"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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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

Many of you already know that I am not given so much to reading. You cannot say I am a voracious reader. But am I not reading? Yes, I read. I read perhaps pretty little, but whenever I read, I try to absorb what I have read and I also like to think about what I have read. I wish if somebody were there by my side, who can show me interesting information or interesting anything, point out, then I can read better. But somehow that is not taking place.

But I think … think quite a lot. I think my mind has been given to a lot of research. I myself did not know that I was a research oriented person. But very recently I have started saying that I have been conducting research into this subject of spirituality for decades and decades. I think I am right when I say this. I don’t know when it started occurring to me years back.

We are speaking lies, and when we say “Don’t speak lies. Be truthful and be honest”, I always felt how to understand this proposition and make it understood by the others. “No! Don’t speak lies!” Is it an order coming from the heavens? Or is it a fact and compulsion of our human, societal living? So, I always used to say “Put the negative and think … negative and think.” What is that “put the negative and think?” What is the harm in speaking lies and why should we avoid speaking lies? Is there any necessity for being truthful? Or we can as well be untruthful? Unless you put the negative and you start thinking, you will not know what is the meaning of this injunction. Everything is presented in the form of a “do” or a “don’t”. Though it is presented as an order, that order must have its own intrinsic command, worth, and justifiability. That justifiability will be revealed only when we research into the proposition.

I was reading Bhagavadgeeta and you know Bhagavadgeeta, everybody says, “Your duty is only to work, and not expect any results, have any results.” So I was wondering, what nonsense is this? We have only the duty to work? The work itself is intended to produce a result. If I do the work and when the result comes, I say, “No, no, it is not mine.” Suppose you have a child. The moment the child is delivered of, immediately you should say, “I have got a child. It is not mine. Please take it away or give it to somebody.” Is it possible? You marry a girl or a husband and after marriage you say, “This is not my wife, this is not my husband.” You construct a house and then say, “This is not my house.” Even the sanction is given to you for constructing saying that you are going to be the owner. Can you disclaim your parents? You study, pass an examination. Every year we are promoted to the next class. So, when the list is read and you go to the next class, when the headmaster says,

“No, I will not go. I only studied. I have not passed. I don’t want the victory or pass. I want to remain in this class one more year.” Can you say this?

So what is this proposition “Your right is only to work, but not to the fruits."

Arey! Is there any work without results? And if the worker, he is not wanting the result, why should he work? So, this is not a right explanation at all! Whether Krishna says, or Bhagavadgeeta says, or Vyasa Deva says! This is not right!

So, I started thinking about it, and for nearly 55 years I have been trying to explain this verse and I don’t think my audience has understood! In some cases the delusion is so very strong.

Why I am mentioning this? I think I am a research person. A research oriented person! I always want to know why a proposition is made, what is behind it. And the result has been that I always have spoken anything in a manner that cannot be rejected, it is irrefutable! I always feel that people are not taking to spirituality, not knowing what this spirituality is. Simply because of ignorance! They have an initially built prejudice towards it, a prejudice not after hearing, or trying to know, (rather) a prejudice before-hand. Unless we are able to break this prejudice and expose matters to them in a totally different matter … see, I am feeling, our present society is too much secularism oriented. Now how to take away this secular scarecrow from their mind? And what should be done?

The other day, Nutan Swamiji said in Delhi, he was referring to the misunderstanding people have, I don’t know exactly how he put it. See, our whole history is wrong! I am saying that the history is only of the rulers and their ruling. Actually a ruler is a ruler of the people. Between the two, you tell me, who are important? The people are important or their ruler is important. He is one, the others are millions. Is the ruler ruling the minds of all people? Does he rule the tendencies of people? Does he rule necessarily the habits of people? A kind of law can be imposed only for externalities, external behavior. But the external behavior comes from an internal character, so nobody can rule the mind of another.

We are having a Lokpal bill debate. It is only to punish the wrong doers, but there is no law to prevent the crimes. So, I think these two are different. So we were saying, our whole history has to be re-written. Whenever we speak of the Vedas, the Vedas are not a religious treasure at all. The Vedas are the sum total of the thought processes, investigations, and enquiries done by our fore fathers, in the pre-historic times, perhaps living on the Gangetic planes. And whatever they have found … sometimes in religious sphere – they started perhaps with a religious motivation – but they ended up totally irreligiously.

So the whole history has to be re-written. Our Ramayana is the story of Prince and King Rama. Where is the question of God coming there, or religion? This Rama is described by Valmiki Maharishi as the Maryādā Purushottama. So he is discussing the best human, in his best of conduct, behavior, interactions and responses. This Ramayana is a treasure of the land of Bharat. Nobody can disclaim it. You may disclaim the geographical earth, but you cannot disclaim the cultural country. So we want to re-write the whole history, telling people that you cannot stamp Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other written records of our ancient thoughts and aspirations and ideals etc., calling them religious. A grave mistake is done! So a decision has been taken to find one or two professors who will deal with the subject, and ask them to write. At least, in the next year, the book should be ready – it maybe some 250 or 300 pages or still less, if we can. Let us have some written record. My dear souls, all this comes under research.

Whenever I see a proposition, I research into it. I go into it. Why? Why? What is the reason? What is the reason? What is this Uttarāyana? What is this Dakshināyana? What is this day? What is this night? Everywhere it’s a question of research. I am saying this primarily because of 'A'. My souls, your whole mind - why is it that when I understand something to be true, I am not able to accept it and act upon it? I understand that it is true. But I am unable to abide by it. Should you not research into? This is what Arjuna asked:

अथ केन प्रयुक्तोऽयं पापं चरति पुरुषः ।

अनिच्छन्नपि वार्ष्णेय बलादिव नियोजितः ।।

भगवद्गीता ३.३६

atha kena prayukto'yaṁ pāpaṁ carati pūruṣaḥ |

anicchannapi vārṣṇeya balādiva niyojitaḥ ||

Bhagavadgeeta 3-36

A very pertinent question! But the research was into the mind of man, the psychology of man.

kena prayukto'ya - Motivated or compelled by what a human does sin? Though he does not desire to do it, his mind does not permit to do it, anicchannapi vārṣṇeya balādiva niyojita, he is forced to do it. “What is the reason?” was the question. Then Krishna gives an answer.

See the whole of our scriptures are search and research. And the whole of our sadhana is search and research. I am very sorry, but … I am sorry, at the same time I am not unduly disappointed.

My dear children, you are facing the mountain and peak of your own mind. You are unable to climb it. You should understand, “What is my enemy?” Your enemy is your mind, mind, and mind alone! Carrying a wry face, unable to tolerate matters, not to reconcile with one’s own weaknesses, not trying to improve upon oneself, remove the weaknesses, and then looking into and spoiling your eyes and the others. Understand it very clearly that your enemy is your mind! And the same mind has to become and will become your friend! Research into your own frailties; research into your difficulties, lacks; and try to fill them up! The whole process is a sadhana. Sadhana means research. Sadhana means search. Sadhana means research.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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