“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • Sādhana-śibiram | Delhi | March 2018 17-02-2018

    Swami Nirviseshananda Tirthaji will be in Delhi from Mar 07 to Apr 01, 2018 to conduct the annual Sādhan¡-Śibiram. Enlightened Living and "Be Master of Yourself" workshop is being offered. Details.

  • Dakshinkhanda Pilgrimage - A Report 15-02-2018

    By the end of the night there were so many words that came up repeatedly in attempt to convey the feelings about this sublime event - blessed, grateful, deeply moved, and humbled. Humbled to see what true bhakti really is.

  • Enlightened Living | Delhi NCR | March 2018 22-01-2018

    Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha Ji will conduct a residential course "Enlightened Living" from 15th to 25th March 2018. Participation requires prior registration. No charge.

  • 54th Annual Jñāna Yajña - Jamshedpur 17-01-2018

    On 6th Feb, Sampoojya Swamiji and Mā will reach CIRD Jameshedpur for the Annual Jñāna Yajña. They will return to the Ashram in Thrissur on February 28th.  Details..

Practical Guidance

Prabhaata Rashmih talks by Poojya Swamiji
  • PR 27 July 2016 - Develop a Sense of Surrender
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    We have had one more year’s Gurupoornima observance and the retreat session. The Anna Vastra Dana satram also was done yesterday. Some of you have already gone back. Others will be going back one after the other. The Anna Vastra Dana Satram is actually a kind of social service that we are doing.

    सर्वभूतहिते रताः ।।
    sarva-bhūta-hite ratāḥ ||

    This is a phrase Krishna uses in Bhagavad Gita twice. A seeker of truth, a knower of truth, anybody who is spiritual, practicing yoga, every one of them should have an abiding interest in the welfare of all creatures. This tells you that you have to be loving and sympathetic, considerate to the others. Examine your mind and find out whether you have enough of consideration and vatsalya for the others. If you don’t have, then you are a failure. You have to acquire or generate this vatsalya properly. 

    The thought process can be that the self is present in every one, in all or God is present in every one and all. That can be a very regular thought. If you ask me, I would like to think of it in a more tangible manner. We are living in a world which got multiple contributions from multiple sources. In the food that you eat, in the residence that you live, the various articles and materials used for constructing a house for you, the dress you put on, the various facilities that are provided for in your life, in all these things, I think you are connected with the society. The food that we eat is grown by farmers in different areas. You will find that all these are mutually connected. Being so, you must always have a societal, a universal feeling. 

    There are so many beings upon the earth. Each being makes a contribution. I have one formula that every herb on this earth is either food or medicine. Our food comes from a number of items, number of plants. The excreta of every creature is in one way or the other, fertilizer or manure for the other things or even medicine. When I say this, you may be surprised or repelled but the fact remains that it is so. 

    Why I say this? Our life is interconnected always. So, it is necessary to reflect this kind of a mutuality in all that you do. And whenever the mind expands in this manner and you have an abiding concern for the others, you will find you will be more enriched, you will become more and more resourceful. In that resourcefulness, monetary resourcefulness also is included. If you ask me how, I cannot always say this is the way it will happen. Just like there are physical, chemical, bio-chemical, bio-physical, biological laws, there are some psycho-spiritual laws also in the world by virtue of which you will find a person who is charitable will always become resourceful also. Otherwise, how can he continue with his charity? So, learn to do so.

    And so far as the spiritual or devotional development is concerned, this is what I have to tell you. Do not fret and fume. Try to become a little tolerant and patient. We are not born in this world at our wish. Somehow, we were born. If our present embodiment does not follow our wish or even our need expressed by us, then we are not responsible for our life. We are responsible to bear it and conduct it. But the actual life, we are not responsible for. So, there are intricate systems in nature, you call them divine, spiritual or providential. Trust them and believe them. And do not fret and fume. Anything that comes will also go. If we are suffering, if nature inflicts suffering on us, nature will also see that our life is sustained so that we may suffer. I don’t know whether you understand my point.

    If a suffering is inflicted on us, if the infliction has got to have any meaning, then we must be made to suffer it by the very law of suffering. So, don’t worry about it. Somehow our life will be sustained.

