"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."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

If you take to spiritual life, it can be partial or wholesome. Partial life will be along with whatever household life you have, part of it will be professional, part of it will be residential or home-based. Then you will also have some social responses and obligations. So the professional front, residential front and societal front, along with that you pursue spiritual life also.

In that spiritual life, sitting in a place, say a room after closing the doors and windows, and then doing the sadhana, if you are initiated into Brahmavidya, then that initiation from the Guru will give you the full directions about meditation. The purpose of the meditation will be to get absorbed into your own inner essence. That means, the mind, intelligence and their working will have to stop. So the effort of meditation will be to lead the mind and thoughts to a state of dissolution. Whether it can be done, never doubt. Even after intense activity for the whole day, after having our dinner maybe spending one or two hours, are we not going to sleep forgetting everything? Even if there is a death in the family, the bereaved do sleep, they also take food. So the mind can be with thoughtfulness, it can also be free of thoughtfulness.

Now this sleep state is what we are trying to induce but with full awareness. That takes place in a state of absorption. Obviously, you cannot remain there for long. First of all, your sadhana will not be so deep and wholesome to allow it. Secondly, you have other occupations, so we cannot spend more than maximum 40-45 minutes for meditative absorption. But the sadhana and sadhaka will continue, should continue throughout the day. Before going to sleep, you will be in a mood of sadhana so that the whole sleep will be sadhana-friendly, sadhana-oriented.

In the wakeful hours, other than meditative efforts, what should you do? You must apply some definite orientation to your mind and its wakeful activities. Bhagavad Gita discusses this variously and emphatically. Gita is a book of sadhana and it tells you how to do the sadhana.

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न प्रहृष्येत्प्रियं प्राप्य नोद्विजेत्प्राप्य चाप्रियम् ।
स्थिरबुद्धिरसम्मूढो ब्रह्मविद् ब्रह्मणि स्थितः ।।
na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam |
sthira-buddhir-asammūḍho brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ ||
(Bhagavad Gita 5.20)

Na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya. Throughout the day, you will have to interact with things which you like and also things which you don’t like. Even within the house, sometimes you may not like the attitude of your partner or the words of your partner, his responses or her responses and behavior. At other times, all these will be very dear, delightful. So whether you are in the house or in the professional front or in the society, you drive a car, suddenly you find on the right side somebody comes like a rocket, another vehicle. Some driver misbehaves. So you start getting irritated and scolding him mentally. You will not scold him to his hearing. Now all these are irritations caused by priya and apriya.

Krishna says, it is this priya, apriya, priya, apriya reactions that have to be tamed. Make light of them, tame them with every situation, every event, every episode. Normally what happens? We go on increasing and enhancing the likes and dislikes, we intensify them. Instead of intensifying, what you should do is make light of it. Constantly be telling yourself that spirituality consists in carrying an even and harmonious mind. You should not be upset by anything. Life contains ups and downs, favor and disfavor, expected and unexpected, desirable and undesirable. Have an open mind which will welcome any kind of a development. You are not causing the development, you only face them. So this calls for sublimation of the mind at every point and also reflection on the supreme spiritual wisdom which ask you to be even-minded, even-minded, even-minded, even-minded, even-minded.

Our inmates in the Ashram, you should yourself ask them, “How do you get along? What is your interpersonal behavior? Are you pleased or displeased with each other? What do you do when you have displeasure in the hands of others?” I think you should ask them and they should reply you. Here also there will be likes and dislikes. All these things, Krishna says ‘na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya’. Do not give rise to excessive delight on getting what is desired or favorable.

Nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam. Obviously if you have preferences for what you like, there will definitely be things which you don’t like because both go together. There also, you should not undergo any agitation or disapproval, strong disapproval. In other words, the mind has to be flexible and light so as to treat both the episodes and reactions with an even mind. This evenness of mind is what makes a man, a spiritual seeker and attainer, attainer. So, this one verse is sufficient for you to do your right sadhana.

na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam |
sthira-buddhir-asammūḍho brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ ||

If you are able to do this successfully and well, then you become steady-minded. You begin to know the Supreme Truth called Brahman and you will have your abidance in Brahman. Who will have - Who has this interactional sadhana and sublimation.

na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam |
sthira-buddhir-asammūḍho brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ ||

Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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