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True Renunciation



[Picture: Poojya Swamiji would reach the construction site in the temple early in the morning to ensure that the plastering work done the previous day was sufficiently wetted to ensure proper cementing.]


Whether it is a personal, familial, professional or social act, whatever needs to be done must be attended to and cannot be devalued or neglected on any account. Abandonment of any act cannot be thought of or effected. Abandoning, relinquishing or eschewing work does not fit in with the fundamental proposition set forth by Krishna in the 3rd chapter – that under the comprehensive hold of Nature none has any freedom to remain inactive. The three gunaas of prakrti (Nature) are inexorable in their effects on the beings upon the earth. As Nature enfolds us everywhere, the question of shunning activities does not arise at all.

Arjuna has not left the war-field. But he certainly felt that he  must and would leave. He expressed the idea to Krishna, though in the way of a firm decision or resolution. Krishna instantly questioned, disapproved and spurned it, discussing the subject in all its relevance. 

“Is there anything called tyaaga or sannyaasa then? If so, what exactly is it?” These are the final questions in Arjuna’s mind needing clarification.

Physical relinquishment of action is not possible. Such a scope is not provided by Nature. What is possible and required is inner renunciation. That is, renunciation of the sanga (undue identification) towards actions. With this, whatever is necessary should be pursued with poise, persistence and peace. Mind’s disturbing elements alone can and should be renounced.
- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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Integrated Personality


Growth consists in the quality of absorbing knowledge whenever and wherever it emerges and expressing its effects thereafter. In this twin process of absorption and expression lie the worth and essence of human life.

Watch your thoughts faithfully. Be equally attentive to your speech and behaviour to see whether the knowledge gained has been integrated well. Integrate what you read and hear, with the mind. Integrate the mind with your deeds. Integration thus is the sole word of growth and evolution. Be an integrated person.

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


Relevance of Self-Knowledge

"Exposition of the Soul will have its meaning and relevance only when it is related to our life, revealing clearly how the thought and realization of the Soul will impact our day-to-day life and interaction. As in the case of Arjuna in Kurukshetra battlefield, the Soul science is imparted only to free the mind of various conflicts, torments and enigmas. While emotional conflict or turmoil is a creation of the mind, rational question or doubt is a product of the intelligence. Only when both these are redressed or resolved, the seeker will have the desired peace, freedom and poise.

"It is here that Self-knowledge excels. Self-knowledge is an armour which enables individuals to course through vicissitudes of life, arising from interactions with persons, places and events. It empowers the mind and intelligence to rise above the usual worldly pressures and persecutions.

"Knowledge is the paramount constituent of human life. When the intelligence assimilates an idea or proposition, it inevitably passes it to the mind, and both intelligence and mind become radiant. Nothing can then stop them from expressing this knowledge in all their actions and interactions."

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Why Search for Reality?



"Vedanta is a system of philosophy. Reality is a logical concept. We mean by Reality or the Real, THAT which remains ever and ever. While thus permanent existence is one feature of the Reality, uniformity, changelessness, etc. are the other features.

"The quest for the Reality becomes necessary for man because he finds that the things of the world, including his body, are having only a fleeting and perishable nature. Fleetingness pre-supposes destruction or non-existence. When a thing is found to change, the change implies the destruction or disappearance of its present form and then the emergence and appearance of another form in which it is seen to exist subsequently. The fact that the things of the world are of a perishable and changing nature, we have to consider them as un-real. This unreal nature of the world and its contents naturally makes us think whether there is not anything real at all.

"The entire effort in our life is to acquire the various objects of enjoyment. Some of the objects are living, while others are inert. By the acquisition of objects we hope to preserve our peace, contentment and satisfaction. But, because the objects that we seek to acquire have a fleeting nature, we find ourselves unable to preserve them forever. Naturally, the peace, happiness and contentment we so much crave for, never reach a level of fulfilment. Therefore, it is but natural for us to wonder whether there is no possibility to find out something real, by acquiring which we can derive permanent peace and contentment."

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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While interacting with the world, do not become diffident. Be confident, and rely upon the Supreme Reality. Call it God, call it something else, but rely upon It. 

This reliance is a quality that the mind has to develop and strengthen. When you are sitting on a branch of a tree, if there is a cyclone, you will be unstable – the branch itself will swing. Go and hug the trunk; the trunk will not move or swing. In the same manner, make your mind rely upon the unshakeable supreme God. Then you also will remain supreme and invincible.

Devotion is actually a functional formula for living victoriously. It is a beautiful methodology. A devotional mind will always be confident, hopeful and also tolerant. Such a mind will not be ruffled in any difficult situations.

Let the devotional qualities be your characteristics. Develop inner contentment by contemplating on the Supreme. Contentment is a product of the mind. Your mind can become unhappy even with many things; it can also be contented with nothing!

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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