What Is The Mind? | mana, buddhi, ahankara

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what exactly is the mind you can’t see it, you can’t touch it is it. So what is it? This series on the mind will be in various parts so
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Wednesday. The mind or the subtle body has three main aspects and in this video
I’m going to be starting with the mind or mana and now when I was younger I
used to read a lot of Vedic books and I became quite interested in the Vedic
psychology and as I grew up and I went into the profession of psychotherapy
working with many clients have began to understand the mind in more detail so in
these videos I’m going to be able to present to you different aspects of the
mind different theories of the mind and what it says in the Vedic texts. if you
didn’t see my previous video please do check it out and I’ll put the link
somewhere because that really talks about the subtle body and the different
aspects of the subtle body so if you don’t know what I’m talking about and do
go have a look at that video first so the mind actually is consciousness
that pervades the whole entire body yeah and it has really doesn’t have one
location. now the mind and its other aspects like the buddhi- intelligence and
false ego – ahankara, is subtle in its nature and the word subtle means that
it’s fine its discreet it’s difficult to explain it’s difficult to understand so
you know that’s why so many psychologists come up with theories of
the mind and try to psychoanalyze behavior because it’s subtle in its
nature it’s difficult to fully really understand. another thing that is subtle
in nature is gravity for example, like we aren’t able to see gravity touch it or
feel it but we know it exists because of its effect so in the same way the mind
is also subtle in this way. so the first point in understanding the subtle nature
of the mind is that it has a quality of being restless, unsteady, strong, obstinate
these are all things that have been described by Lord Krishna in the
Bhagavad-Gita when describing the mind now if you don’t know what the
bhagavad-gita is is it is one book from the Vedas and the Vedas consists of many
many many books and different topics the bhagavad-gita
primarily talks about the yoga, the yoga systems self-realization the mind the
body the material world those kinds of things so after lord Krishna has
explained to Arjun different yogic practices Arjun then says… by the way
this relationship between Arjun and Krishna is one of a guru and disciple
you know like a guide and seeker actually some people even say that it’s
a relationship like therapist and a client, so Arjun being bewildered by his
circumstance which the story I won’t go into maybe in another video, but Arjun is
asking he’s saying okay you’re explaining all these yogic systems but
you know the mind is so and steady how am I supposed to do these different
austerities and yogic practices if my mind is so unsteady and even says that
it’s more difficult than trying to control the wind and now this I thought
was actually spoken 5000 years ago right so this is not new you know the fact
that you might be struggling with your mind is not a new phenomena Krishna
answers with with the acknowledgement that yes the mind is obstinate, is
restless, it is difficult to control I did find this relationship between the
mind and the wind quite interesting so I was kind of analyzing home this metaphor
and seeing that actually the wind is subtle by nature just like the mind is
subtle by nature now the forcefulness of the wind when you look at how the how
the weather works which I’m not an expert on but when you look at how the
wind becomes forceful it’s because of what it is surrounded by so the Sun can
cause an intense high temperature in one area
of the world and then that is conflicted with another area of the world that has
an opposing temperature these two conflicting or opposing elements then
cause the wind to become very very forceful so in the same way.. I find that
really interesting because in the same way the mind depending on what it is
influenced by will be of a certain nature now this is a really really key
point in understanding what the mind is and how to positively influence the mind
how to control the mind this is a really key point that what your mind is
surrounded by hence what you are surrounded by will then influence the
nature and condition of your mind yeah that’s really key and even when I work
with clients you know when we are working through past trauma negative
thought patterns it’s all stems from what has been inputted into the mind in
the past that’s what we work with so what is the mind the mind is a
reflection of your environment it is a reflection of your association it is a
reflection of what you have put into it now this moves on to my second metaphor
which is the mind is like a lake now I don’t know if I came up with this
metaphor myself or whether I’ve read it somewhere I’ve I’ve read so many
different things here in terms of psychology philosophy the Vedic
philosophy so I don’t know whether I’ve read this somewhat from somewhere or
whether I sort of came up with this myself from analyzing different things
that I’ve read I’m really not sure but comment below if you’ve heard this
before and then I’ll be happy to make those links. but the mind is like a lake
the waters of the lake can either be clear or murky and what then enters into
the lake from the streams then sits at the bottom of the lake it sits from the
bed of the lake now these streams are likened to the senses or information
from the senses right so you have in the Vedas explains that we have nine senses
and sense organs so information enters into these
senses and sense organs and it sits within the mind now the bed of the lake
