For many of us the mind and heart are at loggerheads and the conflict between the two creates confusion. The mind with its objective handling of material world and multiplicity of interaction is ego centric and selfish. But the heart which feels the glow of love gets the glimpse of unity of spirit, it therefore seeks expression through self giving tendencies which unite the two or more persons and makes one selfless and generous.
When the mind encroaches upon the province of the heart it does so by seeking assurance or conviction as a conditional precedent which must be fulfilled before there is release of love. But love is nothing if it not spontaneous. It cannot be conclusion of reasoning. If you want to be certain about the object of love, it is only a form of calculated selfishness. If mind is a treasure house of learning, the heart is a treasure house of spiritual wisdom.
Spiritual understanding is born of a harmony between mind and heart. This harmony of mind and heart does not require the mixing up of their function. It does not imply cross function but cooperative functioning. Their functions are neither identical nor coordinated. The mind and heart must of course be balanced. But this balance cannot be secured by pitching the heart against mind. It can be attained through intelligent adjustment. Such harmony of mind and heart is the most important condition for integral undivided life of spiritual understanding.
There are three aspects to an individual. His persona as people think he is, as he himself thinks he is and what he actually is. People judge you mostly by your outward manifestation in terms of your personality, attire, the way you carry yourself and your status in society. You judge yourself by what you think you are capable of doing, while others judge you by what you have already done.
An individual’s perception about himself is mostly coloured by the twin conditions of self importance and ego albeit in varying degrees. Very few are keen to find out the real self hidden within to ascertain ones true identity. Knowledge of the self is one of the most important fundamentals of philosophy. Whosoever departs from this world without having realised his own inner world, to him life has been of no service. It remains unlived like any other undone deed.
In self-awareness there is immense joy. The self is consciousness, supra consciousness the knowledge of pure existence. All the pain and misery is a result of not knowing the self. The divine in us manifests itself only when we subject ourselves to certain discipline. The divine operates in us, but it requires an effort to make it shine forth. The epistemological corollary is that man gets knowledge by looking inward either at his own consciousness or at the revelation it receives from another superior consciousness. Condition of the mind is the most important theme of Indian Philosophy and the first step towards realisation.