Television Programming – Some Hidden Facts

Introduction

Television has now become an almost ‘indispensable’ part of most households. Statistics show that people (especially in the West) spend as high as 50 hours a week in front of the television.

Is television just a “harmless entertainer” as it is typically projected out to be, or is it being used as a powerful “mind control” weapon by maliciously motivated people? Is it being used purely for commercial/marketing purposes (as we all think) or are there deeper hidden agendas as well? Considering the amount of time most of us spend in front of the TV, we owe it to ourselves to understand what really goes on behind the scenes, as we are about to discover soon!

Imagine a hypnotist with a malicious intent who, while pretending to be our friend, takes control of our minds and thought processes by implanting hypnotic suggestions into our minds, and hence controls our behavior and values without our even knowing about it! Sounds spine chilling!!!

However, this is pretty much what most television shows and advertisements do to us, because most of them (with few exceptions) have been deliberately designed for that purpose, by employing psychiatrists and hypnotists for achieving the desired effect on the viewers’ minds and thought processes!

Even more shocking is the fact that, unknown to the most of the general public, television is being used as a powerful mind control weapon by Global Power Elites who have access to very powerful technology to enable them to do so. They also have other hidden agendas that they intend to promote, as we shall see soon!

Before we move on, let us first get an insight of how the human mind works, what is hypnosis and how a person can be taken into a hypnotic trance. We will then touch upon how television induces hypnosis, followed by its use as a mind control weapon and the technology that enables it to do so.

The Human Mind and Hypnosis

Conscious Mind and Sub Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is the part of our mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning, and figures out what is good or bad for us. The subconscious mind is like a storehouse of memories and emotions and it records every single incident that we experienced, every sound we heard, everything we saw or felt, from birth till the present moment.

The Conscious mind takes inputs from the 5 sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin), interprets the input and sends these interpretations to the subconscious mind for processing. The subconscious mind accesses its storehouse of information and sends data back to the conscious mind which reacts accordingly.

As an example, If we burn ourselves on the stove, the incident and the pain register in the subconscious mind, and next time we get into the same situation that made us burn ourselves, or even when we see a stove, the conscious mind sends the input to the subconscious mind, which in turn recollects the earlier incident and instantly sends that picture up to the conscious mind EXACTLY the way it was registered the last time. The conscious mind reacts accordingly and we avoid getting burnt again.

However, the subconscious mind (unlike the conscious mind) cannot distinguish between what is good and what is bad for us. For example, in the case of an alcoholic person, the subconscious mind registers the ‘temporary pleasure’ that the person experienced earlier while consuming alcohol. Hence the next time the person sees a bottle of alcohol, the subconscious mind recollects the pleasure experienced earlier while consuming alcohol, and triggers the person to consume the same again. The conscious mind (which knows that alcohol is bad) tries to resist, but the subconscious mind (which is far more powerful) wins the battle. This is how people get ‘addicted’ to bad habits, because the subconscious mind (which is like a huge iceberg) is far more powerful than the conscious mind (which is like a mere tip of the iceberg).

Hypnosis and the Subconscious mind

Hypnosis offers techniques by which the subconscious mind can be accessed directly, and suggestions can be implanted directly into it, completely bypassing the logical judgements made by the conscious mind. The subconscious mind then absorbs the hypnotic suggestions as they are irrespective of whether they are beneficial or detrimental to us!

Naturally, if this knowledge of hypnotic techniques falls into the hands of the wrong people, they could easily tinker around with our thinking and behavior patterns without our even realizing about it, which is precisely what most television programmes do to us, as we are going to see shortly!

Definition of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a mental state or set of attitudes and beliefs usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions (ref: Wikipedia). Contrary to a popular misconception – that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep – contemporary research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility, with diminished peripheral awareness.

Earlier hypnotic techniques promoted by Dr. James Braid (Scottish surgeon) and Dr. Bernheim (Neurologist) focused on giving hypnotic suggestions to the conscious mind. However, by the end of the 19th Century, Dr. Sigmund Freud (Founder of psychoanalytic school of psychiatry), Dr. Pierre Janet (French psychotherapist) and Dr. Milton Erickson (Founder of American Society for Clinical Hypnosis) made use of more indirect suggestions such as metaphors and stories that implanted suggestions at the subconscious level, while the actual intended meaning may be concealed from the subject’s conscious mind.

