Conflict between Mind and Me
Vinod Anand
In the life of most persons the mind and heart are at loggerheads, and the conflict between the two creates confusion. The mind, in its objective handling of the material world, is saturated with experiences of multiplicity and separateness, and so feeds egocentric tendencies which divide us, making us selfish and possessive. But the heart, which experiences the glow of love, gets a glimpse of the unity of the spirit; and so seeks expression through self-giving tendencies which unite us, making us selfless and generous. When the mind encroaches upon the province of heart, it does so by requiring assurance or conviction as a condition which must be fulfilled before there is a release of love. But love is nothing if it is not spontaneous.
Listen to the voice of the heart. Mind wavers; heart does not falter, Mind fears; heart is not daunted. Mind is the house of doubts, reasoning and theories; heart, when purified, becomes the dwelling of Beloved God. So get your heart rid of low desires, temptations and selfishness, and God will manifest in you as your own Self.
It cannot be a conclusion of reasoning. It is not a fruit of the spirit of bargain. If you want to be certain about the object of love before giving your love, it is only a form of calculated selfishness. The mind is a treasure house of learning: but the heart is a treasure house of spiritual wisdom.
Mind and heart must of course be “balanced’. But this balance cannot be secured by pitching mind against heart or by pitching heart against mind. It can be attained not through mechanical tension but through intelligent adjustment.
Mind cannot tell you which things are worth having; it can only tell you how to achieve ends accepted from non-intellectual sources. In most persons the mind accepts ends from the promptings of the heart, which it contributes to the life of the spirit. Spiritual understanding is born of harmony between mind and heart. Harmony of mind and heart does not require mixing up of their functions. It does not imply cross-functioning but cooperative functioning. Their functions are neither identical nor coordinated.
Mind and heart might be said to be balanced when they serve their proper purpose and when they perform their respective functions without erring this way or that way: and it is only when they are so balanced can there be true harmony between them. Such harmony of mind and heart is the most important condition of the integral, undivided life of spiritual understanding. Though mind and heart are involved in allegiance to dogmas and creeds, both function in such case under the serious handicap of suspension of thought.
Hence, dogmas and creeds do not contribute to unmixed good, The mind has been emancipated from domination of uncultured emotion, but this is often achieved by sacrificing cooperation of the heart the results of critical thought are to be spiritually fruitful, they must again invade and recapture the heart so as to enlist its cooperative functioning As long as the human mind does not directly experience Ultimate Reality as it is, it is baffled in every attempt to explain the origin and the purpose of creation. Do not listen to the voice of the mind.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.