Human Memory
[Vinod Anand]

Is ordinary knowledge confined to the material level, the abstract level, or is it a bit of both? Another question may arise: If ordinary knowledge is partly material and partly abstract, is there an extraordinary, super-conscious knowledge which is totally unrelated to the material body and exclusively associated with the abstract level?

The way in which you withdraw yourself froth all worldly factors determines how the action of knowing takes place. The human mind has two contradictory inherent tendencies: one of acquisition, the other of sacrifice.

The more you advance along the path of evolution, the more the second tendency, the spirit of sacrifice, becomes prominent. You wish to share your mental pleasure with others. This is an interesting aspect of human psychology. The vibrations created in the mind are abstract, and the other vibrations are material.

The action of knowing occurs through the medium of sound, touch, taste, smell and form. Suppose you listen to something, say a sound representing asoyari raga. It is imprinted in the mind. Later you listen to the same sound and are reminded of similar vibrations previously experienced.

Comparing the one raga (musical notes) with the other, you conclude that the latter is indeed asoyari raga. You may not know anything about music, but the mind already danced to that musical wave. There are certain notations, both in instrumental music and in vocal music, which are very rhythmic.

When these sounds strike the ear’s membrane they produce similar vibrations; concordant rhythmic vibrations are experienced. You may have noticed that whenever members of an audience listen to rhythmic notes, whether from vocal or instrumental music, they move their legs.

They do this unknowingly. The cause is that the rhythmic vibration produced in the mind strikes the (efferent) nerves. The vibration that made the mind dance is thus transmitted down to the nerves of the legs.

Consequently, the mind is unconsciously causing the legs to move. This happens with everyone; some do it consciously, others unconseious1y.

Those who do it unconsciously stop the movement of their legs the moment they are aware that others are watching them. In the case of excessive joy or enthusiasm, the mind loses its control over the nerves. For example, suppose two football teams are playing a friendly match, and one of them enjoys your special support.

Let us imagine that your favourite team is about to score a goal. At that moment of tense excitement, you will also move your legs, unconsciously of course.

By now you should have understood that a major part of the knowing process is material, and only a small part of it is abstract. Basically, the mind performs two functions: thinking and memorizing. What is the process of committing something to memory? Suppose you heard a sound: that very sound leaves an imprint on your mind, and vibrates it.

Now, if at a later date you can recreate a similar vibration, a replica of the original one; that is your memory. The recreation of things already perceived by the mind is called memory. The exact mental reproduction of what has been previously perceived is called smriti or memory.

When the memory becomes established, unfailing and spontaneous, it is called dhruvasmriti, or constant memory Dhruvasmriti, or constant memory, is an essential prerequisite for spiritual

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.