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Description of the mind according to Rishi Vasistha

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Whatever is seated in the mind, the same comes to pass on the body; but what is done by the body never affects the mind.

Whatever the mind often thinks upon with a strong conviction of its reality, it immediately assumes that form, as the iron-ball becomes ignited by its contact with fire.
Therefore the convictions of being or not being, and of receiving or rejecting of a thing, depend upon the imagination of the mind; they are neither true nor untrue, but are mere fluctuations of the mind.
The mind is the cause of error, and it is the mind which is the framer of the world. The mind also stretches itself in the form of the universe (Viswarupa) in its gross state.
The mind is styled the purusha or regent of the body, which being brought under subjection, and directed in the right course, is productive of all prosperity (or supernatural powers).
Therefore the mind (chitta) is the purusha or regent of the body, which is rendered sensible (chetya) by it: Whatever form the mind assumes to itself, it undoubtedly becomes the same.
So, inquire into what is great, devoid of attributes and error, and which is easily attainable by everybody. Be diligent in your inquiry, and you will surely succeed to obtain the same.
Hence whatever is seated in the mind, the same comes to pass on the body; but what is done by the body never affects the mind. Therefore, O fortunate Rama! apply your mind to truth, and shun whatever is untrue.
- Rishi Vasistha (From the Book - Yoga Vasistha)
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