Hypnosis and States of the Brain

Our brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other. This electrical activity in the brain, can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), typically shows as a brainwave pattern (cyclic, wave-like nature). These brain waves can be either beta waves (frequency of 13 to 60 pulses per second, that occur when the mind is ‘alert’), alpha waves (frequency of 7 to 13 pulses per second, that occur when the mind is ‘relaxed’) , theta waves (frequency of 4 to 7 pulses per second, that occur when the mind is in ‘dreamful sleep’, or just before sleeping or just after waking), delta waves (frequency of 0.1 to 4 pulses per second, that occur when the mind is in ‘deep sleep’).

The ‘alpha’ brain state (relaxed state) is the state where the mind is most conducive for hypnotic suggestions, hence hypnotists typically take the subject into the ‘alpha’ state (this is what technically happens when we are taken into a hypnotic trance).

How does Television hypnotize us?

Television induced hypnotic trance

The first step in hypnosis is to take the subject into what is called “A Hypnotic Trance” where the subject is highly receptive to hypnotic suggestions. This is achieved by taking the subject into an ‘alpha’ state as we just saw earlier.

In Nov 1969, Herbert Krugman, (Manager, public-opinion research at GE) conducted an experiment to try and discover what goes on physiologically in the brain of a person watching TV. He taped an electrode to the back of his secretary’s head and directed the electrode output to a computer, in order to monitor the secretary’s brain waves. He found that after switching on the TV, within 30 seconds, the brain waves switched from predominantly beta waves (indicating alert and conscious attention) to predominantly alpha waves, indicating an unfocused, receptive lack of attention: the state of aimless fantasy and daydreaming below the threshold of consciousness. What surprised Krugman was how rapidly the alpha-state emerged. Further research revealed that the brain’s left hemisphere (which processes information logically and analytically) tunes out while the person is watching TV. This tuning-out allows the right hemisphere of the brain, (which processes information emotionally and non-critically), to function unimpeded. The right side of the brain responds to stimuli emotionally rather than logically. For instance, when we watch a horror or suspense movie, the right side of the brain makes us feel tensed and our heart beats faster, even though the left side of the brain knows that it is ‘just a movie’ and not real !

In other words, in this alpha state of the brain, the conscious mind’s critical thinking factor is almost turned off, while the vulnerable sub-conscious mind records and stores what ever information comes in without distinguishing between what is real/unreal or what is good/bad. It is precisely this alpha state of the brain that is utilized by hypnotists to implant hypnotic suggestions into the minds of their subjects. Now the conclusion is anybody’s guess – Television takes us into a hypnotic trance and leaves our minds vulnerable to manipulation!

To deepen this hypnotic trance is easy. One simple way is to place a blank, black frame every 32 frames in the film that is being projected. This creates a 45-beat-per-minute pulsation perceived only by the subconscious mind–the ideal pace to generate deep hypnosis.

We are often lulled into a false sense of security because of our belief that what we see in television is “not real”. However, television images do leave real impressions on our minds and can cause us to feel anxiety and agitation. This is because as we have just seen earlier, television takes our brain into an alpha state and taps into our subconscious mind directly while the conscious mind’s critical thinking is turned off. This form of mind control via television is so subtle, that we can have difficulty in distinguishing whether our thoughts are really our own or have been implanted into us via post hypnotic suggestions!

Television induced Hypnotism via Subliminal Messaging

This is a common technique used by most television ads and shows. Subliminal messages are stimuli sent to the sense organs (eyes, ears, etc) that are below the threshold for conscious perception. For example, if a picture is flashed in the Television screen for as little as 20 milliseconds, we will consciously not be able to detect it. However, the subconscious mind detects such messages and stores them internally, which then act as hypnotic suggestions and influence our behavior at a later point of time, without our even realizing it!

