"Self-realization is meant to ensure fulfilment for one’s own self. It is not reaching somewhere or getting at something external, like going to the peak of a mountain. The attainment is in dissolving the mind and intelligence, and getting into the very core of oneself. In other words, it is like multiplying everything with zero."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Psychology is itself a kind of a science. It is relating to the human mind. It is a science by itself. Everyone has got the common human mind and all minds are functioning under the same principles, laws and sequences. According to this science of the human mind, there is one thing that is important. Whenever you consider something to be difficult and hard, then you will not like to take it up and pursue at all. Whenever you consider something to be easy, natural, sweet and nourishing, automatically our attitude will be one of nearness, dearness and as fast as possible absorbing it. Why I am mentioning this? Whenever you read spirituality... I was discussing various aspects of the human mind. There are different kinds of people, different kinds of knowledge, different kinds of attitude. All fall into the three categories - Tāmasa, Rājasa and Sāttvika. Now, the Sāttvika is supposed to be the best. Sri Krishna speaks about Sāttvika first, then Rājasa and then Tāmasa.

In the Sāttvika, I was explaining:

मुक्तसङ्गोऽनहंवादी धृत्युत्साहसमन्वितः ।
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्योर्निर्विकारः कर्ता सात्त्विक उच्यते ।।

Muktasaṅgo’nahaṁvādī dhrty-utsāha-samanvitaḥ |
Sidhy-asidhyor-nirvikāraḥ kartā sātvika-uchyatē ||

(Bhagavad Gita 18.26)

If only you are keen and you are sincere, you will simply mug up this statement. There cannot be a distance or a time between your absorbing this statement after having seen and heard about it. What does it say? Our mind has got such a beautiful quality as a result of which it can imbibe as well as display the sāttvik excellence. What is that sāttvikexcellence? Muktasagaḥ. Live comfortably, well, gloriously, successfully, effectively, dexterously. But in order to be doing so, the one factor that you have to avoid is saga, delusional clinging.

Once you agree that your clinging is delusional, nobody likes delusion. Nobody can entertain it. So understand that the clinging that you have is delusional. The moment you understand it is a product of delusion, automatically the feeling and the impetus to get rid of it is bound to arise in your mind. If you don’t like your dog, give it a bad name and then shoot. Give it such a name that the name itself will create a repulsion in you. Then you will feel like shooting. This is an English proverb. So understand that it is very, very good, comfortable, very pleasant.

Understand that clinging is a product and an outcome of delusion. When you know that it is so, 'No, I should not entertain any delusion; so the clinging should go'. That feeling that it should be distanced and you should be distanced is bound to arise in your mind.

Anahavādī. When you say I am doing, I am responsible, I will do this, I will accomplish this, that constricts the mind and keeps the mind in perpetual dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. So at least as a practical methodology, avoid this aham vāda. When these two are gone, then you are surely to get dhti and utsāha.

Dhriti means increasing will, the power called will. You will be able to do many things which you felt you could not, you would not. Utsāha means fervor. Now if this is the sāttvikquality of the mind and sāttvikexcellence of the mind, I am asking you, what prevents you from having such a mind? Why are you saying it is difficult? Is it difficult or it requires a little effort and training? First of all, you must have an insight about it. That insight is very, very important. Our intelligence is the tool to bring about any qualitative improvement or change in the mind. Without the intelligence, you cannot bring about. When you start applying the intelligence for studying the mind and improving the mind, you will find a great change in you. Unfortunately we never use the intelligence, we never know its potential and mission. And the relationship between the mind and the intelligence also is not known.

Now Bhagavad Gita is revealing, so when it reveals that mind can become sāttvikand in that sāttvikness it is excellent and the excellence is characterized by dropping delusional clinging and dropping that ‘I’ assertion. Automatically the mind will become very willful and fervent.

Sidhy-asidhyor-nirvikāra Do you like to be worried and bothered and aggrieved by some of the developments in the day or would you like to have a mind which does not give way to any kind of a grief or torment? Tell me which mind would you like to have? Everyone would like to have a mind which is free of torment. Now this is what sāttvikexcellence is! So understand that the mind has got the capacity and the potential to be so. And want such a mind, try to cultivate such a mind, raise the mind to that level, constantly think about it, Sidhy-asidhyor-nirvikāraḥ, Sidhy-asidhyor-nirvikāra. Be unaffected by either the expected result or its absence. Feel neither elated nor depressed by any of the outcome. Is it not something very nice? When you do a work, it is meant to produce a certain outcome. Normally it will, very rarely it will not. When it does not, don’t be depressed. When it does, don’t be elated also. This is that moderate level of the mind or a mind given to moderation.

Now in understanding these virtues, there may be a delay and even delusion. But once you understand and the right exposure is had, I think the whole path would be one of easiness, ease, facility and pleasantness. I would like you to receive this statement from me. Spirituality is very easy and very light to take up and practice. But to understand that it is so, may perhaps take a little time.

What a beautiful statement is this! The mind becomes excellent and that excellence is ingrained in the mind, understand its potential and try to make it manifest in you, by knowing about it, by thinking about it, by remembering it and by pursuing it, be anxious to have it in your life. One part of it is emotion, another part of it is understanding, the third part of it is willfulness. You have all the three. Attitudinal orientation is possible, understanding orientation is possible, and willful orientation, that willfulness also is possible. When all the three are put together, automatically you will have the sāttvikexcellence in your mind which will govern you in all that you do.

Muktasagonahavādī dhty-utsāha-samanvitaḥ |

Sidhy-asidhyor-nirvikāra kartā sātvika-uchyatē ||

What a beautiful statement is this! Unfortunately people don’t read Gita, much less do they learn, much less do they reflect upon, much less do they pursue, practice and insist upon themselves.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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