Before we continue, I feel obliged to point out something rather important about this series that is most difficult to convey in words alone. So, Let us begin this series with our first quote, which just happens to relate to my point about the Esoteric [or invisible] in Life.
Source: Light on Sant Mat, Written by Mararaj Charan Singh.
There is a difference between mind and the mental apparatus. Mind is not to be judged quantitatively. Accumulated knowledge or tendencies in previous lives come to a head and make a man a genius. Those who have come up from lower lives and have accumulated lower tendencies inherit inferior mental apparatus and become idiots. The background in both cases is that of karmas.
This quote, to begin with, speaks of the simultaneous operations of multiple and separate dimensions of Man. The “mind” of course refers to the MIND realm of Man, which is composed of two energies the brain cannot perceive. But the phrase “mental apparatus” speaks of a combination of the operations of the MIND realm, and that of the physical brain… and something more, which is the separate operation of ones karma — and the operation of ones karma’s overrides everything else… but the process is 90% invisible.
Mind is not to be judged quantitatively. This refers to a subtle point, wherein the “Accumulated knowledge or tendencies in previous lives come to a head and make a man a genius. And this can ONLY happen over lifetimes, and cannot occur in just one lifetime.
And, to comprehend the above, one must maintain an awareness that the author of the quote is referring to the Law of Karma and Reincarnation. Which means that Accumulated knowledge must be accumulated over lifetimes, not just in one lifetime. So the assumption of the author is that the reader is aware of the fact we Souls live multiple lifetimes. And that by engaging in, and eventually completing Karma, one benefits from such activity by gaining knowledge.
Those who have come up from lower lives and have accumulated lower tendencies inherit inferior mental apparatus and become idiots. In this sentence, the speaker is telling us the major determinant in deciding the personality and character of a person, is the nature of the Karma that person has engaged in… and has not as yet completed. This suggests, of course, that when we encounter a person who is lacking in qualities we refer to as competent, capable, responsible or honest… [or acting like an idiot].. this is a person who has not [as yet] acquired such virtues by completing the Karma he/she has accumulated.
In other words, by assuming that the people we meet in life are living the [single lifetime Christians mistakenly believe that Man is limited to], they are are often confused by the lack of character and disturbed personality a person may possess… [since that person, like us, only has one life to live…what has that person done to be like he is]?
We then look at the parents of that person, or the environment of that person to try and comprehend what is causing that person’s personality or behavior? It rarely occurs to most people that the person is simply working out the karma he or she has accumulated in one or more past lifetimes!
My point about the Esoteric [unseen and invisible] aspects of life is that LIFE must be studied as extending over many lifetimes, not just one lifetime. Both education and competent psychotherapy must take the Reality of Life into account if… they are to be useful and relevant to our lives?