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

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I want to say something but I am wondering whether you will hear it properly and absorb the message. Every day we get up in the morning. The moment we get up, I think first our eyes open, the interaction with the world starts from there. Maybe we see the roof; normally we are lying on our back. So it starts from seeing the roof, seeing the bed, seeing the floor, the walls, you go to the toilet, see the items there. And one after the other, various actions, activities and interactions start. And they continue throughout the day until you retire from the day’s activities, lie to go to sleep.

Till the eyes close themselves at night for sleeping throughout the day hours, you have been interacting with the world, interacting with the world. Even seeing your body, touching your body, these are also interactions with the world objects; our body is one of the world’s objects. But, that ‘but’ is very important; all these interactions are not taking place because of the body and the senses on the body. They take place because of the mind and intelligence within the body.

We are first of all awakened by our mind, by our consciousness. After waking up, we open the eyes to see the roof, we start moving our legs and feet. Every activity is initiated by the mind, designed by the mind, led by the mind. We forget this fact that though the activities and interactions are external and interactional, they are actually designed and implemented by the mind. So the mind is the sole focus for all activities and interactions and the interactional results and outcomes.

You have come to the Ashram and some of you spend one, two, three or four days here. I would like you to know that the very purpose of coming to the Ashram is not just to continue with our interactions with the world. We want to have a retreat from the usual routines and we want to be exposed to something different and new. Tell me, what this different and new could possibly be? The interactions are with the body, through the body with the various objects of the world. Throughout the day, we are involved in the body, bodily parts and the world’s objects. If anything different is there, that difference is only within the body.

So the coming to the Ashram is meant to expose you to what is within the body. If you call it the mind, what is the mind? Where is the mind? What does it do? What is its substance? What is its character? What are its potentials? What are the possibilities it has? Intelligence - What is this intelligence? How does it work? What is the relationship between the mind and the intelligence? Is there any ego? What is this ego? Is there anything beyond the ego in the way of the soul we are referring to as the ‘I’? These are the questions we try to take up, enquire into and find out the answers for.

To put it simple, the normal life is an interactional life with the world. The spiritual life is one where apart from these interactions from day to day, you sit in a room, closing the doors and windows and you try to observe and feel what is within the body. What is this wonderful factor called the mind? What is this intelligence? What is the relationship between the two? What is that substance of the mind, substance of the intelligence and ego?

In other words, there is an outer world and there is an inner world; an external, gross dominion and an internal subtle domain. It is to get into your mind and understand what is within us - What are these thoughts, what are these feelings, wherefrom do they generate, is there anything besides feelings and thoughts in our life. Even our interactions are designed by the mind, triggered by the mind, concluded in the mind. So the mind is the ‘Be-all and End-all’ of life. This mind we want to improve, we want to qualify it more and more.

We want to have such a mind which will give you all the peace, joy and contentment that you have, which will give you all the good and noble motivations to live and work in this world. It is a life of enrichment. It is a life of expansion. It is a life of elevation. It is a life of enlightenment. It is a life of empowerment. We must be able to do more, act more, better. We want to get away from our tensions, stresses and strains. The constrictions of the mind we should get rid of and we must be able to live and move with a relaxed, free and expansive mind. Every day should become a day of more and greater enrichment, greater elevation and expansion. We should not live in perpetual fear, anxiety or worry. We must be able to be cheerful, confident, helpful, every time. Whatever happens to us in the external world - death, disease or poverty, our mind should still be cheerful and healthy and it is possible.

Arjuna started crying in the battlefield of Kurukshetra thinking about the war and its consequences, just before the commencement of the war. He placed it at Krishna’s feet and asked Krishna to instruct him. Krishna began the instruction. The dialogue must have continued for about 2 ½ hours. But within the 2 ½ hours, all the problems, all the strife of Arjuna, they were completely wiped off and Arjuna said, “I am prepared to fight not one, a dozen Mahabharata war. I take back my bow and arrow and I stand ready with my quiver and arrows and I shall fight”. I think this is what spirituality is meant for. It is meant for ornamenting and embellishing your mind. Wherever you are and whatever you are, there is a way of such inner enrichment and empowerment.

Our body completes its growth at the age of twenty-one. Then it begins to decline, dilapidated. That is the time when we become an adult and we have to make our choices and go forward. By the time the body begins to decline, I am asking you, “What in us will grow?” It is the mind. And for the mind’s growth, there is no limit; sky is the limit.

Imagine the young Hanuman, while nobody else was there even to make an attempt, he decided, “I will jump over to Lanka”. He got to the top of Mahendrāchala mountain and with a lot of enthusiasm, thinking that he is a Vāyuputra, so he can go anywhere in the Vāyu, it is like getting into the lap of his father, he started going left and right and the whole Mahendrāchala started swinging by his weight. And he rolled his tail and beat it against the mountain and took a leap. Just see? How could he do it? That is why his Sundara Kānda is considered to be very very useful for us. Sundara means monkey, ape. It is a Kānda in which the excellence of Hanuman, exploits and achievements are clearly, beautifully described in very good meters. By reading Sundara Kānda, the mind becomes enthused, the mind becomes more and more empowered, resourceful. Nonstop he jumped into Lanka. From India, a subcontinent to an island Lanka, divided by the huge turbulent seas. How could he do it? And for Rama and party, they had to make a causeway to cross it.

Our mind can rise to any proportion. It can bring forth any extent of excellence and fruition. So in our Ashram, we always speak about the greatness of the mind, the potential of the mind, the grandeur of the mind and how to access it and develop it. This is what we always emphasize here about. All that we write, all that we speak, everything is to reinforce your inner personality to such an extent that you will not swing or wobble in front of any life situation; you must be able to go ahead.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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