I am; therefore I think
- The Indian view of the mind is different from
the prevailing western or European view.
The West defines a human being by the mind,
as with Rene Descartes famous aphorism,
I think, therefore I am.
Materialistic thinkers declare that the soul
exists because of the body and as a
production of the body.
Indian philosophy is the reverse,
I am, therefore I think.
It is not the body that produces consciousness
of existence. On the contrary, it is the
consciousness of existence that keeps
the body alive and activates it.
That which moves the mind and body
is the real Self.
Two uses of the word ego