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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Power of Mind—II

The Power of Mind—II

Dancing in the Rock’s Interior*

(p.137) 31 The Power of Mind—II
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

What, or who, governs the mind? Badrinath says that the mind, given its innate power of self-observation and self-criticism, sifts various layers one deeper than the other, of perceptions wrapped in ignorance. Faculty of the mind brings knowledge, which comes from human endeavour, to which the Yoga-vasishtha attaches greatest importance. But because knowledge is a product of the mind, there seems to be a circular reasoning involved here. Besides, if everything is ‘a web of thought’, then what is called knowledge is also in that web. Sage Vasishtha himself raised these questions, and later demonstrated that, in actual truth, the process of knowledge is a process of ‘overcoming ignorance by ignorance’.

Keywords:   Yoga-vasishtha, ignorance, Sage Vasishtha, mind, Buddhist school of Yogachara

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