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The Pure and the Impure Mind - Swami Sivananda Saraswati

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    THE PURE AND THE IMPURE MIND Swami Sivananda Saraswati The Sanskrit term for mind is Manas. Manas is said to be of two kinds, the pure and the impure. That
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2006
      Swami Sivananda Saraswati

      The Sanskrit term for mind is Manas. Manas is said to be of two
      kinds, the pure and the impure. That which is associated with the
      thought of desire is the impure, while that which is without desire
      is the pure. The pure mind is otherwise known by the name higher
      mind. The impure mind is called lower mind. To men their mind alone
      is the cause of bondage or emancipation. That mind which is attracted
      by objects of sense tends to bondage, while that which is not
      attracted tends to emancipation. There is said to be salvation for a
      mind without a desire for sensual objects. An aspirant after
      emancipation should therefore render his mind ever free from all
      longing after material objects.

      The impure mind or Ashuddha Manas is filled with impure Vasanas
      (tendencies in the mind), Rajas and Tamas and the pure mind or
      Shuddha Manas is filled with pure Vasanas and Sattva. The impure
      Vasanas generate rebirths. The pure mind with pure Vasanas leads to
      Moksha or liberation from births and deaths. The worldly-minded
      persons work with the lower or the impure mind. They are bound by
      their Karmas. The liberated sages work with the pure or Sattvic mind
      (higher mind). They are not bound by their Karmas as they have no
      egoism and as they do not expect fruits for their actions.

      The impure mind is unsteady. It ever fluctuates. It jumps from one
      object to another. It ever hankers after sensual objects. It is
      filled with various sorts of fears and pains. The pure mind is
      steady. It does Brahma Vichara. It rests in Supreme Self. It does not
      move towards sensual objects. It is free from all sorts of fears and

      The impure mind is no other than the Vasanas (subtle desires) that
      generate countless births. The mind becomes a prey to various kinds
      of desires through its fluctuation. Fluctuation is caused by Rajas
      and Vikshepa Shakti. When the mind fluctuates, it wanders from one
      object to another object.

      The Ajnani or worldly minded man is swayed by the impure mind. He
      acts according to the dictates of the lower or impure mind. But a
      sage or Jnani keeps his mind under his perfect control. He acts in
      accordance with the voice of his intuition.

      Just as a washerman removes dirt through dirt, just as a traveller
      removes the thorn in his foot through another thorn, so also the
      impure mind should be slain by the pure mind.

      He who has annihilated the lower or the impure mind drives away
      rebirths to a great distance from him. The pure Vasanas with which
      the sage performs actions cannot produce rebirths for him.

      All impure Vasanas are fried in toto when you get knowledge of the
      Self or Brahma Jnana. Meditation, Japa, Kirtan, practice of
      Pranayama, Brahma Vichara, study of religious books and Satsanga
      generate pure Vasanas.

      When the mind is freed from the desires for objects and when it rests
      in the Self or Atman, you will enjoy Eternal Bliss. When the mind is
      freed from all cravings or longing for objects, when it is controlled
      in the heart, when it attains the reality of the Atman, you will
      attain Moksha or the final beatitude of life.

      O beloved Ram! Do not allow your mind to fluctuate. Render your mind
      ever free from all longings after material objects. Annihilate the
      impure or lower mind with the help of the pure or the higher mind and
      transcend the higher mind also. May you be as firm as a rock! May you
      be endowed with the pure or Sattvic mind! May you ever rest
      peacefully in the All-blissful Self!
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