08/20/2011 Comments Off on Mind
1. (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
2. Psychology: the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.
3. intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the faculties of feeling and willing; intelligence.
The mind is made up of mental image pictures. There are 4 parts analytical, reactive and somatic; and aesthetic mind. [Please read Dianetics to see the breakdown of each part.]
“There is therefore a necessity for pleasure, for working, as happiness can be defined, toward known goals over not unknowable obstacles. And the
necessity for pleasure is such that a great deal of pain can be borne
to attain it. Pleasure is the positive commodity. It is enjoyment of
work, contemplation of deeds well done; it is a good book or a good
friend; it is taking all the skin off one’s knees climbing the
Matterhorn; it is hearing the kid first say daddy; it is a brawl on the
Bund at Shanghai or the whistle of amour from a doorway; it’s adventure
and hope and enthusiasm and “someday I’ll learn to paint”; it’s eating
a good meal or kissing a pretty girl or playing a stiff game of bluff
on the stock exchange. It’s what Man does that he enjoys doing; it’s
what Man does that he enjoys contemplating; it’s what Man does that he
enjoys remembering; and it may be just the talk of things he knows
he’ll never do.”
from Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
by L Ron Hubbard
“It is much easier to do anything upon the external plane, but the greatest conqueror in the world finds himself a mere child when he tries to
control his own mind. This is the world he has to conquer–the greater
and more difficult world to conquer. Do not despair! Awake, arise, and
stop not until the goal is reached! …”
Swami Vivekananda – Practical Religion: Breathing and Meditation
“The attainment of purity helps you to control negative thoughts. Regular prayer to God, reading of religious books like Ramayana, Mahabharata,
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the company of saints will immensely help you
to attain purity of mind.”
“Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery
is experienced in this state.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi
The mind of one meditating on a single object becomes one-pointed. And one-pointedness of mind leads to abidance in the self.
YOUTH IS FADING
Youth is fading and beauty is decaying. Days are rolling on. Time, the destroyer, lays his icy hands on the whole world. Life is like a flash
of lightning. O Lord, protect me. Help me to control this monkey-mind,
which jumps about at its sweet will on the branches of desires in the
forest of lust. Keep it with Thee forever.
—Sri Swami Sivananda
“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.”— Henry Maudsley
“the world within which the practical man has always lived and acted; to suggest something of its fragmentary and subjective character. We turn back therefore to a further examination of the truism – so obvious to those who are philosophers, so exasperating to those who are not – that man dwells, under normal conditions, in a world of imagination rather than a world of fact; that the universe in which he lives and at which he looks is but a construction which the mind has made from some few amongst the wealth of materials at its disposal.” “The relation of this universe to the world of fact is not unlike the relation between a tapestry picture and the scene which it imitates. You, practical man, are obliged to weave your image of the outer world upon the hard warp of your own mentality; which perpetually imposes its own convention, and checks the free representation of life. As a tapestry picture, however various and full of meaning, is ultimately reducible to little squares; so the world of common sense is ultimately reducible to a series of static elements conditioned by the machinery of the brain. Subtle curves, swift movement, delicate gradation, that machinery cannot represent. It leaves them out. From the countless suggestions, the tangle of many-colored wools which the real world presents to you, you snatch one here and there. Of these you weave together those which are the most useful, the most obvious, the most often repeated: which make a tiny and coherent pattern when seen on the right side. Shut up with this symbolic picture, you soon drop into the habit of behaving to it as though it were not a representation but a thing. On it you fix your attention; with it you “unite”. Yet, did you look at the wrong side, at the many short ends, the clumsy joins and patches, this simple philosophy might be disturbed. You would be forced to acknowledge the conventional character of the picture you have made so cleverly, the wholesale waste of material involved in the weaving of it: for only a few amongst the wealth of impressions we receive are seized and incorporated into our picture of the world. Further, it might occur to you that a slight alteration in the rhythm of the senses would place at your disposal a complete new range of material; opening your eyes and ears to sounds, colours, and movements now inaudible and invisible, removing from your universe those which you now regard as part of the established order of things. Even the strands which you have made use of might have been combined in some other way; with disastrous results to the “world of common sense”, yet without any diminution of their own reality.” “Nor can you regard these strands themselves as ultimate. As the most prudent of logicians might venture to deduce from a skein of wool the probable existence of a sheep; so you, from the raw stuff of perception, may venture to deduce a universe which transcends the reproductive powers of your loom.” Source – Evelyn Underhill – pgs 13-16 Practical Mysticism (1914 EP Dutton, NY)
“According to the Sankhya philosophy, the reactive state of the mind called Buddhi or intellect is the outcome, the change, or a certain manifestation of the Mahat or Cosmic Mind. The Mahat becomes changed into vibrating thought; and that becomes in one part changed into the organs, and inthe other part into the fine particles of matter. Out of the combination of all these, the whole of this universe is produced.” -Swami Vivekananda (The Vedanta Philosophy)
Mind is consciousness, which has limitations. We are originally unlimited and perfect. Later on we take on limitations and become the mind” – Sri Ramana Maharshi
Kabira Man Panchi Bhaya, Bhave Taha Aa Jaaye
Jo Jaisi Sangat Kare, So Taisa Phal Paye “The mind is like a bird. It goes where it likes. The results one gets is for the company he keeps.” – Sant Kabir
“Unless one penetrates to a certain depth, it is but natural for mind to be fickle and distracted. Those who are filled with divine aspiration, must they not constantly abide in His presence so as to discover pure love? Let not one precious moment be wasted !” – Anandamayee Ma
“BECAUSE you have taken residence in this body, you cannot call the body ‘I’. When you sit here in this Hall, you do not call the Hall ‘I’. You know,
you are separate and that you are here only temporarily. When you go
about in a Tonga, you do not say that the Tonga is you, do you? You do
not take the Tonga inside, when you step down from it on reaching home.
So, also, you have to drop this body when you reach ‘home’.”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
YOU ARE THE SOUL Many worry themselves a lot if they hear a little scandal about themselves. Do not be afraid. These are vain sounds only. They are mere vibrations in the air. Allow scandals to enter through one ear and pass out at once through the other. You are the pure, taintless Soul in whom there is no sound. —Sri Swami Sivananda
You are not your mind, because you can control your mind with your will.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)