    Dispassion is a quality which you must always develop. Dispassion, dispassion, vairagya. For a person of vairagya, the inner spiritual strength is enormous. Vairagya is the greatest strength for a person, whether you accept it or not, you must have increasing measures of vairagya. 

    Sit in a place and try to handle your mind, call it meditation or anything else. There, the attitude should be, you should be relaxed and develop an attitude of surrender and unfoldment. This surrender is not a bodily act. It is an inner mento-intellectual note.

    How will you develop the sense of surrender? I would even like you to lie on your back so that you don’t have to support the body. Either stretch your hands or put them interlocked and place them on your chest. And then, try to feel the sense of surrender in you. Find out for yourself what is this surrender? “What is this surrender? Oh God, make me surrender or accept me. What is this ‘me’? It cannot be the body.” If you feel and try to get more and more inward, inward and inward, you will strike a point when you will find there is a kind of a bursting that takes place within you and you will feel the first note of surrender.

    We don’t where our ego is, the ‘I’-ness is, the mindness is, but it is in our body, within our body. How to reach there? You have no sensory organ to reach there. So, it is beyond the senses. Try to probe into that level. Unwind yourself, uncoil yourself. And if you are able to do it well, you will reach a stage where, there is suddenly, it is not a physical, you will find something like a bursting or an explosion. At that time, you will know what is this psychological knot called ego and how the knot gets broken. At least as a curious experiment, why don’t you try it? 

    We are saying ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘mine’, ‘mine’, ‘mine’, what is the genesis of this ‘I’ and ‘mine’, think about it and get into your own inner bottom. It is a kind of a probe and it is done by feeling. Simply by the strength of feeling. Give some time for the mind to get into this feeling structure.

    You may mock at what I say. But it is not something to be mocked at. And don’t ask me, “Swamiji, how?” That is for you to find out. Lie on your back, if necessary, put one foot over the other, interlock your palms and put them on your chest and try to unwind yourself and reach at the source of thought, source of ego, source of ‘I’. It is something very beautiful and very effective. You may not initially understand it even. But try it. Maybe in the course of a week or ten days, one day you will find that,

    भिद्यते हृदयग्रन्थिः
    Bhidyate Hṛdaya-grahanthiḥ

    That knot of your heart gets completely untied or broken. It comes through a process of relaxation. Don’t think of anything. Don’t think of God, don’t think of this, don’t think of that. But you should have an insistence. People who believe in God, look to God, “My dear God, let me reach at the very source, knot of the heart.” If you are initiated, you can say, “My dear Gurudev, please take me to the very source within me.” This kind of a prayerful attitude, inner effort and persistence will certainly clinch the issue. Do not worry about the developments in life. Everything will come and go and you will be sustained. It is not necessary that God appears physically creating a miracle for you. Not necessary. Try to have a constant link with God. As I told you earlier, talk to Him, speak to Him anything that you want, and that should be the way of your connection with God.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

  • PR 26 Jul 2016 - Develop All Fold Devotion
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    Our personality is a composite one. In that, we have our gross body. This body is consisting of matter and energy. In the bodily level, we cannot and we may not be able to bring about any kind of a change, either an additional organ or one organ less. Maximum we can provide nutrition to the body and take exercises to see that the body is kept in good condition.

    As a human, the change, improvement, qualities and the like, if at all, are possible only in the inner personality - mind, intelligence and ego. If you are able to fix this point in your mind, I shall be very happy. The mind, intelligence, ego are supposed to change and improve throughout our life.  This takes place more once you become an adult. You must be able to make your own choices, your own selections, every time we can enquire, reflect upon whatever we are doing and what are the chances of improvement, what is good, what is bad, all these are possible because we have the intelligence. One has to be thoughtful before he is acting. Many people are thoughtless, they act and they never think about it. Instead of that, you should become very thoughtful. I think there is scope for introspection every day. Keeping all these in mind, I would like to say something about all fold devotion.

