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WHAT IS THE DECODATION OF MIND IN RAJA YOGA?PART-02...THE FOUR PATHS OF YOGA-09


MIND IN RAJA YOGA ;-

Raja Yoga is an exact science. It aims at controlling all thought-waves or mental modifications. It concerns with the mind, its purification and control. Hence it is called Raja Yoga, i.e., king of all Yogas. It is otherwise known as Ashtanga Yoga i.e., Yoga with eight limbs.The eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are the foundation of Yoga.Here we can know about the mystery of the mind ;-

WHAT IS MIND?-

1-Mind is mysterious something which is really nothing but does everything.

Mind is Maya.Mind is born of Prakriti. It is a product of ignorance. It is a compound of Vasanas ('wishing' or 'desiring) and Sankalpas (thought, imagination). It is a mixture of worry and fear. It is a solution of Ahankara(ego). It is a confection(sweet food).

2-Matter, Prana and Mind are the three relative manifestations of the Absolute. Prana is really a modification or manifestation of Mind. Prana is Kriya Shakti or faculty of actions. Matter emanates from Prana. Prana proceeds from mind. Matter is below Prana. Prana is above matter but below mind.

3-Prana is positive to matter but negative to mind. Mind is positive to both Prana and Matter, but negative to will. Will is the centre of Ego. Will is the General-in-chief which directs the mind and Prana to all parts and in all directions. Intuition is above reason and is the channel of communication between man and spirit. Development of the Will-Power by Auto-suggestion is the basic principle of Raja Yoga or Vedanta. Superconscious Mind is the realm or Spirit of Life.

4-Mind is Atma Shakti. . . It is through mind that Brahman manifests Himself as the universe with heterogeneous(varied), objects. Mind is inert. It cannot by itself illumine the objects. It borrows its light from Atman or the Self. The body with its organs is no other than the mind.

STRUCTURE OF MIND;-

Here is an exposition of the mind, its nature and control.

I- MIND AS THE UNIVERSE

All the visible objects do not really exist. The mind alone shines as the cause of all the manifold created objects.

This universe is no other than the mind itself. The Self-light of Para Brahman alone is appearing as the mind or this Universe. Mind alone is the Universe.

2- MIND AS SANKALPA

The form of the mind is Sankalpa alone. The expansion of the mind alone is Sankalpa (thought, imagination). Wherever there is Sankalpa (thought) there does the mind exist. Sankalpa, through its power of differentiation generates this Universe. The Sankalpas and Vasanas which you generate enmesh/entrap you as in a net. Man is subject to bondage through his own Sankalpas and Vasanas, like a silkworm in its cocoon. If the mind turns its back upon discrimination, it entangles itself in the folds of Vasanas, or desires.

3-STOREHOUSE OF IMPRESSIONS

Mind is a collection of Samskaras or impressions. The mind goes into modifications according to the latent impressions of the past. These impressions are called Samskaras. Mind is a bundle of Vasanas, Sankalpas and likes and dislikes. If you free yourself, from these, the mind dwindles(cause to grow less in size) into an airy nothing. Mind is nothing but a bundle of habits, desires and cravings. The mind which is the conditioning clothing of the soul is a storehouse of impressions. It is attached to the pleasure of senses and is tossed about by three Gunas, and hence is liable to disturbance in the form of lust, anger, etc. The true nature of the mind is Vasanas or subtle desires.