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  • PR 22 Dec 2015 - The Destination to God is Your own Heart
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

    We are conducting Srimad Bhagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram for the fourteenth year in Naimisharanyam. Right from the beginning our effort and focus have been to bring forth the essential spiritual, philosophical and even devotional messages of Srimad Bhagavatam which the author Vyasa deva has depicted in various ways. It is a very long and variegated text consisting of 18000 Sanskrit verses.

    Many people do not know to read Srimad Bhagavatam in a little ordinary speed, it will take about 35 hours minimum. It contains 335 chapters. This very process of reading or even full listening is a sādhana, a discipline, a refinement.

    By multi-pronged discussions what is it that Srimad Bhagavatam tries to convey to the listener or the reader is an important point. It is not very difficult to explain. In the language of devotion it says that God is the only existence in whatever manner you think of Him. The entire world, the gross world which is endless in nature, this endless magnitude can only rest in God. It cannot rest in any kind of a piecemeal creation or matter. Mind you, it is endless. It is a very huge sphere which is not bounded. Unbounded sphere. How can it exist anywhere else or on something else? So it rests on itself like a huge circle resting on the centre. There is nothing here but God. God alone is manifesting, is displayed, is expressing Himself in whatever manner you think of Him. This is one message.

    Secondly, devotion to God may be begun from any point in any manner. But understand devotion sprouts and grows in the devotee’s heart. In other words, the master, the maker and the Lord of devotion is the devotee’s heart alone. It is for the heart to shape the devotion in the manner in which it likes.

    Though God is infinite and endless and devotion to Him is in a way hard to develop, Srimad Bhagavata says it is not so. Devotion is what you cherish in your heart. Like any other item you cherish, start cherishing devotion. It starts growing in you. And as it grows, the distance to God becomes lesser and lesser. The separation from God becomes lesser and lesser and devotion fulfills itself when the devotee is able to feel the inseparable presence and bond of God in his heart. It is something like proceeding to a destination which is at infinite distance and bringing the destination nearer and nearer to you until at last you understand my destination is my own heart within. This is an art, this is a process, this is a pursuit and this is a secret. This is what Srimad Bhagavata explains and achieves for people.

    A person who starts growing and rearing devotion of this kind, he doesn’t have to look for anything else at all. Devotion itself is a full treasure and it has got the capacity to fulfill itself. How does it fulfill itself? Is it a pious hope or a reality? This subject is repeatedly discussed by Srimad Bhagavatam. As it is devotional, pious, religious etc. it is philosophical, it is spiritual, it is rational and it is very consummating in its discussions.

    In the rational level Srimad Bhagavatam has to say that mind is the place and focus where you experience everything. Our senses are created and shaped by the mind. The senses are possessed by the mind, employed by the mind. If the mind is the author of the senses, whatever the senses capture, create and produce, the same mind is naturally the author. Because the entire world is what the senses perceive. If mind is the author and the Lord of the senses, whatever the senses produce and bring in the mind level, mind is the Lord of that also. This is a very important scientific discovery and a very, very rational analysis.

    My own body, our own body is sensed only during waking, wakefulness. The same body is totally invalidated in sleep. Both the sleep and the wakefulness arise in the mind, by the mind, of the mind. If the mind is the author of wakefulness and sleep, what do you think of the rest? The entire world is sensed in wakefulness alone. This wakefulness is an expression of the mind. The same mind or consciousness wipes off the wakefulness and goes to sleep. Then it wakes up from sleep.

    So every wakefulness is the appearance of something in between two sleeps. Wakefulness is preceded by sleep and succeeded by sleep. And the sleep is a state where the entire mind processes, reflections and experiences, all of them are wiped off. So just imagine whatever is within the body has got the capacity to generate the wakefulness and wipe off the wakefulness. Does it not therefore become the author and the creator of the world which is nothing but a handiwork of the senses? It is at that point of time that Srimad Bhagavata says

    अविद्यमानोऽप्यवभाति हि द्वयो
    avidyamāno ’py avabhāti hi dvayoh
    (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.38)

    The entire world which the senses perceive is non-existent. But it comes into existence because of the perceiving mind. It is because of our intelligence that the perception takes place.

