This post was most recently updated on May 15th, 2020
You understand the nature of the body when you put the attention of the mind on it. You understand mind with the attention of the mind, and you also realize spirit with the mind.
Body, mind, and spirit are the three separate subtle as well as physical bodies that work together, so that process of life can happen through you. All the three can be experienced separately within, in deep meditative experience.
Body, mind, and spirit also have a source. The source lies in you. The source is an end in itself and the source itself doesn’t have any source. So the life initiates from the source, and the spirit and mind come from the source and works with the body.
The physical structure of the body is formed in the mother’s womb, and thus when you come out of the womb, the only thing remain for the physical body is the nourishment. The physical body is nourished by three things, i.e. sleep, food and physical movement.
Your physical body is formed in a way, where these three things are essential to keep the physical body healthy. Once the structure of the body is formed, all your life you nourish your body.
If you can keep up the perfect balance of sleep, food and exercise, you can make most out of your body and mind.
The mind again is a separate subtle body exists in the physical body. The mind is one. It’s is not divided at any point. All your thinking, logic, imagination, feelings, emotions, past, present or future or time-bound state of mind, happens in one mind.
The mind is one, but when the spirit works with the mind, it divides the mind according to its nature. The spirit adjusts itself, according to the nature of the mind. It’s the spirit that nourishes the physical body too.
When you experience the one whole mind in the body, the first time you realize that, all your thoughts, imagination, feelings or emotions is only because of the spirit, tied around the mind and body in a certain way.
The spirit adjusts itself within the mind and body, according to the dreams and desires of the mind. The spirit is influenced by the nature of the mind. All the dreams and desires of the mind are fulfilled by the spirit.
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When you move deep into your meditation, the first thing you experience is your mind and next thing you experience is your spirit. The spirit comes from within, to work with the mind and body. The mind remains in the middle, between the spirit and the body.
The mind is the driving wheel for both the spirit and the body, but when the same mind is directed inward towards the source, the spirit that previously works with the mind and body to manifest the outside life, begin to shift towards the source.
The natural process of life can only be understood, by realizing the source of life within. The understanding of life remains very limited at the level of body and mind. With life, every effort has to be made to realize the source of life within.
In life, many identify themselves with the body, and thus their perspective remains limited to the physical aspect of life. With the bodily consciousness, your understanding remains limited to the matter.
If you choose to grow and evolve with life, the shift is needed from body consciousness to the mind consciousness.
Your personal identity that identifies itself with the body should shift to the identification with the nature of the mind.
Remember, you understand physical reality with the mind, and you also understand mind with the mind. Thus, even if you have body consciousness, your understanding will come from your mind. It’s the personal identity of the mind that takes a shift from body consciousness to the mind consciousness.
When you start to relate yourself with the things of the mind, you can also see the truth behind the outside reality that exists at the level of mind.
Yes, the outside reality that you see remains limited to your own perspective. If your perspective remains limited to the physical aspect of life, you cannot experience the reality, beyond it, but as your understanding shifts from physical reality to subtle reality, you take a leap from physical world to the subtle world within your perspective.
Now, that’s what the process of evolution is all about. At the level of mind. You grow and evolve within the mind.
When you identify yourself with the mind, you not only understand your perspective, but you also understand the perspective of others around you.
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With the mind, you can understand the different aspects of the mind, but to experience the whole mind, you have to rise above the nature of your mind and realize yourself as a spirit. It’s the spirit that can experience the whole mind.
The spirit can be realized not with the desires of the mind, but when there is no dream or desire left in the mind.
All the dreams and desires of the outside reality remain on the surface of the mind. All your thoughts, feelings, experiences and impressions float on the surface of the mind. When your attention shifts from the surface reality of the mind, and look for the truth beyond the nothingness of the mind, you unlock the spirit in the body.
The spirit is so tied around the mind and body, that it’s difficult to realize it unless you reach to the state of nothingness of the mind.
With the realization of the spirit, you understand the very nature of the mind and see the process of life that takes place within the body.
As it’s been mentioned above, the life doesn’t end with the spirit, but the spirit too has its source within the body. Once you realize the spirit, you follow the movement of the spirit that takes you to the realization of the source.
Remember all this meditative experience happens, by taking your attention inward. You don’t move outside but you move inward and move deeper and deeper in you.
The actual working of the body, mind, and spirit is understood with the realization of the source.
The physical body is formed in the womb, and later all it requires is the nourishment for the physical body. Every day physical body needs a proper amount of sleep, food, and movement for its nourishment. Movement is an exercise for the body. A simple walking or running on everyday basis is enough to keep your physical body healthy and fit.
The mind serves to meet the needs and desires of the outside life. More you can keep your mind empty from the unnecessary stuff, better you can make use of your mind.
The mind works well when there are no thoughts or imagination or no dreams or desires in your mind. The mind has to be plain empty to make most out of it. The empty mind can be well controlled and guided in the direction of our choice.
Never stop at the level of mind, but look for, with all possible means for the spirit. It’s the spirit in the body that allows the process of life to take place, and without realizing the spirit, you can only remain lost with different perspectives of the mind.
Remember the perspective of your mind has nothing to do with the reality of life. The reality of life remains separate from you unless you realize the spirit in you. It’s the spirit that gives you the truth behind different perspectives of your mind.
At last with the spirit, it’s hard to be left out, with the realization of the source. It’s the realization of the source that completes you from within. All your query in relation to God, existence, universe ends with the realization of source. All your doubts end with the source. You understand the never-ending process of life.
Seek the absolute truth within, because, without it, anything that you do or achieve in your life remains incomplete. Your life only feels complete in a true sense, when you realize the absolute truth in you, as the search for all the mysteries and puzzles of life come to an end.