“….your mind is a palace.”

In the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winning “Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir”, Frank McCourt, the Irish-American author, writes of attending classes (when he was in school) conducted by Thomas L. O’Halloran, a teacher who was “the hardest master in the school.” 

Frank gives us a life-lesson from Thomas. “He says, You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it. If you won the Irish Sweepstakes and bought a house that needed furniture would you fill it with bits and pieces of rubbish? Your mind is your house and if you fill it with rubbish from the cinemas it will rot in your head. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” 

Your mind is your palace — fill it well and with care, says this Teacher 

Swami Brahmananda, the disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, responds to a query in February 1921 (“The Eternal Companion: Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda”):

“In rich men’s houses they keep a doorman whose duty is to prevent thieves, cows, sheep etc from entering the compound. The mind is man’s doorman. The stronger it becomes, the better.”

Peace 🙂

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