    Devotion is actually an emotion. It is an emotion arising from the mind. But that emotion is different from the rest of the emotions. Only when the mind thinks about a supra-worldly factor, then only devotion will start springing in the mind. When we are looking at the world and interacting with the world, we don’t get devotion. Devotion will spring up only when you start thinking about a supra-worldly element. That is what we call God.

    God is not the world, but something different from it. God is not that which can be sensorily perceived. It is supra-sensory. So, when we think of something beyond the sensory range, that becomes a Godly factor. And when you reflect upon it, devotion start growing in you. This devotion becomes easy and also will become full fold provided you think of God in the full manner. What is this full manner?

    There is nothing besides God. If there is a world, that world is godly and included in God. You are a part of the world. If the world is godly, you are also godly. If the world is godly, you being included in the world, you are also godly.  Start thinking in this manner. Everything is godly. Find God in everything. Everything, external and internal, gross and subtle, everything is godly. This kind of a thought, you should not laugh at it and you should not search for reason. If you search for reason, I can provide why it is so. But you need not search.

    When you go the temple, what happens? You look at the idol and the idol give you the idea of a God. In the same manner, let the whole world be an idol, every part of which will start reflecting or radiating God for you. Expanding and enlarging devotion in this manner is your option, your choice, your selection, your wish and your will. If I tell you, will you start doing it? Stop all other practices of devotion. 

    From today onwards, think that “I am a son or a daughter of God and therefore I am godly. Therefore I am godly. For me, everything is godly.” And converse with God. Do not worship Him with flowers. Do not try to contemplate upon Him suddenly. Simply talk to Him, converse with Him just like you will talk to a friend or somebody close to you. Talk to Him everything and all. 

    “Today I have no time to think about you, my dear God. Please excuse me.” You can say that.

    “Today I am going to think about you a little more. Today I am little angry and displeased with you. There are many things which I had reminded you about, but you do not seem to be acting upon them. Now I don’t find anybody else to go to. Then what shall I do? So, I am a little angry and irritated about you.”

    You can say, “I am extremely fond of you. I sometimes wonder, how you being everywhere present, there are many things taking place in this world which are atrocious in character. With all these developments, you seem to be unaffected and unconcerned. So, I am little jealous of you. I must also be able to remain unconcerned and unaffected. People say that you are in everybody. My Jeeva is yourself. So, if you have the quality of unaffectness, I must also have, I also have. So, I will start practicing this unaffectedness and it should not be impossible because you are unaffected, you are in me. I am a part of you. So, whatever is the quality of the whole, that will be the quality of the part also.”

    You bring any kind of a thought process. But that thought process should link you to God. Srimad Bhagavatha says:

    Yena kena prakarena, matih krishne niyojayet. 

    Whatever be the means, your mind should be wedded to Krishna, riveted to Krishna, riveted to God. This is called all fold devotion.

    You feel that “I have fallen from God. Yes. Yesterday and day before yesterday, I did not remember you. I have fallen. But it does not matter. Where can I fall? I fall from you and I fall to you. I cannot get away from you. There is nothing besides you.”

    This is how I sometimes I say, “Oh God, I give you two challenges. What is that? If you can banish me from your territory and kingdom, banish me from your territory and kingdom.” What does it mean? He must put me in a place where He is not. Can it be possible? Because God is omnipresent, so can He take me and put me where He is not?

    Another is exit from my heart. If He is all-pervading and interpenetrating, He is in my heart. So, can He get away from my heart? No. These are the two challenges I had given to God. He has not met them up to now. 

    This kind of a free exchange with God, either be a child or be a friend or be a brother or a sister, be a son or a daughter, that all-foldness of devotion. So simple and so easy. I don’t want you to read big. No nothing. Simply foster an unbroken, unbreakable relationship with God.

    But I would like you to be a model, a good person. A good person means a loving person, amiable person. Anybody should like you. Accommodate people. You may have merits which are superior to others. But with the superior merits, you still should become accessible and you should be caring for others. In a group of people, not all will not be harmonious with us. But they are also part of the world, part of our world family. And when an occasion comes, we will have to interact with everyone. So be loving. Be considerate. Try to make adjustments and sacrifice for the sake of others. Never try to dwell upon the defects of others. If you find some defects, immediately you should reflect, “Oh see, how glaring is the defect. Let me not have it. May I not have it.”

