In its living state, the human body is said to be a miniature of the universe. It is an ensemble of astonishing powers. Decipheration of the mysterious activities of consciousness
in this marvelous creation and adoption of the philosophy and mode of life accordingly leads to the attainment of supernatural success in physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of life. Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body and activities of the brain - has been an active area of research in modern age. It has now been realized that elucidation of the brain functions and mind-body relationships is not possible without deeper research in Human Psychology.
A thorough study of all aspects of Human Psychology - in particular, and human life - in general, becomes feasible by a comprehensive study of the interrelationship between the human mind, Nature and the Omnipresent Consciousness. A quest for the decipheration of this relationship has been the center of attraction for the great thinkers of all eras. The dedicated scientific approach to spirituality, pioneered by Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya, has offered new directions for comprehensive and practically implementable research in this area and for the realization and elevation of collective consciousness.
The state of mind directs the thoughts and actions and thereby determines the ultimate state of the life of an individual. Everybody experiences the immense power of mind in day-to-day life. It is indeed the mind, which, depending upon its sanskaras (inherent tendencies), leads the individual self towards a life bonded by the materialistic attachments and agony of unlimited desires or towards a liberated life glowing with divine blissfulness. Be that the malice of animosity, anger or jealousy, or the soothing sentiments of love and compassion, the origin and growth of all is manifested in the domain of mind. The inherent qualities and tendencies of the mind are indeed reflected in the character of a person and make it agreeable or disdainful as per their original instincts. Nothing could be analyzed or judged about the human personality without deciphering the human mind by elucidating its latent science. Intensive research into different aspects of this science is essential for an in depth understanding and glorious development of the human life. The present volume is an excellent contribution in this regard.
It is said that the soul exists and manifests itself as a human being through the subtle layers of consciousness
- mana (conscious mind), buddhi (intellect), chitta (unconscious mind) and ahankara (sense of self existence). Whatever we feel and think, so we express in our behavior through our speech and deeds. Impressions of the nature of our deeds are continuously assimilated in the chitta - as sanskaras. The sanskaras (inherent tendencies) accumulated since the earlier lives and the past phase of the current life architect one's character. The conscious mind and intellect are transcendentally directed by the unconscious mind. It is this subtle core of mind - chitta which needs to be refined for successive progress in elevation from ordinary mortal being to great personalities, conscious to para-conscious, super-conscious and divine levels.
Ancient developments in psychology had emerged from the realization of the soul and spirituality
was the principal focus there. After several centuries, the subject matter of soul was discarded as being a part of religious philosophy alone. Then onwards, psychology became a science of activities of mind alone - without any basis or comprehensive idea of the origin and the expansion of mind. Amongst the external - dealing with the physical world and the internal - pertaining to emotions, inner convictions and latent tendencies domains of human life, the ancient Indian experts of psychology had given importance only to the internal one whereas the western psychologists had concentrated on the external - behavioral part alone. Acharya Sharma has recognized the relevance of both.
He always considered philosophy as a field of realization and attainment of spirituality
in all walks of life rather than just a subject of intellectual exercise. Adoption of ideal behavior and altruistic deeds in day-to-day life are given equal importance by him as compared to the spiritual experiences of self realization and arousal of internal powers etc. He has shown that - as the inner self of a person gets pious, balanced and uplifted, so does his external life, reflected in his responsible and generous contributions for the progressive welfare of the family, society and the world as a whole...