Sunday, 4 October 2015

The glorious mind .


The  Gita  revisited .
The  glorious  mind.

                    The  Lord's  glories  manifest   in different  ways.  They  also  manifest  as  the abilities  of the  mind.  Some  of  the abilities  of the  mind  are   memory,  knowledge  and   the ability  to forget. . The  three  states  of experience   are  the  waking   state   ,the  dream state  and  the  deep sleep  state. . The  waking  state  is  when  we  know  and  respond  to the  world. . The  dream  state   is a projection  of  past  memories,  and  deep  sleep  is  a  state  of  total  forgetfulness   of the  world.  ,even  your own  identity  is  forgotten. . All  these  spring  from the  Self  alone. 

                Learning  any  subject  needs  a good  memory  , only then  whatever  is learned  is retained  in the  mind  and  one  should  have   the  ability  to recall  what  one  knows   and  has learned. . We  need  the  ability  to  understand  and  gain  knowledge  , whether  secular  or  sacred.  . True  learning  also  involves  the  capacity  to  give  up  false  beliefs  and  ideas. , so  one  should  have  the  capacity  to forget  what  is  detrimental  to gaining  knowledge. When  a  student  approaches  a  master  for  knowledge, he  is  expected  to forget  all  his  old  beliefs   which  are  false  and   approach  the  master   with an open  mind  like  a clean  slate. . So  the  ability  to forget  is  indeed  a great  blessing  .  So  we  find  that  true  learning  involves  all  the  three  :  memory,  knowledge  and  the  ability    to  forget. 

               At  the  end  of  the  Gita   discourse   in the  18th  chapter,  Arjuna  tells    Sri  Krishna  , " All  my  false  notions  are  destroyed  (  apohanam ),  ,  I have  remembered  who  I  am  and  what my duties  are  (  memory  ). This  Self  -knowledge   has  taken  place  by  your  Grace  alone  ." Thus  Smriti  , Jnanam, and   Apohanam  are  truly  the  Lord's  glories.  

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