    Any quality that you want to develop, love that quality, wish and feel you should have it. “Oh God, may I have love. May I have love. Oh God, may I have reliance. May I have reliance. Oh God, let me be considerate, considerate. Let me be sacrificing, sacrificing.” You think and be that quality in your mind. Automatically, it will be imbibed by you, it will start manifesting.

    Everybody says that “I want to be good, but I am not good.” You are not good because you don’t want to be good. If you want to be good, you aspire to be good, then I think from that very moment, inches and millimeters of goodness will start growing in you. Will you examine your heart and find out? The moment you feel a certain quality I want to have, that very feeling starts making that quality grow in you.

    I think we are deceiving ourselves by saying that, “I want but I don’t get.” After all, a quality is not an objective thing like gold or silver or land. It is a quality which the human mind, human person can develop. It doesn’t require any gross factor. So, in the matter of developing qualities, why should there be any denial, poverty or even austerity measure? We have so many stories which says that, Kalidasa was a fool and he became the wisest person. Similarly, any quality can be grown by us provided you wish and will for it. And rely upon God, the great treasure house of all qualities. So, it is a question of fondness and commitment. I think every one of you should become nice, good, noble, loving, beautiful, take interest in others, be concerned with others, try to be useful and benevolent.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.                                       

  • PR 24 Jul 2016 - Bhagavad Gita to Reinforce Sadhana
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    We are discussing Bhagavad Gita emphasizing that it is a historic version properly written and preserved of a warfield dialogue that took place between Krishna and Arjuna, before the commencement of the war and also to enable Arjuna to fight. That is one part of it. The subject of the discussion is handling the human personality, dealing with our interactions with the world in such a manner that the individual always get more and more enriched , elevated, his constrictions drop, his expansion increases.

    What is it that we are looking for in life? Joy, contentment, satisfaction. It is to bring about these benefits consistently through everyday’s interaction. I wonder whether you will ever understand this.

    Everyone is born in a family. Over the years, we get educated, we grow. Men invariably get employed, women also these days have started becoming employed. Then marriage comes up, children are born. All these are normal developments in life. Whatever be the development, understand that the life is a personal interaction with the rest of the world. These interactions are taking place in the level of the senses and they invariably result in a twofold reaction, in the mind level called Sukha and Duhkha. These two mental responses are the only outcome of all kinds of life. Whether you marry, whether you go to the office, whether you are a trader, an industrialist, a professor, a teacher, a doctor, a fine arts person, whatever it may be, sukha and duhkha through the sensory interactions with the world, with different places, different events, different persons, these alone are what we are having. This understanding should completely revolutionize your life, your personality. We have completed, exhausted the discussion now.

    The entire world with all its variety will give us only sukha and duhkha and if you are able to handle these and remain even in them, I think we have succeeded in our life, we have won over the world. This is something that you should be very clear about. Why don’t you think about, think, think, think and understand it?

    Bhagavad Gita presents the sthitha prajna and the sthithadhī model. Both the words are applicable to our own mind, our own consciousness.

    Sthitha prajna, it refers to our consciousness becomes steady. Sthithadhī means the intelligence becomes steady. Will you understand that the entire spirituality, the entire Gita message is to make you a sthitha prajna and a sthithadhī? The word sthithadhī means intelligence, prajna means consciousness. The sthitha prajna and sthithadhī become our model. This attainment we are able to have only through a mento-intellectual process. We should recognize life as interactional. The interactions constantly impacting us in whatever way they may impact, sukha and dukhha are the only outcomes, emotional outcomes we have. And in this we are deluded thinking that ‘I must have more of sukha and less of duhkha. Or I should not have duhkha. I should have only sukha.’ This is clear misunderstanding and delusion. Either you will have both or you will have none. If you going to have sukha and you will have, it is along with duhkha. If this is nature of life and nature of the world, then what are you to do about it? Nothing! Understand it and be at home with it.

