—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.

We have been talking about the conscious mind, that is physical mind. In the last article, it was mainly discussed about the differences between the minds of men and women. Though men and women belong to the same species, they evolved to perform different jobs and functions. So their minds and physical structure had evolved differently. In the modern society, some people think that these differences are related to political and moral issues. But they are related to scientific issues. That is why men and women think differently a nd behave differently. Even among men and women, no two people think alike about a common thing.

In the earlier article, it was discussed that we have two minds. The Conscious mind and the Sub-Conscious Mind. Depending upon the work of these two minds our life runs, our likes and dislikes, our success and failure, our negativity and positivity, our actions and attitudes, our hell and heaven, our strength and weakness, our clarity and confusion, our control and carelessness, our fear and courage, our health and ill-health, our peace and tension, our life and death, our happiness and unhappiness, our friendship and enmity and many more…. every step of everyone of us is controlled by these two minds.

Now let us know about the minds in detail.
Conscious Mind:-

a) It is the physical brain in your skull.
b) You use it for taking decisions everyday.
c) Just you can decide what you want or don’t want and what you can create.
d) With this part of mind you can accept or reject any idea.
e) By thinking with this mind you can change or modify your goals and dreams.
f) It is powerful but it has limitation to perform its powers.
g) It has limited capacity to process thoughts.
h) It has short memory (about 20 seconds).
i) It can handle one or two events at a time.
j) Impulses travel @ 120 to 140 mph.
k) It can process about 2000 bits of information per second.
l) It is slow and cumbersome.
m) If Sadhana and Meditation (training) are there, it can be further improved to some extent.

Sub-Conscious Mind:-

a) The Sub-Conscious mind is the spiritual mind.
b) It functions in every single cell of your body (you will read about the mysterious cells in the future articles)
c) It is also the part of your full mind like conscious mind but it is of much higher level, more powerful than conscious mind. It has no limits.
d) Your Self-image and your habits live in the mind.
e) It is your connection to source (God) and Infinite Intelligence. It is your life.
f) It stores all your past experiences and memories and monitors them.
g) It monitors the functions of your body, like digestion etc.
h) It accepts all thoughts, sent by your conscious mind. It accepts all such things sent by the conscious mind. It cannot react against them.
i) It has limitless capacity to process the thoughts.
j) It has long term memory of past experiences, attitudes, values and beliefs etc.
k) It manages thousands of events at a time.
l) Impulses travel at over 100000 mph per second.
m) It can process 4000,000,000 bits of information per second.
n) By Meditation and Sadhana you can improve its capacity limitlessly.
o) An average man is able to use only 4 or 5 percent of its capacity.

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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