In the Mahatma letter No 88 Mahatma K.H. states

"We do not bow our heads in the dust before the mystery of mind — for we have solved it ages ago."

was this ever elaborated elsewhere? 

There is another illuminating discussion in Mahatma letter No 90:

"did you ever suspect that Universal, like finite, human mind might have two attributes, or a dual power — one the voluntary and conscious, and the other the involuntary and unconscious or the mechanical power?"

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"did you ever suspect that Universal, like finite, human mind might have two attributes, or a dual power — one the voluntary and conscious, and the other the involuntary and unconscious or the mechanical power?"

Interesting quote.  I wonder if they are referring to the cerebrum and the cerebellum in human beings.  If so, what functions in the universal would correspond to the conscious and those of the mechanical power?

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I like to think of the brain as a filter or conduit through which the mind and/or spirit is focused and interacts in physical reality.  I interpret the above quote as talking about two streams of the mind,  The first is our ability to reason and is often ego driven (voluntary and conscious), the other is instinctual and intuitive, perhaps emotional (involuntary and unconscious).  The brain, of course, has much to do with both and especially how we perceive and express our outer and inner worlds.  A materialist would say that consciousness (Mind) is created and maintained by the brain.  I would think that Theosophists like ourselves believe that consciousness (Mind) creates the material world, including out brains.  Yet, everything is One and Whole.  Perhaps the brain is the physical manifestation of the Mind, Mind set in matter. 

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The Mahatma K.H. says there is no cerebrum equivalent in the universal mind and as above so below does not apply in this case.

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Nicholas

Lets be clear: first - the Mahatma is telling us that the mystery of mind has been solved, so its no longer a mystery. Second - I was hoping that somewhere further elaboration may have been made or someone with greater knowledge or clearer insight could shed some light on the subject.

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Would the following be helpful?

H.P.B.,Art. (Psychic and Noetic Action) part 11                                                     "Since the methaphisics of Occult physiology and psychology postulate within mortal man an immortal entity, "divine Mind" and intellect in men - virtually an entity apart from the former during the period of every incarnation - we say that the two sources of "memory" are in these two "principles." These two we distinguish as the Higher Manas (Mind or Ego), and the Kama-Manas (working through the brain), i.e., the rational, but  earthly or physical intellect of man, in cased in, and bound by, matter, therefore subject to the influence of the latter: the all conscious SELF, that which incarnates periodically - verily the WORD made flesh - and which is always the same, while its reflected "Double" (working through the brain) changing with every incarnation and personality, is therefore, conscious but for a life-period. The latter "principle" is the Lower Self, or that, which manifesting through our organic system, acting on this plane of illusion, imagines itself the Ego Sum, and thus falls into what Buddhist philosophy brands as the "heresy of separateness." The former, we term Individuality, the latter Personality."

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Surely the Universal Mind/Mahat-Buddhi is only like the cerebellum in that it has nothing like ego/ahamkara (which is product of Buddhi in the individual manifested being); its the source of Law/Dharma. Whereas in the human it would seem to be the opposite - KamaManas?

cf

"Spiritual Consciousness cannot be guided by a person, nor can its energy be directed by him, until he is completely united with Buddhi­Manas. Until then, it guides him if it can. That is, makes efforts to reach him, to impress the lower Consciousness, and those efforts are helped by his growth in purity. Hence the pangs of remorse for wrong done, the prickings of Conscience, reproaching for evil, inciting to good. These come from the Heart, not from the Head. In the Heart is the only manifested God; the other two are invisible. And it is this manifested God that represents the Triad, Âtma­Buddhi­Manas."*


So this may be the source of inspiration and problem solving in in creative endeavour or other situations where the person guided mind is incapable of finding a solution. What Yogi Ramacharaka calls superconscious mind (A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga).


HPB seems to say that there are 3 minds in the human:
"There are three principal centres in the Body of Man: the Heart, the Head, and the Navel; the Heart, as said, is the centre of the Spiritual Consciousness; the Head is the centre of thePsychic Consciousness; and the Navel is the centre of the Kâmic Consciousness."*


(we could add more ('Vegetal'?) but these primitive aspects are not germaine to the human being it seems to me)

The personal mind or 'psychic consciousness' also has the characteristics of an independent organ(ism): the brain - which is capable of autonomy of thought if left to itself - an organic machine.


"NOTE
The workings of Consciousness in each member of the Quaternary and the question of the Skandhas will be dealt with in future Instructions.
WILLIAM Q. JUDGE"*

It seems these never materialised unfortunately?


* from ESOTERIC INSTRUCTION NO. V

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"HPB seems to say that there are 3 minds in the human: "There are three principal centres in the Body of Man: the Heart, the Head, and the Navel; the Heart, as said, is the centre of the Spiritual Consciousness; the Head is the centre of the Psychic Consciousness; and the Navel is the centre of the Kâmic Consciousness."*

The above describes the three centers of consciousness.  It is interesting to see how sometimes we use the word mind, center of consciousness, and soul interchangeably.  It seems each center of consciousness uses a different vehicle on a different plane.  Is it possible the Spiritual consciousness she is referring to actually is located in the heart of the head and not in the heart on the physical plane as we know it?
 

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I don't think so - not only because HPB is definitely referring to the heart as organ but also because of Ramana Maharshi's frequent references to the 'heart' as the seat of the Self (although he denies it is the organ - and even seems to renege on his references to the heart - perhaps because his knowledge is less 'intellectual. Nevertheless there are striking parallels such as the spot in the heart which is the seat of life, the centre of all)

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Good to know.  Thanks, Keith.

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Universal Cerebellum - Eastern or western?

in THE SECRET DOCTRINE. there is this passage: "This Logos is equivalent to the“Unconscious Universal Mind,” etc., of Western Pantheists. It constitutes the Basis of the SUBJECT-side of manifested Being, and is the source of all manifestations of individual consciousness."

or is this another case of the "old lady" ...