YOU ARE YOUR MIND – XXVII

— M.N.Raju
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

We have been discussing about the digestive system, a system which is very complicated and a miracle too. No science can replace the work of our digestive system.

We need energy, so we need food and we also need energy to get food digested. The cells generate this energy, required for our bodies. The cells can prepare energy so required, provided proper quality food, containing balanced minerals, proteins and vitamins, is taken at required intervals of time. If any one over eats more food, more than required for preparation of energy, then cells will spend more energy to digest the over-loaded food and store it as fat and other elements which will damage the health. So the cells always prefer light food and that too at ideal intervals or gaps of time.

While eating food, we are not only eating food for energy, but for various reasons and purposes. One of such purposes is its “taste”. That is the reason we take various variety of food items, in various shapes and tastes. Now you have to understand one thing, the “taste” is not the experience of your stomach or your digestive system, but is the experience of your mind. That means to enjoy the “taste”, “colour” and “visual beauty of food arrangement on your plate” etc are the “feelings” of your mind but not of your stomach.

Your stomach is more intelligent than your mind:-
For example, if your Biryani is tasty the mind says “it is tasty eat more and more”. But your body says “don’t eat, don’t eat”. And ultimately if we don’t listen the wise advice of the body, definitely health gets damaged. So it is better for us to follow the body’s wisdom in many matters.

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There is another important point:-
The body needs no training. But the mind needs training.

From the day one, the body grows by itself. It doesn’t need any teaching and training. It evolves itself into a beautiful shape, having all its organs and even minute parts of the body. They start functioning and do their work regularly, day and night, second by second, that too very accurately. The heart, the liver, the kidney, what not every thing goes on flawlessly. That is the beauty of the body. Whereas, the mind needs a lot of teaching and training. Even then, it does mistakes, forgets, does not understand, goes in a wrong direction, needs at least 80% of time to rest in life. Whereas body does its work always.

However, the body and mind are not separate and they cannot be divided and treated as two independent entities.

The body is the visible mind.
The mind is the invisible body.
They are the parts of one whole.
A better body is needed for a better mind.
A better mind is needed for better body.
The body and the mind are nothing but a huge cluster of cells.
If body is neglected mind become useless.
And if mind is neglected body becomes valueless.
If mind fails body can work.
If body fails mind also fails.
If pain is there, both suffer.
If pleasure is there only mind enjoys.
The body is your earth and you.
Your soul is rooted through it.
The body supports all your actions.
You are not your body, but body is yours.
Your body contains the divine (soul) in it.
The body of a genius and an idiot are same.
The mind of a genius and an idiot are of varied capacity.
The body helps you to change your health.
The mind helps you to change your attitude.
The body is the outer part of your mind.
The mind is the inner part of your body.
The body is the solid state of energy.
The mind is the liquid state of energy.
And both energies are from the same energy.
The happiness and unhappiness have the same effect on both.

Some religions say body is not important.
There are some religions and they ask the people to discard the body. They say that man should go out of his body to attain Moksha. They say that body is a prison for soul. They say that one should be free from biological, physiological and psychological bonds. It is clearly a wrong concept.

Though body is from dust, it is divine and it is an abode of the divine power.
That is what Krishna tells in the Bhagavath Geetha.

He tells:-
Life is really a dance.
Learn it and do the eternal dance
Life is a dance of dances.
All great persons spoke not rules of life, they spoke love of life.

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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