"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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If there is a thought, something is producing it. What is that? The mind. So, the mind is not just the mind. It is a producer of thoughts. It is the thinker, the thinker. The thinker is one but the thought processes and thoughts are many. By virtue of the many thoughts, we understand the potential of the thinker, the greatness and the power of the thinker. So our mind is not just that simple. It is very resourceful. Understand that your mind is resourceful. You must sit with your thoughts, try to examine them. Wherefrom they come? Where do they remain? Where do they get dissolved into?

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Last night during the satsang, I was discussing two important verses from Bhagavad Gita, the sixth chapter particularly referring to the benefit and the gain of spiritual life and pursuit. It gives you a gain or an attainment, the like of which is not at all there in our world or in our life.  

यं लब्ध्वा चापरं लाभं मन्यते नाधिकं ततः ।
yaṁ labdhvā cāparaṁ lābhaṁ manyate nādhikaṁ tataḥ
(Bhagavad Gita 6.22)

The spiritual seeker is able to catch hold of something, a kind of an inner gain, when he has it he feels that there is nothing greater than that. So, the greatest gain is offered by spirituality. Once this point becomes clear, I would like you to think about how this gain can be had.

The spiritual gain is not anything material, solid or sensory. It is something different from the sensory world, supra-worldly you can say, and such a supra-worldly item is there only within our body. To be above the sensory world is not to be anywhere outside, but it is always inside. Is there anything like that supra-sensory? If you ask, the answer is very clear -your own mind, your own thoughts, your own intelligence, your own knowledge, all these are not at all sensory. At the same time, they are readily felt and experienced. So, the spiritual gain that we are referring to is always such that it is available in the sphere of the mind, in the sphere of the intelligence. In other words, it is within your body and senses.

If you are a spiritual seeker and you have to approach this supreme gain, the only way is to sit in a place and delve into your mind. Never look for anything outside either solid or non-solid, nothing that you can see with your eyes, hear with your ears, smell with your nose, taste with your tongue and touch with your skin. The gain has to be different from these five. That means it should belong to the mind and intelligence within your body. If this is so, what you have to do is, at least for some time of the day keep quiet. Take an off from the sensory interactions, the day’s interactions. If you have a puja room, go to the puja room, sit inside after closing the door and then get into your mind. What is meant by getting into the mind? Yes, you have to get into the mind.

The mind is thinking. You try to probe into the thoughts. Wherefrom do they come? Where do they remain? And where do they go into? All thoughts arise from your mind, from within. They also subsist or thrive within the mind. They also disappear into the very same inside. So, your mind is not just the mind. It is such a wonderful source which can generate any number of thoughts and which can place them after generation within itself and soon after it can also dissolve.

We say, God is the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. Actually our mind and mind substance, they do all these. How many thoughts have been produced by you? All of them were preserved by you for a while and all of them have been dissolved by you. There is nothing within the body which is not born and which is not dissolved. So, sit in a place and try to reflect upon these facts. What is my mind? Where is it present? What is a thought? How does it come? The thought has no source other than myself. That source being the same, the effects, the thoughts produced are innumerable, not dozens, hundreds, thousands and even more. What is that wonderful process by which the same mind produces a number of thoughts?

If there is a thought, something is producing it. What is that? The mind. So, the mind is not just the mind. It is a producer of thoughts. It is the thinker, the thinker. The thinker is one but the thought processes and thoughts are many. By virtue of the many thoughts, we understand the potential of the thinker, the greatness and the power of the thinker. So our mind is not just that simple. It is very resourceful. Understand that your mind is resourceful. You must sit with your thoughts, try to examine them. Wherefrom they come? Where do they remain? Where do they get dissolved into?

People say they meditate and when they meditate the mind runs. Where will it run? If the mind runs, can you run without leaving the place where you are standing? To run means to get away from the place where you are standing. So, if the mind is running, as you say, then the mind must get away from where it stands. The mind is in you. If it runs, suppose it gets away from you, but does it ever happen? The mind remains where it is and so many thoughts are produced. So, the mind is not running. To produce the thoughts, it does not shift its focus. It remains in the same place. Why don’t you experience this fact? And every bit of experience of your mind or the thought process or your emotional process, that is great knowledge, that is great meditation.

