Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice: [02.18] Philosophical Basis of Perception of Psychic Centres - Uniqueness of Man

Published: 26.09.2006
Updated: 06.08.2008

In many respects, no doubt, man is also an animal like any other. He does feel angry, hungry, beset with fear and sexually aroused, because he, like others, also possesses the primal drives - the unlearned instincts of aggression, hunger and sex. To eat, to work, to fight and to reproduce are common to man and other animals.
He is bound by his needs. Hate, love, desires and lusts dominate his action. But there is a consciousness within man that is higher than that in other animals, and possession of some basic human characteristics makes him a very peculiar, and, in many ways, a unique animal. According to the theory of evolution, man represents the culmination of the process of evolution. Human mind and personality are unique and constitute the highest product yet achieved by the cosmos. This is because man alone, by means of his inherent conscious reason, along with its chief offspring, science, has the power of setting higher standards and values for his progress. Lower organisms do not possess a reasoning mind; mere survival capacity for adaptation to only immediate cir­cumstances are inherent in them.
They (the animals and plants) go on, generation after genera­tion, living as their progenitors have done. The unique charac­teristics of man are biological as well as psychological A review of the former ones, though to make interesting reading, is rather irrelevant for our discussion.
The characteristic which concerns us the most is man's capacity for rational, conceptual and conscious judgment. Man has two minds:

  1. the conscious (or reasoning mind)
  2. the subcon­scious mind.
This subconscious consciousness is the impelling force in man and is expressed in the endocrines. The reasoning mind itself has no emotions.
Sources
  • Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 1994
  • Edited by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Translated by Muni Mahendra Kumar, Jethalal Zaveri
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati, Edition 2003

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