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Unflinching Devotion

 

Unflinching devotion to the Teacher is paramount in the life of a true seeker. To begin with, an external God can be the object of faith. But once the devotee grows to be a seeker, only a Wise Teacher can fulfill his quest.  It is then for the seeker to get purified and enlightened by the words of wisdom from his Guru.  Their bond and attunement put the Teacher on the pedestal of God.  Such an impeccable Guru-sishya bond alone bestows wisdom, strength and fulfillment to the seeker. 

– Swamiji

 

 

'Undergo plights' for a Strong Mind

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Children of the Cultural Heritage Class

The mind, which is able to undergo difficult and bitter plights with poise, is strong and stable. The feeling that “I am suffering the plight” will only tend to weaken the mind. On the other hand, if your attitude is one of ‘undergoing’ and not ‘suffering’, the whole impact will be different. ‘Undergo’ all experiences confidently with readiness and acceptance. With every difficult incidence, your mind will then grow in strength, depth and placidity. This is, in reality, the mind’s enrichment and promotion.

‘Undergoing’ is different from ‘suffering’. When you undergo something, the thing undergone – the object – assumes a secondary position, and the undergoing mind – the Subject – becomes the first. The result will be progressive, like mounting on a bull, a horse and an elephant – one of constant ascent. Always your attention must be to undergo readily, not suffering unwillingly. Suffering wears and tears the mind. Undergoing enriches and empowers the mind.

Your greatness will be proportionate to how much you have ‘undergone’ and are ‘ready to undergo’ difficulties. Riches, property, family and friends will not enrich the mind. Mind’s enrichment is in the hands of its experiences. A seeker of mind-enrichment can even woo torments, afflictions and trials. For, in undergoing them alone can the mind improve its quality. Be sure of it. In such a light, what is there to be afraid of trials and torments? Are they not helpful, friendly, to enrich the mind?

- Swamiji

 

Related Quote : Vairaagya - an Enrichment
 Related Prabhaata-rashmih : Handling Your Afflicted Mind
 Related Verse for Introspection : Shloka 74 - Rodhastoyahruta: shramena        Audio
Related Short Message : Generate Contentment at any time
Related Moksha Saadhana : Moksha-saadhana Vol 11
 

Attachments - afflicting and binding

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Poojya Swamiji at the Anna-Vastra-Daana Satra at Jamshedpur April 2014

Saṅga (attachment) is a wrong identification that grips our mind since birth. It is born of ignorance and is extremely afflicting and binding if left untreated. 

Needless to say, attachment, identification, of any kind, especially when left uncontrolled, is extremely afflicting and binding.

All kinds of attachment are hollow, when properly studied. For, neither the body nor any object around it has any independent status. Everything is made relevant by the mind alone. It is the mind that wields the body and instruments all the different activities and interactions. The outcome of all these is also on the mind.

Should the seeker then care constantly for the inner mind, to preserve its purity and character or focus on the external? Whenever saṅga creeps in, it begins to taint the mind making it dense and distorted. Treated with discrimination and enlightenment the mind, freed of saṅga, grows light, joyful and expansive. Should not the seeker then look watchfully into the mind and relieve it of the attachments?. Such a mind truly becomes the Self –transparent, unaffected and blissful.

-- Poojya Swamiji

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 Related Prabhaata-rashmih : Using Intelligence to Transcend raaga-dvesha's
 Related Verse for Introspection : Shloka 26 - kim vaanena dhanena        Audio
Related Short Message : From Attachment to Sublimity
 

Sāttvika Kartā - A Qualitative Performer

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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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 Related Prabhaata-rashmih : Objective Actions Call for Right Understanding, Not Detachment 
 Related Verse for Introspection : Shloka 17- Niraashataa nirbhayata        Audio
Related Short Message : Renunciation of Results - External or Internal?
Related Moksha Saadhana : Moksha Saadhana 02
 

The Human Goal

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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.
 
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