Two aspects of working of a mind -2
Our action also brings about a change in our mind. Every action that we perform makes the instinct of the same behaviour stronger each time. Thus we are forced to perform the same kind of action in future. Thus our past deeds decide our tendency to act or react.
To be more precise,
1. Presentation of sufferings or happiness is not something over which one has control
2. How to react to situation is in one’s control.
The second factor also has two divisions:
1. Mind’s tendency to react according to past deeds
2. Element of fresh control over tendency of mind. This is the factor, which needs to be stronger to exercise control over mind, otherwise, reverse happens: Mind controls you. Only divine practice or remembrance of God can make this factor stronger and therefore, spiritual progress is not possible without remembrance of God.