"Let not world-objects be your mind’s master. Let them be, if at all, subservient to the mind. To be spiritual is not to look for one’s delight and fulfillment in the objects of the world. The mind that causes delight through any object can also provide delight without such an object. Delight in reality belongs to the mind alone. It is verily mind’s own gift."

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  • PR 19 Jan 2016 - World Experiences are Only Mental Imprints - II
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    I was continuing the discussion on Ashtavakra Samhita for the Atma Tattwa Sameeksha last evening. I discussed only two verses. The first verse was

    tvayā vyāptam-idam viśvam tvayi protam yathārthataḥ || 1.16 ||
    (Ashtavakra Samhita 1.16)
     

    “Janaka, the entire world is pervaded by, all the objects that you are perceiving and interacting with, are woven in you.” My dear children, you have to think a lot to make this proposition clear to you and make it acceptable to your system. It is our eyes that reveal the objects, the whole universe. Whether it is a minute object or a major one or a collection of objects, a huge expanse of amazing variety and distances, understand that it is your eyes which reveal these to you. In the process of revealing these, all the objects are experienced by you as imprints in your mind within the body. Will you spend time to understand this?

    You don’t experience anything other than your own mind’s imprints. The mind uses or employs the eyes to see the objects, to grasp them. At the grasping level, the mind is the source and cause. Then after or in the grasping process, all these objects are imprinted by the mind in itself. It is these imprints that you are experiencing. Otherwise you have no experience of any object.

    When these imprints are in your mind, it is very clear, just like waves in the sea, all the waves are pervaded by the sea which is water. There is nothing like a wave which is not watery, watery, watery and the whole ocean, that is watery. So the water pervades every wave and water itself, its collection is the sea. So there is nothing anytime in the sea other than water and it is the same water that pervades the depth, the vastness and the wavy surface. Exactly same is the truth about your perception of the world, interaction with the objects.

    Tvayi protam yathārthataḥ. All these are interwoven in your being. Yes, the world is interwoven in your mind. Once you understand this, he says,

    निरपेक्षो निर्विकारो निर्भरः शीतलाशयः ।
    अगाधबुद्धिरक्षुब्धो भव चिन्मात्रवासनः ॥ १.१७ ॥
    nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ sītalāśayaḥ
    agādha-buddhir-akṣubdho bhava cin-mātra-vāsanaḥ
    (Ashtavakra Samhita 1.17)
     

    Nirapekṣa. I don’t know whether you have a mind and an intelligence to think. What will you seek? If the mountain that you see, the ocean that you see, the sun, moon and stars that you see, all of them are actually your own mind and mental imprints, is there anything anywhere other than your mind and mind’s imprint? Can the mind desire its own imprint? Is there anything other than the mind’s imprint in the perception of the objects, in the perception of the world?

    Even if God were to come and stand before you and you see Him, that God also is an imprint in your mind. If thus everything is mental, mind-born, mind-imprint, what is there to be desired by you? Everything is the mind, consciousness and consciousness alone is there as imprints. So can mind and consciousness desire imprints, its own imprints? So the apeksha drops.

    Nirvikāraḥ. What change can you have? When the mind forms its own imprints like the elephant, the horse, the rat, the sun, the moon, the child, the old man, birth, death, everything is mind-born and mental alone. Can the mind be affected by its own imprint? Can the ocean be the least affected by its own waves however huge they are? When the water drops from a huge height as in a river, a waterfall, does the water gets affected though it splashes frighteningly? So there is no modification for consciousness anytime taking place.

    Nirbharaḥ sītalāśayaḥ. Now this kind of a reflection makes the mind calm, cool and comfortable. Your mind can never be comfortable unless this understanding dawns in you, you are governed by it.

    agādha-buddhir-akṣubdho bhava cin-mātra-vāsanaḥ

    Let your buddhi become deep by this understanding. What is the understanding? There is no world or object besides my consciousness, my mind. So there is nothing for me to desire here. Let anything be displayed, but all the display, if it becomes an experience for me, that experience is personal, inner, mental, in the consciousness. This understanding makes you excel and transcend the world. You become bigger than the world.

