Meaning, Properties & Functions Of Mind

It is very difficult to understand the nature of the mind because it has no physical existence. It is very subtle as well as hidden. But the existence of the mind can't be denied, as many of our problems physical, mental and psychological are the outcome of our mental condition.
Mind exists in the body but it is distinct from the body and organs.

Mind is also distinct from the spiritual self, 'the Knower' as he just observes the mind and its functions. The Knower perceives the external objects through sense organs but with the help of the mind. Perception of any event is not possible without the presence of mind. So in every event of perception there is an external object, an organ of perception (ears, eyes, nose tongue or skin) and there is mind and the 'Knower' or 'self'. All these are connected very closely, inseparable but still distinct from each other.

The mind can multiply or divide the strength of the Body. The person can't work if he is mentally not prepared for the work but a person can work with extra energy if he is mentally decided to work.
The mind has tremendous speed. It can travel from one point to another point at infinite distance within fraction of a second.
The mind interconnects the 'Self' with the physical body. The mind controls the physical organs through Brain, Autonomous Nervous System, and Endocrine Gland System.
We can summarise seven functions of the mind as follows.

  • Consciousness,
  • Thoughts,
  • Emotions,
  • Perceptions,
  • Memory,
  • Intelligence and
  • Judgment.