    ईक्षेत विभ्रममिदं मनसो विलासं
    īkṣeta vibhramam-idaḿ manaso vilāsaḿ
    (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.34)

    The entire world and other things which you perceive, which you experience, Srimad Bhagavatam says understand that it is an illusion, vibhrama.

    Manaso vilāsaḿ. It is a display by the mind in the mind itself. These are very clear statements where philosophically, spiritually and experientially Srimad Bhagavatam affirms that everything that you experience is illusory. It is not a factual thing. It is like dream. You have a dream world, a dream house, a dream life, a dream marriage, dream children, everything else. All of them are just like they are illusory, the wakeful world also is illusory. This is the last message, repeated message of Srimad Bhagavatam.

    Though it is a devotional text, it is highly philosophical, spiritual and experiential. Because it is clothed and coated in devotion, everybody finds it very appealing, tasteful and delicious. Now we are trying to bring forth this truth and through Srimad Bhagavatam impress people with the values of our country, values relating to the individual, relating to the family, relating to the social segment, the nation, the globe, the environment, then administration. Everything included in our dharma. All these aspects are dealt with in Srimad Bhagavatam. We are trying to get it explained properly. We are not able to get always very good speakers.

    Yesterday a young boy, married of course, he was introduced to me and Vijay Menon was telling me “He is one person in spite of his age, he is able to explain Srimad Bhagavata very, very well.” We would like to have such youngster speakers who can explain the text very well. That also is not easy. Because this explanation will have to be backed by nishta, austerity, discipline, refinement which means the person will have to take up sannyāsa and make Srimad Bhagavata statements true. And sannyāsa is not a distress measure.

    तुष्टे च तत्र किमलभ्यमनन्त आद्ये
    tushte ca tatra kim-alabhyam-ananta ādye
    (Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.25)

    When God is pleased there is nothing that is unattainable. To please the Lord means to have all the things that you want to have. How they come, what will be with you and what will go, never worry about it. The best will come. Ultimately even possessiveness is a hindrance. That also will have to be lost, dropped.

    So one becomes a great devotee for whom devotion itself becomes the treasure, the wish-yielding tree or kāma-dhenu. My dear souls, there is such a state of beautiful pleasantness where by the thought, by the feeling, by the devotion, by the bond of God your life becomes smooth and everything as and when necessary comes, as and when necessary goes, making you easy, comfortable, happy and fulfilled.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

  • PR 14 Dec 2015 - Brahmavidya - The Strength and Inspiration of this Ashram
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

    This Ashram is actually a Brahmavidya abode. Right from the beginning I did not have any idea of establishing an institution. If I were having an idea, I would have proceeded in a different manner. To establish an institution means to think constantly about the institution and to recruit or allow people to come and join us with a view to do institutional work. That would have been a little different. It is based primarily on man power, not seeking.

    Whoever has got the aptitude to work in an institution and take the institution’s ideals to the people by way of a suitable propaganda, I think it will be different. Whereas I only had one thought in my mind. In the same manner I happened to see my Gurudev and I liked him, I sought deeksha from him. After getting the deeksha for me deeksha and my Guru were everything. I did not think of anything else. It is that deeksha and the sādhana I did very fervently that you can say made me the way I was and I am.

    Naturally the thought process in me was, such seekers if they want, if nature wishes or God wishes they will come and they will seek deeksha, deeksha will be given and they will get naturally moulded by the deeksha. So it was more to help true seekers grow and become knowers. Accept seekers and make them knowers. This was the idea. I don’t think that can be an institutional work. That is why I used to say I would institute Brahmavidya in the heart and mind of the seeker and whatever comes will come.

    We started using the word institution after Mā and Nutan Swamiji came here. They are very much given to Ramakrishna Mission, the very countable institution of India in the sphere of spirituality and to some extent social service also.

    Why I am mentioning this? For me, this Brahmavidya is something very sacred. To get into the actual Brahmavidya pursuit is not at all easy. It is a great fortune to have Brahmavidya deeksha in the hands of a sadguru. Even to understand the sadguru is not easy.

