Mind Faculty and its Functioning-Ayurvedic Perspective

  • Gurdip Singh


Soul gives consciousness to mind but has no control on it. Mind is a unique organ which controls to itself through its component Dhriti. Indriya Buddhi is situated in the head (brain) where it judges the final perception of the concerned sense. Mind analyzes an object through its processes of Chintya (thought), VichÄryam (analysis), Uhyam (reasoning), Dhyeyam (concentration) and Sankalpam (determination). Thus analyzed object is transferred to Buddhi which goes through various possible actions or responses available and determines which one action is more justifiable. Memory (Smriti) plays a vital role in reaching the final decision and patience (Dhriti) restrains the mind from taking hasty or undesired action which may lead to harmful situation.  Dhee, Dhriti and Smriti are the part of PrajnÄ.

The Buddhi decides the course of the action and conveys its decision to motor organs for performing the required action as well as to autonomous nervous system to assist the motor organs for providing necessary energy, mental strength, physical power and tactics to deal with the problem successfully.  

Keywords: Functions of Manas (mind), Buddhi (intelligence), Decision making