Does the Human Mind Possess Any “Super Powers”?

MindYou might have read lot about “Mind Power” – the miraculous and amazing power of your mind. There are lot of stories and incidents about the phenomena called – mind over matter. They say if you concentrate and focus your mind, you can perform many fantastic things – miracles.

Really? Do you want to live in fool’s paradise? If not, let’s analyze the facts and truths.

Let’s make it simple. You have a stand-alone personal computer, laptop, tablets or at least a mobile handset. Every device has two segments – hardware and software. The basic hardware consists of processor, hard-disk (storage), memory and wiring. The software has operating system and programs in it. The power of the device depends upon the speed of processor and size of the memory and storage. Of course, it needs energy (electricity) to operate.

Any stand-alone device has a limited power within this stipulated, predefined system. But when it gets connected to Internet (wired or wireless) – you can unleash unlimited powers. You can do zillions of things using the same device.

Our mind (aka brain) is similar to such a device. It is hardware plus software. Before going deep in to that, let’s see the limitations of the mind

Limitations of the stand-alone Mind:-

The mind can NEVER live in the intense present. It thrives on past and future. The moment you come to HERE and NOW, the mind ceases to exist. The mind cannot comprehend the absolute or abstract truth. It needs fact, figures and images. Any belief is Okay with the mind, but NO truth please. Mind cannot KNOW anything beyond the five senses. Mind itself can be called sixth sense, but it cannot understand that.

The stand alone mind cannot experience the divine presence. The mind can understand the concepts, perception or belief about god. But it can never experience the GOD. (I have discussed these points in many articles (See – hence not repeating here.) So the mind has no powers of its own as fantasized by the fiction-writers.

The mind survives only with the ego. Ego means the feeling of “I” or the memory of “I”. This ego makes the stand-alone mind insecure. So it always seeks psychological security. That’s why we clinch to so-many beliefs, faiths and superstitions.

The hardware part of mind:-

The hardware is the content of mind or the material that mind is made up of. “Mind is a material? It has physical form?” You might ask. Yes it has.
Our ancient scientists (ancestors, sages) say it is material. Incidentally, our ancestors used mantra sakthi (virtual, dhyana, enlightment etc) to discover many things in human and cosmos. The Western science use Yantra Sakthi (machines, equipments, computers etc).

In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, mind is looked upon as material. The Chhandogya Upanishad says” anna mayam hi somya mana “means “The mind is verily composed from food.” Food is churned inside by the energies of our body and takes three different forms: the heaviest becomes excrement, the medium quality becomes flesh, and the subtlest part becomes mind, just as the churning of curds gives the subtlest which is butter.

(Excerpt from my book “MIND YOUR MIND: Turn Frustration into Fascination” )

How to join Udaylal Pai’s WhatsApp Broadcast List – articles/blogs/answers: If anyone wants to join the list: (1) Save/add the number “+91-94475-33409” in your phone by creating a new contact (2) Then just send ONLY your name through your WhatsApp to +91-94475-33409. The broadcast will happen ONLY IF the sender’s number is saved in the contact list of the receiver.

Udaylal Pai

Let’s share and care. Let’s get connected:
Facebook: udaylal.pai

© Uday Lal Pai. Please contact the author for re-posting or publishing at

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. Chandrika says:

    Hi Uday!
    I am regularly following ur articles.but while reading above article one doubt crossed my mind.. Why do we do fasting???

  2. V Raman says:

    Dear Uday ji,

    it is true. We know so much and so on. But when it comes to practice?
    Your articles are full of wisdom.
    I know i am not competent to comment on them.
    I love them so far i read them.
    I try to practice to the extent possible.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sir, At your suggestion I read your article above. I can’t say I have understood fully, neither do I feel it has answered my question. I am definitely amazed at the depth and width of your knowledge and reasoning.. Yet,Sir, you are humble in saying you are not knowledgeable or competent.- MKA

    • M K Anantha Swamy says:

      Sir, my remarks, quoted above is not about the article ” Does human mind have Super powers ” it looks like I was referring t some ther article of yours. MKA

  4. Aztec says:

    Hello Sir , it was educating reading your articles until I stumbled upon this one. Would you be kind enough to let me know of any scientific research that has established Non Veg food results in poor memory or brain activity ? Contrary to what you might be bent on thinking but I’m pretty content with awesome veg & non veg, just intrigued .


  5. Dear Udai,
    I’m into the business of child development and conduct brain stimulation activities for kids using auditory, visual and kinesthetic modes. Some of your articles are interesting and I’m keen to know more. Let me know if we can meet up and evaluate the possibility of working together for a mutual benefit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *