What is the mind?

What is the mind?

Our mind is the origin and collection of our thoughts, attachments, assumptions, prejudices, emotions and addictions. Since these factors vary from person to person, it’s natural that different people will have unique mindsets which cause them to think and react differently.

How is it formed?

The mind is the connection between our consciousness and the outer world and is formed from the first interaction of the senses with the physical world. Our sensory organs like the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin sense the external world. Then, a thought is formed by our thinking mind.

How does it work?

After this, perceptions are created and we then analyse them on the basis of why, how, when, and where. Based on this, assumptions are made and we form a feeling of like or dislike leading to a creation of a memory by the analysing mind. The choices then made based on the analysis is the function of our intellect or decision-making mind.

Your choices lead to your actions and the cycle goes on. With the repetition of these thoughts and actions, they become stronger, habitual and patterns are formed. These habits form the basis of your mind and your daily life. The more the mind interacts with the outer world, the more patterns and desires are created.

How does it cause misery?

We spend our lives in our minds anxiously chasing these desires. We experience fleeting happiness when we obtain the object of our desire and experience sorrow when not achieved. Even after fulfilling a desire, new desires are constantly being generated by the mind leading to a vicious cycle.

To add to this, our mind doesn’t let us see reality for what it truly is. Since our minds are moulded by our individual experiences and highly subjective, we perceive events from the narrow lens of our individual mindset. We fail to see the bigger picture and lose perspective on what truly matters.

 

How can yoga help?

The great yogis of the past have delved into the mind and decoded its inner workings and mysteries. They realized the potential it has to cause misery in one’s life and developed spiritual practices to tame the mind. In fact, bringing the mind under control and purifying it is seen as the first step towards achieving lasting happiness, contentment and even enlightenment. This can be achieved via yoga asanas (physical yoga), pranayama (meditation) or through knowledge. Of course, practising all three methods simultaneously yields faster results.

How can Vigyan Yoga help?

At Vigyan Yoga, we can help you in your chosen path. We offer yoga, meditation and in-depth yogic theory classes right from the comfort and safety of your home through our e-learning platform. We also organize regular yoga retreats for a full-fledged experience of the yogic life under the guidance of our Guru and co-founder Acharya Kaushal Kumar and his disciple and co-founder Jai Singhania.

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What is Ego?

What is ego?

How does a person introduce himself? They usually mention their name’, place of work and designation etc. This is a reasonable manner to define one’s identity. But when one starts believing in all these identities as himself and acts according to them, then we call it ‘ego’.

There is no limit to our conscious form because it is so subtle that we cannot bound it in the limits of our name, gender, religion, etc. But since most of us do, the decisions made from this perspective are bound to bring sorrow in one’s life.

Through the ego, we start binding ourselves to the limits of this body, and every material thing connected to it. It’s a prejudice that makes us assume everything as our own. The ego makes us believe in something we are not. In other words, when we consider the ‘temporary’ as ‘permanent’, then it is ego.

What kind of problems arise out of ego?

In the first place, most of the problems that people face nowadays are the result of their ego. Many people get stressed just because they think they don’t look good. Here, the lack of understanding of self causes this stress. When we believe that our physical features define us then this is what limits our ability to see our true ‘self’.

Stress, tension, anxiety, and all forms of mental diseases are caused due to false identification. They occur because we assess ourselves incorrectly. When things don’t seem to match our beliefs, we start creating differences between people. As we have already falsely identified ourselves, we see others in the same light. We identify them as good or bad and based on the differences and we either get attached to some people or start disliking others. Attachment and aversion are the main causes of ego.

How to differentiate between ego and self?

Knowing and understanding the fact that everything and everyone in this world is temporary helps to overcome the delusion of ego. The world is temporary and nothing lasts long.

The root cause of all the miseries people are facing in today’s world is that they misinterpret the material world as lasting forever.

Through meditation and understanding yogic knowledge, one is able to peel away the layers of the ego and start to discern his true self. They would then realize that their identity is beyond their appearance, social standing, and material possessions. In time, they will establish themselves fully in their new identity and further cement their spiritual growth.

Recommended Courses: Meditation, Yoga & Pranayama