Exploring the Inner World

Exploring the Inner World

It is natural for the mind to focus on the external world because of its outgoing
tendencies and due to its dependence on sense organs (organs of perception and organs of
action - windows to the external world). Right from childhood, one follows the sense
organs blindly to indulge in sense gratification by contacting sense objects of
the world. The mind captures its share of joys and sorrows from this interaction.
Unaware of this phenomenon, one may drift helplessly in the world like a boat caught
in a storm in the middle of the ocean.
Little do we know that there is an unexplored inner world which consists of antahkarana
(inner instruments; mind, memory, intellect etc.). These instruments play a major role in
the analysis of the stimuli received from the external world through organs of perception
and initiate appropriate action through organs of action. It is said that the quality of
these instruments determines the quality of actions performed and the results of those
actions. Results of such actions are not beneficial for our well-being. Wise people strive
to gain insights into the working of these inner instruments thru spiritual practices.
The Hindu scriptures (For ex. Vedanta) have prescribed number of techniques to tune/purify
the antahkarana.
An individual who would like to explore his inner world (aka self-study) is expected
to have the four-fold qualifications (sadhana-chatustaya) and study the scriptures under
a guru who is well versed in scriptures (a shrotriya) to conquer the inner world.
[The Kathopanishad 2.1.1 has the powerful revelation: Rare indeed is a person who turns inward, aspiring for conquering death. - Editor]