    सर्ववेदान्तसिद्धान्तगोचरं तमगोचरम् ।
    गोविन्दं परमानन्दं सद्गुरुं प्रणतोऽस्म्यहम् ।। १ ।।
    Sarva-vedānta-siddhānta-gocharam tamagocharam
    Govindam paramānandam sadgurum pranato’smyaham
    (Vivekachūdamani 1)

    Says Sankara. If a Guru has to be understood, you can understand him only through ‘sarva-vedānta-siddhānta-gocharam’. His personality, his life, the intricacies of his life, his character, his behavior, his interaction, how he looks at the world, looks at the disciples, how he accepts them. The people may have something wrong, something sinful, something great, many, many things maybe there. All these things have to be properly assimilated by the Guru and the manner in which he does it, it may not be worldly, it will be supra-worldly.

    To understand all this, one has to know Vedanta as a science and as a practice himself. It is not going to be easy my dear souls. This is the type of Brahmavidya that this ashram has. We cherish it. We preserve it. We also impart it. So in our life and in this ashram Brahmavidya seeking, seekers and those people who come here, giving them deeksha is something very important. We had two sets of people this time for whom we gave deeksha. Yesterday was the last day. And we are busy with the naimisharanyam event etc.

    So this deeksha has got great meaning. What is this deeksha for? It is to generate and preserve a kind of a spirituo-philosophical supra-worldly vibration in the personality. Our breadth is a movement. Heart beat is a movement. Circulation of blood is a movement. It generates heat. Our mouth generates sound. Our eyes generate light. All these are generated by the soul within. So there is a very subtle vibration the soul can and will and does generate. To generate it is the sādhana and the deeksha for.

    The person who takes deeksha, he has to, if he cannot understand it he must have faith in it and with this faith if he sits, we don’t even call it meditation. My Gurudev always says “Sit, sit, sitting, sitting, sitting”, this is how he used to describe it. Close the doors and windows, sit alone in your āsan and enter into your inner bosom and see what happens. Your whole personality has shaped and grown from inside and the whole universe also has grown from inside not outside. You are getting connected to the center or the source of the universe including yourself.

    People are generally expecting that when you meditate you must have a flood of light or a great sound. Pleasantness and blissfulness certainly one will have in meditation. But what is it that we must have and aim at? Here is a verse which Sankara sings.

    प्रत्यग्विमर्शातिशयेन पुंसां प्राचीनगन्धेषु पलायितेषु ।
    प्रादुर्भवेत्काचिदजाड्यनिद्रा प्रपञ्चचिन्तां परिवर्जयन्ती ।। २४ ।।
    pratyagvimarśātiśayena puṁsāṁ prācīnagandheṣu palāyiteṣu |
    prādurbhavetkācidajāḍyanidrā prapañcacintāṁ parivarjayantī || 24||
    (Yoga Taravali 24)

    What a wonderful verse is this! I wish that every one of the initiated disciples should learn this verse and hum it, sing it, murmur it to each of them.

    Pratyagvimarśātiśayena puṁsāṁ. Our deeksha is one which makes you look for your own self. Your self is not the mind nor is it the thought nor is it the emotion nor is it the enquiry nor is it the doubt, knowledge, it is not the sleep, it is not the dream, it is not the wakefulness. It is something different from these. And always search for it, look for it, search for it, look for it. And the sādhana is given to you by the Guru. You should have no other interest, no other dependence, no other source. Only what he has told you. Preserve and cherish it in your mind.

    So when you start delving, delving into your own mind, within, pratyagvimarśātiśayena puṁsāṁ, when that delving becomes excellent and exalted.

    Prājīna gandheṣu phalāyideṣu. All the latent influences and tendencies of your life will simply flee. The purpose of sādhana is to make the tendencies flee. It may not be a day’s, week’s, month’s or even a year’s job. But do this. Never ask any questions. Never doubt. Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! And delve! Delve! Delve! Delve!

    Prācīnagandheṣu palāyiteṣu. Then what will happen? All the thought process will stop. The entire enquiry will cease. You will have only the mantra. I don’t like to call it a mantra. The anusandhāna the Guru has given you, it will start churning your mind like a churning rod, the curd and the navanīta, the butter will come.

    Prācīnagandheṣu palāyiteṣu prādurbhavet. One day at one time, prādurbhavet, will arise, kācid, something, ajāḍyanidrā, it is something like a non-inert sleep. Sleep you have. It is a biologically induced state. But this is a spiritually begotten state. We sleep because of a biological fatigue but we do not sleep here. So the entire thought process, even the anusandhāna will come to a stop and you will reach the very source of everything. The source of your mind, intelligence, ego, no reflection of the world in the mind, everything will come to a stop.

