Radhanath Swami on Mind, Intelligence and Ego

Radhanath Swami - Mind, intelligence ego

Can we see a thought? Touch a thought?  Taste a thought?  None of the senses can witness a thought.  It can only be witnessed by the mind.  The thought is the expression of the mind.  What is the nature of mind? Mind is linked to the senses. The senses perceive an object and relay that information to the mind.  The mind responds to that object by saying, ‘I like it, or I do not like it.  I want it, or I do not want it.’  The mind is accepting or rejecting.  The mind is hankering for its wants and lamenting for its loses.  This is the function of the mind—simply to perceive things through the senses and to react. The intelligence is subtler than the mind.  The function of the intelligence is to discriminate.  If the mind sees a beautiful object though the senses it thinks, ‘I want it.’ Now the intelligence starts figuring out ways to get that object.

Subtler than the intelligence is the ego.  It is the ego that identifies with this whole phenomenon of intelligence, mind and the gross body and thinks that all of it is me.  Beyond the ego is the soul.  The soul is the real us.  The soul is the person.  The soul is the observer, the witness.  The soul is the source of life.

by Radhanath Swami


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  • Ravikiran

    Such a simple, beautiful explanation of such a complex subject! Thank you!

  • govind

    thank u very much maharaj.

  • dr sunil jaisingh

    thank you Radhanath Swami for the profound thoughts

  • Nilesh

    WOW…. what an explaination… I never heard this… amazing… !!!

  • Sonali

    So true… if we could just remember this at all times!

  • meghana

    Here again he so nicely explains how the whole constitution of our existences works, one really needs to contemplate on these facts and act upon. It brings a new meaning to life.Thank you.

  • Shoba Fernandes

    Radhanath Swami has explained the function of mind, ego, intelligence so well.

  • Amiable post and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Thank you seeking your information.

  • umesh

    very nice description of different elements we are dealing daily by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Such a nice explanation about the difference between the mind, intelligence, ego and soul.

  • rajendra desai

    yes true ego is encouraged and that is yes I am the servant of god

  • Sunny

    Very wonderfully explained by Radhanath Swami – the functions of mind/intelligence & false ego…

  • Vishnupriya

    lucid n clear! He’s a genious!

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the wonderful and easy to understand explaination.

  • shyamrup

    Very inspiring

  • Anant Bhat

    Thank you so much Maharaj..

  • anjanadri

    Beautifully explained by Radhanath swami. Thank you very much

  • madhura

    Very nicely explained.Thank you Maharaj.

  • Bhaskar

    Very fine explanation to fathom easily the most criticle and confusing topic

  • suresh

    Great explaination about mind, intelligence, ego and soul.

  • Sagar Wadekar

    Maharaj so nicely explains the true features in our subtle body.. what affects what and who is the main boss….. JAI !!!

  • Milind M Churi

    A very nicely explained internal system of subtle but powerful organs of our material body by Radhanath Maharaj.I pray at his lotus feet that let my mind be controlled by my intelligence and not vice-versa.Thank you for sharing.

  • M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Radhanath Swami clearly explained how an action is taking place.Finally the person, the soul is subtler than anything else. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  • Madhusudan

    The subtler science of consciousness is very intriguing.

  • vinay rachh

    very nice article

  • Abhijit Toley

    This analysis of senses-mind-ego-soul is very penetrating. It helps us to be aware of our mind and to use it the way we want.

  • Bhavesh

    Thank you for explaining the interaction and relation between mind, intelligence, senses, ego and soul in such a precise manner.

  • Renuka

    Maharaj’s small articles are also so clear and precise. Thanks maharaj once again explaining us that we are soul and not this body.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  • vineeta

    wonderful thank you

  • Vinay Malani

    We need a learned saint like Radhanath Swami to guide us on how to use our mind & intelligence properly in the service of God & His pure devotees.

  • rajesh jogani

    With such an intricate explanation of the body, mind and soul which fool will deny the existence of God

  • Manasa

    Thank you Maharaj for letting us know that the soul is the source of life.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has so beautifully explained the subtle body (mind, intelligence and false ego). If we can really understand it and perform our sadhna really well, we can be very blissful even in this life time.

  • bipin

    All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an intricate understanding made simple for the unintelligent individuals like us.

    Hare Krishna

  • Vishal

    Amazing thougt process. I like it

  • Deepak

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj for sharing this wonderful article.

  • meghana

    Thank u swamiji for such awonderful.

  • Sumit

    Such a clear understanding which Radhanath Swami has given here is amazing.

  • Yogesh valhe

    Nice statements from HH Radhanath Swami

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharajs words reach the soul!

  • krishang

    very nice,thank you

  • very good explanation

  • Radhanath Swami gave a lucid understanding of how mind, intelligence and ego are inter-related.

