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The Nature of our Mind - 2
« on: April 11, 2009, 05:43:46 PM »
Michael James continues....

Therefore all that we know of the external world is acutally only the images or thoughts that our mind is constantly forming within
itself. Do we not have to accept, therefore, that the world that we
think we perceive outside ourself may be nothing other than thoughts
that our mind has formed within itself, just as the world we see in
our dreams are?  Even if we are not ready to accept he fact that the world may actually be nothing  but own thoughts, must we not at least accept the fact that the world as we know it, and as we ever
can know it, is indeed nothing but thoughts? 

Of all the thoughts that are formed in our mind, the first is the
thought of "I".  Our mind first forms itself as the thought of "I"
and only after that does it form other thoughts.  Without an "I"
to think them, no other thoughts could be formed.  All the other
thoughts formed in our mind are constantly coming and going,
but the thought "I" persists as long as our mind itself persists.
Thus the thought "I" is the root of all other thoughts, and is the
one essential thought without which there would be no such thing
as 'mind'.

Therefore our mind consists of two distinct elements, namely the
knowing object, the root thought "I", and the known objects,
all the other thoughts that are formed and experienced by "I".
However, though it consists of these two elements, the one
fundamental and essential element of our mind is the root thought
"I".  Hence, though we use the term 'mind' as a collective term for both the thinker and its thoughts, the mind is in essence just as
the thinker, the root thought "I" that thinks all other thoughts.
This simple but important truth is expressed succinctly by Sri
Ramana Maharshi in Upadesa Saram, Verse 18:-

[Our] mind is only [ a multitude of] thoughts.  Of all [the countless thoughts that are formed in our mind], the thought "I" alone is
the root [base, foundation or origin].  [Therefore] what is called
'mind' is [in essence just this root thought] "I".

(Source:  Be Still, it is the wind that sings.  A book containing articles and poems of which most were published by Mountain Path.  Mountain Path, Jayanti, 2007)

Arunachala Siva.