Nature of Reality

Raghavendra Hebbalalu hs_raghavendra at YAHOO.COM
Fri Oct 5 11:54:28 CDT 2001

namaH sarvebhyaH,
        What Shrinivas said makes sense. Consciousness
is something that illuminates the mind and is beyond
it. Since my body is external to me (and my mind too)
and the brain is in our body, it is right to say the
brain or the concept of the brain is in the mind
rather than the other way round.
        Or, if you look at the kosha theory used in
the upanishads, the brain being a physical organ is in
the annamaya kosha. But the mind is subtler than the
body or the prANa and hence it is in the separate
manomaya kosha.
        I hope this clarifies things.

--- Chandrashekaran Venkataraman
> Dear Shrinivas,
> > You wrote:
> >The point that I am trying to drive home is:
> >Physical plane is a manifestation of Mental plane.
> Thus in this
> >context, it amounts to something like: Mind is not
> contained in
> >the brain, it is Brain that is a physical
> manifestation of a
> >portion of mind. Thus in some sense it is Brain
> that is contained
> >in the mind.
>    If you mean the "mind" and not consciousness in
> your above
> statement I have a problem.
>    I feel, even if the mind doesn't think about
> brain, the brain has an
> independent existence. Because it's only we humans
> who think that there is
> something called brain. What about the other
> creatures which lack
> sophistries
> that we all possess. Just because these creatures
> don't think about their
> brain,
> can we say their brain doesn't exist? May be from
> their perspective their
> brain
> doesn't exist.. But it's only due to their ignorance
> and not knowledge. So
> saying
> that brain exists in mind can't extend to encompass
> all cases. We could say
> consciousness here but not mind, I think.
>    Regards,
>    -chandrasekaran.

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