    Kācidajāḍyanidrā, it is a wakeful slumber where you know that I am sleeping. Ajādya nidrā.

    Prapañcacintāṁ parivarjayantī, when that is present no thought, no reflection, no concern, no interaction with the so called world will ever be there. My dear souls, this is Brahmavidya. Brahmavidya aims at taking you to the fourth factor. You are sleeping, you are dreaming, you are wakeful, you leave one state and then go to the other. So there is something in you which exits from each and goes to another. That fourth factor called turiya, that turiya will be begotten by a process of eliminating and being free from wakefulness, sleep and dream. This is the entire secret. How fortunate a man will be if he is able to reach there!

    Our Ashram is an abode for this kind of Brahmavidya, first of all its presence and prevalence, then its dissemination, and dissemination in the form of deeksha and deekshita sādhana which the people who are initiated do. This is the wealth, treasure, strength and inspiration for this ashram.

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

  • PR 08 Dec 2015 - Seek Contentment from the Mind Alone
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    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

    Last evening before the satsang I was discussing the concept of jñeya.

    ज्ञेयं यत्तत्प्रवक्ष्यामि यज्ज्ञात्वामृतमश्नुते ।
    अनादिमत्परं ब्रह्म न सत्तन्नासदुच्यते ।। १३ ।।
    jñeyaṁ yat-tat-pravakṣyāmi yaj-jñātvāmṛtam-aśnute
    anādi-mat-paraṁ brahma na sat-tan-nāsad-ucyate

    And all of you recited the five ślokas which describe the only thing to be known, the only concept, the only existence or the only expression, the only experience to be known.

    You will have to pick up very specific verses from Bhagavad Gita and try to understand and focus your sādhana and clinch your progress. Today I thought I would speak about some such verses.

    In the third chapter Krishna says

    इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ ।
    तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ ।। ३४ ।।
    Indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣau vyavasthitau
    Tayor-na vaśam-āgacchet-tau hy-asya paripanthinau
    (Bhagavad Gita 3.34)

    It is a very clear definition and explanation. Earlier he defined our life beautifully as

    मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः ।
    आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत ।। १४ ।।
    mātrā-sparśās-tu kaunteya śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ
    āgamāpāyino’nityās tāṁs-titikṣasva bhārata
    (Bhagavad Gita 2.14)

    The entire life is mātrā-sparśāḥ. And they inevitably produce sukha-duḥkhās which are like śīta and uṣṇa. Understanding that they are āgamāpāyins, they are transitory, they will come and go, you alone are there for them to come and go to and from, this knowledge should generate sufficient tolerance for you.

    So the entire life is interactional at the level of the senses. These interactions trickle down to the mind level and in the mind level, sukha and duḥkha are the only experiences you will have throughout life. The world objects may be many but our senses reduce them to five because the objects by themselves cannot produce any experience, interaction.

    Experiences and interactions are caused only by our senses and they are five. Whether the world exists or not, our own senses will have to determine and say. Suppose you go to sleep and the senses are inactive then you don’t have any existence including yourself and the world. And such sensory interactions result in only the mental twins called sukha and duḥkha.

    And even the sukha-duḥkhas are, duḥkha alone brings sukha and sukha brings duḥkha. If sukha is bringing duḥkha, is it desirable? If duḥkha definitely brings sukha, is it undesirable? So the thought that duḥkha is undesirable is wrong! Just see? When you elevate your thinking to the level of intelligence and rationally analyze matters, the entire situation changes. It is something very wonderful. I often wonder, is our sanātana dharma so rational? I am writing on the Ekādaśa-skandha, Krishna’s last gospel to Uddhava. There, to the people around me I say that, can a dharma-śāstra be so rational?

    Now here in this shloka he says, Indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣau vyavasthitau. Upon every sensory objects there is a cap of attraction and repulsion. Upon every sensory object whether you want it or not, recognize it or not, as fire is hot and ice is cold, every sensory object carries the cap of raga-dveṣās, attraction and repulsion.

