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The truth about the Sattvic Mind
« on: February 10, 2010, 10:56:23 AM »
The variable part of the self is the mind.  This is responsible
for all our moods and states of being, and their activities, painful
and pleasurable. Its nature is to identify itself with the body and induce it to activities, leading to pleasure or pain.  This is due to its rajasic (active) and tamasic (inert and dark) nature.

Through these qualities, the mind not only identifies itself with
the gross body, but it also veils and hides the constant part of our
self, the Atma, the Self.

But there is a saving grace about the mind.  Apart from its rajasic
and tamasic nature, there is in it a sattvic aspect, calm and harmonious.  The wise try to enhance this sattvic aspects thorugh all activities dedicated to God.  One can learn how to improve this aspect of the mind by studying scriptures like Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

This sattvic aspect of the mind should be so developed as to first
control the rajasic and tamasic qualities (gunas), and later to annihilate them, so that the sattvic quality comes to be one hunded percent of the mind.  In this state, the mind can be used as an
instrument to get understanding (Vijnana) of the constant quantum of our Being -- the Sat Chit Anandam or Being-Awareness-Bliss.

The understanding can be had by separating the mind from the gross body, to which it has been so long outwardly projecting, and taking it inwards towards the Self, our constant Being.  When the mind is so trained to be more and more in contact with the Self, then there arises perfect understanding and permanent abidance in the Real.

You are really free in yourself. The clouds do not really affect you.
Yet you are also outwardly active, according to the latencies of
the past karma in you, which work out according to the law of that karma.  The potter has given up his hold on the wheel.  Yes. But that wheel still moves on to the momentum still left in it.

(Source:  At the feet of Bhagavan, Sri T.K. Sundaresa Iyer.)

Arunachala Siva.