3. The Mind not only has a habit to dwell on the faults of others, it also has a tendency to stay there and envelops it. For example, in Elementary School, Ramesh is in 2nd Grade, and he stole a new pen from Suresh. Ramesh complained to the teacher, and the teacher in front of the whole class, interrogated and made Ramesh admit the truth and give back the pen he stole from Suresh.
25 years passed. Ramesh was successful in school and became an I.A.S. Officer. Ramesh came to the village he studied in and wanted to meet his
teacher at the Elementary school. The old teacher could not recognize him rightaway and it took him a while and he finally said “O, are you not the Ramesh who stole the pen from Suresh”?. No matter how tall a stature Ramesh had as an IAS Officer, the teacher, could only remember him as his fault. This is the nature of the Mind.
4.The Mind always likes to jump to the future. It is always fixated on the next thing and the next thing to do, but not the task at hand. It never likes to stay in the present. It always likes to worry about the future. As a result, it cannot focus on the present task thereby reducing the
quality of the same, which will stall the progress. “A person who cannot utilize his time properly cannot achieve success in anything”.
5. Mind likes to postpone things. If today, one thinks of doing a good thing, it gives the advice, ‘you can do it tomorrow’ and postpones it. When
tomorrow comes as today, it will find another good reason to postpone it to the next day. In this manner,all good things that are thought of, never get done, and Time passes on.
6.Mind always craves for recognition. All little things that one does, it is anxious (madhana?) that many will recognize. If it is not recognized, it advises to not to do it or stop doing it.
8. Mind always dictates what to do. It craves independence. “Why should I listen to someone else?” it deplores subjecting it to imperfection and deficiency. At the same time, it is proud of itself. It feels itself as its Owner. Like stated before, it gives strength to the recognition of faults in others. In truth, the owner of the Mind is buddhi or intellect. One calls someone wise when he listens and acts on his intellect. One calls someone a lunatic when he listens to his Mind alone. So, what is better? The tail wagging the dog, or the dog wagging its tail. It is better that the Mind listen to the intellect.