The Aikunnu Bhagavathy Temple on Pandavagiri Hill
God is a concept of man, but man is not a concept of himself. You can say the whole creation is a ‘concept of God’ (a saṅkalpa), and hence man too is His concept. In his dialogue with Uddhava, Krishna says, on behalf of the Creator: “I created many a creature - with no legs, then with one, two, three, four and many legs. But I was not satisfied. When I created man, I was fulfilled. In the human body, endowed with discriminative intelligence, man can discover and realize Me and My Greatness, by enquiring into the Supreme Reality.” So, man is God’s concept. Thus the whole creation, with man in it, is a wonder for man.
In this light, what should be the right vision and attitude that man should have about himself, his personality and life around? Human personality has two counterparts: the outer physical or gross, and the inner spiritual or subtle. The physical, outer component can function only with the subtle inner counterpart, which consists of mind, intelligence and ego.
This knowledge that man is a ‘concept of God’ should instantly lead man to appreciate and evaluate the object of human life. With this perspective, he must assess the inner constituents (mind, intelligence and ego), their place and role, and how they link with the body and senses in their functions.
Mind thrives on thoughts, feelings, emotions and memory. A definite effort should be made to enrich, empower and refine mind’s functions.
Intelligence thrives on knowledge, ideas and its derivatives. Enquiry, examination and investigation are its expressions and wont. It develops the art of being rational. By taking up the right enquiries and investigations about life, world, mind, its role, etc., the individual human must enrich and enlighten his intelligence. Intelligence is the only effective tool to act on the mind.
It is mind that employs the senses. To ensure that senses are rightly utilized, mind should be enriched and empowered by intelligence. And intelligence itself should derive its enlightenment and direction from the source still beyond, the core of human personality, which is also the centre of the whole creation.
Employ the intelligence to gain abundant inner, spiritual knowledge. That is how spiritual pursuit becomes relevant to the human.