Treatise on the Ten Stages of the Development of Mind
Just like everything else in the world that develops, the mind also has different stages of development. It is by going through all the stages of development that the mind is grown fully and can distinguish between good and bad or something acceptable and things that are not acceptable (Dalisay, 2014). When one is young, the mind is not fully developed, and it means that as one grows up, the mind continues to grow as well as go through the different stages. First, when the mind is young, there is a lot of confusion and the confusion is the one making one to feel the void or the emptiness. The reason is that one from the onset normally has a purpose and before the purpose is obtained it is hard for one to get the real world. Thus, one ends up going through different stages and satisfaction is realized when the brain becomes fully developed. The reason is that this is the time that from one’s thinking; things in life starts making sense and more clear. It is also the time one is sure of the feelings and it like the reality dawns hence making one have a better sense of direction and purpose.
This difference in characteristics and behaviors that come with each stage of mind development according to Kukai is the reason that makes people who belong to different mind development stages to behave differently from each other. The latter is in the sense that the actions that one engages in according to how the brain is receiving and interpreting information are different from the actions that another person who belongs to another brain development level would show (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). For example, a person whose mind is in the first stage of development would innocently act on instincts. On the other hand, a person who has already passed the first stage of brain development and now is in the third stage of mind development would not act by instincts but would apply morals and ethics earned in stage two and also act in a manner that will please the heavens. The reason is that this stage makes a person to seek salvation as the best way out.
From the different stages of mind development and the different actions associated with the stages, the social cycles are created. The people from the same level of mind development tends to behave in the same manner and share similar characteristics something that makes them belong to the same social cycle (Matsuda, 2003). The more reason is that they are likely to get along easily because of the similarities in behavior and characteristics as compared to dealing with an individual with an entirely different way of perceiving issues and behaving. However, the different social groups are important because when they come together, they form the society. This means that according to Kukai, the community is made of people from different levels of brain development and social cycles (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). In as much, each human being that makes up a social cycle or society has his/her characteristics, so it is the same case with the society. In most cases, the members of the community come together and form different laws and traditions that help the people despite from the fact they belong to different mind levels; they can interact and live together in harmony. In the world today, there are high-minded societies which have already gone through the maturing process like the European Union, and the low-minded societies that are still in the development process yet to mature like the warring nations.
The warring nations and countries practicing discrimination and other malpractices are classified as low-minded societies because they have not reached the maturity stage where all malpractices would lose meaning (Matsuda, 2003). This means that these societies have not been able to break through the limitedness of duality, and hence they continue being held back. After the breakthrough, the society is also able to perceive issues from a positive point of view, and the malpractices become irrelevant hence making the members of the society even without being commanded to act responsible and argue from an ethic, moral, and religious point of view. The latter is in the sense that going through the development process helps the society to continue learning new things hence changing perception and way of thinking.
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