What is Mind
- Mind is the experience of our
collective Past. Mind knows to deal with the things which it knows,
with which it is familiar. If any thing new turns up then mind does
not know how to react for it. Mind needs some time to function and
adjust itself in new situation.
- Why the mind stops suddenly at the
time of a possible accident?
Because Mind is not prepared for
such an occasion.
- Why we feel uncomfortable in new
situation, with new people?
Because Mind is not prepared. Slowly
mind learns the trick how to adapt with a particular person and
occasion. That’s why we are different with each person.
- When ever we have an option to
choose then we should go for New. Because it breaks the habit of
Mind, it loosens its grip on us. In a new situation mind does not
know how to react because Mind is an experience of our collective
- Some times it happens we go to a
garden or a beach - then suddenly we become so much relaxed that the
mind stops. Mind does not know how to react so it stops. But after
few days when we again go to that place then we don’t feel so
blissful. Because firstly we went with the desire to gain peace.
Desire is Mind and secondly Mind is prepared now. On first occasion
it was a shock for the mind but now its prepared. More we expect,
less is the chances of it happening. Expectation, desire, ambition,
thoughts all are Mind games.
- Mind loves Rationalizing. What ever mind
does it gives strong reasons for it and that too immediately. Even a
criminal has valid reason to commit a crime. Mind rationalizes all its
action as well as mistakes.
- While rationalizing again, thought
will enter and so will the mind. Thought is the vehicle for Mind to
- So if we make any mistakes then no
need to feel guilty and no need to rationalize it. We all are human so
we are bound to commit mistakes. But as a human we should be wise enough
to learn from our mistakes as well from others and not to commit the
same mistakes again. Accepting that we have committed mistake is better
than rationalizing it. Acceptance of mistakes opens the door to learning
from it as well as avoiding it in future.
- So one should accept the mistake as
soon as we found and move on with life rather than brooding over it for
a long period of time and suffering.
- Mind loves contemplation. Many times it
happens that we are thinking over a problem for a long period of time but
are not able to reach to an conclusion.
- But still we go on contemplating as
mind rationalizes by saying that we are coming to conclusion. In reality
even after 5 hours of contemplating we are at the same place as we were
5 hours ago.
- Mind wants to know every thing before
doing or starting any thing. Mind believes that by thinking, by
contemplating we are doing some constructive work.
- Paradoxically when the time comes to
take decisions then we always knows what we have to do. In that exact
moment we all are able to make decisions. If we take decisions of life
moment to moment then our source/being guides us. If we are not bothered
with next moment and we live as each moment comes then we are always
guided by our being or intuition and we never make any mistakes.
- But when ever we make any decision
from mind. Then we are always deceived and secondly mind will also
rationalize our decision but at same time we will always have a guilt
- Mind is confusion. Even after hours of
thinking mind is not able to come to conclusion because mind is always
divided. When ever it speaks in favor after few minutes it will speak
against also. Mind is always in dilemma and confusion.
- Mind is the sum total of all our
experiences, all our conditioning, all our belief systems. Mind has
nothing of its own, no center. Mind is just a Big hard disk in which all
types of data is loaded. Mind needs a master who can make use of this
vast information. But that master is sleep and only meditation can awake
the master. Once the master is awake then mind is an wonderful servant.
- It happens we go to a shopping mall
and we buy a shirt. After few minutes we always find a shirt which is
better than the ones which we have bought. Because mind is never sure of
anything nor even of this decision.
- Mind is desire. Mind contains all the
unfulfilled desires of our lives. Not even this life but past lives also.
When we die then our body dies but our mind is not dead. Our all memories
from past lives are still store with mind but we are not able to access
them. But there are ways to access the.
- Mind has so many desires and is always
full of ambition. Mind convinces us with its rationalization that if
this desire is fulfilled then I will be happy. But it never happens so.
Because at the first place it’s difficult to fulfill a desire and if by
chance we are able to do it, by that time mind has moved to some other
- Fulfilling mind desires is impossible.
May be man in future man can make every impossible to possible but it
can never satisfy mind.
- Mind is Doubt. Mind is always in dilemma
and lots of questions.
