As the Mind, So the Man..

Mana eva manuṣyāṇāṁ kāraṇaṁ bandha-mokṣayoḥ
Bandhāya viṣayāsaṅgo muktyai nirviṣayaṁ manaḥ //

“For the man, a mind is the cause of bondage and mind is the cause of liberation. Mind absorbed in sense objects is the cause of bondage, and mind detached from the sense objects is the cause of liberation.”

The Mind is the cause for Liberation or Bondage…It is our Mind. 

How thought-provoking is this?

Who can we blame now for our problems? We had been blaming everyone and everything around for causing us problems. But the Seers ask us to observe our MIND for the bondage or liberation is in our own mind.

Who can help elevate us from its delusions?

Uddhared atmanatmanam natmanam avasadayet
Atmaiva hy atmano bandhur atmaiva ripur atmanah //
Bhagavad Gita 6.5

One must elevate himself with the help of his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind alone is the friend of the self, and it alone is the foe of the self.

It is we who have to decide whether to cling on to our past thoughts and let ourselves degenerate or to raise ourselves.

Who can change your thoughts? Only YOU. You only have the capacity to withdraw or engage your mind. It is an instrument which takes your ideas and turns them into realities. Don’t engage it in dangerous decadent thoughts. Choose your thoughts wisely and it will pay you well in the future.

Deep-Seated Subconscious Patterns- VASANAS

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.

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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 😉

KARTA, KARMA & KRIYA

I clearly remember the day when I decided to keep the fancy pen my teacher owned. For want of a better word for ‘stole’, I am going with the other word ‘decided’😜. I also remember everything that followed my decision.

I guess my teacher loved her pen as much as I did. She found the pen missing from her table while she gathered her stuff to leave the class. She panicked and put all of us in the search and we missed the short break that followed the class- searching for the pen that I had.

Know what you are thinking. Sumi was a 😈 then.

I was scared to death to admit that I took her pen  😐. She was very angry at this point and asked us to stop playing the prank and to return her pen. She said if the person who stole it wouldn’t submit it, then the whole class gets punished. Though the whole class witnessed the theft but they remained quiet.

The whole class was punished.

This memory pops into my head whenever I listen to Guruji speaking on Karta & Karma.

Imagine the following:

The Whole Class –   Jiva-Atman (YOU)
Sumi –  KARTA (who stole the pen/inner&outer faculties)
Stole the pen –  KRIYA (Act)
Punishment –  KARMA (that followed)

When Sumi stole the pen, Sumi should be the KARTA & BOKTHA.
Likewise The SELF or ATMAN needn’t take the ownership.

My classmates were not involved in the ACT and did not deserve the punishment. They clearly knew I was responsible yet remained silent and thereby became the part of the ACT as well as the Punishment.

Just like my classmates, in every day of our lives, WE OWN the

  • THOUGHT of our MIND
  • ACT of our BODY
  • WORDS of our MOUTH

We know it’s the faculties in play yet we own all those by accepting and saying-I THOUGHT, I SPOKE and I GAVE. Because of that, we have to own the consequence that follows the actions of our Mouth, Body and Mind.

Next time when the Mind thinks, give credit. The same goes for the other faculties. They are there to help you and you are responsible for their actions. But you do not own their actions. Though I am responsible for the content on this blog, my hands are helping to document and hence they own the act.

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Clearly, I am nowhere involved in any of the activities here, I witness the act. The mind thinks, hands write and Sumi, the body is responsible for the act. But that’s another story for another time 🙂

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5, Shl 8 and 9

Naiva kinchit karomeeti yukto manyeta tattwavit
pashyan shrunvan sprishan jighrann ashnan gacchan swapan shwasan // 5.8  //
Pralapan visrijan grihnan nunmishan nimishannapi
indriyaaneendriyaartheshu vartanta iti dhaarayan  // 5.9   //

The knower of the Truth, being  centered in the Self, thinks `I do nothing at all’ – though seeing, hearing,  touching, smelling, eating, going, sleeping, breathing, speaking, letting go,  seizing, opening and closing the eyes – convinced that it is the senses that  move among the sense objects.

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