"Every moment of your life you are being carried to fulfilment, irresistibly. Everything that comes to you does so to improve, correct or alter your nature, thereby taking you nearer perfection. So, whenever agitation assails your mind, ponder over this truth again and again."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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See, to praise an unseen God, giving all kinds of attribute to Him is very easy for us and we are used to it by virtue of our custom, tradition, practice and training and all that. But to keep that concept away and then to focus only on what we experience, what is within our reach is something very strange. But it is not strange when you understand that we are a human being and in our being we have always the power of understanding to guide us.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

For eight days in Trichur I have been discussing the Ashtavakra Samhita. Two years, the discussion have been going on and this is the third year. Even this year, I always had a very strong sense of reservation while I was exposing the Self and its dimensions. 

See, to praise an unseen God, giving all kinds of attribute to Him is very easy for us and we are used to it by virtue of our custom, tradition, practice and training and all that. But to keep that concept away and then to focus only on what we experience, what is within our reach is something very strange. But it is not strange when you understand that we are a human being and in our being we have always the power of understanding to guide us.

Can you imagine a child who doesn’t have a properly developed intelligence? He may be good looking, he may also have a mind, but unless he is able to have the intelligence to understand, evaluate his experiences and arrive at proper knowledge and implement the knowledge through the emotional and sensory personality, of what use will that person be? Not only for us, for all the living beings and the creatures also.

It is not the leaf that matters, trunk that matters, it is the life presence in that cell or in that being – that is what counts at every point of time. If the tree has to grow, it must cast its root. For it to cast its root, there must be soil available. It is a proportionate growth. As the tree grows, it must also have sufficient depth and also root system in the soil so that the growth can be sustained. So there is a measure of intelligence there also. It is not that the tree grows disproportionately between the trunk and the branch, the branch and the by-branch and the branch and the leaves and fruits and flowers.

There are instances when a jack tree bore a number of fruits on a branch. When the fruit started growing, one day the branch broke and the whole of it fell, because when the jack started growing, a new weight was added. The branch was not able to bear the weight. If we were there to understand that when the fruits grow, the branch will find it too much to bear, then if we had cut and removed two or three fruits, then it would have been different.  

The role of intelligence is very important, not only important, it is indispensable. Why am I saying it? We may say God. We may say many other things. But what guides our life, on what our life is based is our own senses, our own mind, our own intelligence and our own ego. We have a full personality in which the senses are the outer most. With the outer most senses we interact with the world objects, but the senses cannot do the job all by themselves. The mind has to be active. The mind also is helpless. It can activate the senses, take imprints of the objects, but the mind cannot do anything further in the way of comparison, contrast and inferences. That building up knowledge - it is not the mind’s role. There the intelligence has to come. That is why you will find only the people, the family, the individual who has intelligence, he counts. That is the deepest faculty in us and that is the most powerful.

I make an assertion – what is that? The entire human world or even the rest of the world, it is ruled by money and intelligence. Money perhaps cannot make intelligence, but intelligence can make money. I don’t want, I say we don’t want, when I was speaking in FRNV – we don’t want money to rule the world, we want intelligence to rule the world. We have intelligence but we don’t have any money.

Recently there was a murder that was being tried in the Trichur Court but ultimately only life imprisonment was given to the offender. You know it was a play of money, money, money, money! That haughtiness which money brought about, taking the person to the garage, kicking him, pulling him, pushing him, and – what is this? What is it that a man is after all doing? And then the person who died, who was murdered, for nineteen days he lay in the hospital and the police did not go to him to record his version, his words. For nineteen days, one set of police officials did not move at all! Nothing was done! Because there was so much of channel reporting and press reporting, some officer after the other was changed and finally some kind of justice was brought. It’s only because of money, money, money!

But money is not supreme intelligence. Why am I saying this? In our life, everything proceeds from oneself – not from a group, but from oneself. We are a total unit, an individual. An individual is considered to be indivisible. We cannot divide ourselves. You cannot divide the neck and the leg, the eyes and the ears, the mind and the intelligence, the mind and the senses, ego and the rest. We are an indivisible entity and together with the body, senses, mind, intelligence and ego, we become a distinct unit capable of experiencing ourselves, experiencing the others, interacting with the others.

So, we ourselves are the fulcrum and the pivot of the whole life and world. Why I say world? Which world are you referring to - the world in which we live, the world in which we interact. So then again the individual is the sole foundation and in the individual we find senses have their specific-ness and limitation. Mind also activates the senses, interacts with the objects, makes imprints and makes the imprints available for the intelligence to study. But the actual thing is done by the intelligence.