    In a vessel, one litre water is contained by a one litre vessel. So if the whole universe is contained in your mind, what should be the depth and dimension of the mind? So your intelligence is no more a puny intelligence, mustard intelligence. It become very deep. And in that depth, you become unshakeable. What will happen? Nothing will happen. The consciousness will remain the same. Akṣubdhaḥ

    Bhava cin-mātra-vāsanaḥ. If at all you have a desire, you have a desire for becoming the cin-mātra. You can only desire the chit. Let all your desire be for the self, for this understanding, for the consciousness that you are, besides which there is no world, there is no object, there is no experience. So the desire if at all can only be for knowing the consciousness, becoming the consciousness, remaining unaffected, understanding its unaffected nature.

    To me, it appears these are not words. These are truth-full, full of truth ideas. And these ideas, when they are revolved in the mind, the mind becomes enriched by the ideas. And the mind becomes every one of them. So it is a process of becoming as I always say.

    Pouring drop after drop milk into a pool of water. With every drop added to the pool, the water will change its colour. And after some time, there will be no water, only milk. These ideas, when they are assimilated by the mind, the mind will loose its mindness and it will become the self. That selfness will be felt, experienced. You will start floating in the ecstasy of the self. The whole wonder is worked by your intelligence and focusing it on the mind, the level in which you have the experience.

    We have the five senses, they don’t see. They are only used for seeing. They cannot see. Actual seeing if at all is done by the mind. The mind uses the eye, takes an imprint of the object and the imprint is what the mind sees or feels, senses or cognizes. So what a great statement is this!

    nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ sītalāśayaḥ
    agādha-buddhir akṣubdho bhava cin-mātra-vāsanaḥ
     

    Every verse thus in Ashtavakra Samhita is nothing but an exposition and revelation of the consciousness, of the mind in you employing the tool of the intelligence.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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  • PR 18 Jan 2016 - World Experiences are Only Mental Imprints
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    Whenever I started reading about our spiritual philosophy, I always wondered whether the truly spiritual truths… The spiritual truths are those truths which are based upon one’s own inmost being. Otherwise it cannot become a spiritual truth.

    Our mind is not a material product nor is it an energial something. Though the mind is associated with the body which is matter and energy, mind itself is not a physical part of the body because the body is an inert aggregate. It does not have the power or property to know, to sense, to remember, to understand, to enquire into. But these are the functions which the mind and the intelligence do. So obviously, in terms of logic and reason, we cannot say mind and intelligence are the physical parts of the body like any other organ or cell. This is the mystery of creation. How is it that within the material matter-energy body, there can be something totally different? It is there. This is the mystery of creation.

    So whenever I used to read about the spiritual truth that the whole world is an illusion, illusion, illusion, the self alone is the reality, the truth, I was always wondering. I never gave any place for māya as such. The manner in which I explain māya is different. Generally people understand by māya something that is totally non-existing. If something was non-existing, why should we say it is māya? First of all, there is something to be referred to. After referring to it, after experiencing it, we assess it as māya. So there is a great confusion about these matters. So I always wondered what could be the truth? So it was really a consistent research I was going into which I even now do.

    Yesterday I was referring to the verse to be taken this year, first, that is.

    त्वया व्याप्तमिदं विश्वं त्वयि प्रोतं यथार्थतः ।
    शुद्धबुद्धस्वरूपस्त्वं मागमः क्षुद्रचित्तताम् ।। १.१६ ।।
    tvayā vyāptam-idam viśvam tvayi protam yathārthataḥ |
    śuddha-buddha-svarupas-tvam māgamaḥ kṣudra-cittatām || 1.16 ||
    (Ashtavakra Samhita 1.16)

    Tvaya vyaptam-idam viśvam tvayi protam yatharthatah.See the way I look at it is, the literal meaning of the line is,

    Tvayā vyāptam-idam viśvam - “My dear Janaka”, Ashtavakra says that “The entire universe is permeated by you.”

    Tvayi protam yathārthataḥ - In truth, the world is woven in you, woven in you, woven in you. You are permeating the whole world and the world is woven in you.

    See, either I read it, I accept it and I act upon it and I realize it or I totally cross it. There is no in-between position. So the reading of spiritual truths will not give you any other choice than to accept it and realize it. So what is that realization which will completely vindicate the statement? So listen to what I say.

