by the Spiritual Research Foundation
“A person is comprised of many aspects. They are the physical body, the vital energy, the mind, the intellect, the subtle body and the soul. The soul is the God Principle that is present in each and every person. The mind is the seat of our feelings, emotions and desires and is one of the most powerful influencers of our personality. A person’s mind is made up of two parts:
The conscious mind: It is that part of our thoughts and feelings that we are aware of. However this is only 10% of our mind. The conscious mind is completely controlled by our sub-conscious mind. It is something like a shop-front for the sub-conscious mind.
The sub-conscious mind: The sub-conscious mind carries in it a countless number of impressions created and or modified by incidents in this life and past lives. For example, a person may have a revengeful nature due to deep rooted thoughts of revenge, which in turn have been created and strengthened by significant past events in this lifetime or in some past life.
Unknown to most of us, we have all lived many lives on Earth. We keep getting born again and again (reincarnated) in order to settle our give and take account. According to how we have lived in our past lives, and how we have used our wilful action in each of them, our personality has been shaped. The personality traits stored as impressions in our sub-conscious mind continuously get moulded/reinforced by our actions and thoughts in any given lifetime.
Thoughts due to impressions in the sub-conscious mind constantly bombard the conscious mind either in response to some external stimulus or even in the absence of it. The stronger one’s negative impressions are such as anger, hate, and jealousy, the more one’s conscious mind is bombarded with negative thoughts, which leaves a person in a constant state of negativity and unhappiness.
The sub-conscious mind also contains all the impressions required to complete our destiny in our current lifetime. Such impressions are tied to the Give-and-Take account centre, which has in it a record of all the destined events in one’s life (due to past lives). Based on one’s give-and-take account or destiny, the Give-and-Take account centre in the mind defines how one responds or reacts to life events and situations. Destiny is that part of one’s life that is beyond one’s control. Destiny controls the happiness or unhappiness we have to undergo due to merits and demerits (sins) accrued in this lifetime or past lifetimes.
Through spiritual research we have found that on average 65% of our lives are destined in the current era. The destiny that we are born with is therefore the major influence behind whether we experience happiness or pain. One of the main sources of mental pain in our lives (that allows our negative destiny to play out) is due to our personality defects.
Even if we do not have a give and take account with a person, personality defects can trigger incorrect actions giving others pain thus creating new negative karma or negative give-and-take accounts. If we give unhappiness to others then as per the Law of Karma, we too have to undergo the same amount of unhappiness either in the current life time or in a future life.”