What is the entity we have that we call the Mind?
Mind is the thinking capacity of the brain. There are two elements to the Mind in my experience: one is the intellect (analytical on factual observations) and the other is truth consciousness (imaginations and dreams sorting).
As a jiva, one uses only one's intellect as the thinking capacity of the brain to guide one. When the Spirit of Truth awakens this mind to seek better means to live and survive, one searches within and realises one's atman. Henceforth the individual is a jivatamaan relying on the Spirit of Truth to overcome the intellect and live in a different frame of mind. When one finds that this reliance on truth consciousness is superior in attaining one's goal of survival, one loses all ones attachments and works only on the basis of the Spirit of Truth within. When this process is fully developed one sees that the Sprit of Truth is part of Creation manifest in Brahman-Nature and is a failsafe way of operation for the individual whose self has disappeared from relinquishing attachments and ego and so with evidence the mind is focussed on the Spirit of Truth whereby one does ones chores nonchalantly and spontaneously. This is when atman=Brahman, the physical energy of the universe. There is no Personal God in ones non-duality of existence. That is how I see the workings of the Mind.
So the thinking capacity of the brain has functionality in determining the best way to live according to the Creator's creation of Brahman-Nature. The brain is part of the body (jiva): the Mind is consciousness that gives the brain its thinking capacity. The Mind searches for facts in two ways: through imaginations and by intellect (analytical). This search is unending for Truth/truth is Infinite/infinite. The Mind is therefore the thinking capacity of the brain for seeking truths to enable survival: hence, Mind is infinite too. There is also a third element in one's consciousness that the Mind assesses: this is the Spirit of Truth, the God element overriding the Mind when atman=Brahman so that the basis of Truth is clear in the body's operations as eternal law of Sanatan Dharma.
Manas Das MIND is Consciousness....... 🙏
Shantanu Panigrahi Is that consciousness or Consciousness?
Manas Das Shantanu Panigrahi Consciousness.......
Shantanu Panigrahi Manas Das So you subscribe to the view that everything that 7 billion humans and all other life forms do on Earth is by the Creator's wishes?
Manas Das Shantanu Panigrahi no.....
Shantanu Panigrahi Let me probe your understanding further: do you believe in fated destiny?
Manas Das Shantanu Panigrahi destiny is created through the mind Shantanu Panigrahi
Manas Das So we are individually in control of what happens by virtue of our free will?
Manas Das no
Shantanu Panigrahi Either we are in control of our actions moment by moment or a God/Higher Power is making us do things: which? - or is it both, as in advaita?
Manas Das Shantanu Panigrahi Saroj Kanta Das shall observe this statement. Saroj babu! please.
Chinthalapalle Kasipathi Mind is one constituent or product of 'aparA prakRti'.
Shantanu Panigrahi Please what does 'aparA prakRti' mean in simple English?
Saroj Kanta Das Shantanu Panigrahi ; Earth, water, fire, air, space, mind, intellect, and ego—these are eight components of my nature. ( Lord in the Gita )
Shantanu Panigrahi Saroj Kanta Das There seems to be no mention of Spirit as the Lord's Nature in terms of His Mind?
Saroj Kanta Das The body is made up of the five elements. Elements are not conscious. Let me ponder....…Thanks
Shantanu Panigrahi Saroj Kanta Das How do electrons orbit around the atoms?
Saroj Kanta Das But neither they nor the atoms are conscious / intelligent!
Shantanu Panigrahi Saroj Kanta Das The electrons may not have intelligence (I do not know as we humans understand intelligence) but I say that the electrons must have a life force to cause movement and a soul force to give them the direction to channel their energy=mass, No?
Saroj Kanta Das Shantanu Panigrahi , YES. Matter is established, controlled and sustained by Energy. (nuclear scientist's view point). "All this in the universe is within the control of the praana; all that is in heaven is also under its control. Protect us like a mother. Give us prosperity and wisdom". (Prasnopanishad, Query 2, verse 13).
Shantanu Panigrahi Saroj Kanta Das Prana must be what I learnt as the Spirit of Truth and not Om in English?
Saroj Kanta Das 'Prana' , means, that energy which vitalizes the Matter in LIFE.
Sunitha Seenappa Saroj Kanta Das every matter in earth plane is surrounded by prana, as I see, which is also aura prabhavali.