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Mind-confusion and heart-illumination, part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 143rd book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — Waiting outside Eternity's door: the mind
Question: What purpose does the mind serve?
Question: Is there any correlation between spirituality and intelligence?
Question: Are there karmic causes for intelligence?
Question: I was thinking not so much of book intelligence. Very often we meet someone who has had very little formal education or book learning but who seems to exhibit a very deep natural intelligence. Would this be a sign of intuitive knowledge or spiritual knowledge?
Question: Do you feel that the chief obstacle to spiritual illumination is the mind and its operation?
Question: What exactly is the difference between the physical mind and the intellectual mind?
Question: Are intellectual discussions of any value?
Question: Why is the mind destructive?
Question: If the Supreme is in everything, the Supreme is also in the mind. So how can the mind be bad?
Question: If the mind is so bad, how can we get rid of it?
Question: What is it in us that resists something good or something vast in spite of knowing that it will help as and that it is something that we actually need?
Question: How can we surrender the mind?
Question: Why is the mind so difficult to surrender?
Question: Please explain the levels of the mind in relation to surrender?
Question: What can I do to make my aspiration stronger in the mind?
Question: Some people say that we should always listen to the voice of reason. Can you comment on this?
Question: How do we know if something is true or right if we do not use the mind?
Question: The only thing I have to work with is my mind. How can I contact the soul unless I use my mind to do so?
Question: We are brought up in the West not to accept anything unless it has been proven. Should we have a mind that accepts things without questioning and without thinking?
Question: If you told me you could swim across the ocean, I would say, "Let me see you do it." I wouldn't accept the fact that you could until I saw you do it, and then after I saw you do it, I'd say, "Well, now you can teach me."
Question: Guru, the very beautiful spiritual qualities that we've talked about and that we've read about for so long I do not really feel. What's wrong with me?
Part II — The subconscious mind and psychological analysis
Question: How can I bring back to my conscious memory things that I learned once but have now forgotten — such as my medical knowledge?
Question: What is the role of the subconscious in the spiritual life?
Question: Would you say how the subconscious becomes the entrance to the superconscious realm?
Question: Is it desirable to bring to our conscious mind things from our subconscious?
Question: But orthodox psychology states that the subconscious has to be brought to the fore and illumined.
Question: Is there a spiritual method of self-analysis?
Question: Can problems ever be solved psychologically, through psychological analysis, or must it always be spiritually?
Question: How do you bring light into the subconscious?
Question: How can we recognise our guilt and use it for our self-improvement?
Question: Is it necessary to analyse what you actually do, or does this create doubt?
Question: Do you believe that doubt can be overcome by an individual? If so, how can it be done?
Question: To develop faith, do you need a Guru?
Question: How can we get rid of the interpersonal problems related to the ego so we can get along better with others?
Question: How can we understand others better?
Part III — Purifying and illumining the mind
Question: What are hostile forces in the form of thoughts? How can we know that we are being attacked by these hostile forces?
Question: What is the best way to prevent wrong thoughts from attacking us?
Question: What exercise is good to chase away bad thoughts?
Question: I would like to know how to overcome negative thinking, both during meditation and during my ordinary daily activities.
Question: How do we illumine depression?
Question: What part does the mind play in transcending desires and passions?
Question: Why does the mind not want to conquer desires?
Question: How can I purify my mind?
Question: How can we keep the mind pure when we are not concentrating or meditating?
Question: What is the most effective way to get rid of wrong identification with the body, mind or senses?
Part IV — Higher realms of mind
Question: Can you explain to me what the difference is between the soul and the mind?
Question: Would you please say something about the divine mind?
Question: Is it possible for anyone to live in vast expansion of mind, or is this only possible for a realised soul?
Question: How can we learn to feel that we are the soul and not the mind or the body?
Question: How can one have confidence in flashes of intuition?
Question: When I am meditating, some ideas come to my mind. How do I know if they are intuition or just wishful thinking on my part?
Question: How can we know the difference between an imaginary thought and a real thought?
Question: Can we become what we think?
Question: Can we reach God through the intellect alone?
Question: Does a God-realised person use the mind and the ego?
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