Does the Human Mind Possess Any “Super Powers”?
You 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 https://udaypai.in/) – 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”
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