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UNDERSTANDING SANATAN DHARMA

the path towards superior intelligence

HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

"This human body is just like a piece of wood or a wall, human body is not ruling the world, it is the human intelligence which is ruling the world." - Yogvashishtha

Intelligence in human beings is a highly complex phenomenon related to numerous aspects in human life. As would be evident from the theories put up by modern scientists, mankind is still struggling to know more about human intelligence and how exactly the human brain works. Psychologists are still in the nascent stages of discovering the various aspects of animal and human behavior.

As of today there is no universally accepted and comprehensive theory on human intelligence defined by any scientist in the modern world. 

The many aspects we have to consider while coming upon a conclusive theory to define human intelligence are as below. It should be noted that modern science rejects even before considering, any phenomenon which it is not able to explain. This is like closing one’s eyes to reality and the truth. One has to remember that we cannot run away from truth and not accepting phenomenon by saying that it is irrational. There are many events which look irrational in our lives but they are real and happen in human life. Therefore for studying intelligence we have to consider the following aspects related to human intelligence:

  1. That the intelligence of all living beings needs to be considered in a comprehensive manner as all living beings are part of the same nature.
  2. The memorizing ability of human brain.
  3. Analyzing capability of human brain.
  4. The skill ability of human brain.
  5. The ability to concentrate in human brain.
  6. That the process of re birth needs to be considered as we see the examples of people remembering distinctly from their past lives and memory is a definite part of human intelligence.
  7. Again from real life the existence of super natural beings on earth.
  8. The near death experiences of people from real life incidences.
  9. That human brain and mind can be influenced.
  10. The decision making capability of human brain.
  11. The learning capability of human brain.
  12. The inherent intelligence present in animals and humans at the time of birth.
  13. That the human brain is beyond the ‘1’s and ‘0’s as in computing world today. That there can be more states than a 1 and a 0.
  14. That brain is more than chemicals, electrical pulses and tissue.
  15. That human body is more than blood, bones and muscles.
  16. That speaking plays a key role in life.
  17. That there are unseen forces in nature which influence human thinking.
  18. That life of each and every human being varies from time to time. During certain periods of time he faces success, during certain time failures, during certain times illness and adversities and so on.

The above list is not exhaustive.

Yogvasishtha

Utpatti Prakaran

Chap 40

Intelligence

“Just like large waves rise from the ocean, similarly intelligence rises from the God almighty. Whatever is visible on this earth has emerged only because of and from intelligence and the resolution and determination power of the intelligence. The doer (Karta), the Karma and the work done are respectively associated with Visionary, vision and the visible which again is intelligence in its entirety. Just like a specialist in Gold sees only Gold inside any Gold ornament similarly a person of wisdom sees only intelligence which manifests itself into various objects on this earth.”

Shiv Puran

"Through Intelligence nature manifests itself."

Yogvasishtha Utpatti Prakaran Chap 40

Intelligence

"Thus a man is his intelligence and not the physical body. A disillusioned person is called an idiot. An idiot's dead body is not called an idiot."

"This widespread intelligence according to its determination performs karma and as a result takes birth into many life forms according to the Karma and is also subjected to happiness and sorrow, fear and fearlessness. Happiness and sorrows exist in mind just like oil in sesame seeds."

"Mind intelligence together with the physical body performs all the actions and is subjected to sorrows and happiness, movement all around etc. Independently intelligence cannot do or perform anything."

Utpatti Prakaran Chapter44

"This human body is just like a piece of wood or a wall, human body is not ruling the world, it is the human intelligence which is ruling the world."

"Just as the owner of the house residing in the house makes efforts and performs actions and not the house itself, similarly it is the soul which makes efforts and performs actions living inside the human body and not the body itself."

Shri Gyaneshwari Gita Chapter 13

How the intelligence is to be recognized?

"When the desires are energized, at that time the senses are engaged with the subjects or the reality, thus the living beings are able to distinguish between happiness and sorrow and the knowledge of levels of happiness and sorrows, that which determines that this is happiness and that is sorrow, this is a sin and that is divine, this is good and that is bad, this is goodness and that is not, this is narrow thinking and that is broad thinking, and through which the living being is able to assess, that which is the root or seed of the conglomeration of knowledge and energy, that which enjoins the physical body of a living being with the soul, that is considered as the intelligence."

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