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In the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, the super-text of yoga, it is said there are five functions of the mind of which you are aware.  There are seven functions of the mind of which you are not aware.  But if I go into that, it would be a digression.  So, for another time.  We'll leave that.  Somewhere along those seven, fits the fact that the mind scans everything that is in your person.  It scans it in the wakeful hours and in the dreaming hours and in the sleeping hours.  

In my lectures on sleep, I have explained it somewhat more.  Or in our dreaming hours.  I have spoken of it before, but to remind you of just one brief example, you are dreaming that you are flowing along a gushing torrential river, and suddenly you come upon a log, and you're blocked.  The mind is scanning a blood vessel where there is a block.  That is one dimension of dreams, the dimension in which the mind is scanning the body.  

Long before you're ill, the warning must come to you from this mind, but we don't pay heed.  From the moment a child is conceived, the mind scans the entire development because the mind permeates the whole body.  From its seat, it sends out its minute touching fingers of energy, and it records everything.  The passage of every cell through its birth and death is recorded in the mind as your birth and death is recorded in the cosmic mind. Everything that has ever happened in you is recorded in the mind.  It witnesses.

So it also stands and observes the proportions of the body.  Now this body is a very well proportioned city.  It has a fascinating geometry.  A little something unbalanced is immediately noticed – consciously noticed or unconsciously noticed, but notice you do.  In the medical sciences of India there is an art of diagnosis by checking the balances of the physical body, the proportions of the physical body.  For example, they would take a thread and measure you, let's say, from navel to the nipple on one side and navel to the nipple on the other side.  Or for women from navel to the left toe and then to the right toe and see if the distance is equal, and if it's not, there is some internal imbalance.  I look at people's faces very, very carefully to see whether the left side and the right side look balanced. 

The left side and right side have a different balance and different lines. Everybody here.  And when I look at a person and decide, on a number of things, on how to advise him, I look at the left side, right side, and the forehead.