    It is a very, very logical and scientific proposition but unfortunately even if people listen to the proposition, their minds and intelligences will somehow create some obstruction. I don’t know why. This is where, what shall I say, only fortunate people can take to this wonderful path and come to the pinnacle. What else can be done and said!

    Whenever you refer to the world, you are referring to the world which you see and perceive. You cannot refer to something which you are not perceiving or experiencing. So I from here look in the eastern direction through the door and I find a number of trees are present before me. If my vision is unobstructed, I can see the Western Ghats in my front. The distance to that mountain is quite huge. In spite of it I see it.

    When I look at the sky during night, a number of stars, celestial bodies are there. All of them are seen by me. Please come along with me when I say. When I see them, it is not just seeing. It is experiencing them. And this experience is only inner and inward and mental. Whatever be the distance, seeming distance of the object and whatever be the variety of the objects I see like the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountain, the sea, the number of trees, all these are experienced by me, in me. I am using my eyes, not the world’s eyes. And in reality, the eyes have been made by the power within me that has shaped the eye.

    So I am using my own eyes to see the objects. But the seeing process is not taking place in the eye’s level. The actual seeing process is inside me in the level of my consciousness or mind. So whatever may be the objects, their multitude, their distances, their sizes, their distinctions, all of them are experienced by me in my mind.

    With the eyes when I focus in a certain direction, what happens? The eye helps me to take imprints. The mind is forming the imprints of objects in itself with the help of the eye. It is these imprints that I am seeing. So the moon, the sun, the stars, the mountain, the sea, all the variety of objects lying around, all of them are experienced by me in my mind as mental imprints.

    If you agree that these are mental imprints and these imprints alone I experience… I don’t go to the mountain. I remain here and see the mountain. And what is it that I see? I see the imprint my mind makes through the eyes about the mountain.So the eyes are mine. The seeing is mine. The outcome of seeing is mine. And the imprints are all in my mind. So the mind forms the imprints. So are not the imprints woven in the mind? And more important, am I not in all the imprints that I see? I cannot feel the imprint unless I am involved in it.

    So the word tvayā vyāptam-idam viśvam, I am referring to a viśvam which I see, the universe which I see. And that universe is in the form of an imprint in my mind. So the universe I am seeing imprinted in my mind, I am permeating in that and the whole sights and objects are woven in me. What further proof do you want for this?

    All of you are seated in my front. When I look at you, none of you comes into my mind nor do I go to you. You are there, I am here. But I am seeing every one of you. I can count them, I can tell you what kind of a distance you are in, what is the dress that you are wearing, how bulky you are, whether you are a man or a woman, every detail I am able to say remaining here. I don’t come to you and you don’t enter into my system. Nevertheless, I can give you a full account of the presence before me. So this is only because of the imprints my mind makes. And except the imprints, I cannot experience or realize anything about the world.

    So the world I see is my imprint. And these imprints are in me in all the thoughts, in all the thinking processes, in all the thinkerhood, in everything. I, my mind is permeating, permeating, permeating. Can u ever deny that the thinking process is in you? So all the thinking processes are just like a net woven by a thread. The mind is the thread and all the net is woven by it. The whole process is inside.

    So when we say, “I am permeating in the whole universe”, it is not an imaginary statement. It is a fact, a fact greater than the solid objects of the world. It is a fact greater than the rock, It is a fact greater than earth, the ocean. The earth and the ocean also are perceptions for me. I say this is ocean, I say it this is earth. I experience it in my mind and that is what makes me say.

    So for all the words and the pronouncements I make, my experience is the ground factor, foundation. And that experience is inner, inner, inner. It is mental, mental. It is in the consciousness. And consciousness pervades everything that it produces. It has got no external focus. Thought is not external, experience is not external, memory is not external, wakefulness is not external, sleep is not external, dream is not external. What is there external? Everything is inward, inner, and being so, I am pervading in whatever I experience and perceive and all the perceptions are woven by me, in me into me.

    And you, śuddha-buddha-svarupas-tvam māgamaḥ kṣudra-cittatām. So many forms and shapes are arising in the mind and all of them are wiped off also in the mind. At the end of the day, you sleep wiping the entire wakeful impressions. And you get up in the morning. What does it mean? You are not tainted by, you are not smitten by, colored by any of the impressions. You may have seen an elephant, a dog, a dead body, you may have seena huge fire, all these things are experienced by you but none of the experiences has affected you, it has not colored you. So are you not pure consciousness?

