Body and Mind

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While both Hindu and Western philosophies understand that people are a combination of body and soul or spirit, Hinduism views the mind as part of the body. The Bhagavad Gita explains that the body and mind are the “field,” or that which is to be known whereas the spirit is the “knower of the field.” The term field means the place where activity occurs.

Thus our bodies and minds consist of matter and processes whereas our spirit is causation.

Lord Krishna tells us that the body is made up of the five subtle elements, ether, air, fire water and earth plus our senses and our emotions and thoughts. The spirit gives rise to our emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Life comes about when the body and the spirit are joined.

See Chapter 13 of The Gita, a New Translation of Hindu Sacred Scripture by Irina Gajjar


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