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Sāttvika Kartā - A Qualitative Performer


Attachment or wrong identification is a basic defect that constricts the mind and its potential in any matter. A sāttvika kartā, qualitative performer, will be free of this constriction and taint. Likewise, he will be free from the constricting ego. To do things with ego is like enclosing the vast and free air in a bottle.

Consciousness in us is far more pervasive! If we try to contain or constrict it with the ego-feeling, its vastness and pervasiveness do not come to display at all. Freed from the ego-binding, it will be greatly effective.

Dhṛti (will) and utsāha (enthusiasm) will be considerably more, if the mind is relieved from the clutches of attachment and ego. The fervour arising from a narrow mind is obviously far less than that of a much broader one.

To be unruffled by the fruition as well as the non-fruition of the act is another distinct quality of the sāttvika performer. The ordinary performer will be so obsessed by the expected result, that his mind becomes restless, fearful and agitated. When a work is well done and completed, it cannot but bring its result. Every action is a specific means to a certain end. Between completing an action and its bringing the result, there is no need for any extra factor, except the paṇcama (the Fifth) Krishna spoke about earlier.

That paṇcama, being beyond the human province, there is no use worrying about it. Usually it will be favourable to the actor, his action and its fruition. But if it becomes otherwise, that has to be accepted as inevitable. Even then, the subject does not call for any undue agitation or affliction.

A performer embodying all these inner enrichments is the sāttvika performer.

When Krishna pictures such a performer, the instant message with its inevitable lesson is that it is possible for any one to strive for such sāttvika performance and actualize it. Else, why should Krishna discuss it at all? To be a sāttvika performer is very much within the human reach. It is a question of whether the seeker wants to accomplish that benign status or will resign to remain deluded and ignorant.

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The Human Goal


The Aikunnu Bhagavathy Temple on Pandavagiri Hill

God is a concept of man, but man is not a concept of himself. You can say the whole creation is a ‘concept of God’ (a saṅkalpa), and hence man too is His concept. In his dialogue with Uddhava, Krishna says, on behalf of the Creator: “I created many a creature - with no legs, then with one, two, three, four and many legs. But I was not satisfied. When I created man, I was fulfilled. In the human body, endowed with discriminative intelligence, man can discover and realize Me and My Greatness, by enquiring into the Supreme Reality.” So, man is God’s concept. Thus the whole creation, with man in it, is a wonder for man.

In this light, what should be the right vision and attitude that man should have about himself, his personality and life around? Human personality has two counterparts: the outer physical or gross, and the inner spiritual or subtle. The physical, outer component can function only with the subtle inner counterpart, which consists of mind, intelligence and ego.

This knowledge that man is a ‘concept of God’ should instantly lead man to appreciate and evaluate the object of human life. With this perspective, he must assess the inner constituents (mind, intelligence and ego), their place and role, and how they link with the body and senses in their functions.

Mind thrives on thoughts, feelings, emotions and memory. A definite effort should be made to enrich, empower and refine mind’s functions.

Intelligence thrives on knowledge, ideas and its derivatives. Enquiry, examination and investigation are its expressions and wont. It develops the art of being rational. By taking up the right enquiries and investigations about life, world, mind, its role, etc., the individual human must enrich and enlighten his intelligence. Intelligence is the only effective tool to act on the mind.

It is mind that employs the senses. To ensure that senses are rightly utilized, mind should be enriched and empowered by intelligence. And intelligence itself should derive its enlightenment and direction from the source still beyond, the core of human personality, which is also the centre of the whole creation.

Employ the intelligence to gain abundant inner, spiritual knowledge. That is how spiritual pursuit becomes relevant to the human.

The Unique Soul Birth


Parents give us birth. Educational institutions provide object-based knowledge. The Spiritual Guru is one who verily bestows the unique Soul-birth. With loving care and watchfulness, he takes the seeker to Wisdom and fulfillment. To have a Guru as Teacher and Guide, is thus the greatest fortune and blessing in one’s life. During Gurupoornima and Chaaturmaasya, the earnest seekers strive to seek closer association with the Guru, to be observed and guided by him closely, to sublimate their ego and dissolve the constrictions of likes, dislikes and selfishness. Holiness of Gurupoornima comes from its link with the immortal Vedas.

–– Swamiji


What is the object of wealth?


Poojya Swamiji assisting a help seeker during the Anna-Vastra Daana Satram in Jamshedpur

Yajnadaana and tapas are the inseparable notes of dharma. Daana purifies and sanctifies one’s wealth however meager or huge it may be. It safeguards the wealth and their descendants from being spendthrifts and victims of decadence and destruction due to wrong ways of spending. It preserves wealth by fostering generosity. It begets a blessing that passes on to the ensuing generations.

It is the giver who should feel grateful that there are people to receive his charity. In fact, charity is a misnomer. It definitely carries the undercurrent of a sense of superiority. The concept of Daana has a far greater magnitude and nobility of purpose.

What is the object of wealth? Wealth is truly meant for acquiring righteousness (dharma), which alone has the power to lead man to right knowledge. By gaining right knowledge, man develops real fondness for the supreme truth. And this, in turn, gains for him peace and freedom. Instead of ensuring that the wealth is thus rightly employed, whereby peace and welfare are assured for oneself and others, if any one spends it solely on his house and bodily relations, alas, he remains utterly deluded. “Such a one fails to see the powerful hands of impending Death,” warns Sukadeva in Sreemad Bhaagavatam.

–– Swamiji 


All-fold attunement


In the background: CIRD Delhi

We are born into this world, when our body was delivered by the mother. Ever since then, the body rests on the earth. Does the earth belong to any one? The air we breathe also has no claimant. So too, the water, sun, moon and the like, the other life-sources have no visible ownership. Wherefrom do all our actions originate? Who designed them? Whereto do all of them proceed? There cannot be a doubt or question about the answer. Whatever or whoever is the progenitor of our earth and whichever Power or Presence preserves it, to the same source alone is directed all our activities and movements.

Dedicate the whole of your activities to the Supreme, and nurse this feeling throughout. Let not the ego or any sense of possessiveness interfere. This is more an attitude-culture – an inner orientation, growing a sense of belonging and dedication. The wholesome allegiance that emerges from such an attitude, should survive, getting only strengthened every time. All the attention and focus must be towards this. If the devotee pursues this kind of all-action or all-fold attunement, that in itself will be a full-fold saadhana, and it will lead him to spiritual perfection and fulfillment.

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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