Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi Disciple Sadhu Om About Two Meanings Of Mind  (Read 1242 times)


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The word ‘mind’ is generally taken to be a collective name for the whole multitude of thoughts, although in actual fact the only fundamental and essential characteristic of the mind is the root thought ‘I’, the first person singular feeling.

Thus the word ‘mind’ may be said to have two meanings. Its primary meaning is the subjective aspect of the mind, namely the first person thought ‘I’, while its secondary meaning is the objective aspect of the mind, namely the multitude of other thoughts, all of which exist only by depending upon this first thought ‘I’. This multitude of thoughts is only a crowd of second person objects.

Source: The Path Of Sri Ramana Part Two By Sri Sadhu Om

Note: Moreover in srimad bhagavatam it is written

The mind is not to be killed.Mind or desire cannot be stopped, but to develop a desire to function for spiritual realization, the quality of engagement by the mind has to be changed. The mind is the pivot of the active sense organs, and as such if the quality of thinking,feeling and willing is changed, naturally the quality of actions by the instrumental senses will also change.

Srimad Bhagavatham, 2.1.17.
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Re: Ramana Maharshi Disciple Sadhu Om About Two Meanings Of Mind
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 06:51:29 AM »
Mind is insentient blankness.Thought arises when this insentient blankness associates with consciousness.Thought is the index of mind.
Mind is only in the name like insentient sky,you cannot hold the sky in your fist.Same is the case with the mind,it has no form it is not tangible.Mind is inferred when there is thought.When there is no thought there is nothing like an entity like mind.(Naiva maanasam).


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Re: Ramana Maharshi Disciple Sadhu Om About Two Meanings Of Mind
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 10:48:34 AM »

There were two questions that were asked by someone to
Annamalai Swami:


Why does the mind always go outwards instead of inwards?

A.S: Because we don't ask the question,: "Why does the mind
go outwards instead of inwards?"


Does the mind die gradually or suddenly?

A.S:  One answer is: "When the sun comes up, does darkness
disappear suddenly or gradually?"

Bhagavan, speaking on this topic, once remarked:  "Someone
mistakes a rope hanging in the darkness for a snake.  He then
asks how many years it will take for the snake to die?"

This is a better answer:  If the mind does not exist, it cannot die either quickly or slowly! 

Arunachala Siva.