Let me study the needs of my personality and supply them, the needs express themselves as desires, appetites, ambitions and aspirations. The human personality is dynamic, its needs grow, it demands vary. If the needs of the personality are suitably supplied, then there is growth and satisfaction. If they are deferred, there is pain, disease and inner conflict , also sorrow, indicating a need or adjustments.
I will not talk of the physical or psychological needs as they are too evident and insistent, but we are apt too over-feed the body or devote too much attention to it, at the expense of the intellectual, emotional or spiritual growth.
The body and the mind are instruments of the spirit, through which it expresses itself, to discover itself, its identity with the whole God -creating Beauty, expanding its range in the progressive discovery of Truth and defusing its light as goodness. The body with its anatomical and physiological parts is a house; the mind is the lamp and the spirit is the source of light, consciousness and delight. The lamp lights the body and also brings in the impressions through sensations, to weave them into a chaplet to decorate the spirit.
The chief functions of the mind; reflection, memory, imagination, love of delight, love of power, seeking of association, enjoyment of beauty, love, aversion etc. the purpose of the existence of the mind is the growth of the spirit, which theologians call progress towards God and the yogic metaphysicians discovery of the identity with the absolute consciousness. The mind can allow itself to be a servant of the body or of any of its functions, such as love of power, sensual delight, avarice, detachment etc. In this case, the mind defeats its only purpose and rusts, going back to animal conditions. To enable the mind to function properly and achieve the object of its existence, you must guide and control it.
This morning, as I was sitting a thought of pleasure desire appeared and assumed the form of a demand. It was sweet to contemplate the consummation of this desire, but it was detrimental to the purpose of existence. I said nine times NO!, NO! and refused to consider the demand for this pleasure. It died down. In the past, some 35 years ago, when I was more important than now, I yielded to the dictate of this pleasure desire. Then it became powerful and got partial control over me. I know that if I yield to an undesirable desire for an instant, I sow seeds of future desires of the same kind and their overcoming will perhaps over-tax my volitional energy.
Self culture is not for fatalists. Character is built bit by bit, by serious opposition to wrong and unworthy desires and by cultivation of the Yogic qualities of equanimity, undisturbability and enrichment of the soul by study and devotion.
The food of the spirit consists of inner solitude, discrimination between what is real and unreal, reflective contemplation, leading to the correct conception of the self. If the spirited start, the mind cannot be contented and it reposeful. In Aristotle’s philosophy, considerable stress is laid on contemplation. If one does not resort to daily contemplation for a least one hour a day one should prepare to be a victim to continual grief, psychological and physical.
The vital energy, which animates the mind and the senses and it is the chief instrument of our sense life and psychological activities, has its source in the spirit. The more the mind is exposed to the light of the spirit, the greater is the intellectual and moral strength and also the physical condition of a person. The education which fills the mind with information obtained through books or verbal instruction is incapable of producing the real good of man. Know the nature of the dweller in the body-the spirit and also the psychological laws and live up to them.
Be convinced that there is no real and abiding joy in sense experience. When the mind is withdrawn from the sense of objects, and is employed in the contemplation of God, the universal spirit, the man experiences the satisfaction.
The spiritual doubt’s direct greatest enemy is; they must be eradicated. It is inadequacy of philosophical reflection which produces scepticism. Napoleon expelled the spirit of Voltaire and restored the faith or there could have been no order in France. Treat your mind similarly.