In Sanskrit, the other word for churning-up is ‘manthan’. It’s only when the mind is churned-up that it can explore fresh horizons; otherwise, it becomes a fossilised mind that is of no use to anyone, including its owner. So, when the mind is churned-up, it quite often happens on the psychological side. I am talking now about the experiential side, which has to do with meditation.
When the mind is shaken up, or when the mind is churned, what happens? According to the great myth of the churning of the oceans in ancient times by the gods—by the Devas and the Asuras—what happened? The Devas and the Asuras churned the ocean of milk. What was flung out first was poison, that too the most dangerous kind called ‘hala hala visha’—which could have annihilated the entire creation. The story is that the great god, Shiva, the lord of destruction, and also the symbol of the one with the third eye or the eye of intuition, the eye of understanding, lapped up the poison and saved the world.