    So, spirituality become a pursuit of understanding. It brings enrichment to the human personality, but through understanding, through knowledge. So, it becomes a knowledge pursuit. Krishna spoke to Arjuna and Arjuna received whatever Krishna was speaking. Can you not like Arjuna receive whatever your Krishna speaks? If you are not able to, don’t you think it is a deficiency that stands in the way? After all, every one of you has intelligence. The intelligence is supposed to gain only knowledge. And every one of you is knowledgeable also.

    Many of you are parents. That means you have given birth to children. You have become a Brahma to the children. It is not easy position, very significant one. If you have become parents, what should be the status of your personality? So you cannot say, ‘I am indifferent to knowledge, indifferent to knowledge.’ That you cannot say. When knowledge is presented, you have to be open and receive it well. Just like Arjuna received it, Uddhava received it, Parikshit received it, Janaka received it, Sri Rama received it, everybody received knowledge when it was given. That is why I told you, every day, you learn three verses from Bhagavad Gita. Make Bhagavad Gita a distinct friend of yours in your life. Consult Bhagavad Gita, read Bhagavad Gita, try to apply it, “How can I apply the wisdom that is given?”

    The message of Bhagavad Gita is अशोच्यानन्वशोचः, aśocyān anvaśocah (Bhagavad Gita 2.11), you are grieving at things which you should not grieve at all. It is a very clear proposition. Bhagavad Gita is one which eliminates grief and makes you comfortable, contented and happy. Every time, the message of Bhagavad Gita will be applicable to you. Applicable where? To your mind through your intelligence. Mind is the area where the teaching is applied. And to apply it, we use our intelligence. So, it is an interaction between the emotional mind and the rational intelligence.

    Take the knowledge, churn it up and pass it on to the mind and let the mind become stable, steady. And this steadiness this stability is certainly within our reach. This is what I would like you to understand and reflect upon. Why don’t you discuss it between yourselves? “Swamiji has said this. Is it so? This is what I have understood. What do you say? What do you think?” Once you are able to break that ignorance and feel that it is applicable to you, I think the sadhana will follow irresistibly.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.



Poojya Swamiji says that the real focus

  • of devotional practices is not God, but the devotee's own mind and behaviour;
  • of karmayoga is not action but the attitude of the mind with which an action is performed;
  • of knowledge is not knowledge, but the purification and expansion of the seeker's mind.

Swamiji's Teachings


Poojya Swamiji says that the real focus

  • of devotional practices is not God, but the devotee's own mind and behaviour;
  • of karmayoga is not action but the attitude of the mind with which an action is performed;
  • of knowledge is not knowledge, but the purification and expansion of the seeker's mind.


NSJi-HmPgSwami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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Recordings of Poojya Swamiji's Talks

Bhagavad Gita : A Topic for Research - 1

Bhagavad Gita : A Topic for Research - 2


Vicharasethu is a monthly journal in English and Hindi, edited and published by Poojya Swamiji. It is also published in Malayalam by the name Vicharasarani. With Articles, Correspondance, Guidance for Sādhana and News updates from the Ashram, these monthly publications are a great guide for the earnest sādhaka. 

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  • 024 - Dharmam Bhajasva - Live the Life of a True Devotee

    Always be dedicated to the dharma of devotion, disregarding all other common worldly codes of behaviour. Serve the Wise and Noble, eliminating worldly desires. Getting rid of the thoughts of others’ imperfections or virtues, drink to heart’s content the nectar of words of service to the Lord.

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  • 054 - Dhairyam Yasya - Develop Virtues and be Fearless

    A Yogi for whom composure is his father, forbearance his mother, calmness of mind his wife, truth his son, compassion his sister, control of mind his brother, and for whom this earth is the bed, the directions the attire and the nectarine knowledge the food – for whom all these are members of his family, tell me O friend, from what would such a Yogi fear?

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  • 085 - Na Rodhayati - Association of Saints to Uproot Worldliness

    The mind, which runs behind perishable worldly affairs, must turn to God if one wants to attain unbroken peace in life. A person, who is devoted to God, wants to feel His presence every moment. But, unfortunately, he finds that although he worships God following the various injunctions of the scriptures, undergoes several austerities, he is not able to bind God to his heart

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