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Know your mind

Modern medicine is able to explain the mind only up to this level, whereas the ancient sciences also explain things like clairvoyance and special memory. Read on for more.

health and fitness Updated: May 21, 2011 19:13 IST
Shikha Sharma

As we saw last week, the mind has many layers, and each layer serves a different function. In the old way of thinking, the mind was present only in the physical organ called the brain, and it sent instructions to the rest of the body through the nerves, which the body carried out like a machine, without understanding.

However, now it is believed that the mind is found in every part of the body. Modern medicine is able to explain the mind only up to this level, whereas the ancient sciences also explain things like clairvoyance and special memory. The physical or gross mind: This has the ability to pick up signals that are important for survival, such as hunger and pain, and the urge to procreate.

The sensory layer: This is concerned with sensory impulses, such as the sensation of fullness, the feeling of pressure, pain, sound, taste and sight.

The thinking layer: This is the layer that works things out logically. It is connected to worldly wisdom. This layer of the mind also gives us our egos – our sense of ourselves as individuals. When we say ‘I’ and ‘I am like this’, it is the product of this layer of the mind. This part is hurt when our egos are bruised.

Various layers of the mind and their functions. (Illustration: Swati)

The empathy layer: This is about compassion and a love for others in a non-contractual way, where what we do for other creatures is not limited by thoughts of what we get in return.

The special gifts layer: Things like a high degree of creativity and clairvoyance are the products of this layer of the mind. People show evidence of these gifts only if they remain clear of the clutter of thoughts raised by the lower layers.

The special wisdom layer: This is the layer of the mind that can see the past, present and future. It is connected to the cosmic mind and has at its disposal the wisdom of the past, present and future. This is the ultimate layer of the mind, ready to experience enlightenment. The ultimate mind is the mind that experiences and lives in bliss. It is the pinnacle of knowledge, wisdom, the senses and stillness.

- From HT Brunch, May 22

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