Vaidya Manohar outlines the nature of Mind in Maharishi Ayurveda
In this profound and comprehensive discourse, Vaidya Manohar outlines the nature of mind, its functions and qualities, its relationship to emotion, and the central role of transcending in restoring balance and normalcy from the deepest level.
What is life?
Vaidya Manohar explained that life is composed of the 8 Prakritis—ego, intellect, mind, and the 5 Mahabhutas or elements which constitute the body (space, air, fire, water and earth). In a healthy body the 5 elements are expressed as the balanced composition of Dhatus (tissues) and malas (waste products). They are regulated by the three Doshas (governing principles—Vata, Pitta, Kapha). When the Doshas are balanced the person experiences bliss, balance and purity of the body, mind and senses.
The key is the experience of bliss, the connection with consciousness. But consciousness has no qualities, so how can we connect with it? This is possible through the instrument of the mind.
Qualities and functions of the mind
The mind has many qualities and functions, but its main characteristic is that it is a Srota, a channel. It connects the body with consciousness, and is called Kalpanika Srotas. In the same way that the body is composed of many Srotas or channels, which can get blocked or otherwise have their functions impeded (excess flow, blockage, wrong direction, bulging), so the mental Srotas can become disturbed.
How physical disorders arise from the mind
At this point it was fascinating to hear the main cause of mental disturbance, and how this influences the body.
The main cause of disturbance in the mind is the mistake of the intellect (Pragyaparadh). This means the intellect, which is the discriminating faculty, comes to associate with the field of diversity rather than inner Unity, or pure consciousness. When the mind is settled in pure consciousness, we are Swa-stha, established in the Self, Self-referral. When we are not Self-referral we begin to violate the laws of nature. This disrupts the energy flow in the body, and the disordered energy flows strongly in some areas and bypasses other areas. The parts of the body where the connection is lost naturally become hard, or ‘frozen’. Cells or organs in the ‘frozen’ areas become dangerous to themselves, and finally dangerous to the whole body.
The most important quality of the mind
This again makes it clear that the mind is the key, as it is the connection to pure consciousness. The mind has three main qualities, Sattva (purity), Rajas (action principle) and Tamas (darkness). Sattva, the pure nature of the mind, should predominate, so that Rajas and Tamas serve it.
Sattva has 5 distinguishing qualities: compassion, Dharma (right choice in accord with natural law), action, devotion, and faith (positive thinking).
How do we support the growth of these qualities in our lives? Through correct knowledge, Dhairya (patience), Smriti (memory), and Samadhi (transcendence). The most important of these is transcendence, because it nourishes the others.
Vaidya Manohar ended with deepest appreciation to Maharishi for his incomparable light of purity which he shone on Ayurveda, restoring the one essential aspect that had been lost—Transcendental Meditation—and clarifying every aspect to bring out its full healing power.
Source: Maharishi’s Global Family Chat Summary, October 31, 2012
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