Sixth sense is a special ability to know something without using any of the five senses that include sight, touch, etc. It is not intuition, which; is knowledge that comes to a person without any conscious remembering or format reasoning. There is a belief that intuition is nothing but rapid inference (reasoning from known facts). People with great intuition are generally very experienced or have great sensitivity or both.
Understanding this phenomenon better, a person’s experience is a storehouse of memories and impressions. These bits of experience, with proper stimulation, shape into a thought or judgment. Then the person “knows” something, but cannot say where the knowledge came from. People call this sudden impression an intuition, or hunch. Intuitions are sometimes followed in detective work, card games, and military planning. They often occur in scientific work and in the treatment of diseases.
What then is this sixth sense? Is it extrasensory perception, usually abbreviated ESP, which describes a way of being aware of something without using the known senses? By the way, the study of ESP is part of the field of psychology called parapsychology.
Or, is it clairvoyance, which is an ability to communicate with people who are far away? In a famous experiment conducted by the BBC and broadcast live, two twin sisters were brought to the BBC’s London studio. One sister remained in the studio ready to draw whatever her sister saw. The other sister was taken to a place previously not seen by either of them. While one looked at a structure there, the other drew the outlines in the studio. Photographs were taken of the structure in question and compared with the sketches made. Surprisingly, they matched.
Don’t we sometimes wonder how we know something which transpires later? When such occurrences are rare, we call them coincidence. But when one realizes that he or she is able to foresee many events, he is truly blessed; he or she has the sixth sense.
Why is this ability of knowing things in advance not so common? Is there something special that one must possess? Yes! One must have a pure mind. Only then is one in a position to have this special ability. This can be understood by the example of a radio. A myriad of information is in the air, but only a capable receiver can receive it. Similarly, human beings in special cases can have such a facility to receive the information which are beyond the capacity of our five senses, that is eyes, ears, etc. These five senses are common between human beings and animals. There are large variations in different species even in the development of these senses. But the sixth sense is unique to the humankind. The great poet William Shakespeare must have realized this fact. He wrote, ‘Man is the master of the animal kingdom.’ The difference between the human species and the animal species is distinguished not only by the difference in the development of the senses but also the ability of the sixth sense.
Therefore, we can summarize that there are several ways of knowing something –
• Conscious recall of something which is stored in our brains.
• Knowing something without any conscious effort as in intuitions.
• From others through the mind as in clairvoyance.
• The sixth sense.
For the last named – the sixth sense, one must have a receptive mind. And only a pure mind can be receptive. How does one achieve this state? For this, one has to understand the fundamentals of the material nature. This has three modes as its basic constituents. These are: ‘sattva’ (goodness), ‘rajas’ (passion) and ‘tamas’ (darkness). We all have these three modes in different proportions which determined our natures and the state of our minds. However, their proportions are not fixed and keep on changing according to our activities and association.
The general characteristics of ‘sattva’ are transparency and being carefree; ‘rajas’ is symbolized by being excessively busy in material activities; and ‘tamas’ can be identified by ignorance, foolishness and opaqueness. When ‘sattva’ is in the ascendency, the human mind is in the best position to receive, filter and process cosmic information, that is connected with the whole universe, but not perceived by the five senses. The mind is then in a good position to filter the information coming through and only accepts the positive part of it; ‘cosmic currents of information’ are of a mixed nature. Negative information that is harmful to the mind which is essentially in goodness is rejected by it.
A mind in the ‘sattva’ has the ability to discern, because this mode brings wisdom in its wake. This is how the sixth sense manifests. Contrarily, the prominence of ‘rajas’ and ‘tamas’ modes results in the pollution of the mind. Then the mind accepts negative vibrations and brings about suffering.
Therefore, it is wise to embrace the mode of goodness. This can be done by consciously doing all acts in goodness, that is by eating food in goodness, seeing things in goodness, hearing what is considered good, speaking what is beneficial, etc. Then, not only would one live happily-