After last week's talk “The Workings of the Mind” I received a number of questions asking me for more detail about the nature of the mind and also about emotions and how they affect us. So this is in response to those questions.
I gave a number of quotes from the Vedas and will post those quotes here:
"The atma/self is atomic in size and can be perceived by perfect intelligence. This atomic atma is floating in the five kinds of air (prāṇa, apāna, vyāna, samāna and udāna), is situated within the heart, and spreads its influence all over the body of the embodied living entities. When the atma is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material air, its spiritual influence is exhibited." - Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 3.1.9
“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy. Bhagavad-gītā 18.61
The mind, which is subject to change, and the perceiver, which is not, are in proximity but are of distinct and different characters. When the mind is directed externally and acts mechanically toward objects there is either pleasure or pain. When at the appropriate time, however, an individual begins inquiry into the very nature of the link between the perceiver and the perception, the mind is disconnected from external objects and there arises the understanding of the perceiver itself. Yoga-sūtra 3.35
…in a dangerous situation an ordinary person cries, becomes fearful and laments, although such useless emotions do not change the situation. – Bhagavat Puraṇa 11.29.21