"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.

I am wondering as to why you are not able to become more and more spiritual day after day? So far as I am concerned, I can only act the role of Krishna before Arjuna or the role of Vasishta before Sri Rama or Suka Muni before Parikshit. But the other side will have to equally cooperate and get involved in whatever I am saying.

See, the entire spirituality is right from the beginning working on the mind and the intelligence. Between the two, the intelligence is the tool by which spirituality is exposed by the teacher and equally received by the student. All of us have a measure of intelligence. The intelligence is always given to the quest for wisdom. So whenever anything is explained in the way of wisdom, the intelligence is bound to sensitively respond. That is how Arjuna’s tears stopped after hearing 64 letters from Krishna. Can you imagine? In the battlefield of Kurukshetra this happened. Similarly every one of you should be sensitive to what is said and what is heard.

Now, this speaking is through, in and by, for the intelligence. The hearing is also through, by and also for the mind. The intelligence will have to receive the information or knowledge exposure and its effects will have to be reflected by the mind. So the intelligence will have to tutor or tuition the mind itself. This part, I wonder how many of you are doing. Everybody’s intelligence is active, but for what? Not to bring about changes in one’s own mind but to find fault with the others, pick up quarrels, be competitive, be jealous and what not! The role of the intelligence must be to constantly act upon the mind, pass on the sublimity to the mind and make it reflect what it has been given. This is why I call it infusional introspection - an introspection by virtue of which the intelligence infuses, instills and imbues some changes, corrections and improvements in the mind.

Spirituality has got a spiritual character. It has also a devotional character. In Bhagavad Gita you will find Krishna explains both. The spiritual and wisdom aspect of spirituality, equally the devotional aspect of spirituality. Meditation is an important factor or constituent in spiritual life. You must spend half to one hour in meditation because in meditation alone you can make a concentric effort and effect in the mind. But the meditation is not the be-all and end-all of spirituality or even devotional life.

Whatever you try to do by way of meditation in the way of understanding and sublimation, the effect will have to be spread for the rest of the day. Assuming that you sleep for seven or eight hours, we have sixteen hours of wakefulness out of which suppose you spend one hour in meditation, still seventeen hours are left. In the seventeen hours, you must have a consistent sublimational procedure put into effect. See what Krishna says.

मत्कर्मकृन्मत्परमो मद्भक्तः सङ्गवर्जितः ।
निर्वैरः सर्वभूतेषु यः स मामेति पाण्डव ।।
 mat-karma-kṛn-mat-paramo mad-bhaktaḥ saṅga-varjitaḥ
nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu yaḥ sa mām-eti pāṇḍava
 
(Bhagavad Gita 11.55)

In one shloka he has explained how the wakeful hours will have to be spent in a self transforming manner. What does he say?

Mat-karma-kṛt, mat-paramah - Let all your activity be a kind of a dedication or an offering to the Supreme Lord, the reality. This means that your mind and intelligence will have to be active in thinking about - "What is this Supreme Lord and how can all my activities be dedicated to him?" The entire world is a display of the supreme. Our earth also. Naturally earth’s creatures including humanity, mankind. All our activities are taking place upon the Earth. Breathing air, having the nourishment from food grown upon the Earth. We are basking under the Sun and moonshine. So our body itself is surviving on the world constituents which are God’s. Your body itself is shaped also by God and nature. If the entire world is God’s display, your activities also are part of it. Naturally the world exists not for you, if at all for God.

So your activities should undergo a transformation in this way – even if I take my food, have my food, it is as part of the world process and procedure. And whatever I do including marriage, parentage, professional life, religious items, everything becomes only for God. If the world exists for God, you also exist for God. If you have to dedicate everything to God, you will have to consider God as supreme in your life. Maybe you have a family and family members. All of them will have to be secondary and the supreme will have to be the supreme in your life. Automatically you will develop the attitude of dedicating everything to God. Mat Paramah.

Mad-bhaktaḥ - This dedication means you remain a devotee of the Lord. You don’t practice devotion. You don’t do any pooja for devotion. You become a devotee. So examine your mind and heart and find out whether I am a bhogi or a bhakta. You are living here only to eat and drink, sleep, marry, have children, build houses, earn, have fixed deposits, pension. Is it for this purpose that you are living? What is the purpose? So you have to think about it and arrive at an understanding. If the entire world is God’s, you, a product of the Earth also are equally God’s. So become a devotee rather than practicing piecemeal devotion.

Saṅga-varjitaḥ - How to become a devotee? You should not have any sanga, delusional clinging to things. So if delusional clinging is shed, you become a devotee. Without that, one cannot become a devotee.

Nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu - So far as your interactional life is concerned where interpersonal interactions also are there, the one important factor that you have to ensure is nirvairah. Never foster vaira or enmity towards anybody in this world. Never, never. All these are self examinational processes, self sublimational processes, self developmental processes. Qualitatively you get enriched, eliminating the undesirable and incorporating the desirable. Just in one shloka, see, how the whole spiritual sadhana is defined!

Mat-karma-kṛt, mat-parama, mad-bhakta, saṅga-varjita, nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu, yaḥ sa mām-eti pāṇḍava

"Oh Arjuna, this is what I have to say." Will you please take one word after the other? It is like the links in a chain. One word is woven into the other.

Mat-karma-kṛt. How? Mat-parama. What is matparamatva? Saṅga-varjita. What further? Nirvairaḥsarva-bhūteṣu. Just see? Mat-karma-kṛtmat-parama, mad-bhaktasaṅga-varjitanirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu - five tenets are presented. If these are understood, practiced, pursued, reinforced, intensified, confirmed, strengthened and made consistent, wholesome, you become Godly.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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