousness, which means, functioning with one’s awareness centered not in the mind, but in the witness beyond the mind. Once you become established in the inner witness, things outside you do not have much effect on you. The mind is subject to all kinds of thoughts, desires, and passions, such as anger, greed, lust, pride, vanity, conceit, delusion, and fear. Since the mind can be attacked by these passions at any given time, there is always bound to be agitation in the mind; but these mental agitation can never go anywhere near the witness. The witness remains untouched. Delusion and attachment cease to exist for one who has become centered in the witness, the Self.