Mind, Buddhi (Intelligence) and false Ego analyzed! If Krishna is our intelligence, why should Senses, Mind and False Ego dominate us?
A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“hare krishna prabhuji…. dandavat pranam…. prabhuji i feel always confused in every thing… what to do???? example – i always thought that if krishna give me budhi then why i work like that??? why i fail…. why krishna don’t give me right budhi… why i suffer???? if He has the control of my buddhi then what is the work of me???? i mean what is in my control??? i am very confused pls help me tell me how to get rid from this confusion??? pls hide my name hare krishna….”
Who said Krishna has given us confused intelligence?
Intelligence is the representation of Krishna as He Himself said in Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna’s creations are perfect. We only are the cause for all the confusions we have.
The knife is a product to cut the vegetables, papers, clothes, etc. If you use it for cutting the head of a person, whose fault is that?
We use that knife to cut the head of a person because we have developed rajo guna (mode of passion) abundantly in us by associating more with materialistic people.
There is pure Krishna Prasadam in a plate. There is a piece of pizza in another plate.
If you take the pizza, you will develop rajo and thamo gunas. If you take Krishna Prasadam, you will develop satva guna and devotion.
Whose fault it is if you take the pizza?
SENSES, MIND, BUDDHI AND AHANKAR
Our subtle body is made up of Mind, Buddhi and Ahankar (false ego).
The senses tell the mind to do something. The mind usually wants to implement what the senses show or indicate. The buddhi who is the representation of Krishna tells us not to do whatever the senses indicate. However, our mind succeeds.
Mind is like a virus that spreads its wings all over. The buddhi is like antivirus software that stops the activities of the virus (mind). However, if the virus is stronger than the antivirus, the virus succeeds.
As per the actual creation, the buddhi is stronger than mind and it can control the inducements of mind. This worked well in satya yuga. In other yugas, the power of mind increased because it is packed with the inducements of the senses.
In this kaliyuga, the senses are stronger than mind and the mind is stronger than buddhi.
When an opportunity comes to commit an offense, the senses do not even wait for the instructions of mind and buddhi. The senses readily involve in the offense. Because, in kaliyuga there will be many powerful factors that push the people towards only sense related things.
So, the senses are more powerful in kaliyuga. Since these sense related activities make strong impacts in mind repeatedly, the mind becomes materialistic. So, it also gives way for the senses to act freely.
If the mind hears the voice of buddhi and stops its inducements, the person can lead a good life. But, in kaliyuga, the mind is more powerful and the voice of buddhi is not given much importance.
Those who give importance for the voice / warning of buddhi escape from committing offenses. These people will be minorities in this kaliyuga.
Those who give importance for the inducements of the mind neglecting the voice of buddhi involve in more and more offenses.
Usually, I give this example for the relation of senses, mind and buddhi. A boy sees a girl. His eyes induce him to see and enjoy the beauty of the girl. Since the sense eye enjoys that, the mind induces him to pull her and enjoy her company. Now, the buddhi warns of consequences of getting punished later. However, since the sense eyes seriously enjoy that girl’s beauty, the mind okays the action of that boy further. The voice of buddhi is pooh poohed/ neglected.
So, he involves in the violations with the girl. Both of them fall to the inducements of senses. Then, she compels him to marry her. Only then her poor family status comes to his knowledge. He wanted to marry a rich girl. So, he refuses to marry her. Her parents come, fight with him and then reports to the police and he is arrested.
Now, the senses and mind become dormant. His buddhi awakens. Buddhi says “Had you heard my voice before touching that girl, you won’t be in jail now”
He feels and decides to be cautious with the girls in future.
Ultimately, the buddhi that is the representation of Krishna, succeeds.
Thus, Krishna, through buddhi, warrns us in every stage to be clear in decision making. However, we are freely allowing our senses and mind to enjoy the surroundings and feeling a kind of temporary pleasure in our every enjoyment through money, comforts, fame, opposite gender, etc. This makes our senses and mind so strong gradually and the buddhi just indicates and remains as a spectator for all our activities.
Because of excessive application of senses and mind in materialistic thoughts and activities, we ourselves make our buddhi less important.
Though we are convinced that there is Krishna as the sole creator, we fail to give importance to Him in our life and hesitate to spare even one hour a day for Him. This is the level of material attachments we have. Our excessive material attachments weaken our desire to serve Krishna.
Similarly, our excessive material involvements make our buddhi less important. So, when the mind is confused, the buddhi indicates the results, but finally, we give importance to the inducements by the senses and mind.
Buddhi is perfect. But, our senses and mind have been allowed to dominate our buddhi. This is the cause for all the problems we face.
Only the senses and mind induce a person, not the buddhi. When we awaken the buddhi, we will start to think of good and bad activities and thus regulate ourselves.
If we involve our buddhi, mind and senses in the service of Krishna, all these three will be in resonance with each other and they will not give importance for mundane material thoughts and activities.
Since the senses, mind, buddhi and false ego are material, we need the support of the powerful spiritual factor to regulate them. Krishna is the most powerful factor that overpowers senses, mind and buddhi, making all three of them filled with Krishna Consciousness.
This is the time to sharpen and empower our buddhi in a spiritual way by seriously practicing Krishna Consciousness.
Hope you are clear now.