Where do you feel mind is located among the following options?
Man is trapped by the mind. The mind is the aggregate of opinions, thoughts, feelings, emotions, convolutions of various kinds and what not. This trapping of the mind is what we called the world. When man is trapped by the forces of the mind, one experiences the world. He experiences the world at various levels. He experiences His own thoughts, feelings and emotions. He experiences his body. He experiences other people, things, time place and circumstances. One should know that the duality in all this, the expression of the many arises from the mind. However mind is inert. Mind is like a dead fan or light bulb. It requires power. It requires electricity to trigger it. Similarly the mind is like an appliance. When consciousness touches the mind, the world comes alive. But then there are two distinct physical entities which come alive. One is my body and whatever I imagine as “Me” and then there is the rest of the world “Out there”.
Man tends to define life as an endless interaction of his physical “being” with the rest of the world. This is his limited understanding. It becomes vital for man to understand his position in the world of objects and people. This can help him regain some sanity and sanctity in his dealings with the world. The world is a simple projection of the mind, which is in itself a movement in consciousness. We shall try to explain the concept through an indicative diagram as shown below.
The Green Circle in the diagram, is the source of creation, beyond which there is no entity, which is the container of all entities, known or unknown to living entities. Consciousness is the only entity which is the subject, the Knower, the eternal witness of all happenings. Consciousness is the eternal subject, unaffected by time, life or its processes. It is Consciousness that is the source of life. Consciousness can never be known because it is the one that knows. However one can experience pure consciousness when its pure reflection falls on a clean, purged and clarified mind. The goal of a living entity is to get established in that consciousness which is pure and undiluted by variety. Consciousness is beyond space and time, and the one who is the source of all intelligence. It is consciousness alone that defines the eternal law. Sanatana Dharma is all about getting established in that “One” consciousness, beyond which there is no more search to undertake. The purpose of all Yoga is to go beyond the concepts and veils of the mind. When these veils are completely annihilated, what remains is verily consciousness, the eternal witness. However the expression of pure consciousness can be two. This is possible when the mind is completely purified and purged of all its worldly scum which consists of incorrect understanding, distorted view, insensitivity, morbidity, lack of morality, selfishness and a host of other frailties. When purification has been attained, pure consciousness reflects through such a purified mind in two ways. It reflects as immaculate and infallible intelligence. It reflects as firm establishment in Dharma. It reflects as commitment unmotivated by selfishness. It reflects as Equanimity. This is the reflection of Consciousness as Jnana or Pure unsullied knowledge. There is another manifestation of unsullied consciousness. This manifestation of consciousness is in the form of all-acceptance, as universal, unhindered, unbiased compassion. It reflects as universal love, unmotivated in all respects. This is the reflection of Consciousness as Prema or Pure unsullied love. One should not make any distinction between these two possible reflections or aspects of Consciousness. Jnana and Prema are two sides of the same coin of Consciousness then how can they be different. One who is exhibiting “Prema” is knowledgeable and extremely intelligent, but that intelligence remains apparently unmanifest; but if situation demands it can get manifested, One who is exhibiting “Jnana” is full of love and extremely compassionate, but most of the time it remains hidden; if situation demands it may spill over and can become evident.
The Graded Blue Circle in the diagram, represents the sum total of all minds. The gradation indicates that there is immeasurable variety in the minds of people. Consciousness is ungraded and pure. But when pure consciousness undergoes transformation on its own accord, variety of an infinite kind emerges. The one component of consciousness gets divided into graded minds of infinite shades and then the original pure consciousness too remains keeping itself intact. The Vedas say “If Infinite gets divided, the Infinite still remains intact”. The limitless variety of the mind represents the coloration of consciousness. It represents duality and the movement of consciousness. It is the Universal mind or the aggregated mind-variety that gives rise to nature.
The Images of the people and the triangles represents the objectification of the Universal mind or the conglomeration of the mind variety. It is to be understood that the living entities as well as non-living entities are the byproducts of the mind alone. The experiences of the world including experience of space and time is an expression of the Universal mind. Thus the one Unity of Consciousness becomes many in the form of people, objects, time, space and events.
It is important to note that spiritual realization is the reverse journey from objects and people back to the source of pure consciousness. This is obvious because all secondary entities are contained within the field of Pure Consciousness alone. When one commits oneself to spiritual practice, the first thing that is to be realized is that, the world of thoughts, emotions, time, space and events is a representation of the varied mind-field and hence does not represent the original reality. As one progresses through spirituality, layers of duality get cleansed and purged and one can witness pure consciousness reflected on the clarified subtle layer of the mind. One thus gets the glimpse of one’s own Reality.