"Karmayoga does not mean ceaseless pursuit of karma. It truly consists in the Yoga orientation and discipline given to the buddhi and the mind. Constant preservation and application of Yogabuddhi while doing any work, alone makes one a Karmayogin."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Interactions are triggered by the mind. They are also resting upon the mind and the reactions also are another set of murmurs from the mind. So, the mind has to take note of its own interaction and its own reactions. There is nothing called outside reaction belonging to another person, a second person. Once you know the mind has to assimilate mind’s own reactions, the story becomes different. Mind produces a number of thoughts, dissolves them. Some thoughts produce emotion - likes or dislike or fear. Cannot the water enable its flow as a river? Cannot the water allow its rising in the form of vapour? Will it not allow itself to be cooled and shed?

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

Today I thought I would tell you something about a practice which really means the whole of your spiritual sadhana, Vedantic pursuit. Our life is a constant interaction between the senses which are on our body and the objects which are around the senses. The objects are variable and our interactions also therefore become variable. It is not because the senses vary, they remain constant. In any multiplication, if one figure changes, the whole outcome changes.

All the objects can be classified into persons, places and events. Our senses interact with persons, whether they are at home, in the office or in the society. It interacts with difference places, home is a place, office is another place. Suppose you get into a public vehicle, it is another place, market is another. And then, different types of events, it maybe the birth of a child, marriage of a child, death of an elderly person, some calamity in the neighbors’ house. Let it be anything. It is an event. So, we have to interact with persons, places and events. All the objects fall into these three categories.

The interactions are proceeding from us. And the interactional effects or outcomes also are produced in us by the same mind. Because before the interactions, during the interactions, after the interactions, at every point of time, mind is the sole factor to begin the exercise with or from, you are at an advantage. When as a result of mind’s own interactions employing the senses with the objects of the world, when the mind’s interactions using the senses with the objects, they themselves are creating difficult outcomes, you tell me, what is this outcome?

Interactions are triggered by the mind. They are also resting upon the mind and the reactions also are another set of murmurs from the mind. So, the mind has to take note of its own interaction and its own reactions. There is nothing called outside reaction belonging to another person, a second person. Once you know the mind has to assimilate mind’s own reactions, the story becomes different. Mind produces a number of thoughts, dissolves them. Some thoughts produce emotion - likes or dislike or fear. Cannot the water enable its flow as a river? Cannot the water allow its rising in the form of vapour? Will it not allow itself to be cooled and shed?

When you know that the mind alone is interacting, guiding the interaction, subsisting the effects etc. the whole process falls on one specific ground, that is the mind. Cannot the mind assimilate its own reactions and outcomes? So many thoughts surge forth in our mind and they subside in the mind. In the same manner, this assimilation is not something new. You know about it only now. When there is a hurricane or a cyclone, it is a violent movement, blowing of the wind. Actually, nothing happens to the wind by that. Similarly, nothing will happen to your mind by any extent of thinking, any extent of action, any extent of reactions. So, allow all these things to be and see what happens.

So, you have to assimilate the outcomes of your own mind’s interactions. When you are able to assimilate, it instantly becomes an enrichment, a beautiful addition which makes your mind and its capacity better, better and better. This assimilation process is optional. There are many people who refuse to learn from life. Historians have a complaint – The trouble with history is that it is never valued and taken as a guide. Every time something is assimilated, it enriches the mind and it increases the capacity, the potential to interact with difficult factors later.

So, my statement to you today will be that you should consider all aspects of your life and activities as enabling and empowering you to do sadhana. Sometimes you meditate. It is necessary and helpful. But as you meditate, you must also remain absorbed. And after absorption, you should be able to again employ your mind and intelligence and remain unaffected. That portion is called to be a jeevanmukta. You feel freedom while you remain in the world and you are active.

So, this assimilation - what should you assimilate? You should assimilate the outcomes of interactions understanding that the interactions were originated by the mind, they are subsisting on the mind and now we can dissolve them in the mind. I don’t think anything else is sadhana. The sadhana is always to embellish or ornament your mind, make it more and more vigorous. You will not be able to do it unless you spend time. ‘What did Swamiji say? He said interactions start from the mind, is it so? Do I have any other answer to find or offer? He also said while the interactions go on, they are subsisting on the mind. Is it true? I feel that all interactions are physical but Swamiji says that this feeling that all interactions are taking place from me, it has to be stabilized and it should guide your life and further interactions.’ That is why the great shanti mantra is there.

 पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते॥ 
Om pūrṇam-adaḥ pūrṇam-idam pūrṇāt-pūrṇam-udacyate
Pūrṇasya pūrṇam-ādāya pūrṇam-evāvaśiṣyate ||
(Shanti Mantra)

Everything is complete and full. You cannot take away the fullness, oneness. So, I think you should listen to these things, work on them, assimilate them, make sure that they are enriching you and go if at all, as an enriched person, empowered person and it is possible. Sky is the limit. 

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.