Mind & Logic (Part 1)

A ninety-year-old great-grandfather announced that he had been alone too long and planned to remarry. Shock waves hit the family when he said it would be a sixteen-year-old girl. The man’s son consulted the family doctor, who stated that such a marriage would be detrimental to his father’s health, and advised him to dissuade the old man. However, it soon became clear that the idea had become a fixation and a matter of logic.

‘But why don’t you want me to marry again?’ the man cried. ‘Are you worried because one day this girl will die like your mother? You know, when I married your mother, she was also sixteen! This is the correct age for marriage. And if this girl dies, I can marry someone else!’

A man and his wife lived in a remote village with their son. Having never had any opportunity to be educated themselves, they were thrilled when their son gained entry to college. The son did his studies in logic, and when he returned home several years later, his parents wanted to know everything.

‘You cannot begin to imagine how I have improved my knowledge,’ the son boasted proudly. ‘You people can’t understand much.’ He spotted two apples on the table, and picked one up. ‘Just let me prove the power of my education to you. I will demonstrate that there are three apples here, not two!’

The mother was listening, entranced. ‘How will you prove it, my son?’

The son held out the apple he had just picked up. ‘Look, this is apple number one. And this,’ he said smugly pointing to the other one, ‘is apple number two. Well, two plus one equals three! So there are three apples. This is the world of logic!’

The father had been listening quietly.

‘Wonderful,’ he answered. ‘Then your mother and I will eat apples number one and two. And you can have apple number three.’

“I am always giving you examples,” Guruji said, “but I mean to say that, according to our mind, we think that we know a lot. Maybe we have some knowledge, but knowledge is not wisdom. Intelligence is not wisdom. Logic is a part of mind, it is in the form of air.

Guruji held up a silver ballpoint pen for everyone in the room to see. “What am I holding? Can you all see this pen?”

Everyone attending the satsang that evening was nodding. “No, you cannot.” Guruji responded. “You can only see half of the pen, the front side. You cannot see all of it. But this is how it is with the mind. The mind decides automatically that it knows everything and can see everything. If I ask, ‘Can you see me sitting here?’ you will reply that you can, but it is not one hundred percent correct. Actually, you can only see the front of my body, not my back. You are seeing with your physical eyes and your mind is fully attached to your five senses. But when we can really see everything as it is – whole and complete – we will be self-realised.

“Mind is always moving: up and down, round and round, in random zigzag motion too.” Guruji continued. “Mind is always claiming, ‘I know better than you.’ Some thoughts arise and we think that we have to obey them, because we identify completely with our mind. Mind is king! And like a king or a god we worship it; we are so proud of it.” Guruji paused for a moment before adding, “And yet it is so blind. We do not realise how easily mind can bring us into danger. But when we start to separate ourselves from mind, journey to find Pure Self can begin. It is not a big distance to travel, but mind never wants us to go there. Instead, mind creates images and logic to prevent us from reaching higher consciousness.

“We will speak more about mind next time.”