a reply to: Astrocyte
Here are some snippets re: The Mind that I got off TheSelf.com:
MIND CONQUERED, WORLD CONQUERED
It is the mind that has made all this world, as pots from clay.
When the mind is conquered, everything is conquered.
Remember, that the mind is almost invincible... except through intelligent practise.
The very best intelligent means by which the mind can be subdued is complete freedom from desire, hope or expectation in regard to all objects at all
It is by this means that this powerful elephant (the mind) can be subdued. This means is both very easy and extremely difficult; it is very difficult
for one who does not engage himself in serious practise, but very easy for one who is earnest in his effort.
Just as there is no harvest without sowing, the mind is not subdued without persistent practise. Hence, take up this practise of renunciation. Until
one turns away from sense pleasures here, one will continue to roam in this world of sorrow.
Even a strong man will not reach his destination if he does not move towards it.
No one can reach this state of total dispassion without persistent practise.
Only by right self exertion can dispassion be attained; there is no other means.
People talk about divine grace or fate, but in this world we perceive the body, not a god. When people speak of god they simply imply what is
inevitable, what is beyond their control and the events of natural order. Even so, whatever brings about total equanimity and the cessation of joy and
sorrow is also referred to as divine grace.
Divine grace, natural order and right self exertion all refer to the same truth; the distinction is due to wrong perception or illusion.
Whatever the mind conceives of through right self-exertion comes to be in its own fruition, and when the mind apprehends such fruition, there is
experience of joy, etc.
The mind is the doer, and whatever it conceives of, the natural order (niyati) creates and manifests. The mind is also able to run counter to the
natural order; hence it may even be said that the mind is the prompter of the natural order.
Even as wind moves in space, the jiva (the individual) functions in this world, doing what has to be done within the natural order though such actions
appear to be selfish or egotistic. Prompted by nature, he seems to move or stand still - both of which are mere expressions or false superimpositions,
even as the movement of trees on a mountain top makes it look as if the peak is swaying.
Hence, as long as there is mind there is neither god nor a natural order; when the mind has ceased to be... let there be whatever is!
THE MIND IS THE HUB OF THE WORLD APPEARANCE
Again, how can we relate which is seen in an hallucination and what is seen 'in front of our eyes?' Or what is truly unreal and what has really
undergone a factual transformation? Hence, this cosmic illusion leads the unwary mind into endless difficulties.
The mind is the hub around which this vicious cycle revolves, creating delusion in the minds of the deluded.
It is by firmly restraining that hub through intense self-effort and keen intelligence that the whole wheel is brought to a standstill.
When the hub's motion is stopped, the wheel does not revolve: when the mind is stilled... illusion ceases. One who does not know this trick and does
not practise it, undergoes endless sorrow. The moment the truth is seen, behold... the sorrow comes to an end.
The disease of the perception of this world-illusion is not cured except through the mastery of the mind, which is its only remedy. Hence, abandon all
other activities like pilgrimage, gifts and austerities, and bring the mind under your control for your ultimate good.
The world appearance abides in the mind, even as there is space in the pot; if the pot is broken, the illusory division of space vanishes; and if the
mind ceases to be, the concept of a world within the mind also ceases to be.
Even as an insect trapped within the pot attains freedom of movement when the pot is broken, you will also enjoy freedom when the mind ceases to be,
along with the world-illusion contained in it.
Live in the present, with your consciousness externalized momentarily but without any effort: when the mind stops linking itself to the past and to
the future it becomes no-mind. If from moment to moment your mind dwells on what is and drops it effortlessly at once, the mind becomes no-mind, full
It is only as long as the mind continues to be agitated that it experiences the diversity of its own projection or expansion, even as rain falls only
as long as there are clouds. And, it is only as long as infinite consciousness limits itself into the finite mind, that such agitation and expansion
take place. If consciousness ceases to be the finite mind, then know that the very roots of cyclic world-illusion are burnt, and there is
Consciousness free from the limitations of the mind is known as the inner intelligence: it is the essential nature of no-mind, and therefore it is not
tainted by the impurities of concepts and percepts.
That is the reality, that is supreme auspiciousness, that is the state known as the supreme Self, that is omniscience - and that vision is not had
when the mind functions. Where there is mind, there flourish hopes and desires, and there arise the experiences of pain and pleasure.
The consciousness which has been awakened to the truth does not fall into concepts and percepts: therefore, even though it seems to undergo various
psychological experiences, it does not give rise to the world-illusion and the cycle of world-appearance.
The self alone is the sole aid for the realization of the supreme self or the infinite consciousness. It is one's own self that strives to abandon
one's own sorrow, and for this the realization of one's own self by oneself is the only course.
Hence, while yet remaining active in this world (talking, taking and leaving, etc), be without the mind and realize that you are pure
Abandon notions such as 'This is mine', 'That is he', 'This I am' and be established in the consciousness of undivided oneness.
As long as the body lasts, consider the present and the future with an equananimous consciousness. Be forever established in the consciousness of the
self at all states - youth, manhood and old age, pleasure and pain, in the waking, dream and sleep states.
Abandon the impurity of objective perception, hopes and desires: remain established in self-knowledge.
Give up notions of auspicious and inauspicious happenings, give up your visions of the desirable and the undesirable: know that you are the essence of
Realize that subject, object and actions do not touch you; remain as pure consciousness without any disturbance in it. Know 'I am the all' and live in
the waking state as if in deep sleep.
Be freed from conditions known as duality and non-duality, and remain in a state of equilibrium which is a state of pure consciousness and freedom.
Realize that this cosmic consciousness is indivisible into 'I' and 'the other' and thus remain firm and unshakable.
It is only when this self-knowledge is overpowered by ignorance that the delusion of world appearance arises in the mind.
But when one is firmly established in self-knowledge - which is infinite, unlimited and unconditioned.... the delusion or ignorance that