  • Anita Iyer

    Thank you for such a simple explanation of the mind, intelligence, false ego, and soul. Understanding these subjects well will help us become detached from material things and attached to God.

  • rajesh jogani

    One can read these articles again and again and derive new taste for them. Thank you Maharaj

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    In Bhagavad Gits Krishna tells mind is the enemy and friend as well. The teachings of Radhanath Swami are based on Bhagavad Gita and if we follow the sequence how senses to be under the control of mind, mind under intelligence, intelligence under Soul then we can understand what Radhanath Swami is sayign about. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving lucid explanation to understand the functions of senses, mind, intelligence, ego and soul.

  • Vinay Malani

    According to Radhanath Swami, if we forego our ego & utilise our mind & intelligence in the service of God & His pure devotees, only then will we find inner peace & satisfaction.

  • krishang

    wonderful,thank you

  • sharad

    Great explanation. Thank you very much for posting

  • vinay rachh

    So wonderfully explained the difference b’ween mund intellligence & ego

  • Manish Raikundalia

    Nicely broken down. Thanks Maharaj.

  • Rajesh

    Wow! what an explanation. Now I understand in reality what mind, Intelligence, false ego and who am I. Thank you swami ji

  • Ravi Garg

    Very nice explanation by Swamiji………thanks

  • Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    Thanks Radhnath Swami- hope we conquer the ego by your mercy

  • anil manga

    very nice and clear. Thank you maharaj

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    This so clearly describe the subtle senses and the manner in which they function. Thank you Maharaj.

  • sandeep kaimal

    perfect methodolgyon mind control

  • Rajesh Lad

    This is too good !

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj really explains everything in such a simple manner!

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    A very systematic & clear explanation of the thought process and our action based on scriptures.

  • Here one must understand mind intelligence & ego mechanism which Radhanath swami has given very wonderfully

  • mukund

    a marvellous explanation

  • Anand

    Nice explanation thank you

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    If we can fill our thoughts with God consciousness, that is proof that our intelligence has been purified to control and direct the mind.

  • suresh kanakraj

    what a deep connection between these three things! Really, only a realized soul like of Radhanath Swami can explain the relationship between them.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this deep understanding about our real self – the soul.

  • Aishwarya

    Such a wonderful explanation of the function of the mind, the intelligence and the ego. The identity of the soul is wonderfully brought about sequentially.

  • mona

    Maharaj has so nicely explained about the mind intelligence and false ego Thank u maharaj

  • Girish

    Wow. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving such a lucid method to understand the complexities of mind and ego. I dont have the intelligence.

  • Shantipur Nath das

    very nicely explained. thank u.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Nicely explained by Radhanath Swami the details about mind, intelligence, ego & the soul.

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thanks for explaining Radhanath swami maharaj that how we are soul & different that mind & intelligence.

  • seema

    We are not this body,we are the soul…. beautifully explained by Maharaj

  • rajesh jogani

    We are not this body,we are the soul….beautifully explained by Maharaj

  • sandeep

    Very nice explanation about senses, mind,intelligence and soul by Radhanath maharaj.

  • Ashwani

    lucid explanation for intricate philosophical text.

  • Parag Udeshi

    What a beautiful explanation of making us understand that we are not this body but the soul.

  • Nandkishor Wani

    thank you very much Radhanath Swami for wonderful information that we are not body but spirit soul. very nicely explained the sequence of gross body senses to mind-intelligence-ego and finally spirit soul. Real you within you.

  • Pranav Gore

    Thank you very much maharaj for such a wonderful explaination.

  • Such a scientific explaination of a complex subject beautyfully explained by Radhanath Swami

  • Piyush Singh

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for the enlightening.

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has so clearly explained the difference between Mind, Ego and Intelligence. The take away for us that we should cultivate our Intelligence by Knowledge and association so that it can guide the mind properly.

  • Radhanath Swami is so true. If we understand this concept and seriously take up to Krishna consciousness then our life will be a success

  • Uday

    Very nice explaination about mind, its function, intelligence and ego.
    Very easy to understand.Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

  • Deepak Gore

    Mind, intelligence and ego are very much complex in nature when thought over together. But here Radhanath Swami has explicitly and precisely defined each one with their interconnections amongst each other. Thanks sir.

  • Sujit Mehta

    I am simply amazed time and again, it’s been sometime now that I have been reading articles of Radhanath Swami on a friends recommendation, god bless him for that. Here again he so nicely explains how the whole constitution of our existences works, one really needs to contemplate on these facts and act upon. It brings a new meaning to life. Thanks a Ton.

  • Amol

    Thank you Radhanath Swamiji for precise detailed answer.

  • Vinay Malani

    This is a very intellectual discourse by Radhanath Swami on the differentiating factors between mind, intelligence, ego & our real self – the soul.

  • rajesh jogani

    Great explanation. Thank you Maharaj