- When ever ‘How’ and ‘Why’ comes, It
means mind has entered. Mind wants to know every thing. It ask all sort
of questions. And again it’s impossible to satisfy mind. Because if one
question of mind is answered then it will create 1000 other questions.
- Mind is versatile. it can create doubt
and questions in every field. Even in spirituality. Many meditators ask
“why we are not doing meditation”, ”are we going in right direction in
meditation”. Simple solution to all these questions is to look “who is
asking this questions”. Moment we start answering these questions from
mind, we have become fool. Its impossible to answer them.
- Mind is Ambition or Ego. Mind loves
power. That power could be in the materialistic world or in he spiritual
- In Spiritual world mind hankers
towards spiritual power. Nothing much has changed. Earlier mind was
running after money, fame, sex now mind is running after enlightenment,
heaven, spiritual power etc.
- Mind is very capable in making the 180
- For example one who is totally
materialistic can become a great spiritual person in another minute.
Its like a movement of pendulum. Once the pendulum reached the other
end it changes direction. So is the case with mind. When ever we
reaches the other end or extreme of any thing we change direction.
- That’s why Gautam Buddha teaches the
path of Middle. When we are in middle, mind is no more there. Mind is
there in past and in future. This very moment it is not there. But to
start living in present moment one needs to practice and then only our
slavery will break one day.
- Any thing that is satisfying to our
ego, any thing that adds to our ego comes from our mind. Mind always
tried to prove how Right I am. How smart, how intelligent, how
beautiful I am. All games and tricks of Mind are directed towards
feeing the ego. More egoistic the person is, more is misery. More
spontaneous, more childlike innocent state leads to happiness.
- Mind is Extrovert. Mind's focus is
always on the other, outside. Opposite of Mind is meditation. Meditation
is inwards. Meditation brings us closer to ourselves and mind takes us
away from ourselves. Meditation means death of mind. So it always happens.
When ever we start meditating, the mind becomes very alert. It starts
working at double, triple of its efficiency. And in beginning all
meditators have to pass through this state.
- Mind is directly related with body.
Mind and body are not two mechanism but they are one. Mind is very much
connected with breath. More faster, more uneven the breath is, more the
mind is working. On the contrary when breath is very slow, in rhythmic,
then mind is silent. Vipassana meditation taught by Gautam Buddha is
based upon this principle. Simply watching the fall and rise of breath,
mind slows down.
- During meditation Mind not only works
faster but it also creates distraction through body also. Some people
feels that Ant is walking in their arm, some people feel like aching a
part of a body and some feels tired, sleepy and so on. These all are
distractions because of the mind. Only solution for it is to ignore them
or if some one wants to rub the body then does it with awareness.
- Mind lives with definitions, principles,
beliefs, laws, disciplines. Mind is an order. But in existence there is
nothing good and bad. We can define any thing concrete. E.g. if Hitler was
killed the moment he was born that would have been a sin but if some body
would have killed him before 2nd world war then it would have
been good for humanity. Is not it so? So how can we define whether killing
is good or bad? If look very subtle, then here our mind is coming to a
conclusion that nothing is good and Bad. This will become a new definition
for Mind. Mind is at functioning even now while reading this article.
- Mind is very cunning. On the surface it
says some thing but deep down its thinking and planning some thing else.
Mind is a very calculative. It checks all the Pro’s and Con’s for doing a
- Mind needs past and future but life
needs present. Living in present moment is the biggest present one can
give to oneself. Sages say even till the last step mind follows us, it
tries all kind of tricks to be fooling us.
- Mind gets bored easily. If we do a thing
again and again then sooner or later mind gets bored with it and it needs
a change. But that change should not be any thing which mind has not
experienced before. Some thing from the Past which mind has enjoys before
as Logical mind believes doing that thing can give me pleasure again. Repeating any word or Mantra with out
awareness is very boring for mind after some time and it falls to sleep.
That is base of Transcendental meditation. In Mantra Chanting one should
be aware or chant the manta with full intensity as one life is at stake
or with great devotion. Chanting Mantra should not be mechanical or one
will fall asleep because Mind sleeps.
- What ever we want to suppress or escape
from becomes central to the mind. What ever we try to escape becomes an
attraction for the mind and mind starts moving towards it. So no
restriction can bind the mind. But becoming aware of the things can help
us prevent from distraction.
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