    Māgamaḥ kṣudra-cittatām. Being so, never become small-minded, little-minded. To say that I am this, I am that, I am poor, I am rich, I am aggrieved, I have this loss, that loss, what loss can you have? Even if you have the entire world around you, nothing is going to enter your inner system. Neither your son nor the property nor the house, no object will ever enter your mind. Mind remains inaccessible to the outside world. So what you mean by “I have lost”? What have you lost? And what have you gained? So do not be small-minded , little-minded.

    See, what a wonderful statement is this! This is the greatest form of research that you can think of. Through the telescope and microscope also, it is human eyes that see and it is the human mind and intelligence that infer. The microscope and the telescope do not do anything. They are inert. Our eyes also are inert. The only sentient factor is within the body in the way of the mind, intelligence and ego.

    So this is such a wonderful philosophy. I am becoming almost speechless because this philosophy or this truth when I say, I don’t think people will like to hear or even if they hear, they will like to understand and be guided by it. To me it is the best and the absolute form of science. The scientist also is operating with the same senses, with the same mind and intelligence. All the models he think of, all the conclusions he arrives at are helped by only his senses, then the mind, then the intelligence. Now, this is a very science of the mind and its imprints, mind and its processes. How can it be wrong? So I am wondering whether any one of you will be able to rise up to this wonderful statement, the spiritual philosophy and make use of it.

    Tvayā vyāptam-idam viśvam tvayi protam yathārthataḥ. The entire universe is permeated by you, pervaded by you. In truth, everything is woven in you.

    Śuddha-buddha-svarupas-tvam. you are not what is woven. You are not what is imprinted. You are the imprinting, pure, colourless, odourless, unborn, undying, untransforming consciousness. Do not become small-minded to dispose off this truth. This is the śloka I will explain this evening to begin with and then continue the session.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

  • PR 16 Jan 2016 - The Power and Potential of the Mind
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

    How to bring this point home to all of you? Either in the world or in the human world, whatever you call activity, interaction, and achievement; all these are traceable only to the mind and intelligence of the human individual. When are you going to arrive at this conclusion?

    The alphabet for any language, invariably it has been evolved by one person. Kālidāsa is a legendary figure. He is not an imagination. We have got poems, great poems of Kālidāsa. When a written document is there we cannot doubt its author. So, whether there was anybody like Kālidāsa or not you cannot doubt because we have got his creations before us.

    This Kālidāsa seems to have been a shepherd boy. He was such a fool that he climbed on a tree and was sitting on a branch away from the trunk and he was cutting the portion of the branch where he was sitting close to the trunk. What does it mean?

    Generally you can sit on a branch and cut ahead of your seat. Now here, he is cutting towards the trunk and he is sitting away from the trunk. Can there be a more foolish person? It was this person that a set of pundits selected to be married to a proud princess. So you can imagine how miserable the life of the couple would have been.

    From that situation, this Kālidāsa did some kind of an austerity or tapasya. What is this austerity? Any austerity ultimately is motivated by, conducted by, sustained by the mind. “I am going to do tapasya taking only one meal in a day.’ That “I am going to do tapasya , I am going to forego one meal a day”, it is a decision that is made by the mind. Now this will be implemented by not having food physically through the mouth and hand, that’s all. But even not taking food is not done by the mouth and the hand, it is done by the mind. So mind is the sole focus. So by doing tapasya, the same idiotic Kālidāsa, he became an astonishingly wise person to write monumental poetry, immortal poetry.

    Just imagine, how this happened? Total ignorance was there in his mind and intelligence. In the same place, astonishing wisdom dawned. The transformation was to the mind and intelligence. Any discovery, any invention, any technological venture, success, everything is traceable to the mind and intelligence.

    What will this mind and intelligence do? This also you have to understand. I would like you know. Pāṇini wanted to write a grammar. There were already grammar compositions in the country. He wanted to write a grammar excelling others and making it more complete covering even the Vedic language that was there from the timeless past or from the ageless past. He first of all did tapasya on Parama Shiva. Let the focus be Parama Shiva, Subramanya, Ganesha or anybody else. The point is that his mind and intelligence started getting heated up about the venture and he applied them, applied them, applied them with as much of concentric force as possible. Then whether Parama Shiva himself came with his damaru and played or not, he got some sounds from which he got the clue to the sutrās on the basis of which he composed the entire grammar.

