What is Mind?
Many people are likely to deny the existence of the spirit or the soul while they are living on Earth, but very few people insist that the mind does not exist. Of course some experientialist people think that all conscious thought originates in the brain and some even may insist that the mind is merely a function of the brain.
But when we feel sad, tears begin to flow without having time to consider the matter. When we meet someone dear to us whom we have not seen for a long time, it is natural to feel an instant warmth. This is not a matter of logic, coldly controlled by the brain. It is an intuitive reaction of the soul. Who considers that ‘I haven’t seen him for ten years, so I ought to feel warmth as soon as possible’, or ‘That guy has just insulted me, so I should be upset.’, ‘ He has hit me on the head, so I should feel pain and I must scream “Ouch!”‘ staff like that? Who considers ?
Then what is a ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’? It is an expression of the supreme consciousness (Eternal Buddha / Ultimate God / God the Creator) of the highest realm, manifested in the lower dimensions. Eternal Buddha created the Grand Cosmos and everything that has life within it as individual facets of his own self. Then all Creation including human beings is the expression and reflection of his consciousness. Everything — human, animal, plant or mineral contains within it a measure of divine nature and it is an expression of Buddha’s will, the diamonds of Buddha’s wisdom. So Eternal Buddha is not a separate entity that is apart from us, but is the high-dimensional consciousness from which we obtain our existence. If He decided that its existence was undesirable, the third dimensional universe would disappear in an instant and human beings would cease to exist. And this truth tells us that as a part of the Buddha’s own expression of self, we may take pride in ourselves and act with total self-confidence.
The Nature of the Soul
The soul has several distinctive features, the first of which is its power to create. The soul has been granted the ability to transform itself at will — in other words, as a self-aware individual you are free to decide what sort of thoughts you have. For instance, you can practice love or freedom to the highest degree. You are free to control the quantity of light within yourself. You are free to increase it and raise yourself to the highest-dimensional existence, and alternatively free to reduce it and drop to a lower level.
The second characteristic of the soul is its ability to focus the light of Buddha and act as a medium for its emission. The light of Buddha is the energy of Buddha that fills the Grand Cosmos and shines down on the fourth dimension and above, just as the sun shines on our world. Just as we cannot live without the energy of the sun, so the beings of the Real World in the fourth dimension and above cannot exist without the energy they receive from Buddha.
The Spirits of high Realm (such as the Guiding Spirits of Light, the Nyorai and the Bosatsu) have the power to absorb and radiate vast quantities of Buddha’s light are full of light, and they pass some of light on to other beings and to brighten the hearts of others.
Is it part of the soul’s nature to think and do evil?
Is it part of the soul’s nature to think and do evil, to corrupt itself? Is it part of the soul’s capacity for creation to fall from grace or to produce hell? The answer to these questions is both Yes and No. It is Yes for the very reason that the soul has been granted the freedom to create. But the answer is also No, because to do evil is not part of the original aim of the soul.
Evil is not an inherent part of the soul’s constitution: evil is a distortion caused by friction between two Souls both striving to pursue their own freedom. There is no evil that a person can commit if totally alone. Evil is something that first reveals itself in the presence of another person, another form of life, or another object.
To avoid being possessed by evil spirits we have to prevent them from tapping into our energy. In other words, we must avoid creating dark, dank regions in our minds; we must prevent the formation of any such mental recess that may grow like a cancer and cut us off from the light of Buddha. If we can do this successfully, the inhabitants of Hell will be deprived of their only source of energy, and Hell itself will cease to exist.
Why are there the high spirits and ordinary people?
Buddha have created all people equal, but the very existence of such high spirits would seem to indicate some kind of discrimination between outwardly similar facets of Buddha’s self-expression. Why are there this division between higher– and lower-level spirits? Any suggestion of ‘discrimination’ stems from the words ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ describes their different states. The only difference between them is the degree to which they have developed. There are highly developed spirits, developing spirits, and undeveloped spirits, but all are walking the same road towards Buddhahood: some have merely progressed farther than others.
The Great Guiding Spirits of Light are very ancient souls, and have accordingly gone on ahead and have approached much closer to the goal of the state of Buddhahood. Most of the undeveloped spirits, on the other hand, are in the state they are because not long has passed since their souls were created — still young, they inevitably trail behind those who are older. Is that unfair? For just because spirits might be ancient does not necessarily mean that they have progressed far down the road. Some turn back and retrace their steps down the path they have come.
