Why clean the mind if Consciousness is beyond body, mind, and gunas?

QUESTION: If Consciousness is independent of body, mind or 3 gunas, then why work on purification?


The Upanishads declare that Brahman or consciousness is the ultimate reality. Our true nature is Brahman – eternal, infinite, free from limitations. However, we fail to realize this due to ignorance caused by the impurities of the mind.

The mind is constantly disturbed by rajas (restlessness) and tamas (inertia). This causes it to swing between extremes – at times overly active jumping from one thought to another, at other times dull, clouded and unclear. A mind dominated by rajas and tamas cannot comprehend the subtle truths of Advaita Vedanta. It is too distracted, agitated and lacks the subtlety to discern the oneness of Atman and Brahman.

Therefore, purification of mind is essential. A sattvic (pure, tranquil) mind is necessary to realize the identity of Atman (“I”) and Brahman (the total). When rajas and tamas are subdued, the mind becomes calm, focused and sharp. The turbulences settle down and the veils of ignorance are removed.

In this purified state, the mind becomes like a clean mirror capable of accurately reflecting Brahman. The knowledge imparted by the Guru is clearly grasped without distortion. One is then able to discern the true meaning of mahavakyas like “Tat Tvam Asi” – “You are That”. The oneness of the individual self and final reality becomes evident.

Thus, mental purification leads to sattva guna predominating. This removes the obstacles blocking the vision of oneness. A serene, subtle and sensitive mind alone can properly reflect on the teachings, practice self-inquiry and realize the non-dual, undifferentiated Brahman. This is why mental purification is emphasized in Vedanta before trying to capture the expansive vision of oneness.


Reality is vast, deep and multifaceted. A small mind in this vast reality attempts to fit something so vast, in its small framework. Then, as means of coping and resuming its illusory sense of control — it convinces itself, “I've got it!”.

This is seen even with the highest IQ's, such as within neuroscience, proclaiming, “This grey brain matter, gives birth to consciousness”. Showing a high IQ isn't enough. A pure/clean mind doesn't suffice either. There are many pure minded beings throughout history who reject consciousness as the final reality, and aim for higher lokas (worlds such as heaven).

One also needs humility by acknowledging “I can't see my own blind-spots and thus need help from a guru”. A desire to continuously self-reflect (analyze one's experience). Nurture emotional maturity. Ask the Lord for help.

Look at how many things are needed to capture the multifaceted nature of reality.

While the mind is impure, it's too obsessed with its own notions, which are projected onto reality. It similarly projects onto Consciousness, then proclaims, “I am consciousness, beyond the mind”.

At the same time, it's important to understand, the mind can never and will never be completely pure. Mind is mithya (fluctuating and limited in it's capacity). There's no such thing as perfection at level of mind. Consciousness (Brahman) alone is perfect; that which is ever full, complete and eternal.

Failing to acknowledge this, the other extreme is to spend whole life in purification. 

Therefore, a relatively pure mind is required. Or just enough to allow the scriptural teaching to do their intended magic — without having a need to reject what doesn't sound good, and only accept what sounds good.


  1. Hello can u plz explain the text below from osho saying that brahman is behind all worldly activiities and i am that brahman meaning “I am the doer”
    This is the text :
    “Brahman is the nucleus of all worldly
    l am this brahman…
    This is a very revolutionary statement: …al
    Worldly activities… This means that the thief, the man
    who is blinded by lust, the greedy person who is
    sitting on a pile of money like a snake – all this worldly
    activity arises from the
    The sutra says something even more amazing: /
    am this brahman. So | am the one who is stealing
    through the thief, I am the greed in the greedy person
    and the lust in the lecher. This sutra is amazing! This is
    the realization of a true, religious consciousness.
    But the people whom you call religious say, “You
    are a thief, you
    will go to hell”
    They don’t realize
    they are sending themselves to hell! If they had any
    understanding of what they are saying, they would
    not be so interested in
    condemning. But your saints
    and monks tell you that you are a sinner, and that you
    will go to hell. It does not occur to them that this
    means they are the sinners and that they will go to
    hell. Only when this understanding happens is
    religiousness born in a person: “Whatsoever happens
    in this vworld, I am a participant in it because I am part
    of this world. If a Ravana has happened,I am the evil in
    him. It is inevitable because I am a participant in this
    world. If there is a war going on in Vietnam, I am
    for it i am the one who is being killed in that war and I am the one who is killing,..”
    This is the text above explained by osho telling that since brahman is the doer and i am brahman then i am doer responsible for all worldy actions etc…
    Can u explain Please how in advaita they say I am not the doer ego while osho says if i am brahman then I am the doer ..thank u

    1. Hi John

      Hello can u plz explain the text below from osho saying that brahman is behind all worldly activiities and i am that brahman meaning “I am the doer”

      To understand this fully, and not partially, need to go through the methodology step by step: https://www.yesvedanta.com/tattva-bodha-discourses/

      Secondly, “meaning I am the doer”: If “I” is referring to body-mind, then that statement is true. If “I” is referring to brahman, then that statement is false. That’s why teacher is needed, to resolve constant paradoxes, such as “I am engaged in this world fully, yet I do absolutely nothing”…

      Or Bhagavad Gita, CH4.20: “He (or she) does not do anything even though fully engaged
      in action.”

      Or Bhagavad Gita, CH3.22: “For me, there is nothing to be done. Yet, I remain engaged in action.” EXPLANATION: For me (brahman), there is nothing to be done. Yet, I (brahman with jiva upadhi) remain engaged in action.

      Of course now, one will ask “What is jiva upadhi?”. That’s why the course above is available for you.

      Can u explain Please how in advaita they say I am not the doer ego while osho says if i am brahman then I am the doer

      Vedanta tradition doesn’t accept OSHO (Rajneesh). His spiritual teachings mixed things up from various standpoints. Hence instead of asking “What did OSHO mean by saying”, a better question is, “What does Bhagavad Gita, or Upanishads mean when it says ____”. That way you’re going STRAIGHT to the source, rather then quoting one man.

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