Monday, September 7, 2015

MIND..{Updated}

The Living entity since hundreds and thousands of years has been performing actions to satisfy the various senses of the physical body for sense gratification. 

The primary goal of the living entity throughout his life is to contemplate various measures for body satisfaction – the different parts of the body that are constantly creating new desires and then finding ways to fulfill these desires are – Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue and Skin, other than these 5 senses there are another 5 working senses – Voice, Legs, Hands, Anus and Genitals. And one more most important sense is the Mind which is also known as the sense within. So in total there are 11 senses. The complex network of these senses and the objects associated with them like smell, taste, form, touch and sound along with the element of false ego, intelligence and the three modes of material nature and lastly the 5 core elements which are considered the seed giving father to the universe – Earth, water, fire, air and ether and their representations – desire, hatred, happiness and distress, all these together are causes of actions and reactions, various sufferings and enjoyments.

This material body is a product of the material world and the material world is a product of the three modes of material nature - The mode of Goodness, the mode of passion and the mode of ignorance which are also known as Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. The living being in this endless material nature thus follows different ways and lifestyles under the influence of these three modes of material nature.

It's so obvious that even our thoughts manifest according to these 3 modes of material nature and we experience happiness and distress accordingly hence what we think is what we are and what we receive. Till here it explains the existence of the universe materially or you can say it is real on ground level but there is one more angle to it which can not be avoided. The other concept is that this universe and its objects are an illusion. All this universe is only a reflection of God itself.

Even as Lord Krishna says - "The working senses are superior to dull matter, mind is higher than the senses, intelligence is still higher than the mind and Soul is still higher than the Intelligence. The Soul has the power to think, thinking, thought or mind all these are one and the same. Infact even there is no division between mind and action , before it is projected as action it arises in the mind, action is nothing but movement of energy in consciousness. When such action comes to an end, mind comes to an end too. It is said that "Creation" is but agitation in Consciousness.

The absolute Brahman or the Infinite Consciousness is all Supreme peace, unborn, pure consciousness. The notion of "I am this" is the sole bondage in this world. Nothing is ever being created anywhere, at any time, nothing arises and nothing comes to an end too. This entire universe is only a product of the mind. this universe is infact within the mind. When the mind created the idea of Sun, sun was born, when it created the idea of 5 elements - Earth, fire, water, air and ether, they were born, similarly when it thought of liquid, water was born.

Its basically like this - as an object is reflected in the mirror and it seems as if it was inside the mirror, the soul reflects the external objects and activities and soon begins to think that they all are within itself and that he is the doer of actions and the experiencer of experiences. In this state it is known as Soul. The mind makes the unreal real and vice versa and on account of this it seems to enjoy and suffer.

As the great Saints said - 

SAGE VASISHT 
Whatever one thinks within oneself in his own intelligence, that alone is experienced by him. To a suffering person a night is an epoch, and a night of revelry passes like a moment.  

SAGE VYASA 
The Mind creates numerous ideas of objects or existent things. The understanding settles which is which. The heart discriminates which is agreeable and which is disagreeable, these are the forces that impel to act. The objects of the senses (physical body) are superior to the senses. The mind is superior to those objects. The understanding is superior to mind. The Soul is regarded as superior to understanding, when understanding of its motions forms ideas within itself, it then comes to be called Mind. 

Thus it seems that mind alone is the cause of all causes and effects. Hence it is said that the mind when in control of the living entity becomes his best friend, otherwise his worst enemy.