THE REAL SELF | PART 07 OF 14 | IWGR I | RAMA राम
Well , the youth admitted so far , and now was asked ,
" Dear heir , just reflect , just think for a while . The process of digestion implies hundreds of kinds of movements . In the process of digestion , in mastication , saliva is emitted from the glands in the mouth . Here is again the next process of oxidation going on . Here is blood being formed . There is the blood coursing through the veins , there is the same food being converted into carnatic muscles , bones , and hair ; here is the process of growth going on in the body . Here are a great many processes going on , and all these processes in the body are connected with the process of assimilation and digestion . "
" If you take the food , it is you yourself who are the cause of respiration ; you yourself make the blood course through your veins ; you yourself make the hair grow ; you yourself make the body develop , and here mark how many processes there are ; how many acts , how many deeds there are that you are performing every moment . "
The youth began to think and said ,
" Indeed , indeed , in my body , in this body , there are thousands of processes that the intellect does not know , about which the mind is unconscious , and still they are being performed , and it must be I that am the cause of all that , it must be I that am performing all that ; and indeed it was a mistake I made when I said that I had done a few things , a few things only , and nothing more , a few things that were done through the agency of the intellect or mind . "
It must be made further clear . In this body of yours there are two kinds of functions being discharged ; there are two kinds of work being done , involuntary and voluntary . Voluntary acts are those that are performed through the agency of the intellect or mind ; for instance , reading , writing , walking , talking and drinking . These are acts done through the agency of the intellect or mind . Besides these , there are thousands of acts or processes being performed directly , so to say , without the agency , or without the medium of mind or intellect , for instance , respiration , the coursing of blood through the veins , the growth of hair , etc .
People make this mistake , this glaring blunder that they admit only those acts to be performed by them which are performed through the agency of mind or intellect . All the other deeds , all the other acts which are being performed directly without the agency of intellect or mind , are disclaimed entirely . They are entirely cast aside , they are entirely neglected , and by this neglect and by this mistake , by this imprisoning the real Self in the little mind , identifying the Infinity with the small brain , people are making themselves miserable and wretched .
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