Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Mind and Emotion Construct

What is the Mind? 
A device? An organ? A virtual construct?
Where exactly is mind located?
For scientists, it seems the mind still remains a mystery as reported be The New Scientist:

Where does the mind reside? It’s a question that’s occupied the best brains for thousands of years. Now, a patient who is self-aware – despite lacking three regions of the brain thought to be essential for self-awareness – demonstrates that the mind remains as elusive as ever.

The finding suggests that mental functions might not be tied to fixed brain regions. Instead, the mind might be more like a virtual machine running on distributed computers, with brain resources allocated in a flexible manner, says David Rudrauf at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, who led the study of the patient.

Self-awareness and other high-level cognitive functions probably do not relate to the brain in a simple way, says Rudrauf. “They involve layers of abstraction and mechanisms that cannot be explained by standard functional-neuroanatomy.” He suggests that there are fundamental mechanisms yet to be discovered. “We would all like simple answers to complicated questions, and we tend to oversimplify our conceptions about the brain and the mind,” he says.

Linda Clare, a psychologist at Bangor University, UK, is also not surprised by the finding. “Awareness has many manifestations,” she says. “It’s not just a matter of a few brain cells.”

The Mystics have a different take. Sadhguru says:

In yoga, we don’t see the mind being in any one particular place because in yoga we see a human being as five sheaths or five layers of bodies. These are known as Annamaya kosha, Manomaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha, Vigyanamaya kosha and Anandamaya kosha. Translating it into English would mean, Annamaya kosha means food body. The body, the physical body that you have is just the accumulation of food that you have eaten. It is something that you gather. Manomaya kosha means a layer of intelligence which is capable of accumulating knowledge. But there is a layer of intelligence. It is not here (Gestures) or here (Gestures), here, somewhere. Every cell in the body has its own intelligence. Yes or no? If a bacteria or virus enters your body do your cell phones call you up on your cell phone and ask you whether to welcome them or destroy them? They will just do what they have to do because they have their own intelligence.

So intelligence is all across. Accumulation of knowledge is all across. When I say this, people will always think, generally the thought is memory means it’s in your head. No, no, no. Your body has a million-fold more memory than your mind. Right now, your great grandfather’s nose is sitting on your face because something in the body remembers. Isn’t it? Yes or no? A million years ago how your forefathers looked, unknowingly still your hair is like that, your texture of the skin is like this, your complexion is like this. Your body remembers. Your body remembers a million-fold more than your mind can ever imagine. So, both in terms of intelligence right now what is happening in a single cell in your body, can you logically, mentally or intellectually decipher what’s happening in one cell in your body? One molecule of DNA what’s happening is too much to know.

So the intelligence and the memory in the body is way beyond what happens in the bone box that you call as your head. It is just that this part (Gestures) of your intelligence can generate thought and because you have become very attached to your thought, you think intelligence is all coming from here. No. This (Referring to the rest of the body) is exuding much more intelligence than your brain can ever think of. This is the science of yoga. 

Quite a complicated answer, but very interesting!

Let us take another view. Let us state simply that Mind is an organ where "thought" is born. Now, we still do not know how the physical organ called "brain" creates a construct called "Mind". However, we do have access to observing how a thought is born.

This needs more deliberation. For now, let us say that we still have a lot or learn about our brain and mind.

In the meantime, we could work towards making available to ourselves a powerful device that may be used uninhibitedly as per our free will to powerfully impact the reality around us!

