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Do you ever sit for meditation but can’t concentrate? Does it take you 10, sometimes 20 minutes to quiet your mind? Don’t feel discouraged. It’s not that you are bad at meditation. Even people that have practiced meditation for years have to take time to calm their thoughts. This article will help you understand the parts of the mind that cause you to struggle and the part that makes meditation easy.

Citta: According to mystic philosopher, PR Sarkar, there are three evolutionary aspects to the mind, in sanskrit, which human beings have inherited from the time of creation. Let’s start with the citta. The citta is the aspect of the mind that is associated with the mundane world and preoccupied with crude thoughts. For example, the mind of animals is primarily made of citta stuff. Think of a monkey swinging from branch to branch, preoccupied only with its next meal and how to avoid predators or a dog barking into a mirror, unaware that the reflection is its own self. In order for the dog to recognize its reflection, it has to develop an ego and be aware of itself subjectively. If it did, then it might spend hours in the mirror practicing looking good. As in the case with the dog, the citta is associated with the objective world, it is the aspect of the mind devoid of artistic, mental, personal, or spiritual awareness. How does the citta manifest in the human mind? First let’s talk about the second aspect of the mind, the aham.

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Aham: From the citta evolved the aham. The aham is the feeling, “I do.” A loose translation for it is, ego. On an evolutionary level, we can see how our primate ancestors were very different from us, preoccupied only with survival and not with modern day things like fashion, business ventures, or intellectual pursuits. Somewhere along the evolutionary track, human beings developed an ego or the aham and that is the central state of the human mind. However, the aham can be heavily influenced by the citta. When the aham is influenced by the citta, human beings are absorbed by their identity, property, physical features, race, gender, desires, social status, beliefs, education level, or relationships. In fact most people are balancing a combination of the aham and citta, at the same time and most of the time. During your meditation, if your aham is influenced by the citta, you might be thinking, "This is too hard. Am I sitting straight enough? How can they do it but not me? I have to go to the bank later and make that withdrawal. I have to write that email to my boss." Nonetheless, the progression from citta to aham is positive and it should be understood that when aham is dominant over citta, intellect arises. Fortunately, the aham can also be influenced by another aspect of the mind, called the mahat.

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Once there was a woman who searched for true love. Her name was Clara, a young woman in her twenties, she traveled far and long after she graduated from university. She visited Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. She traveled modestly, volunteering in children's homes, clinics, natural disasters and spreading love and service to those in need.

As she wandered and helped others, she was never jaded or cynical of the world. She loved life even more and all of its mysteries, and her need to find her true love became deeper and deeper.

She finally found a young man. His name was Robin and he was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. He was from another culture and taught her many things. Among them and most important of all, he taught her meditation and philosophy. He taught her the ways of a sadhu, to rise with the sun and sit for meditation, and to meditate again before the evening meal. He taught her half bath, to energize herself before meditating, and foods to avoid such as meat, onions, and garlic. All of these things she learned and internalized, though it felt not like she was learning these things for the first time but remembering them.

All was well and for some time, but one day, he confessed he was no longer in love and that he was done. He had fallen for another woman, and slept with her. Clara drained her eyes of many tears and for some days. In a foreign country with few other friends, she was left alone with the new things she learned. Though, the relationship had not worked and he was not her true love, she continued her search and soon found another.

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