The Universal Mind
Social living is based on the functions of the mind. It is necessary to profoundly explore the diverse levels of the mind. The sphere of thought that man lives within is never locked up within the limited circumference of the cranium, as is generally supposed by the ignoramus and even the illustrious ignoramuses of the world. If such a man existed as those people believe, he would, of course, be the most unfortunate man in the world. A man with his mind imprisoned in his cranium could not see or perceive anything, he would be a complete idiot, living in the most profound darkness. That unfortunate creature would not see the Sun, the moon, stars, the Earth we live on, people, things, nor light. Nothing that has existence would exist in the mind of such a man; this is explained by the fact that man can perceive nothing that does not exist beforehand in his own mind.
This vice has three perfectly defined aspects:
Man faces innumerable problems in life. Each person needs to know how to solve each of these problems intelligently. We need to comprehend each problem. The solution of every problem is in the problem itself.
The time for us to learn how to solve our problems has arrived. Many problems exist: economic, social, moral, political, religious, family related, etc. and we should learn to solve them intelligently. The important thing to remember for the solution of every problem is to not become identified with the problem.
It is necessary that you have three things in life: food, clothing, and shelter. We should not be hungry: we need to eat. We should not be poorly dressed: it is necessary to dress well. It is not fair to live our entire life paying apartment rent: we need to have our own good home. Reflect on all this. It is urgent for you to comprehend the need to live better without falling into the sin of covetousness.
In our previous lesson we said that it is necessary to distinguish between necessity and covetousness. It is necessary to know where necessity ends and where covetousness begins.