The cosmic mind helps the individual mind when the individual mind can establish a channel with the cosmic mind. The cosmic mind is like a glacier and individual minds are like the small streams that flow from the glacier. If by concentration and discipline the mind can remember that its main source is the glacier of the cosmic mind of God, then the mind can create peace and light within and peace and prosperity without. If not, fatigue, tiresomeness, restlessness, sleeplessness, and so many other symptoms which are associated with unbalanced minds are the only achievement of man and nothing else.
Now I want to expound a principle of consciousness, which is hinted at by William James, but which is fully developed by the Rishi Patanjali in his first bhava called the samadhi bhava.
The mind is like a river. It has its banks and it has its mid-stream. William James calls it marginal consciousness and central consciousness. When your mind is not concentrated and it is wavering, when it is subject todesires, then it functions only in the marginal consciousness. Let us take an example. You are standing in a field. You see an object approaching from a distance. You are not interested in the object. Why? Because it affects only your marginal consciousness. You wait and the object comes nearer, then you begin to think: Oh well, it’s a man. Then you become interested in it. The noble and wise Jews have given this example which is so full of meaning. You wait and when the figure comes near you find it is your own brother whom you had not seen for seven years. He had gone to hide and now he has returned and you see him. What happens now? You are concentrated and you are interested and you feel the glimpses of joy and peace having met with your brother.
What has really happened? When you have recognized man is man and then your brother, then your mind is concentrated on the central consciousness and not on the marginal consciousness. To lift the mind from the marginal consciousness and to focus it on the central consciousness- by doing so, you create- you create within you peace and light, and you create outside your behaviour, which is full of sweetness and which promotes kindness and love outside.
The moral of this story is: Let us concentrate on the central consciousness and then we will be able to understand the nature of I, I, I, I.
How many people use the word God. How many people heard the sermons of Jesus of Nazareth, but how few people really understood him. And those who understood- they were fishermen of Galilee, except one or two all illiterate people but they became rulers of the mind of the world and at their appearance the whole Greek philosophy shivered and vanished into thin air like the dark clouds passing under a great storm into nothingness. Why? What was the object? Because they brought Jesus not into their marginal consciousness but into their central consciousness.
One thing more: Central consciousness is associated with man’s I and identity. If you can concentrate on identity consciousness, then you can become a Goethe, an Aristotle, Plato, Dante, what to say of Shakespeare, whose genius, though very great and stupendous, was only the genius of a humanist, not the genius of a great philosopher like Plato or Dante or Goethe.
Now in order to do that, two things are necessary. One is that you make your mind balanced. Make your mind balanced. How? Don’t run after each and every desire. Have very few desires. Have one great master passion. If you have one great master passion, then all the little desires don’t mean anything at all whatsoever. And it is only then that you can concentrate and that you can create something, which is worthwhile, when you have a master passion. And that master passion is called: Devotion to the cosmic I of which your own I is a little reflection- devotion to the cosmic I of which your I is an imperfect reflection.