When I was in school in my tenth standard there used to be turns for us according to the roll numbers to give a quote that would be written on the blackboard. My chance came on a Friday, means my thought would stay on the board for three days- fri, sat, sun. well keeping that in mind I had prepared a very nice quote but my radioactive mind with its short half life quickly forgot the lengthy quote.
Now I had forever been sleepy in the morning class right from school to grads. So when teacher [no miss or ma’am for us in school] called out my roll number aloud. First I checked my nails, then my diary, then thought whether I was absent the other day and not brought the leave letter. When I had convincing answers for all the above I was perplexed as to why I had been summoned. Then when I stood up, light rays at 299 792 458 meters per second took no time in meeting teacher’s retina to give an inverted image of my blank face on the optical centre which her brain processed faster than light to let out sound waves at 340 meters per second from her mouth which set out waves proportional to the sound in my tympanic cavity due to the concerted motion of malleus, incus and stapes [three bones] due to the tympanic membrane; which when sensed by my brain was interpreted as; “What is your quote for the day?”. Obviously I had no clue what to say so after looking around a bit I saw a quote on a friend’s bag that read “Idle Mind Devil’s Workshop” [thank God it was not written” jungle book and mowgli”] which I said aloud.
I really don’t know why, but this quote still interests me a lot. My mind is a lot like the devil’s workshop when it is idle. In my childhood in my idleness I used to think of many pranks to play on mummy and dad, I used to think of how I could break open a toy or how I could look into the new bus etc. when I grew up a bit I started thinking how I could not study but still pass the exam [got no results coz never had the guts to put ideas into practice for this stuff] or how I could discomfit a friend who keeps on nagging me. And now the thoughts I see are really digging up the grave for my attitude.
Now here is really what I wanna say.. idle mind is surely a bad state of mind. Why is it called a devil’s workshop ?? because usually only negativities prevail in the idle state all good things require our conscious effort. Idleness breeds negative thoughts and useless debates in the mind. The devil is hence said to work there. The devil’s most potent tools are the past experiences and failures. How can we beat the devil: Never stop doing better things, keep busy, meditate. better still : STOP THINKING