can be understood almost like the subconscious mind right things sit and
sit are stored so depending on what experiences we have when we make contact
with the material world the sense is engaged with the material world and we
hear we see we feel things and all of that gets stored into our subconscious
mind and we create memories right and past experiences so these memories are
mental impressions in sanskrit we call that samskaras now because the mind is
dependent on what we received from the senses and the external world it really
means that association is really really powerful like what I was mentioning
before about the wind that what surrounds us what surrounds the mind is
what will create its condition now in the Vedic text there is a verse which is
assert the asat sanga tyaga. asat. asat means unwanted association so
association that is just not helping us and then the Vedic texts talk about
Association that helps us on the soul level you know things and people that
are going to help us spiritually grow that is sat that is the true
association right because sat means truth or eternality Sanga means association
tyaga means to let go of right or to renounce so asat sanga tyaga means
to give up unwanted association Association that doesn’t help us and
that is really important in terms of understanding how to improve the
condition of the mind and it’s true just in the general sense of things you know
power of association is really important when you want to achieve anything in
life you know if you want to become an engineer or a doctor or whatever it may
be then you associate with things and people of that nature because that is
how you’re going to learn right in the same way you know if you associate with
people who bring you down who are negative who are you know committing
crimes then you’re likely to adopt those types of behaviors because those are the
mentally that are going to be left you know in
the lake bed of your mind and create that type of nature within your own
consciousness within your own mind so association is really really important
now if you’ve had a very very negative past where you’ve been bullied or where
you’ve you know heard a lot of negative statements even witnessed a lot of
violence and then that can create a mental disturbance within yourself
however much you identify with those experiences however much it’s going to
create an impression and an impact on your subconscious mind so when I work
with clients you know I do a lot of work with almost sort of unearthing you know
these this stuff that’s sort of sitting on the bed you know of the lake a lot of
it is about learning to let go and and and release some of that stuff and then
learn how to put yourself in better environments you know learn how to
distinguish between what’s a healthy relationship what’s a not healthy
relationship just so that you are able to then decrease the amount of
negativity that enters into your consciousness this concept of mental
impressions creating future behavior is not something that is just from the way
those or an Eastern concept you know this is within psychology in the West as
well and you know who uses this principle the most is advertisement
companies advertisement companies know that if you create a strong enough
mental impression by use of emotions by use of sex which is considered in the
bathers to be one of the sense organs by the use of imagery and sound and
repetition that it can create a mental impression which then creates and
directs the consumers future behavior I mean that’s so powerful this principle
has certainly gotten into the hands of those who want to make money those who
want to who have greater self-interest than the interests of others ultimately
right that is consumers but if you can take this principle and you can be
empowered to decide what you associate with
you don’t associate with then you’ll be able to direct the course of your life
so the next point in understanding the mind going back to metaphor of the lake
is that the lake contains bubbles you know thousands and thousands and
numerable amounts of bubbles that come and go right they generate they
disappear and then more bubbles form this is like into desires now this is
from the Vedic texts I know that we have we go through so many desires every day
you know I want to eat I’m hungry and thirsty the lake with thousands and
thousands of bubbles generating is like the innumerable desires that are created
in the mind and the minds other function is accepting and rejecting based on
these desires that’s how it then instructs the body – then act based on
these desires now these desires are actually generated
and created from our past experiences and our samskaras based on the
information that we received through the senses if we want healthier desires if
we want to have healthier behaviors based off healthier desires then we need
to be in healthy good association do you see how it all links comment below if
that is making sense to you ok another last thing is ok we can accept that the
mind is unsteady by nature it’s flickering in nature but really how do
we control it you know what is the answer
so that relates to a body which is intelligence right and then something
higher than that which is self identification which is ahankara – false
ego I’m going to create a different video two different videos on that
because this videos is probably long enough just on the mind but through the
intelligence we’ll be able to help control the mind and now I hope you have
liked this video I hope it’s been informative and give it a thumbs up if
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more on the subtle body I have the intelligence and false ego see you soon


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