The mind, intellect and sanskaras in Brahma Kumaris

A BK follower will learn about the mind, intellect and sanskaras. That is the first class in the “7 day course in BK Raja Yoga.” As a beginner in “spiritual matters,” the first thing is to memorize those new labels and start using them.

Our society uses the label mind when referring to “I.” In society it is thought that the “power of the mind” is over any other faculty that “I” may have. In fact, in Western society there is no other separation of psychological faculties: The intellect is thought to be a faculty of the mind, thus; it is the mind again. Then, what is the BK intellect?
For BKs, it is the faculty which analyzes, reasons, judges right from wrong.
As the information on this is widely available, here comes a paragraph from a BK website: “It is said that the intellect is hidden, but is higher than the mind. When we want to decide between few options or judge the right and wrong, the intellect is used. Then the mind orders the organs to bring the outcome in practical action. This is the procedure.”

Excuse me, but that description is about the mind. To analyze, to dissect, to judge, that is pure mind.

At one time in my BK days, I was told that the translation of intellect in Hindi is the word “buddhi,” that is to be awake, to understand, to know; from that, the word “Buddha” arrives into the picture as a masculine form of the word “buddhi” which is feminine, as I understand.

Now, we have a huge difference. The “buddhi” is not the equivalent to “intellect.” Perhaps it could be used as a dictionary word, but never as a translation with spiritual meaning. The “buddhi” is for those who are awaken. In fact, “no-mind” is perhaps the closest experience.

The mind compares and judges through the conditioning given to it. What is “right” is a matter of conditioning. For Life itself, such dualistic values are non existent. What we consider “wrong” in society, still happens in Life and has consequences for all. That is the “Drama.” As we know from the BK conditioning, the “Drama is beneficial for all;” thus, where is the “wrong” part?

Going deeper, we could see one of the shortcomings of the BK philosophy and that is their individualistic nature. “ I have a mind, intellect and sanskara.” “I will be a King in the Golden Age.” Moreover, many will say: “I have a soul.” The “I am a soul” takes greater conditioning not to forget. To say the “right” words, takes practice as there is no actual experience but just the mind memorizes and uses the “right” word.

The BK philosophy does not perceive the “Totality,” that is the “We are all one,” which became popular in “New Age” movements; notwithstanding; the “knowledge” of the predestined Drama supports that Totality.

If everything is predestined, isn’t that “I,” the “me,” part of the predestined package? Thus, what am “I” supposed to “judge” as right or wrong if that is none other than what is already predestined? The mind “chooses” according to its conditioning. That is what we may need to experience. What is thought to be “convenient for me,” happens through conditioning. If I was able to perceive the common good as “convenient for me” then, that could be the “right” choice but in individualistic societies and religions, it is about “me.”

Someone may say: “ You will do what has been done before.. but you don’t know what that was, so you have to make a decision now.”

It is deceiving to say “ A kalpa ago.” Observe the cycle of time. It is a closed circle. One event leads to another until that event comes up again. We say “repeat again,” but if we say that, then we may need to look for the first occurrence of that event, and that cannot be. It is impossoble. There is no first occurrence of something that has been happening for eternity. In fact, “first” is just a point of reference.

This “Totality” goes beyond that individual “I.” Beyond the “I have a mind,” there is just “mind.” That “mind” is what gives the sense of “I.” That “mind” is given in the Drama, just like sanskaras.

According to BK knowledge, the sanskaras are habits and propensities which came from past births. However, those habits are “cherry picked” for the next birth according to the needs of the new “part to perform in the unlimited Drama.” Who picks those sanskars? Nobody. They just come as part of the unlimited package.

I understand that for the beginner, it is important to make divisions, chunks of information with different labels and differences easy to understand: “The mind is the screen of the computer, the sanskaras the hard drive and the intellect is the mouse.” Nevertheless, it is important as well to understand that such divisions are non existent. Everything comes together as a package and the important thing to know from the spiritual viewpoint is, what kind of package was given to “me” and observe it, acknowledge it, get to know it so the “buddhi” comes up and with that, freedom from conditioning could be experienced; then I could say that “ I have changed,” “I have transformed,” but not until then.