The Six Powers of Mind-Prana Shakti

If you closely study the action of mind, upon mind, of mind, over matter of mind, embedded in the human body, you will find that each man is a power in himself. You will have to develop yourself by self-restraint and mastery over the passions. When your mind becomes powerful, it can speak anything, about the glory of Atman,a storehouse of everything,an infinite, inexhaustible central magazine of powers, knowledge and bliss from where the little mind borrows its light and power.


Whenever, any kind of fire accident or any other kind of accident occurs,you become agile and nimble! Do you not exhibit wonderful powers?

You jump over a huge wall, save many children, run amidst fire boldly and carry things. All psychic powers, memory, imagination, will etc., are at play. Chivalry, intrepidity, undaunted spirit, mercy and various other noble virtues are exhibited by you in different situations of life. Where from did you draw these powers? From this, you can conclude that you are, in reality an all-powerful being. There is a big, magnanimous magazine of power inside you. Go to the source by meditation and tap it. You will get everything. Rely on the Self within.
If you get a telegram at 12 am. On a hot day in summer, which informs you that your father is seriously ailing in your native village which is twenty miles distant, at once you leave even if you are eating food and begin to gallop. Though you yourself are not in good health at that time, you do not care.



You don’t care about anything, as you are very anxious to see your father. You even run the whole distance and reach the place within a couple of hours.

Then you begin to wonder, “What! I myself was very sick. The day was very hot. I have covered a distance of twenty miles within two hours. What a marvel it is”

This clearly shows that you are, in reality, all-powerful. The mind possesses various kinds of powers. They lie dormant. You will have to awaken them.



There are three Saktis (powers) in your mind, viz.,

  • lchha Sakti (Will)

  • Kriya Sakti(Action)

  • Jnana Sakti(Knowledge)

When a desire arises in your mind,it is lchha Sakti. You start working in order to have this desire gratified. This is Kriya Sakti. It plans, schemes and finds out methods, for the achievement of the desired object. The use of Kriya Shakti in order to fulfill your Ichha Shakti,you gain knowledge.This is Jnana Sakti.

The Six Important Powers of Mind are :

  • Vedana-Sakti (power of perception)

  • Smarana-Sakti or Smriti-Sakti (power of memory)

  • Bhavana-Sakti (Power of imagination)

  • Manisha-Sakti (power of judgment)

  • lchha-Sakti or Sankalpa-Sakti (will or volition)

  • Dharana-Sakti (power to hold)



Vedana-Sakti is power of cognition or sensation or power of perception and knowing through lndriyas or senses (lndriya-Jnana or sense-knowledge).


The Smriti-Sakti does three things.

  • It grasps.
  • It holds.
  • It brings to memory whenever a thing is needed.

Though the power of grasping is done by the Vedana-Sakti of the mind (power of perception or cognition), the Smriti-Sakti also participates in the act of grasping.
In Dhyana, the mind grasps and takes possession of its perceptions or judgments. It makes the content of the idea its own. It strengthens the Samskaras so that a voluntary recall is rendered easy.

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You have never seen an elephant riding a cycle. When a man, who has actually seen it, gives you a description, your mind forms a mental picture at once. This is done by the Bhavana-Sakti (power of imagination) of the mind.



Power of comparing and contrasting, drawing inferences, discussion, conclusion, all belong to Manisha-Sakti of the mind. The Manisha-Sakti (power of judgment) has got two subdivisions, viz., Nimaya (ascertainment) and Tarka (logical reasoning).



Will is Atma-Sakti. It is the dynamic aspect of Brahman. Will is Brahman in motion.
Much has been said about the power of imagination in the West-that it is the most tremendous power in the human mind and that in a conflict between the will and the imagination, the imagination would invariably win the day.
There is correlation, co-ordination and co-operation between the different principles in the mind. Therefore, who can say which is great or small, important or unimportant when each depends upon the other for its power? It cannot be truly said that the one is greater than the other, for their independence and power are derived from one another.



Dharana-Sakti (power to hold) is really a part of memory or Smarana-Sakti. In common parlance, we say, “Mr. Ramakrishna is a man of good Dharana in Vedanta.“ Here it means that Mr. Ramakrishna has got fixed and steady ideas in Vedanta. He cannot be changed by anybody. He is not of a wavering nature. He sticks to Vedanta alone. Nobody can shake him.


Apperception is the mind’s perception of itself as a conscious agent. The principle of apperception is just like a mail clerk of consciousness receiving, sorting out, correlating, arranging, pigeon-holing, associating and sending out messages.

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