    Tayoh vaśam na āgacchet. Do not come under their sway. Why?

    Tau hy-asya paripanthinau. They are the stark enemies on the path of your life.

    So you will always be beset by ‘Indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣau vyavasthitau.’ The attraction and repulsion remaining as a cap on every sensory object.

    Then what should you do? Do not come under their sway. So the entire focus should be on your mind. Watch it. And you have the strength. Everybody has the strength. Maybe they lack viveka. They must develop discrimination more and more, spend enough mind hours on understanding viveka, its relevance, application, benefit, the marvelous effect it brings about and then go on sublimating, sublimating the attraction and repulsion as they arise in your mind. Suppose you do it, what will happen?

    कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां यतीनां यतचेतसाम् ।
    अभितो ब्रह्मनिर्वाणं वर्तते विदितात्मनाम् ।। २६ ।।
    kāma-krodha-viyuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām
    abhito brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate viditātmanām
    (Bhagavad Gita 5.26)

    I sometimes wonder whether anybody tries to care and understand the meaning and relevance and wholesome application of these statements. Attraction and repulsion are the only factors that beset our life. If you are engaged in a constant sublimation, evenization, harmonization, integration of these two for which the mind and intelligence are the only factors to be involved, to be applied, it is a total internal, inner application, pursuit.

    Kāma-krodha-viyuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ. To become an yati. Yati maybe a sannyasin, may not be a sannyasin but generally sannyasins are called yatis because they are given constantly to this restraint, this kind of a personality-based nishta. They don’t carry anything else. No idol, no pooja, no stuti, no stotra, it is all

    वेदान्तवाक्येषु सदा रमन्तो
    भिक्षान्नमात्रेण च तुष्टिमन्तः ।
    विशोकमन्तःकरणे चरन्तः
    कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ।। १ ।।
    Vedānta vākyeṣu sadā ramanto
    bhikṣānnamātreṇa ca tuṣtimantaḥ
    viśokamantaḥkaraṇe carantaḥ
    kaupīnavantaḥ khalu bhāgyavantaḥ
    (Kaupina Panchakam 1)

    What a beautiful statement! So they are always dwelling upon the Upanishadic revelations, declarations, pronouncements, evaluations and exhortations.

    Kāma-krodha-viyuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām. There comes a time when the mind becomes moderate, it becomes harmonious. For such people, do you know what happens? You have to contemplate upon this verse for many, many hours.

    Abhitah brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate viditātmanām. They are the people who strike at the self, who beget, attain the self-knowledge as a result of which what happens? Abhitah brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate. Brahma-nirvāṇa. The sense of release and redemption that results from Brahman, knowing it, it encircles them, revolves around them. Wherever they go they carry brahma-nirvāṇa.

    Brahma-nirvāṇa is not something to be obtained from a distance, pulled by a rope, dropped from the heaven. It is something to be generated by the seeker by churning his mind with the knowledge. Which knowledge? All this knowledge, spiritual wisdom. Churn the mind, churn the intelligence, churn the senses, let even the blood chemistry in the body change by virtue of this inner process of churning. Then brahma-nirvāṇa like butter from the curd, it starts surging up. You can roll it, it starts floating on the butter of your mind.

    न प्रहृष्येत्प्रियं प्राप्य नोद्विजेत्प्राप्य चाप्रियम् ।
    स्थिरबुद्धिरसम्मूढो ब्रह्मविद् ब्रह्मणि स्थितः ।। २० ।।
    na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam
    sthira-buddhir-asammūḍho brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ
    (Bhagavad Gita 5.20)

    Just see? Where do you have to go for this sādhana? Nowhere! Na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya. You may be in your house or you may be in an ashram, you may be in your office, maybe in a social environment. Wherever you are, you will have constantly to course through priya and apriya, pleasant and unpleasant. Maybe in the hands of your own wife or husband there will be a number of unpleasant statements and occasions.

    Na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya. When you meet something pleasant, do not be unduly elated. When you undergo something unpleasant, do not be unduly disturbed or depressed.

    Sthira-buddhih. The buddhi will help you to remain sthira, firm, steady, stable.

