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The Nature of the mind
« on: June 17, 2009, 10:52:40 AM »
Question:-  What is the nature of the mind?

Bhagavan:  The mind is nothing other than the 'I thought'. 
The mind and ego are one and the same.  The other mental
faculties such as the intellect and the memory are only this.
Mind, intellect [buddhi], the storehouse of mental tendencies
[chittam] and ego [ahankara]  -- all these are only the one
mind itself.  This is like different names being given to a man
according to his different functions.  The individual soul is
nothing but this or ego.

                       - From Mountain Path 1982 - M. Spenser.

Question:  How shall we discover the nature of the mind, that
is, its ultimate cause, or the noumenon of which it is a manifestation?

Bhagavan:  Arranging the thoughts in the order of value, the
'I thought' is the all-important thought.  Personality-idea or
thought is also the root or the stem of all other thoughts, since
each idea or thought arises only as someone's thought and is
not known to exist independently of the ego.  The ego therefore
exhibits thought-activity.  The second and third persons [he, you, that, etc.,] do not appear except to the first person, I.
Therefore, they arise only after the first person appears, so
all the three persons seem to rise and sink together.  Trace,
then the ulitmate cause of 'I' or personality.

                                                      - Talks, Who am I?

Bhagavan:  From where does this 'I' arise?  Seek it within.
It then vanishes.  This is the pursuit of wisdom.  When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that
there is no such thing as mind.  This is the direct path of all.
                                                        - Upadesa Undiyar

Arunachala Siva.