Many researches such as Dr. Johan Karremanns (Assistant Professor Department of Social and Cultural Psychology, Radboud University) conducted studies on the phenomenon of subliminal messaging. Dr. Karremanns conducted an experiment where half of his participants were subliminally fed with flashes of “Lipton Ice” (“Lipton Ice” was flashed on a screen for 24 milliseconds) which the conscious mind could not catch, as none of them could see the image consciously (24 milliseconds was too brief a period). The other half of the participants were primed with an image that did not consist of a brand. In his study he found that when the participants were thirsty, the first group of participants wanted the Lipton Ice, because even though they could not consciously see the “Lipton Ice” flash earlier, their subconscious mind had successfully detected the image and stored the same, which later influenced the behavior of the participants, without their knowledge!

In television, typically the motion pictures are displayed at the rate of 50 frames per second, where a couple of frames containing subliminal images can easily be inserted without the viewer realizing about it! Such subliminal images or messages can also be embedded within the original images used to portray specific products. Subliminal messaging techniques are most commonly used by advertisers who hire top notch psychiatrists and hypnotherapists to program us to buy their products. For example, subliminal sexual imagery has been found embedded in a very subtle way in ads of “Coke” and “Axe”, while ads of Bacardi (an alcoholic drink) were found embedded with subliminal images from horror scenes, intended to program people to have a drink whenever they feel anxious. Such messages cannot be detected by the conscious mind, and can be detected only by “trained eyes” in the field. Nevertheless they get stored in the subconscious mind of the viewer and influence our thought processes later. When we see visit a shopping mall and see a similar product that was advertised in Television, the subconscious mind treats that as a ‘trigger’ (a post hypnotic suggestion) and pushes us to purchase the product.

This phenomenon of subliminal messaging explains why some people are “shopping addicts” going on a shopping spree, and many others who visit shopping malls “somehow” end up buying more than they originally intended, not realizing that their minds are already programmed with repeated bombardment via subliminal messages! This also explains why people developed a craze for unhealthy drinks such as coke as opposed to healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit juice and coconut water. This also explains why the younger generation (which has grown up with a heavy diet of television) is much more obsessed with sex and is losing its basic moral values, as most hidden subliminal messages are sexual in nature, because advertisers know that “sex” sells.

All of this has much to do with the fact that TV stations charge huge rates from the advertisers for each second of Air Time, and the advertisers intend to make use of every possible technology available to make as much profit as possible. These expensive air time rates also prevent genuine/positive messages from getting through to the public.

Television induced Hypnotism via Conversational Hypnosis

Conversational Hypnosis was initially pioneered by Dr Milton Erikson, founding president of “American Society of Clinical Hypnosis” and fellow of the “American Psychiatric Association”. This hypnosis method uses a host of techniques that can easily be hidden in seemingly normal conversational and used on people without their knowledge!

A common technique used is the “pace and lead” technique. In this technique, the speaker will initially speak a series of statements that are unquestionably accurate, and the conscious mind (which does our critical thinking) will naturally let its guard down, assuming all forthcoming statements to be true, after which the subconscious mind becomes susceptible for suggestions!
A classic example is the acceptance speech in Denver (US) delivered by Barack Obama (Current US President), during the last presidential elections, where he used phrases such as “that’s why I stand here tonight,” “now is the time,” and “this moment” (which are unquestionably true) as many as 14 times in his speech, followed by suggestions (that would naturally go directly to the subconscious mind) that hinted at casting the vote for him!

In Conversational Hypnosis, other techniques for trance induction include extra slow speech, rhythm, tonalities, vagueness, visual imagery, metaphors, and raising of emotions. Hand gestures can be used as hypnotic anchors, or to aid in hypnotic command implantation. They can be difficult to distinguish from innocent gestures used for emphasis.

Such techniques are frequently employed in most television shows, speeches, news programmes, etc to influence us in specific ways. The “reality” that we are spoon fed everyday by corporate/politically controlled media is carefully prepared and packaged for our consumption by people whose best interests clash with ours.