    Asammūḍhah. Overcome the delusion that there is anything in this world to be offered to you. In this whole world there is no spec which can come and add to your inner personality. We are full with our pāncabhautik body. Equally we are full with our mind, intelligence, ego and beyond everything, the soul. There is no space for any object in this world to enter your system and remain there. What you have is only a possessiveness. You don’t possess anything. Even a new born child remains separately from the mother and father. They cannot possess. They can be possessive about it. So you feel possessive about many things but the things possessed are always separate from your body.

    So I always say, no object ever enters your system to remain infused and one with the mind. Understand it very well. Sthira-buddhih asammūḍhah. If you want to have contentment which is emotional in character and which can be generated only by the mind, seek contentment from the mind, ask it to generate it rather than depend upon external possessions and the objects.

    It is foolishness to think that any object can create joy. Joy is an inner creation of the mind alone. With many things the mind can be discontent. With a few things or with nothing the mind can be contented. That is why we take up sannyasa. Everything we renounce. Why? Because in renunciation is the real joyfulness, is the real fulfillment. Even you have many things whether you want them or not, you leave everything and go. Even including the body you leave and go. Then what about the bodily belongings that you claim? Your house is not going to come with you. When you leave the body, the residence, house goes, the relatives go, even the ring in your finger is taken away by the priest and handed over to a member of the family. Then what is this that we are possessive about? So let us be dispossessive.

    Sthira-buddhih asammūḍhah brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ. The knowledge of Brahman makes you live in Brahman. Brahma-nishta is different from all other forms of nishta. In Brahma-nishta the mind and intelligence alone are the factors which go on dwelling upon Brahman and that dwelling if it is proper, it is ceaseless, unbroken, incessant, unassailable, unsurpassable, unsubdueable, it is irresistible. This is what our śastras say particularly Bhagavad Gita.

    My dear souls, in the evening I propose to as I always said, I will take some verses here and there and then discuss it. Remember them, learn them, let the mind dwell on them, go into the words, propositions. Why is this statement? What is the meaning? Why one word leads to another word? See, sthirabuddhih, asammūḍhah, brahma-vid, brahmaṇi, sthitaḥ, all these words are just like the pearls made into a necklace. Everything is connected to the other.

    na prahṛṣyet-priyaṁ prāpya nodvijet-prāpya cāpriyam
    sthira-buddhir-asammūḍho brahma-vid brahmaṇi sthitaḥ
    Indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣau vyavasthitau
    Tayor-na vaśam-āgacchet-tau hy-asya paripanthinau
    kāma-krodha-viyuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām
    abhito brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate viditātmanām

    Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.



Poojya Swamiji says that the real focus

  • of devotional practices is not God, but the devotee's own mind and behaviour;
  • of karmayoga is not action but the attitude of the mind with which an action is performed;
  • of knowledge is not knowledge, but the purification and expansion of the seeker's mind.

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Poojya Swamiji says that the real focus

  • of devotional practices is not God, but the devotee's own mind and behaviour;
  • of karmayoga is not action but the attitude of the mind with which an action is performed;
  • of knowledge is not knowledge, but the purification and expansion of the seeker's mind.


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Question : Dear Swamiji koti Pranams. Some days back I heard in your Discourse on Disha channel about various yogasanas like shirsasana for the physical Body. Kindly let me know the significance of Surya Namaskara and its benefits. Is it sufficient if one just does this as it effects the entire body.

Answer :

Dear and blessed R:

Harih Om Tat Sat.  Your email of 17th Sep. is before me and I am reading it again.

Any kind of a process wherein the standing body is brought flat on the ground is very good for the body immediately, and the mind subsequently.  If you do so 12 times a day, your body will become more supple, flexible, and circulation of blood will be far better.

Head is normally up. When you prostrate, the flow of blood into the brain is more. This brings about a wash of your brain, not head.  Dip in water only bathes the scalp and hair.  But a pranam has the effect of bathing the brain.

I suggest this for all executives, with sedentary habits of office working.

Besides, any aasan, though physical in nature, tames and sublimates the mind.  In each aasan you have to be at least for 3 breaths-time.  This is the difference between muscular exercises and aasansAasans and mind are inter-allied, like breath and mind.

But the focus has to be more on the mind always. You are primarily the mind.

Are you happy?

Love and ashirvaad.


Swami Bhooomananda Tirtha.




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