Chitta Or Mind Substance





The Hindu Teachings hold that that which we call "Mind" is not an

intangible something different from anything else in Nature, but that,

on the contrary, it forms a part of Nature's general manifestation, and

is a substantial thing. The Hindus have given to this Mind Substance the

name of Chitta. Without going into metaphysical discussion, or entering

into technical details concerning this Mind Substance or Chitta, we may

say that the Hindus believe it to be one phase of the great

Manifestation which we call Nature--just as that which we call Matter

is another phase of Manifestation--and, like Matter, having its own

particular kind of force, or energy, its own rates of vibrations, and

its own attribute of radiating its vibratory force or energy over space.

Chitta manifests its activity in creating Thought, Emotions, etc., and

also in receiving impressions from the outside world which it translates

into perceptions and ideals. Chitta, or Mind Substance, is not regarded

by the Hindus as being identical with the Soul, or the Ego; but, on the

contrary, they regard it as being an instrument for the expression of

the activity of the Ego, or Soul, just as the Body is another kind of

instrument. Both Body and Mind are regarded as being intended for the

use of the Ego or Soul, and not as identical with the latter. We shall

not discuss these distinctions further in this book, this subject being

apart from the general field and scope of the present work.





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