"Our body and this complex world around us is meant to reveal and display the Self variously. Spiritual seeking lies in looking for That which animates the body. Turn the mind and intelligence inward to their very Source. Let the thoughts make you search for the thinking substance, the thinker.  Only then the mystery of the Self will be unveiled."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

Nowadays, I am discussing some of the very subtle, extremely important and decisive points of spiritual life, understanding and pursuit during the evening sessions. I am wondering whether all of you do at least a degree of introspection on whatever is spoken every day.

Yesterday, I was mentioning that whether it is a religious approach and sādhanā where come all the different forms of rituals including fire ceremonies and sacrifices, or whether it is an approach of pure philosophy which is dialectical, intellectual in character, or another is consisting of only meditation, spirituality, spiritual life, understanding of oneself or even Yoga, where the modifications or functions of the mind are made to merge with their very source; whatever approach you adopt, you will find all these have an indispensable focus on the mind of oneself. Unless the mind part of the whole sādhanā is separated and understood very clearly, I don't think anybody will have any progress.

When I am trying to critically analyze the ceremonies, rituals etc., immediately the reaction is 'Swamiji, will they not still be effective?'. I don't know. If you want to have a focus on your mind and climb up and down a hill with the focus on the mind, then that will also have an effect. With the focus on the mind, if you start walking, walking kilometers or breathing, breathing, breathing countless number of times, that will also have an effect. What you do is not material here, but how you do and what impact you choose to generate by it is the important factor. I don't know how long it will take for you to understand this.

Sri Krishna describes in the twelfth chapter (of Bhagavad Gita) the whole of devotion and then he says, 'A devotee with these kinds of virtues and embellishments will be dear to me' and He has spoken many things and all the things that He has spoken are relating to character, behaviour, interaction, the mind's attitude.

समः शत्रौ च मित्रे च तथा मानापमानयोः ।
शीतोष्णसुखदुःखेषु समः सङ्गविवर्जितः ।।
तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् ।
अनिकेतः स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नरः ।।
samaḥ śatrau ca mitre ca tathā mānāpamānayoḥ |
śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkheṣu samaḥ saṅga-vivarjitaḥ ||
tulya-nindā-stutir-maunī santuṣṭo yena kenacit |
aniketaḥ sthira-matir-bhaktimān-me priyo naraḥ ||
(Bhagavad Gita 12.18 - 12.19)

In all these words you will never find anything like God, devotion, religion, piety etc. It is all a question of handling the mind, uniformizing the mind; 

Samaḥ śatrau ca mitre ca tathā mānāpamānayoḥ.

Take one instance मानापमानयोः समः mānāpamānayoḥ: samaḥ. In respect as well as disrespect, one must remain equal; you should not crave for respect and you should not fear or resent disrespect. Respect and disrespect are shown by the people. Let them be credited or discredited. Maximum be...., maximum be...., an objective cause for it in their mind. As they show you respect and disrespect, what you should extend to them is a uniform attitude towards both.

While they show respect, they show disrespect, you should show a uniform attitude towards the two. Where does it focus now? It focuses on the mind - on your mind. Suppose you chant any number of verses and you do any number of ceremonies, exercises etc. but if the mind is not attended to, it is just like pouring water in a woven basket.

अद्वेष्टा सर्वभूतानां मैत्रः करुण एव च ।
adveṣṭā sarva-bhūtānāṁ maitraḥ karuṇa eva ca |
(Bhagavad Gita 12.13)

My devotee, I will like only when he is सर्वभूतानां अदेवेष्टा 'sarva-bhūtānāṁ adveṣṭā'- he should not dislike anybody or anything in this world. Everything is Gods' creation, as you are, so are the others. Give an equal place and importance and utility to the others, you may not know why they are and what for they are. There is nothing unnecessary in this world. Everything is necessary and complementary.

Now all these thoughts are coming from the mind and the effects of these thoughts is in the mind. So the disturbing, irrational, non-universal, disharmonious traits and tendencies of the mind should be treated. If you are given to thus, looking into the mind and setting it right, then I say – no other practice is required. Because this itself is the pinnacle of devotion, pinnacle of yoga, pinnacle of philosophy and pinnacle of religiosity. Any religion, philosophy, spirituality or Yoga devoid of these things will have no relevance or benefit.

To understand this, I don't know why you get clouded. What can I do to make you understand this? Now the question arises, in order to focus on your mind and bring about the necessary sublimation, I have no objection in your doing whatever you like. It's a blanket agreement that I am making. You decide what you have to do to improve your mind. If everyday swallowing two laddus will help you, please get two laddus and eat. I have no objection. If baskets full of flowers and pooja will help, please do it. If prāṇāyāma will help, do it! If meditation will help, do it. If recital will help you, recite. The question is how you do it; what is the effect and the process on the mind.

सर्वे मनोनिग्रहलक्षणन्ताः
sarve mano-nigraha-lakṣaṇāntāḥ
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.46)

Everything is aimed at restraining, refining, sublimating and expanding your mind. This is the only point I am trying to bring about.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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