There are many exciting courses offered on line on how to retrain our brain to achieve specific goals in life. If committed to their program they claim success in increasing our income, finding a soul mate, fulfilling our desires like being able to afford an expensive car, a wonderful big house and even becoming a millionaire. Supported by the results of the latest scientific research on the workings of the brain they coach you on how to change the mental and emotional patterns that have blocked you from achieving your goals. By developing specific exercises that teach you how to focus or meditate regularly and tenaciously on the object of your desire you eventually attain your vision. I am sure that some of the testimonies they present as part of their marketing strategy are genuine. The yogis have known for a long time that the mind determines who we are. Indeed the mind is a powerful tool that creates heaven and hell, friend and foe, depression and happiness.
Unfortunately, these programs fall short of providing their clients with a lasting sense of fulfillment as mind training is not finished with the development of one-pointedness of mind and least of all with the attainment of material goals. The cultivation of positive qualities and the elimination of greed, pride, anger and delusion is the other aspect of mind training which is done simultaneously with meditation. Vedanta, Buddhist philosophy or any other great philosophy can help us to better understand human nature, the futility of trying to fulfill our incessant desires or the perils of attachment given the impermanent nature of physical existence. When we take time to study and ponder on these truths which are also the result of deep insights, we can chose our goals more wisely. A philosophical system that makes sense to us can provide a framework within which to live our life wisely and avoid the potential pitfalls of a passionate mind pursuing the wrong vision. Science, the “new religion”, confirms what we have known for a long time, that mind creates our reality, therefore let’s use it with extreme wisdom. Otherwise we can end up becoming a millionaire selling water very successfully by the riverbank.