What are Mental Problems? Chapter II

There are some people who become neurotic because they feel that they are normal, or rather ordinary if compared to other people. There are also those who feel that they are above normal in ability and become neurotic because they are not like other people. Actually everyone has incredible potential; we are all potential geniuses. Therefore the real difference between a so-called normal person and a so-called talented person, is that the latter has utilized more of his inner potential. Nothing more. Therefore, please don’t worry if you feel that you are only normal or perhaps abnormal, for we all have remarkable dormant ability; some merely manifest it more than others.

Some people say that inferiority is an integral part of man’s nature. We strongly reject this, for there are many great yogis and sages who certainly don’t feel the slightest inferiority; nor at the same time do they go to the other extreme and become superior in their attitude towards others. The feeling of inferiority is an emotional imbalance, which is caused by a lack of understanding of one’s real nature. It results in excessive envy and competition in order for the individual to reduce the feeling of inadequacy when compared to others.

Though normally not recognized as a mental problem, we would also classify conditioning as a mental problem. In other words, those people (in fact everyone to a great degree, some more than others) who are attached to dogmas and fixed concepts, have a mental problem. Pride in one’s country, skin colour, status, religious beliefs and intellectual ability are all mental problems in that people are fixed in their ideas. The mind has ceased to be a reservoir of spontaneous ideas; instead, it is a repository of fixed, rigid and stereotyped thought patterns. This is a major block and an obstacle to higher awareness. In other words, conditioning is a mental problem. Also included in this category is the tendency to accept ideas without reflection and personal experience. Many people believe almost implicitly everything that they read or hear, without ever relating it to their own experience. Believe nothing until you have tested it for yourself. This also applies to the contents of this book. Consider the opinions and ideas given, but only accept them when you have found them to be valid through personal experience. Only know and believe that the water is salty when you have tasted it. In fact, we consider blind susceptibility to ideas and attachment to already accumulated ideas as being a major mental problem. One should certainly be receptive, but not blindly naive.

There are many other problems, too many to discuss here. T he reader will know some of these. They will have to be removed systematically. Most problems, however, will lie below the level of normal perception, in the subconscious. All you will know is that these cause unhappiness, depression, etc. In life without really knowing the reason or the source. These must be recognized and then eliminated. One thing we must emphasize is that all mental problems and blocks can be removed; they need not remain a permanent part of your character. All that is required is the need and effort to remove them.

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