MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 17-1.2.



Chapter -17. Avidya And Ahankara-1

1. Avidya-2.

The whole experience of duality, made up of perceiver and perceived, is pure imagination.

There is no Avidya apart from the mind.

On destruction of the mind, all is destroyed.

The activity of the mind is the cause of all appearance.

On account of Avidya or Bhranti (illusion) in the mind, you see the objects, trees, etc., outside and feel as if they are separate from you and real.


So long as there is mind, there are all these distinctions of big and small, high and low, superior and inferior, good and bad, etc.

The highest Truth is that in which there is no relativity.

If you can transcend the mind by constant and profound meditation on Atman, you will be able to attain the Nirdvandva state (a state beyond the pairs of opposites) wherein lies the supreme peace and highest knowledge.


There is no Avidya outside the mind.

The mind itself is Avidya.

Imaginations and Sankalpas are products of Avidya.

Ignorance is imbedded in the mind.

The mind needs thorough cleansing with Japa, Pranayama, Satsanga, Vichara and Nididhyasana, just as a rusty copper plate needs cleansing with earth, ash, tamarind, powder, etc.

Next : 2-Ahankara-how It Develops

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....


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