CHAPTER – 26 MIND & SOUL
In the last Chapter, I have related some incidents in my life that would have proved the power of thought force. I think it will be worthwhile to dwell on this subject a little longer and explain further as to how a thought becomes such a potent force. Mind is only the projection of the soul or the life force – the sum total of its activities and experiences. One of its many activities is known as thought. Mind is the general name given to all the psychic activities of the soul. When the mind understands the needs of the body and seeks out the ways and means to satisfy those needs, it functions as the Annamaya Kosa-the physical sheath. When imprints that are recorded in the mind due to its entanglement with the senses and its activities are reflected as thought waves, it is known as the Manomaya Kosa- the mental sheath. When it terminates its extrovert sense activities, turns inward and establishes itself in its own source it is known as the Pranamaya Kosa-the vital sheath. After understanding its own nature, when it expands to empress the manifested totality and comprehends the entire universe.
I began to give concrete shape to my thoughts. In prose I recorded my ideas and they were compiled in three Tamil books – “Wisdom and Life”, “Feast for the Intellect”, “World Peace” and one English book “Altruism”. The manner in which my books were read appreciated made me realise the need for giving wide publicity to my ideas so that the best intellects in the world could come together and organise themselves for delivering mankind from the evils besetting it. It was to achieve these objectives that the World Community Service Centre was founded in the year 1958. The Headquarters was at first in Madras and later on shifted to Guduvancheri. Although the ordinary public very often ridiculed me, by my sadhana and the organisation that I built up, a small circle of friends encouraged me, supported me and followed me in my spiritual ventures. Slowly, this circle grew and they carried the message to various cities in the South of India. Branch Centres were organised and began to function in Cuddalore, Karaikal, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Nilgiris etc. With the passing of years the membership of the Centre increased and the message spread to North India also. Branch Centre sprung up in Nagpur, Cuttack, Delhi Calcutta and other places. It has been my life’s endeavor to bridge the gap between modern science and our ancient philosophy. I think I have succeeded in this task. There is no real conflict between science and spirituality, between Reason and Truth. In fact there cannot be any such conflict. If the nature and purpose of life are correctly understood and if there is a proper appreciation of man and his relationship with nature, all our problems can be successfully solved and there will be end to all the conflicts that arise out of misunderstanding the principle of life. If these fundamental ideas are properly understood and accepted by men and women throughout the World, especially the intellectual world, I am sure that there will be a renaissance in every field of human activity which will lead to the flowering of the individual and the community and which will result in enduring World Peace.