Most films produced by Hollywood / Bollywood hide subtle messages within their scripts. The idea is to implant suggestions into our subconscious minds while we are in the alpha state of trance (as described earlier). Giving a direct outrageous suggestion will meet with resistance from the viewers and will be rejected. Hence such outrageous messages are carefully crafted and subtly embedded into the scripts of the movies that subsequently influence our culture and values. Such subtle messages typically encourage people to cast away “morality” (by depicting it as “old fashioned”), or engage in mindless consumerism, or defy/rebel against the wisdom of elders, or project the philosophy of “doing what ever you please” as a “cool thing”.

Through advertisements, movies, television programs, etc, corporations and media play on our fears, our concerns, our lusts, and our aspirations to paint a picture of “the good life”, to give us their version of “moral” instructions, and to steer our convictions.

Scientific Patents, Technologies and Inventions that enable Television to control our minds

Scientific research in the areas of Mind Control have advanced to the point where it is no longer necessary to embed single frames of subliminal messages within the motion picture. Rather, the subliminal messages can now be passed on to the subject via modulation of the feed signal (superimposing the hidden message over the TV signal which acts as a ‘carrier’).

Manipulation of the Nervous System

“It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal.”
– US Patent and Trade Office, Patent #6,506,148
”Certain monitors can emit electromagnetic field pulses that excite a sensory resonance in a nearby subject, through image pulses that are so weak as to be subliminal. This is unfortunate since it opens a way for mischievous application of the invention, whereby people are exposed unknowingly to manipulation of their nervous systems for someone else’s purposes.”
– US Patent and Trade Office, Patent #6,506,148

Controlling a Person’s Emotions

“The latest development in the technology of induced fear and mind control is the cloning of the human EEG or brain waves of any targeted victim, or indeed groups. With the use of powerful computers, segments of human emotions which include anger, anxiety, sadness, fear, embarrassment, jealousy, resentment, shame, and terror, have been identified and isolated within the EEG signals as ‘emotion signature clusters.’ Their relevant frequencies and amplitudes have been measured. Then the very frequency/amplitude cluster is synthesized and stored on another computer. Each one of these negative emotions is properly and separately tagged. They are then placed on the Silent Sound carrier frequencies and could silently trigger the occurrence of the same basic emotion in another human being.”
- Page 205 from “Mind Controllers” by Dr Victorian

Remotely monitoring and altering brain waves

“Apparatus for and method of sensing brain waves at a position remote from a subject whereby electromagnetic signals of different frequencies are simultaneously transmitted to the brain of the subject in which the signals interfere with one another to yield a waveform which is modulated by the subject’s brain waves. The interference waveform which is representative of the brain wave activity is re-transmitted by the brain to a receiver where it is demodulated and amplified”
- US Patent and Trade Office, Patent #3,951,134

Method for Changing Person’s Behavior

“An auditory subliminal programming system includes a subliminal message encoder that generates fixed frequency security tones and combines them with a subliminal message signal to produce an encoded subliminal message signal which is recorded on audio tape or the like. A corresponding subliminal decoder/mixer is connected as part of a user’s conventional stereo system and receives as inputs an audio program selected by the user and the encoded subliminal message. The decoder/mixer filters the security tones, if present, from the subliminal message and combines the message signals with selected low frequency signals associated with enhanced relaxation and concentration to produce a composite auditory subliminal signal. The decoder/mixer combines the composite subliminal signal with the selected audio program signals to form composite signals only if it detects the presence of the security tones in the subliminal message signal. The decoder/mixer outputs the composite signal to the audio inputs of a conventional audio amplifier where it is amplified and broadcast by conventional audio speakers.”
- US Patent and Trade Office, Patent #4,717,343

Famous Quotes on Mind Control and Television

“The cultural implications of subliminal indoctrination are a major threat to human rights throughout the world.”
– Conclusion of a study conducted by the “United Nations Human Rights Commission” in 1974.
“They [people] are, generally, unaware of the extent to which they are manipulated, managed, and conditioned by media, governments, leaders, and institutions that serve the vested interests of their political-social-economic systems.”
(“The Age of Manipulation”, pg 95, by Dr. Wilson Bryan Key)

“The people who watch more [television] and know less don’t necessarily know they are being politically massaged or how media manipulation has become so invisibly institutionalized. They don’t know that dumbing down is not just an incidental effect of the way many media outlets operate but a reflection of conscious and calculated policies of down-market targeting”.
(The More you Watch the Less you Know, pg 73, by Danny Schechter)

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
- Edward Bernays, considered as the “father of public relations”
“Because we hate [television] commercial messages, it’s easy to dismiss them as unworthy of serious study. Furthermore we may underestimate the impact that ads actually have on us and our children. This…can have subtle, but far-reaching consequences”.
(Learn to Discern, pg 22, by Robert DeMoss Jr.)