Taking your stand on the intelligence, Ashtavakra Samhita analyses and presents everything. Can you imagine when Janaka says after listening to Ashtavakra that “The entire world is subsisting on me. The whole world is mine, otherwise nothing is there at all.” If the individual were not there, do you think anybody would have been there to sense or report about the world? So there is a dimension in us, that dimension is not belonging to matter or energy. It belongs to something called consciousness.

What is consciousness? Consciousness cannot be defined but yet it has to be defined. So “it is That”. Then we define ‘That’ – which is capable of being conscious of itself and the others. The consciousness itself becomes conscious of itself, that is why we say ‘I’. For saying ‘I’, we don’t need either the senses or anything else. ‘I’, ‘I’, it is a spontaneous, irresistible feeling. So the first thing is, consciousness has become conscious of itself. Now it is making oneself conscious of the rest. I have an ego, I have an intelligence, I have a mind, I have the senses and around the senses, I have my world.  These are the two properties, twin properties of consciousness.

This consciousness is consciousness alone. You cannot research into it like you research into matter and energy. The only way to research into consciousness is - Jnanam Jneyam Jnanagamyam – the research can only be through, by and of consciousness. That is why the sphere of consciousness becomes so sovereign and so great. So he says, “However expanse I look at, whatever variety is there surrounding me, it is I who feel it and I pronounce it. So whatever I pronounce as saying there is – am I not responsible for it, does it not rest upon me?”

Keep away the sphere of matter and energy, think about the consciousness by which you think, understand and know. That consciousness wakes up and through the senses it percieves the world. The entire range of perception is subsisting, resting upon consciousness and in the evening when we sleep, the whole extensiveness, everything is wiped off and we become different from everything and get lost in ourselves.

So, he says – “Either everything is mine, the whole world or there is nothing. If I am not there, nothing is there, if I am there, I am everything.” Can you imagine? This is a spiritual dimension. A dimension in understanding, it is a realizational dimension. That realizational dimension is supreme in the sphere of realization. This understanding cannot be dislodged by anybody.

The only point is that a person who is guided by this understanding, will his life in this world be successful and effective? That is where the so called divinity and faith come. If this understanding is resorted to and a man is exclusively pursuing it, we have found that his life is successful. A number of ascetics in our country, their wealth is not money or matter. Whatever they have – you take this Ashram. This Ashram is a result initially of my understanding and whatever I was. Mataji Sulabha Devi was there. There was one more sanyasini here. I decided to leave everything and be on the street  because “on the street” is only a physical explanation. See, if I believe, if I understand, that this consciousness in me, the ‘I’ in me is supreme then nothing else can be of consequence to me. So the sincere mind doesn’t allow itself to be involved in other pursuits.

So the only way is to leave and we are also having a great tradition in our country that ascetics have been there in every generation. So I left everything. Though I left everything, my body did not fall. It had to eat its food. It had to breathe its air. As it was breathing, it also needed food and nourishment. It also needed a place of rest. All these things came by themselves. You cannot say that I struggled for it, it is my greatness or anything like that. I was devoted to this understanding and I wanted to be zealous and sincere about it. That is why with a lot of humility and openness I say – every particle of Earth, sand or any other piece of matter here in this Ashram, including the walls, the roof, the floor, the various articles we have is – everything is a result and outcome of this spiritual awareness and the dedication I have towards this.

Gradually others also joined. That is also another wonder. I had it – okay. Why should others also feel inspired by it? So, they also had a parallel inspiration and a parallel dedication and we all living together. The whole Ashram is nothing other than this inner consciousness and the worth, greatness and majesty of this consciousness. Can it deliver money – yes! Can it deliver matter – yes! Can it deliver buildings - yes! Because the whole universe is standing - not on matter. The entire universe, including space, you tell me where is it resting? It cannot be resting on matter and energy. Then what supports it? Some supra-material source is there and that is what this consciousness is.

Now who can say that – “I am consciousness and the same consciousness surrounds and penetrates this whole universe.” If you are able to say so, I think that is the supreme, the end of it! Then will you be devoted to that understanding and in which manner? There comes the test. The catch point is that.

So, this consciousness, Janaka was able to say, “Either everything is mine, everything is in me or nothing is there.” There are only two options for every one of you, either the whole world is yours and in you or nothing is there including yourself. This is the choice before you and see what appeals to you.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.