Rein your horses

Seventh Post – Series ‘Reloading Mental Health’ – July 2020 –

Quote ‘Charaka Samhita’ – an ancient Ayurveda text –

Ego (ahankaar), intellect (buddhi), mind(mann) and memory (chitta) are the four constituents of the inner wisdom (antahakarana)

– ‘Ego’ identifies the Self with the body as ‘I’

– ‘Intellect’ controls decision-making

– ‘Mind’ controls resolution or will

– ‘Memory’ deals with remembering and forgetting

The Doshas – Vata, Pitta Kapha – govern and regulate the physical and mental functions, thus guiding an individual to make choices.

Analogy –

– Human body is the chariot

– Individual self is the owner of the chariot

– Intellect (Buddhi) is the charioteer

– Mind is the reins

– The five senses are the horses

– World experienced by the senses are the tracks on which the horses tread

A chariot is used to move forward in a journey. A journey needs a track and a destination to make it meaningful. The way we live in this world is the journey.  The self is influenced by the senses. Most of the time we are absorbed in decorating the chariot than keeping it in an efficient working condition. Unless one has a disciplined mind to control the senses, it is likely to be led astray. It needs intelligence to make the journey through life goal-oriented and successful.

Each person (owner of the chariot) can enjoy the journey of life only if the horses (the five senses) are well directed by the charioteer (intellect) through a good control of the reins (mind). It is only with this control does the charioteer takes the chariot to the desired destination. We may encounter many charioteers on the same track but none has the power to rein our horses.

You are perfect, whole and complete even in your countless imperfections  – Bhagwad Gita

Other Posts – Series ‘Reloading Mental Health’

Jan2020 Feb2020March2020April2020May2020;  June2020

Aug2020  ;   Sep2020   ;  Oct2020  ;  Nov2020  ;  Dec2020  .

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