Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Examining The Ego-Sense

May 21, 2022

Mind  Studying Mind ?

      With what shall I examine the ego-sense? Once again you are trapped. There must be another way and that is called direct observation. Again it is possible that in this direct observation, one uses the mind to study the mind; it is possible for the observing intelligence to identify a thought arising. One thought arises. When I have slapped down that thought, I realize that that which slaps the thought down is also mental conditioning. Another thought jumps up and says that according to the Kena Upanishad, truth cannot be intellectualized. This is a piece of memory! Though it pretends to be aware of the truth, it is nothing but memory. The observing intelligence, if it is alert, can recognize that I have considered this to be right because of prejudice; it can recognize that this is pure and simple memory; a revival of some memory.

      Or, it is possible to consider that mind cannot study mind, that it is a hopeless task. This is called giving up, which is equated with sleep, a kind of spiritual sleep. It's too hard so I give up, I live in accordance with God's will and imagine everything will come right.

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