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The Thinker
  • poetry
  • english
  • motivation
Tuesday, 14th August 2012

Back of the beating hammer
By which the steel is wrought,
Back of the workshop's clamor
The seeker may find the Thought;
The thought that is ever Master
of iron and steam and steel,
That rises above disaster
And tramples it under heel.

The drudge may fret and tinker
Or labor with lusty blows,
But back of him stands the Thinker,
The clear-eyed man who knows;
For into each plow and saber,
Each piece and part and whole,
Must go the brains of labor,
Which gives the work a soul.

Back of the motor's humming,
Back of the bells that ring,
Back of the hammer's drumming,
Back of the cranes that swing,
There is the Eye which scans them,
Watching through stress and strain,
There is the mind which plans them--
Back of the brawn, the Brain.

Might of the roaring boiler,
force of the engine's thrust,
Strength of the sweating toiler,
Greatly hi these we trust;
But back of them stands the schemer,
The Thinker who drives things through,
Back of the job -- the Dreamer
Who's making the dream come true.

Berton Braley
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Everything starts with thought. Be it a new invention, a vaccine, the discovery of the mysteries of this universe, the setting up of a business, entering into a relationship, or making a pizza.

Not only is thought the precusor to the manifestation of a result, it is the seed from which germinates the result. It carries the result in potent form long before the result has shown up in the physical world.

Apply this not only to objects but also to the joys and sorrows in your life. They are all made by you, due to some thought you indulged in. Every joy you experience, every sorrow and suffering you experience are results you have brought upon yourself and into your life by the agency of thought.

Good thoughts result in good action which results in good coming to us at some point in the future. Likewise, bad thoughts lead to self-destruction.

  1. Secret Thoughts, a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
  2. Waiting , a poem by John Burroughs.
  3. Raja Yoga: The Nature of the Mind An article by Swami Karunananda that illustrates this point with scientific experiments conducted on study groups.
  4. Thought Power -- Book by Swami Sivananda on the power of thoughts, available for free.
  5. Audio version of the book Thought Power by Swami Sivananda. This one is read by an automated reading software but still, it is most worth listening to.
  6. A quote from Paramahamsa Yogananda about this.
  7. Four related thoughts by Swami Vivekananda: One, two, three, and four.
  8. An excerpt from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching echoing the same idea.
  9. Verse 1 from Chapter 1 of the Taitreya Aranyaka, Krishna Yajur Veda.
  10. A related idea found in the Dhammapad, the teachings of Gautama, the Buddha.
  11. A stanza from the Bhagawad Geeta that echoes the same idea.
  12. A related verse from the Brahmabindu Upanishad.
  13. A related thought from Rumi.
  14. Same thought in different words.