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The mystery called Mind

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

16 August 2021

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Various descriptions are given about the Mind and the Soul. One such description is -Soul plus contamination caused by desires is the mind, or conversely, Mind minus contamination is the Soul.

Respected Gurudev,

….. I wonder as to what the mind is! Certainly, it is not matter. It seems that the mind, as the key factor in Self-realization, must be something akin to the Self, if not the Self itself. Or could it be that it is the Self, contaminated and heavy due to the traces of innumerable desires ranging over countless births? When cleansed of the contamination, through the constant pursuit of knowledge, the mind will become thin, light and subtle, so much so that it can be identified as the very Self.

Yours

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Dear and blessed ….,

Harih Om Tat Sat.

Mind is truly indefinable, as is God. It can be spoken of as a unique divine energy, or as a very special mystic substance. Various descriptions are given about the Mind and the Soul. One such description is -Soul plus contamination caused by desires is the mind, or conversely, Mind minus contamination is the Soul. Mind can also be said to be something alien to the Soul, which veils the latter in a mysterious manner. It is all a question of which description suits your taste and becomes comprehensible for you. You accept that which agrees with your present state of evolution. But the truth is that although in the first stage, the Soul is differentiated from the body, in the last stage of evolution one has to realize the truth of absolute Oneness, namely that the Soul alone exists, nothing else. The sādhaka (Spiritual aspirant) has to identify everything with Truth, as Truth, as Brahman. Of course, here he will meet a lot of contradictions, but he will have to leave all of them aside and make his headway. His own evolution will in due course of time clarify everything for him.

Yours
Swamiji

 

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“Mind is truly indefinable, as is God.”

“The sādhaka (Spiritual aspirant) has to identify everything with Truth, as Truth, as Brahman. ”

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