Guru-sanga means intimacy, proximity, living together with the Guru. This is very, very important. Only then you will know how you can live with this Brahmavidya perfection. Your body is not going to change. Voice is not going to change. Change if at all is in your inner personality, the mind, intelligence and ego. You cannot see your mind. You cannot see the intelligence. Nevertheless, they are the ones to be improved. How the improvement can come is actually a mystery, a secret. And that secret will be unfolded only in the proximity of the Guru by him.
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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
Jai Guru. Jai Guru. Jai Guru, you know why I say this? This is the message I thought I will say something today about subsequent to our discussion last evening in the satsang. ‘X’ and ‘Y’ have arrived from Bangalore. In ‘X’, I found a very enthusiastic seeker. ‘Y’ also is not at all back. She is also alike. He sought Brahmavidya Deeksha, I gave it to him and also to ‘Y’. He started doing sadhana. I hope ‘Y’ also has been doing. And he was telling me that “This is what I have found my experience is. Please let me know what further is to be done.” That is why I discussed it in a very proper, scriptural, authoritative manner.
What does brahmavidya say? Brahmavidya says you practice it. And after practicing, you will have nothing else to think about. That itself is very fulfilling. What deeksha I give to you, who are seekers and who later becomes disciples after getting the deeksha, it is the same deeksha I got from my Gurudev. After getting deeksha, I focused my attention on it, in spite of the fact that I was working in the office, spending a considerable part of the day. And meditation and the meditative experience were only strengthening dispassion and the burning aspiration to know the truth and live in its own light.
If you consider brahmavidya to be a great treasure, when you get that treasure, will you ever like to have anything else in this world? We were associated with Baba when we were in Calcutta. We brought him to our farm land. He stayed for one or two months. Again, when we built the ashram we brought him, he stayed for months. Somehow, he wanted to stay in his own environment. Otherwise I had asked him, “Will you please come with us?” We are going to lead an exclusive spiritual life. So, it is very good and harmonious that you come and stay with us. He said, “No. So far as staying is concerned, I will continue to be here.” Whatever was the least possible or maximum possible, I did in the way of being associated with him, living in his proximity.
This ‘X’ told us that, “I will do the sadhana very well. I will come to the Ashram frequently. Whenever there is work, I will do seva here.” and all that. Which ‘X’ said that and which ‘X’ is sitting before us now, I have a doubt. Do you think this Brahmavidya abhyasa will be growing well and will be perfect without the close association with the Guru? Vidyaranya says, “Go on staying with the Guru unless all your requirements are filled, fulfilled.” There is no time limit. Then the next step, if at all you do will be, what you get from the Guru, you would like to disseminate it to the people around.
Dakshina Jnana Sandesha
The right dakshina is disseminating what wisdom you have been able to get and perfect from the Guru. So, I explained yesterday that after getting into dhyana and then samadhi, one should practice it intensely so that it becomes natural for him and consistent for him and then he becomes free from the sadhana. He becomes like Suka-maharshi, Brahma, Sanakas etc. Now, this will not be possible unless you have close proximity with the Guru. How much am I talking! Nowadays Nirvisheshananda Swami and Mā also talk and we excel in speaking about the scriptures. Mā was talking to the people of Jamshedpur, to the people of Malaysia on the basis of the notes she has kept about her sadhana. How they left everything and came over here and what were the different stages of sadhana she passed through. Every time, what was the interaction she had with her Guru, with me, how the interaction helped her to get enlightened every time and to be sublimated and enriched inwardly. I think people liked it very, very well. So, I am wondering.
After all, we are not a householder Guru. I am not a householder Guru. I am an ascetic, austere, sannyasin Guru. If you have Gurubhakti, automatically you will like to be one like me. Join us in the ashram and live an austere and ascetic life. I am not expecting all people to do so. The natural climax of a beautiful meditational life where the meditation takes you to the inmost chamber in your own heart, where the self and self alone shines, I think this is going to be the outcome. Your family will be a new family. Imagine, see how our Vinaya came here? How Namrata came here? How Jaya came here? How Nandita came here? How our Prasanna had come here? How did Swamiji and Mā come here? It was definitely in pursuit of what they have got in the form of Brahmavidya deeksha from Baba.
Some people are asking me, “Swamiji, can you tell me whether there are some points on which I have to improve? What is the defect in me?” I say, “How do I know? You live in your house, you listen to the talks and you go away. Some people try to serve me and be by my side. So, I have no opportunity to know the thought pattern and reaction pattern of your mind. I don’t know how your behavior is, even character is. Unless I get exposed to you, how can I guide you?”
Here when you come, you are living in a group. In the group, everybody will observe you. If somebody goes to the bathroom and takes abnormal time to come out, they will know that he or she has gone in and why she is talking or he is taking so much time. If you are not clean, your dress is not clean, your bathroom is not clean, toilet is not clean, it will be seen by the others including our own domestic assistants. How the room is kept? How the dress is kept? How do you dress? Are you gossiping? They will come and tell us and they are giving us their feelings about everybody here. This is how if one has to grow, he has to grow. You should ask others, “What is my defect or what is my insufficiency?” What is the harm in asking people? Be a lover of all and be a loved one for all. In the behavioral level, I find the inmates here are not doing very, very well. We repeatedly tell them. I am sometimes asking, “Will there not be one person who will never speak ill of others, who will have no problem to deal with anybody?”
Bhagavad Gita clearly says
What does it mean? You must be able to interact with all kinds of people, good and bad people, friendly people, neutral people, people given to mediation, people who hate you, who dislike you. Our mind has to rise to such a beautiful moon-like dimension, full moon dimension. This will not be possible if you remain in your household at all! If I were a householder, what would have happened to me? You tell me? Because I was not a householder, I felt the whole world is my household. I am living and moving like that. How many people come here! The ashram welcomes one and all. People know that here is someone to whom we can go to, pour our heart and get relief. How many husbands or masters in a family are approached like this by the neighbours?
So, I don’t want to tell you this. You can see these brahmcharins and brahmcharinis, Mā, Nutan Swamiji himself, how have they come? Only by the strength and persuasion of the brahmavidya sadhana which they were pursuing. There is no doubt about it. Brahmavidya sadhana is a constantly drawing force. How the gopikas on listening to the flute of Krishna left everything? Even suckling children, they left. When they were boiling milk, that also they left. They were sweeping, they left the broom stick and ran. What does it mean? So, my dear children, you have no excuse at all. The question is do you like to be full, fuller and still fuller? Do you like to be God’s? Do you like to be spiritual? Do you like to be liberated?
So, I was laughing about ‘X’’s feelings and promise and how they have all turned out to be. He has not apparently discussed this subject with any one of us. So, the long and short of what I say is that Guru-bhakti and Guru-sanga, Guru-bhakti and Guru-sanga. Guru-sanga means intimacy, proximity, living together with the Guru. This is very, very important. Only then you will know how you can live with this Brahmavidya perfection.
Your body is not going to change. Voice is not going to change. Change if at all is in your inner personality, the mind, intelligence and ego. You cannot see your mind. You cannot see the intelligence. Nevertheless, they are the ones to be improved. How the improvement can come is actually a mystery, a secret. And that secret will be unfolded only in the proximity of the Guru by him.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.