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.”
- Edward Bernays, considered as the “father of public relations”
“Remarkably, virtually everyone in developed countries desperately tries to believe that they are immune to indoctrination. They think they think for themselves and readily know the difference between truth and falsity, fantasy and reality, superstition and science, fact and fiction. Technologically sophisticated cultures are conditioned to accept belief systems, behaviors, and
values that would have been rejected out of hand by their stone-age predecessors. “
(The Age of Manipulation, pg 95 by Wilson Bryan Key)

“Boredom, anxiety, rejection, fear, envy, sloth – in TV commercials there are ‘remedies’ for each of these, and more. The remedies are called Scope, Comet, Toyota, Bufferin, Alka-Seltzer, and Budweiser. They take the place of good works, restraint, piety, awe, humility, and transcendence”.
(How to Watch TV News, pgs 124-125 by Neil Postman)

The REAL Hidden Purpose behind Television

Since television is a powerful mind control device, (as we have just seen), it is time now to understand who are the people behind this elaborate manipulation game and what their purpose is!

In earlier days, governments, corporations and rich capitalists used to oppress and exploit the masses, in some cases going to the extent of slavery. These led to revolutions such as the French Revolution, American Revolution, etc by which people eventually broke free and slavery was officially abolished later.
Hence, in the 20th Century, especially after World War II, most of the World’s Governments, rich Multinational Corporations, intelligence agencies and scientists secretly collaborated together and invested their money, intellect and energy heavily on human mind control research. The objective was to bring people under control in a very subtle way, without their knowledge, by taking control of their minds, and hence their thought processes. Many secret research projects on mind control were carried out, especially by powerful nations such as the US and the former Soviet Union in secret underground bases. Notable examples of such secret projects were “Montauk Project”, “MK Ultra” and “BlueBird Mind Control Program”.
The technological findings from these researches have been extensively applied on television, and as we have seen earlier, technology is already available to enable scientists to do so! We have already seen earlier that television is a very effective hypnotic device. Hence it is easy for powerful people to direct our thought processes. They use television for many purposes as indicated below:-

Powerful Propaganda Tool

The fact that television can easily hypnotize us, is fully exploited for spreading specific agendas through propaganda. For example, the media constantly bombarded the gullible public with cooked up stories of “Weapons of mass destruction and Al-Qaida connections” of Iraq and Afghanistan, to “justify” the US war on Iraq and Occupation of Afghanistan, while the real motive was to take control of oil resources (Iraq) and Drug Trade (Opium Cultivation in Afghanistan). To quote another example, it is a well known fact that election outcomes in most Western countries are almost entirely influenced by television media, where the candidate who gets the most positive publicity and coverage in television and the most sponsorship wins. In a way, outcomes of such elections are almost pre-decided, and the so-called democracy becomes a farce!

Preserving Top Secret Agendas by Distracting the Public

Another purpose behind television is to distract us and prevent us from understanding the secret malicious agendas of certain multinational bankers and governments. For example, there is emerging evidence that top secret groups (such as the Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations) consisting of powerful businessmen, media people and politicians, meet every year to further their plans for world domination. These secretive groups are so powerful that they have most national governments under their control and can decide the fates of various countries (Economic Recession, War, etc) while none of this is ever mentioned in our so called “Television News” or mainstream media! Even details of important meetings such as G8 or G20 international summits (where many important decisions are taken) are not revealed to us. Thus the agendas of these big powerful people keep running on their course, while the rest of us continue to be distracted by the latest celebrity scandals, sports events, trivia, rock music, reality shows, etc on television!

