The Function of the Mind

As promised I will touch on the mind and its purpose. I’m going to start with the reasoning of Vasistha from Vasistha’s Yoga, in which is a book I would suggest to anyone wanting to enquire about their True Nature. This piece is on the mind, and its function. 

VASISTHA continued:

   I have described the states of the mind just to enable you to understand the nature of the mind: it has no other use. For, mind takes on the form of that which it intsensely contemplates.  Existence, non-existence, gaining and renouncing- all these are no more than moods of the mind

RAMA asked:

    If the mind is all this, Lord, how does it ever get tainted?

VASISTHA replied:

   It is a beautiful question, Rama, but not the proper time to ask: when you have listened to what I have to say, you will surely find the answer to this question with the utmost clarity.

   That the mind is impure, is the experience who strives for liberation. Depending upon one’s particular point of view, everyone describes it differently. 

   Just as air coming into contact with different flowers takes on their scent, so mind entertaining different notions takes on those moods, creates bodies suitable for them and, as the energy activating the senses, enjoys the fruition of its own notions. It is the mind, again, that provides the fuel for the functioning of the organs of action. Mind is action and action is mind- the two are like the flower and its scent. The conviction of the mind determines the action and the action strengthens the conviction.

   Mind is everywhere devoted to dharma, wealth, pleasure and freedom: but everyone has a different definition of these and is convinced that that definition is the truth. Even so, the followers of Kapila, the Vedantins, the Vijanavadins, the Jainas and others assert that theirs is only path to liberation. Their philosophies are the expression of their experiences which are the fruit of their own practice, which is in accordance with the convictions in their mind. 

   Rama, bondage is none other than the notion of an object This notion is Maya (illusion), ignorance, etc. It is the cataract that blinds one to the sun of truth. Ignorance raises doubt; doubt perceives- that perception is perverted. In darkness when one approaches even a lion’s empty cage, he is afraid. Even so, one ignorantly believes he is imprisoned in this empty body. The notions of ‘I’ and ‘the world’ are but shadows, not truth. Such notions alone create ‘objects’: these objects are neither true nor false. A mother who considers herself a housekeeper behaves like one; a wife who considers herself her husband’s mother behaves like one for the time being. Therefore, Rama, abandon the notions of ‘I’ and ‘this’ and remain established in the Truth.


So what it comes down to is the minds perception of itself in accordance to its association with the body. In Truth, the mind is the Universal Consciousness, there is no difference between the two but in a bout of forgettfulness it takes the appearance that it is the body. The mind is also a label in which is illusion, as there is no such thing in this respect.  Because of its false notions of itself, it causes the body-mind to suffer, but the more that the mind is brought back to its source, desire begins to fade. In my own life, I have begun to experience this on a very subtle level, when it realizes intellectually what it is, it begins to go beyond intellect and being nothing in particular but being all, it begins to realize that it lacks nothing.

Desire Nothing, For you lack nothing -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The more and more that there is contemplation of your true nature and by asking the question “Who Am I?”, “What Am I?” The more and more The Self reveals itself to itself, and the more at home the Self will feel. This is not referring to the body, as you are not the body nor you ever will be, you are eternal and unborn (which I’ve touched on in previous blogs). The desire for worldy things will deminish with self-knowledge.

I’m going to leave you with one final quote to contemplate which comes from Maharaj once more

What can be forgotten, is not Truth for the reason why Truth cannot be remembered is because  it cannot be forgotten -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I hope this may clarify some question that people may touch on with the mind at whatever stage they are at in their life. Merely knowing the mechanics of the mind and illusion detaches you from them causing them to lose their grip. 


Please feel free to leave comments or questions and I will do my best to answer, the only way to become established in Truth is to extinguish any ignorance (in your and my case as I know that words are ignorance to begin with whether they come from myself or from another source, but words are still necessary at going beyond themselves)


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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4 comments on “The Function of the Mind
  1. Liz Madsen says:

    Very nice. Well done.

    Liked this one the most: “Desire Nothing, For you lack nothing -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj”

  2. I’m glad you liked it Liz, just like the story says in respect to the mind, given you let that resonate, I’m sure it will have major impacts on the mind. The mind is a notion for what really is, or an illusion of your True Nature, so given the right motivations, ignorance will be purified.

    This also might help in the study of Love that you had been wanting to conduct, if its Love you really want to be, it is not out of your reach as nothing resides outside of the Absolute. 🙂 ❤

  3. manu4groups says:

    All the books of Nisargadatta Maharaj is available for free download here :

    Please check if you have missed to read any. If anybody knows about a book which is not listed here, please send me a copy, I shall include it.


  4. thank you manu4groups,

    I have probably all of nisargadattas books and they are all very delightful and insightful. I might be considering putting that link onto my blog as the books do have a lot of wisdoms to let go of the ego in them.

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