Mind: Functions of the Mind

                                                                  Q. Part 1: What is the correlation between desires and thoughts? How are one's desires manifest into thoughts?

                                                                  Q. 1. In the SB 6.1.51 it is explained that the subtle body is endowed with sixteen parts -- the five knowledge-acquiring senses (nose, tongue, eyes, skin and ears), the five working senses (speech, hands, legs, genitals and anus), the five objects of sense gratification (beauty, taste, smell, sound and touch), and the mind. In other places the subtle body is described as composed of mind, intelligence and false-ego.

                                                                  Q. If one thinks oneself as the body, he will say he is John.

                                                                  If one thinks oneself in the platform of spirit, he will say he is jiva or servant of Krishna. What if one thinks oneself in terms of subtle body?

                                                                  Thinking in terms of subtle body means identifying oneself with the mind and intelligence. For example one thinks: 'I am smart', 'I am stupid', 'I am a cheerful person', 'I am a very irritable person', 'I like to be active', 'I am an extrovert/introvert' and so on. These are not the qualities of the soul, but temporary characteristics acquired by the subtle body in association with modes of nature. But one begins to think of one's identity in terms of these acquired natures.

                                                                  Q. I am not the mind, however we give very high significance what the state of mind when we perform certain activity. For example even when our external sense perform activities related to KC we give less significance when compared to when our mind always thinks about Krishna but our external activities are not related to KC. My question is I am not the mind or the senses so why we consider what the mind does as KC and not the gross senses.

                                                                  Q. If there is something that is haunting one's mind everyday in one's thought pattern and there is nothing one can do about it, and it gives lot of irritation, anger and suspicion, what should one do?

                                                                  Since the specific details are not clear, I will attempt to give only a very general answer.