Man’s individual mind is universal in essence
However, it has been subjected to millions of experiences during the progression of the soul through all its incarnations in the various stages of evolution we have described. Each one of these experiences has left an impression on the mind which is still with us. These impressions in Sanskrit are called samskaras. It is these very samskaras which draw veils in the mind and prevent it from seeing its true universal nature.
The soul´s individuality
Imagine an ocean, moving free and without boundaries, millions of drops of water intermingling with each other and creating the whole. This ocean is pure consciousness, the universal mind. And now imagine taking a transparent plastic bag and filling it with water. The same water is inside the bag as outside, but now some of the water has been contained within a very fine sheath. This sheath is what gives the soul its individuality. Now let us wrap more and more layers round this bag until we reach the stage where the bag has become so thick that we cannot see the water inside, indeed are not even aware of the fact that it contains the very same water as that of the ocean. These layers are the samskaras – impression after impression that cloud the mind until we, from the superficial level, are no longer aware of our own intrinsic divinity.<< Back to Spiritual Knowledge Base
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