The mind is a taskmaster, not a task manager (Gita Daily)

Published on Feb 06, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 26
By H.G. Chaitanya Charan Das

A task manager is a software program that enables computer users to monitor the processes at work on their device. A taskmaster, on the other hand, is a person who imposes tasks, especially tiresome or burdensome ones.

Our mind is meant to function somewhat like a task manager. It is the subtle material element that serves as the interface between us souls and the gross matter that comprises our physical body and the world around us. The mind integrates information from the outer world and makes it available for the soul for evaluation and response. And it conveys the intentions of the soul to the body for implementation. So structurally the mind is indispensable for our functioning in the material world.

But it is the mind that often makes our workload unmanageable. Why? Because it doesn’t just manage necessary tasks; it also comes up with its own tasks based on its past scripts, its notions of what needs to be done for getting pleasure or avoiding problems. Unfortunately, most of these notions are concocted, with little or no basis in reality.

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