What I would suggest is that, sit in a place, close your eyes, be relaxed, and get into the mind plane, mind arena and be in the company of your own thoughts. Whenever a thought comes, find out why this thought has come? Why is it coming? It has come for a certain reason that it is there or it has some relevance. What is that relevance from which this thought comes and what am I to understand from this thought? You sit in meditation and suddenly an elephant comes to your mind. You find out, "Why this elephant has come? Is there any elephant outside? No. Then why this elephant thought comes?" Maybe you have seen an elephant in the past. "Oh! That means whatever I have seen and heard, it will come in the form of thoughts, is it not? So, it has come in the form of an elephant." What are you to do? Are you to look for the elephant? No. Not at all! Is it going to kick you?  No. So, it has come because I have seen an elephant, the memory is there. So, our mind produces memories. Elephant is one memory. Maybe donkey is another and crab is another. Let mind produce these memories. Think whether you want them and are you to act upon them. "No. It is just a memory that has come. I have nothing to do with it. I don’t propose to buy the elephant or get hold of it. No. So, this thought is something that has just come. I have nothing to do with it." Dispose it off. See whether the mind thinks further. If it brings another thought, go into it. "Why this thought has come? Is it about something that I have to do after getting up from here? If it is something that I have to do after getting up from here, then I will wait till I get up and thereafter I will do." Satisfy that thought. Dispose it off. Why don’t you spend some time? The more and more you spend time like that with your own mind and thinking process you will find, the thinking process will get filtered, reformed and refined.

I am very sorry, I feel like crying that people never spend time with the thought process, with their mind. Whether you spend time or not, the mind is going on thinking. Why don’t you understand the process? If you spend more and more time digging into the mind processes you will find, you will develop a new skill, ability and culture as a result of which, the very thought process will become better and better, more and more refined. The disturbance that you feel about your thoughts will become lesser and lesser. You will understand what is a thought. "Out of ten thoughts that come, I don’t find anything relevant to me for my action. So, let the ten disappear. Suppose another thought comes which I have to implement after getting up, then I will remember it." So, out of the so many thoughts that surge up in the mind, there is one called necessary and relevant, another called unnecessary and irrelevant. You will find most of the thoughts are unnecessary and irrelevant. What will you do? Simply don’t take note of them. They are not necessary. They are not to be implemented. Therefore let them go. Only if you have something to do with, foster them, remember them, pursue them. Otherwise be indifferent to them, stop them. "No, I have nothing to do with you." But never get bothered.

These thoughts come because these are some of the experiences and memories you have and the mind is supposed to remind you from the stock of memory. Now, a batch of people have come to the Ashram. Two of them, I know. Maitreyi and Gargi. The four others who have come, they have arrived for the first time. So when I saw them, my mind tells me, “Swamiji, two of them were already here and the other four were not.” Naturally they are newcomers. So I have to enquire about them, “Who are you, how are you? Are you safe? Comfortable?” And Maitreyi and Gargi, they came to my office, met me. We had some talks. So, this is something called very useful. So, never blame your mind. Mind is a treasure. Mind is a gift, a grace. Why don’t you spend some time with the mind and know that it is so? We only start working, working, working, working, never going into the nature of the mind, the quality of the mind.

So, meditation is a process by which you sit in a place stopping all your activity, you plunge into your mind plane and try to become more and more familiar with your inner personality. If this meditation is continued you will find that you start becoming more and more integrated. That integratedness is indicated by Yoga and Yukthatha. Yuktātmā, Yuktātmā, Yuktātmā, a word Krishna uses many times in Bhagavad Gita. We must have an integrated personality in which the body and the senses are functioning well as you wish, the mind thinks well as you wish, the mouth speaks well as you wish, the intelligence understands as you wish, all of them should be coordinated, integrated, made cohesive. The whole process is worked inside you, my dear souls. Spend some time with your own heart, mind and intelligence and try to bring about more and more of integration. Of course, the process will never be complete or useful until you understand that, "This is a new process, I don’t know anything about it, I would like to go to a sadguru, get initiated and then start working it, in a very dedicated manner." That may come, that may take some time, it does not matter, but meditation can be attempted, can be pursued even otherwise by all people.

Understand that, meditation is the only way to get into your inner personality and bringing about whatever reformation you want, whatever enrichment you want, whatever elevation and expansion you need. Please try it. The minimum that you have to do is sit in a place, go into your own within, be familiar with the thought and the thought process, go to the thinker level, thinker level, the thinking level and find out the thought, the thinker, the thinking substance and thinking.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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