MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 14-4.


Chapter 14 -SAMSKARAM-S : 4

4. CYCLIC CAUSATION OF THOUGHT AND SAMSKARA

An object awakens or revives Samskaras in the mind through external stimuli.

Hence, a Sankalpa or thought arises subjectively from within, without a stimulus from outside.

When you think of a cow which you have seen before, you repeat the word 'cow' mentally. Then only, the mental image comes.

Then, a thought is formed.



Samskara causes Sankalpa, and Sankalpa causes Samskara, just as seed is the cause of the tree, and tree is the cause of the seed, in turn.

There is cyclic causation on the analogy of seed and tree (Bija-Vriksha-Nyaya).

 A Vritti in the mind produces a Samskara, and a Samskara, in turn, causes again a Vritti.

Owing to the force of stimuli (Udbodhaka, Vyanjaka) either from within or from without, the seed-like Samskaras again expand and give rise to further activities.

This cycle of Vritti and Samskara is Anadi (beginningless), but has an end when one attains Divine Knowledge and liberation.



They get Laya (dissolution) into Prakriti.

They cease to produce any effect on the Jivanmukta.

The Samskaras should be fried up by continuous Samadhi.

Then only you will be free from births and deaths.

Next : 5.Samyama Over Samskaras


Swami Sivananda
To be continued ..




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