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YOGA OF MIND – 9. Fore- Mind & Sub- conscious Mind

In the previous chapter we discussed that the fore-mind is nothing but the projection of the sub-conscious mind or the “chitha”.  We will take up the analysis of fore-mind (conscious mind) and the sub-conscious mind and the interconnection between them. Influences of events stored in the sub-conscious mind when remembered, the events already recorded in the sub-conscious mind is brought to the fore – mind stands transformed into the object, it is called ‘remembering’ as we have already seen. The degree of a man who is able to bring to his memory, the past event from his sub-conscious mind depends on his capacity to remember. We classify this ability to remember as good or bad according to one’s capability to induce the sub-conscious mind and bring out the events to one’s fore-mind as rememberance. 

The “chitha” or the sub-conscious mind tries to express its deep embedded “Vasanas” or influences through the fore-mind and at the same time the external stimuli through the five senses try to activitate the fore-mind. At this point of time the intelligence aspect of the mind is in a fix as how to function. This we often experience and we say that one is in dual (two) minds. The reasoning aspect and the intelligence aspect of the mind when they express themselves we experience pleasure sometimes and pain at other times. Take for instance a girls who develops love at first sight with a person, at the same time her mind keeps telling her that socially it would not be acceptable to marry him; If she were to brush aside the fore-boding of the mind, we do not know what will be the ultimate effect. If she does not accept the love as dictated by her force-mind, she has a restless mind. She shuns food, lacks peaceful sleep and as a consequential effect she loses her health. This kind of mental battle takes place in all people at one time or the other. But many do not weigh the pros and cons of it and arrive at the right conclusion. The influences of the sub-conscious mind is the result of past experiences stored in it and the fore – mind’s actions are as result of influences or incidents happening currently. Mind’s action is often the result of circumstances of social setup existing at that moment. 

How does “karma” act on the man? We saw that “Karma” is as a result   of past experiences stored in the sub-conscious mind. The ancient “seers” have confirmed that in a man’s mind, the entire previous experiences are recorded like a video tape. The “karma” induces a man according to his past experiences and he does carry out those actions accordingly and meets with good or bad effects. If according to one’s “karma” he has to lose his leg, the “chitha” or the sub-conscious mind induces the man to go out at that particular time when circumstances will culminate in losing his leg in an accident. Similarly, man according to his “karma” begets unexpected wealth by buying a lottery ticket which will ultimately win a prize.

Before we learn the causes that induces one at a particular time, we should know that, “karma” i.e., fortune or fate can function only through the medium of mind.  If the thoughts were to arise in one’s mind and if he decides not to act accordingly, then “Karma” cannot act on him. Similarly if the sub-conscious mind is controlled in such a manner that it is unable to induce thoughts to one’s fore-mind, “Karma” cannot act on him also. Thus “karma” and fortune or fate acts through one’s mind.

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