Friday, May 27, 2011

No-Where, Now-Here and Everywhere

Nowhere is one of the most beautiful spaces
Being in an unknown, undetermined, uncertain space!
Do I know where I am?
Do I know who I am?
Do I know whose thought is this?
Am I the doer?
Is there a before and is there an after?
Am I consciousness? The experiencing 'organ'?
What is missing? Complete 'Knowing-ness'!
I am upset that I do not know
And, I will never know
Because the entity (separated being) which wants to know has to be dropped
The questioner has to disappear
The questioning happens because I am in a SEPARATED space
The source of all internal movement is separation
I am separate, so I wish to resolve it
Disassociating from this existence is a barrier
Accepting it all is an access
Accept the gap, the 'non-knowingness' and the separation
Own this up - all of it
This existential construct to experience my own magnificence by forgetting it all and landing in an unknown state
I am here because of deliberate forgetfulness
And, the access back to the pristine magnificence and glory is forgetfulness again
Can one forget?
It is difficult to forget if there is pain which usually happens because of guilt or blame
When all complaints are dropped and there is no one to blame
What remains is 'agenda': desires and aspirations
Most desires come from an experience of lack or low-self esteem
Based on fear, one wants to rush into a series of actions
Which is wonderful as this universe is all about changes and movements
Struggle starts when power of actions seems to diminish due to attachment to goals
Life has shown-up in a certain manner and I simply need to act
Just focus on the steps or maybe not even focus, simply flow
Moving from the experience of being a small pond
To flowing like a river - forgetfully but powerfully and synchronized with the enter universe
Into the magnificent ocean of being

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Awareness, Dictionary & Awakening!

There is a Dictionary in your mind.


Your mind machine is crammed with REFERENCES, but you are NOT the DATA and LABELS.

WHEN the MIND becomes the barrier, THEN is it possible to LIVE DIRECTLY with full awareness?

On the other hand, WHEN you start using the mind machine ONLY as a tool - simply a DICTIONARY (List of random and arbitrary labels and references) and NOT REALLY the TRUTH, THEN DO ANY BARRIERS REMAIN IN THIS BEGINNING-LESS & ENDLESS EXISTENCE?

Is that what is called AWAKENING?

You Tell Me!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Is enlightenment over-rated?

Is enlightenment over-rated?

Find-out from Puppetji!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Let Go!

Do not let the mind dwell in thought
of what is good or what is bad
- just relax and forget that you are meditating.
Do not desire to become enlightened 
- if you do you it will never come.

Source: www.deeshan.com

Thursday, October 2, 2008

What is your style of Waking Up?

Aah! The tribulations of life!

Every ONE is struggling...the students, daily-wage earners, entrepreneurs, terrorists, politicians and even the beloved monks - for example, the Tibet movement for liberation.

Is THIS all (simply) a nightmare, with each individual as the AUTHOR of all his/her troubles?

Does THIS world need healing? All sages are trying (with thousands praying with them), but that still seems to be a lot of effort.

Anyway, the enlightened ones say that "nothing needs to be done"? Nothing to avoid, endure or transcend...not even a "waiting" is necessary.

Lisa Hepner says nothing needs to be "healed," only "revealed."

She quotes Joel Goldsmith (The Art of Spiritual Healing):
"Just for a moment imagine that you are experiencing an unpleasant night dream: You are in the ocean, swimming; you have gone out too far; you look back toward the shore and see that there is very little hope of rescue. Even though you shout your lungs out, no one can hear you. And so you are seized with fear. You struggle and strive to reach the shore, and, of course, the harder you fight, the harder the ocean fights you. There is only one thing left for you to do - drown. Yes, drown - but wait! In your fight, you shouted and someone heard you, came over and shook you, woke you up, and behold the miracle! The drowning self disappeared; the ocean disappeared; the struggle disappeared. You awakened and found that you had never left your comfortable home. All that was necessary in order to be released from the struggle was to AWAKEN."

Now, go back to moment when you woke up today!

What was it like to wake up?

I know someone who simply wakes up --- moves out of his bed as if he has just finished a cup of coffee.

Most of us, wake up gradually - slowly, we "come to senses" after an initial disturbance from an alarm clock or some sound or distraction.

What is your style? It could give a critical clue about your spiritual life and help you remove some barriers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

De-mystifying Enlightenment!

Enlightenment is Overrated: Jonathan is not afraid to admit that he has “reached” Enlightenment. He is passionate about bringing "clarity", especially to enlightenment.

Read it all here.

In his opinion:

The great Enlightened masters
(Christ, Buddha, Moses, Lao Tzu, and many others),
did not become Enlightened and retreat into a cave.
They did not merely transcend their egos.
They became great big egos.
They engaged life completely and fearlessly
shook the earth from its very foundation.
They did not seek Enlightenment
as an escape from life,
but as a means to live more completely.


In reality, enlightenment brings you into a deeper,
more intimate relationship with life.
Rather, Enlightenment means
dropping into your body more completely.
It means living life more fully, passionately and fearlessly.

So, are you enlightened? If yes, do you agree?