Have you ever wondered why two people interpret the same event in a different way?
Scientists say that every individual lives in his or her own perceived world, which is, in some ways, quite different from the real world. Now who would know the real world, even if there is one. It would be like one blind person asking another one about the real world, is it not?
Okay, let’s go back to our previous question on interpreting the same event differently. Science has some answers , so do the Scriptures.
From the Bhagavad-Gita, I understand the process to be the below,
Sensory Faculties get the information to the MIND. Mind receives the information and interprets according to its Vasanas. This information is forwarded to the next in authority, which is the BUDDHI. Buddhi approves or disapproves of the information. Upon the approval of the Intellect, BODY acts. These ACTIONS again strengthen the Vasanas.
If that is the process, then lot happens at the mind level depending upon the vasanas we carry. That makes two people look at the same object/person/event in a different or in their own unique way. Meaning OBJECTS/PEOPLE/EVENTS does not really have the power to disturb us. They do not make us anxious. Our IDENTIFICATION with them does the job.
When we associate with an object through thoughts, we successfully create a new subconscious pattern, VASANA which will drag our mind and we will have no control thereafter.
So that means Nothing in this world can bring us Happiness or Sorrow but our Identification with them.
Our individual mind creates, sustains and projects what it fancies in congruence with the mental impressions. With the same power, we can engage the mind-intellect in the contemplation of the SELF.
For the Intellect(Buddhi) to withdraw its identifications with the lower faculties, the senses, it needs to focus inwards-towards something which is more constant, unchanging, and omnipresent. This process is also called by our Seers as YOGA DHARANAM.
Swami Chinmayanada once said on the above-mentioned subject,
Pure awareness, poured into the moulds of Vasanas, when frozen with Ignorance becomes the multiple worlds of Name and Form-recognized, craved for and fought over to acquire and to possess-Everywhere by Everyone.
Ignorance will give place for knowledge only when we first pay attention to everything that is changing, evolving and disappearing before us. Inward-looking then would be a cakewalk 😉