Dumbing down the masses to keep them under control

The dumbing down of humanity is represented by a shift which occurs in the brain when we watch television. Activity in the higher brain regions (such as the neo-cortex) is diminished, while activity in the lower brain regions (such as the limbic system) increases. The latter, commonly referred to as the reptile brain, is associated with more primitive mental functions, such as the “fight or flight” response, and is incapable of logical thinking.
It is a known fact that excessive television viewing reduces our intellectual and analytical capabilities as it makes us more visually oriented as opposed to being analytically oriented. To add to that, we have seen that it is a very effective hypnotic device and hence we end up thinking only what we are ‘made to think’ via television. The purpose is to dumb down the masses and desensitize them by repeatedly showing traumatic and adrenalin producing stuff in television (such as extensive violence and sexuality). This makes us less sensitive when such incidents happen in real, unless it affects us or our kith and kin directly. Hence fewer and fewer people are likely to protest in the event of atrocities or exploitation. This is also the reason why many prisons, especially in western countries such as UK have started using television as a means of “keeping prisoners under control”. Also, most programmes are aimed at triggering our lower passions and desires and lose control over our minds. It is a system designed to gradually destroy “free and analytical thinking” and purposeful elimination of the means by which a society can educate itself.

Effects of Excessive Television Viewing

Here we examine some more effects that television can have on our lives (especially on the lives of young children).

Changing of Views and Food Choices, and Obesity

Children aged between 2 and 6 are more likely to choose food products that they saw advertised. Even one or two commercials could be sufficient. Childhood obesity results from children spending more time watching television than in any other waking activity, thereby being exposed constantly to televised portrayals of high-fat, high-energy foods.
(Journal of American Dietetic Association)

Materialistic Behavior and Getting into Debt

In a study, children who had had cut their TV viewing by about one-third had their toy demands fall. They were 70% less likely than children at the other school to have asked their parents for a toy in the previous week.
(Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)
Dr. Schor from Harvard University conducted a large-scale study of American spending and saving habits and concluded that for every hour of television a person watches per week, the average American spends $200. This is mainly because of their attempts to emulate the lavish lifestyles enjoyed by fictional characters in soap operas and prime-time television dramas. Hence they are more willing to go into debt in pursuit of what they believe is an accurate depiction of normal life. Consumers rack up heavy credit-card debt chasing the televised fantasy or in academic jargon “engage in competitive consumption for the purpose of image management.”

Promotion of Violence, Sexuality and Intoxication

A recent spate of school shootings in California and Pennsylvania left many wondering what is driving teenagers to such extreme forms of violence. Studies showed that adolescents, who watch music videos, listen to the radio and watch television movies more frequently than their peers appear to have sex at younger ages and are more likely than other adolescents to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, cut class and get desensitized to violence.
(Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
According to Dr. Aric Sigman, a noted British psychologist, allowing children under the age of three to watch television can impair their linguistic and social development, and also put them at risk of health problems including attention-deficit disorder, autism, and obesity.

The Vedic Observer

Emphasis of the Vedic Scriptures is more on controlling our own mind (and channelizing it for higher beneficiary purposes) as opposed to the modern leaders’ philosophy of controlling others’ minds and enslaving/exploiting them.
As we have seen, most television programmes are meant to agitate our senses, titillate our lower carnal desires for pleasure and fill our subconscious mind with all kinds of undesirable clutter. Ultimately, television makes us lose control over our senses and enslaves our minds. In this section, we will first look at the pitfalls of losing control over our senses and then understand the Vedic methods on mind control.

Pitfalls of uncontrolled Mind and Senses

The following two verses from the Bhagavad Gita aptly describe the consequences of losing control over one’s senses.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verses 62-63:-
dhyayato vis?ayan pum´sah?
sangas tes?upajayate
sangat sañjayate kamah?
kamat krodho ‘bhijayate
“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.”
krodhad bhavati sammohah?
sammohat smr?ti-vibhramah?
smr?ti-bhram´sad buddhi-naso
buddhi-nasat pran?asyati
“From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool.”
A significant point that is brought out here is that intelligence is ultimately lost when one loses control over his senses. This is because the senses follow the “immediate pleasure” principle, i.e. they direct the mind to whatever provides instant pleasure, irrespective of the long term consequences. Taking the example of the television, when we see a horror movie, our agitated mind and senses make us feel edgy and tensed, and our intelligence (which knows that it is just a movie, and not real) is lost (or overpowered).