All spirits are equal in that they all travel the same road towards Buddhahood, but they should at the same time be judged fairly on the actual distance they have managed to cover. The higher spirits have been awarded tasks in proportion to their achievements in the past. All the lesser spirits are in their turn eternally striving to try to attain a state similar to that of the higher spirits.
In fact, looking at it over the long term, it has achieved quite remarkable progress. There are some souls who were created for the first time on Earth and have managed to evolve at a tremendous rate. They have advanced through the dimensions with each successive incarnation, from the fourth to the fifth, from the fifth to the sixth, and from the sixth to the seventh. There are some that have progressed as far as the Nyorai Realm in the eighth dimension. This development is exactly what the higher spirits were aiming for when they created the terrestrial spirit group.
The evolution of the soul
A parent is a fully developed being, so why should it go to the trouble of creating and raising children? It is not because the parent simply expects that the child grow into a fully developed parent, but because the parent finds joy in raising the child. The household becomes more pleasurable, and is filled with happiness.
Likewise Eternal Buddha created souls on various levels and encouraged them to evolve and develop, not only because of development alone but also because the process of evolution creates joy. Buddha watches with love in his eyes over the consciousness and souls he has made, caring for them as they strive to evolve and develop to become one with Him.
One way to recognize the stage of development to which a soul has attained is by the quantity of light it emits. Looking at the amount of light radiated by a soul in the Real World, its spiritual progress can be calculated at a glance. The same is true of people on Earth: as they progress spiritually and reach a higher level of enlightenment, the light increases and their aura begins to glow. Spiritually sensitive people find it easy to judge their level of enlightenment.
Mind and soul
The mind is the central core of the soul. Just as that bodily organ the heart acts as the center of the physical body, the mind acts as the center of the soul. It is not to be found anywhere inside the head or the brain cells — as is proved by the fact that when we die and return to the other world, the memories of our lives remain intact. On the death of the body the brain also dies, but the soul can think, can feel, can remember, without its physical counterpart.
The brain simply functions as a kind of filing cabinet, an information control center: if that control center is damaged, the human becomes unable to make rational decisions or act normally. Take for example a person who becomes mentally impaired due to an injury to the brain. His family may be convinced he can no longer understand anything that is said to him. In reality although he may be suffering from a mental disorder, he understands everything he hears because his mind — the center of his soul — is unimpaired. And although he may not be able to control his body and his speech under such conditions, as soon as he returns to the Real World he can function in exactly the same way as anyone else.
Let us imagine the soul as having a shape similar to the human body. The mind’s heart is then situated around the chest, and is responsible for controlling intention, feelings and instinct. Another branch of the mind is located in the head, and functions to control intellect and reason and to transmit commands all over the soul. The part that controls spiritual wisdom runs right through the body from the belly, the heart and the brain, to connect with its brother and sister souls in the spiritual world.
In origin, spirits are a type of energy without form — but when they live within a human body they create a soul that is human in shape, with the mind at its center, and it is in this form that they undertake spiritual practice on Earth.
Mind has power to create
Our feelings frequently communicate themselves somehow to others. When we like a person, our pleasure may be transmitted to him or her, and often he or she at once feels amicably disposed towards us too. The opposite is also true. How does this form of telepathy occur? This power of the mind is actually a power of creation given to us by Buddha. Our every thought represents the creation of something both here in the three-dimensional world and also in the multi-dimensional world. It is the combined power of the thoughts of humankind that corresponds to the power to create the Real World.
There are various types and levels of thinking. A first type of thinking is the ordinary everyday sort of thoughts that are part of our normal course of daily life and experience. A second one might be called the ‘concept,’ that is more concrete form of thinking than the first one. There are another type of thinking that involves ‘will.’ ‘Will’ has a definite creative power, a power that is moreover an actual physical force which is known scientifically as psychokinesis (PK). In the fourth dimension and above, it has a formative power similar to that of Buddha’s and can be used to create all sorts of things. Even in the third dimension a mental power has considerable physical force. If you wished to lead people in a positive direction, for example, this ‘will’ could be focused on them to create a sudden change in their minds or cause their lives to change for the better.
The human mind has the power to work miracles for good yet at the same time it can be an awesome force for evil. Therefore we ought to be very careful in how and what we think, to retain control over the power of our mind.
(references; ‘The Laws of the Sun’)