"Self-realization is meant to ensure fulfilment for one’s own self. It is not reaching somewhere or getting at something external, like going to the peak of a mountain. The attainment is in dissolving the mind and intelligence, and getting into the very core of oneself. In other words, it is like multiplying everything with zero."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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So you don’t have to hate anything, you don’t have to love anything in particular. Try to live a life of harmony. Allow life to flow naturally. Never be a victim of either iccha or dvesha, either of yourselves or of the others. Remain afloat in your own likes and dislikes as well as the likes and dislikes of others. You dislike your own family member’s habit but that person happens to be a family member. How far can you correct or expect improvement? So when you reach a deadline, simply keep quiet, be reconciled with whatever is. Rather than expecting a correction, correct your own correcting attitude and see what happens. Heavens will come down. To which extent can you go ahead with this mind sādhana, samatva sādhana, there is no limit - sky is the limit.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

For 2-3 days now, I have been speaking about the essential nature of spiritual sādhana. The entire focus is on our mind. Life is experience, experience is centered in the mind. Mind itself experiences the body, experiences the world, initiates, designs, shapes, concludes all the interactions with everything. The resulting experiences become knowledge, then they are transformed into memory and the mind carries all this memory always. So its role is to link up memory with the present fresh interactions and sensations.

So, do not think mind will at any point of time keep quiet. If you practice meditation, you should, meditation can be an exclusive mental effort by virtue of which the thoughtful mind will be made ultimately thought free. When it becomes thought free, you have to do nothing more, except when it becomes thoughtful after a period, short or long, there you can again have the refinemental process, handling the mind, engaging it in the optional thought etc. Once you start doing this, the quality of the mind begins to change, begins to change, the conversation you indulge in changes, the type of people you meet also changes, your interests change, gradually there will be a filtration eliminating most of the disharmonious things and increasing harmonious items. At one point of time, you will have the spiritual enlightenment which will mark, which should mark the end of your sādhana.

Handling the mind throughout your interactions with a view to eliminate the undesirables and enhance the desirables, this twin process is the essence of sādhana. This is done with the mind, in the mind, about the mind, towards the mind. So the mind is dealing with mind’s own products. What are the products – thought, feelings, emotions, memory, knowledge, joys, wish, selection, desire, aspiration, all these are mind’s products. Mind has to tackle them and make sure that its products do not stifle it. My dear children, please understand, it is absolutely possible. This is called yoga - remaining within the mind and get united with all the products and machinations of the mind. Will you be conscious of this point and start working on it? And the only thing that will help you is Guru-Bhakti, Guru-sanga, association with the Guru and practice of the sādhana that he tells you to pursue. This is the actual point.

So spirituality is a mind-centered life aiming at improving the mind constantly, building and imbuing the mind with newer and newer qualities. Qualities are many. Sri Krishna names twenty qualities in the thirteenth chapter, calling them together as jñāna, wisdom and the entire rest as ajñāna, ignorance. See, where will you find this kind of description? He says, the entire world is a product resulting from the conjunction of the spirit, the soul on the one hand and prakṛti on the other. So there is nothing here bad or good which is devoid of the spirit. So everything is spiritually linked, spiritually associated, spiritually encircled.

So you don’t have to hate anything, you don’t have to love anything in particular. Try to live a life of harmony. Allow life to flow naturally. Never be a victim of either iccha or dvesha, either of yourselves or of the others. Remain afloat in your own likes and dislikes as well as the likes and dislikes of others. You dislike your own family member’s habit but that person happens to be a family member. How far can you correct or expect improvement? So when you reach a deadline, simply keep quiet, be reconciled with whatever is. Rather than expecting a correction, correct your own correcting attitude and see what happens. Heavens will come down. To which extent can you go ahead with this mind sādhana, samatva sādhana, there is no limit - sky is the limit.

A number of qualities are there, the primary ones are love, sympathy and sacrifice. Love – The mind should become a loving product. I sometimes feel sorry for people who look for love. Suppose you don’t get it, will you starve? Just like you are expecting somebody to love you and fill your mind, there also what fills your mind is another’s selected love. It is love that is going to fill your mind but coming from somebody else. Why don’t you fill your mind with your own love for others? Whether it is filled with other’s love or filled with love for others, it makes arithmetically no difference. The enrichment resulting is the same! Whether you love others or others love you, mind is filled with love. Rather than making the product come from another, why don’t you become a repository of love and be amiable, amiable? What a wonderful secret is this!

I sometimes feel sorry for the poverty of the human mind. “Oh! He doesn’t love me, she did not give me.” What prevented you from giving it to others? Even the wayfarers, you go and tell them, “I love you.” Give them a glass of water. Love the trees and plants and pour a little water into them, into the roots. Whether you feed a living human or whether you nourish a plant, what difference does it make? One is a plant, another is a human. The life element in both is the same. Whenever you see a drying plant, pour a little water, there are birds, pickup, select a few, try to feed them, watch them. How happily they come and they don’t grumble at you. If you don’t give, they will wait for a few minutes and go back. Why don’t you look at them? If the animals can be like this, men also can be like this.

What a wonderful life is it! Let the mind become absolutely air like, water like, sky like, space like. We have a granite mind, rocky mind which refuses to melt and be shaped, a steel mind.  In place of that, make the mind watery so that it will be flexible and flow and spread. But it cannot go up, so you have to make it airy, windy, that also is not sufficient. There are places where wind is not there. The ideal is to have a spacial mind. That is what Sankara says.

आकाशवल्लेपविदूरगोऽहं
Ākāśavallepavidūrago’ham
(Vivekachoodamani 499)

Ākāśavat lepa vidūrago’ham – Like the sky and space, I am untainted. No word of another, no act of another, no intention of another should scar your mind. Our body may have scar. Water maybe colored, wind maybe polluted, earth maybe polluted, but mind should not and will not be. You cannot handle and protect the earth, water, air and other things but you can always penetrate into your own mind which is inaccessible to the others. Your mind is accessible to you alone. You are very safe, no insurance is required. And that inaccessible mind of yours, make it flexible. Let the stoniness go, wateriness also be transcended, airiness also go, and become spacial. All the qualities are meant for this.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.