Mind and Sense Control – A Vedic Perspective

According to the Vedic Scriptures, the recommended method for controlling the mind and senses is to keep them engaged in positive, consciousness elevating activities of a higher purpose involving service to the Supreme Lord and Mankind. This is because the Supreme Lord is the Master of everything, including our mind and senses. These consciousness elevating activities keep the intelligence properly focused on long term spiritual goals that bring lasting happiness. Examples of such activities are offering prayers, chanting Vedic Mantras, distributing spiritually sanctified food among the poor and spreading of education with a proper flavor of self discovery, self realization and character building. All of this fills our subconscious mind with positive thoughts and emotions. This is a more practical method of sense control than artificially trying to suppress the cravings of the mind and senses, as these will only reinforce the cravings embedded in the powerful subconscious mind, as we saw earlier.

Mantra Meditation – Clearing the Mind of unwanted clutter

We have seen earlier how television constantly bombards our subconscious minds with unwanted clutter. An excellent remedy for eliminating this clutter is to feed the mind with Transcendental Sound Vibrations by invoking appropriate Vedic Mantras.
The science of vibrations and frequencies and how they affect living beings has been around for thousands of years. More recently, experiments by scientist Nicola Tesla with Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) waves indicated that a vibration above 11 Hertz would cause agitation and discontent while vibrations less than 7 Hertz would cause a feeling of well being and relaxation.

The people of the Vedic Age knew the importance of vibrations and frequencies and how to use them in order to provide an atmosphere for attaining a peaceful state of mind for entering higher states of consciousness and perception of spiritual reality. A key point in this regard is the ancient use of mantras. Certain mantras are known for calming the mind, lowering blood pressure, relieving one from unnecessary anxieties by changing one’s focus in life, and so on. Certain mantras and prayers, such as the chanting of the spiritual names of God, bring to one the transcendental vibration of the spiritual world from where it comes. This means it is like a conductor, bringing the spiritual energy and frequencies that come from the transcendental strata. Experiments have already been performed that show the changes in those who regularly use these mantras. Plus, sages of India have used these mantras successfully for centuries in order to reach spiritual states of being. These mantras help in eliminating the clutter from our minds and help our mind and intelligence to be focused.

Conclusion

Television, per se, is neither bad nor evil. However, in the modern times, the powerful technologies that television employs has fallen into the hands of maliciously motivated people who are using it as a tool for manipulating us.

Hence, it is no wonder that Television has managed to accomplish within 3 decades, what 200 years of British Rule and 500 years of Muslim rule could not accomplish in India – i.e. destruction of culture, morals and ethics!
However, if television is used for broadcasting genuinely informative, educative and consciousness uplifting programs along with the right blend of spirituality and culture, it would be truly beneficial for mankind!

5 Comments

  • Partha says:

    Great article… Crazy world with crazy leaders… When will the day come, when the whole world leaves the nature of exploitation

  • Santosh Kaimal says:

    A very exhaustive informative & thought provoking article. Thanks!
    Its time we understood the consequences of such seemingly harmless acts which is gradually destroying the very fabric of Vedic culture

  • Sakthi says:

    A wonderful article with lots of valuable information. Really it brings the person from dark well to bright light.

    It would be better, if this could have used little less technical words and more realtime examples.

    Still wonderful!

    Regards,
    Sakthi

  • indrajith says:

    very interesting and informative article. thanks for posting

  • Madhusudan says:

    Marvellous.

    I am going to recommend this article to all my friends. I shall mail this to everyone on my friends list
    along with your link. excellent.

    As the media is in the hands of the powerful but corrupt leaders, best thing is to discourage the people from TV viewing, and encourage reading of Vedic Literatures and associate with saintly persons. This will be a great social work.

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