    You tell me very clearly, in the whole process, exercise, was there anything besides the mind and intelligence? You will say Lord Siva is there. Who is this Lord Shiva? He is there very much for you, you are not able pray to him and get the same result as Pāṇini had. Any God is already present, everywhere present. Then what is the difference? Our mind making use of this God by means of austerity or contemplation. That austerity or contemplation is an exercise, an expression of the mind. So the mind, mind, mind and its austere application is what counts. Will you understand this proposition very well?

    For anything and everything, the focus is the mind, the substance is the mind, the means is the mind, the material is the mind. Mind, mind, mind!

    Meera drank the glass of poison given by the mother-in-law. Her sincerity and devotional reliance on Lord Krishna were so much that she did not have any doubt about drinking it. Physically she drank and bio-physically the poison did not have its bio-chemical effect. Just imagine? The mind overcoming matter. The mental laws overcoming physical, chemical, bio-physical, biochemical, biological laws. Is it not an instance where the chemical effect of poison was not there in the physical body of Meera? And how did this happen? There was no doctor, there was no physician. It was her decision to drink it and after drinking, it did not have an effect. Where are you searching causes for magic?

    So in our line whenever people take initiation, deeksha, Brahma Vidya deeksha, I give them deeksha, I had got it from my Gurudev. Ultimately it is in the form of a concept or a mantra or something, a formula which the mind has to cling to, preserve and invigorate. When you start chanting or revolving a thought in the mind, this is the greatest austerity that you can think of. First of all, understand that mind is everything. This mind is given to thinking and it thinks discursively, divergently, distractionally. When the sunrise is passed through a convex lens I believe they get converged and they can burn paper, dry leaves etc. That convergence is not there for the mind. Mind is infinitely vast. But the mind is not converging. But if you start chanting a mantra, it is not chanting the mantra. It is making the mind active and exert itself in a very, very, very unitary, concentric manner. Not even concentric, centric manner.

    Suppose I give you a hammer, 250 grams and I ask you “Go on powdering this huge rock.” You will say “How it can it be?” Go on beating, beating, hitting at the same point, at the same point, at the same point. Then the rock will start powdering. It will be pulverized. If this is the effect of a hammer on a huge rock, how small is the hammer and what is the weight of the hammer? 250 grams. And you start hitting the rock. The rock will be countless number of times in size and weight of the hammer. Much more infinitely greater is the effect of the mind hammering, hammering, hammering, hammering, hammering...

    How will the mind hammer? By virtue of a hammer it produces. And that is that mental formula. It goes on applying, applying, applying, applying, where? Itself. On itself! You cannot imagine the effect. It is far greater than an atomic explosion. People don’t understand it. Many people approach the subject with faith which they are not able to get also.

    So I wanted to drive home to you the power of the mind, the exclusiveness of the mind in human life, in the world. The world will not change at all except in the presence and working of the mind. Other beings also there. They don’t have, they haven’t brought about anything called civilization. Civilization has been brought about only by the human mind and intelligence. Mind and intelligence are not different. Mind’s own elder brother, refined form is intelligence. Only in application, the two differ. Substance wise, mind and intelligence are the same. It is like running and jumping done by the same legs.

    So I would like you to understand the presence of the mind, the role of the mind, the potential of the mind and how Kālidāsa became a Kālidāsa, Pāṇini wrote a grammar, Meera drank the poison and Sankara walked up and down the country meeting the scholars of the time, talking to them and establishing our Vedanta. Everywhere it is the resoluteness of the mind!

    व्यवसायात्मिका बुद्धिरेकेह कुरुनन्दन ।
    vyavasāyātmikā buddhir-ekeha kuru-nandana |

    Buddhi, the resolute nature of the buddhi is the only factor to count in the whole of karma-yoga, says Krishna. Spend some time and think about what is this ‘vyavasāyātmikā buddhiḥ’? ‘Vyavasāyā’ means ‘niśchaya’, resolution. ‘Vyavasāyātmikā buddhi’ means buddhi given the quality of resoluteness, the resolute intelligence, resolute intelligence.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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