"Let not world-objects be your mind’s master. Let them be, if at all, subservient to the mind. To be spiritual is not to look for one’s delight and fulfillment in the objects of the world. The mind that causes delight through any object can also provide delight without such an object. Delight in reality belongs to the mind alone. It is verily mind’s own gift."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

Yesterday ‘X’ asked a question. “Swamiji, you as the Guru and I, as the student or disciple, in this relationship, what is it that you expect from me?” I asked Mā to give an answer and she gave a good answer. I also supplemented or complemented it by saying I have no expectation from anybody at all. This is my very lofty or supreme state. But you should understand that all of you have come here only to have a student-teacher interaction. From the teacher's side, he will always be imparting to you the best of tuition in a very hearty manner. And what is the subject that we are discussing, perhaps I may discuss today in the morning session. So it will be always an infusion, an imparting, an instilling, a kind of a sharing, a kind a of an imbuing that he will always be doing. If this process has to be effective and it has to be going on, as I said on the first day, you must always be attentively receiving what is given. That receptional attitude is what you must have constantly and throughout. This receptional attitude will enable me to speak and share with you whatever I want and whatever is good for you. And it will also enable you to absorb it in your heart, thereafter by rumination assimilate it to become part of your system. This I explain always.

So the first thing I expect from you as a student or a seeker is a very good receptivity. Unquestioning, unresisting, undoubting, fully open, wholesome receptivity to whatever is said. This does not mean you should not have questions or doubts. You should have; you will have. You raise them in a very humble and proper manner. It should not be a resistential approach. It should be a very receptive approach while raising questions and doubts. Raising questions and doubts is necessary because, in a dialogue, only when the hearer comes up with responses, the dialogue will continue. This is what happened in the Kurukshetra battle field when Arjuna started crying. Thirty-two letters from Krishna made all the difference. The crying Arjuna stopped crying and he became an enquirer. Within a matter of moments he said, "I am confused, I am suffering from Karpanya dosha. Please remove it from me. I cannot arrive at a decision. I am deluded. I surrender to you as a disciple. I accept you as a teacher. Instruct me as a teacher would a disciple". See, in the battlefield, Arjuna said this. And what did he ask for? He asked for shreyas, shreyas, everlasting, everlasting spiritual, welfare and fulfillment.

By the end of the second chapter, Arjuna became a questioner also. He started raising questions. Third chapter begins with a question of Arjuna. Like that the dialogue extended. So all of you must also have some relevant questions, doubts, need for clarification etc. If you are receiving what is given, automatically that assimilation should take place. Ensure it. For that assimilation, you must do rumination, ensure it. Reflection and thinking. Then, also raise pertinent questions and doubts. From your doubts and questions, I can understand whether you as a student or a seeker are doing your part of the mission well.

“What is it Swamiji that you expect more from us?” Yes, I would like you to be very good sishyas who are fond of the Guru as I am still fond of my Guru. In this fondness and association, everything will get worked. When I am fond of somebody, I would like to make him happy. I would like to imbibe whatever qualities he has. Why am I fond of him? Because he has something in him. In the case of a Guru, what does he have? Ultimately and basically, it is spiritual wisdom and enrichment. ‘So I must also have the same spiritual wisdom and enrichment because I am fond of my Guru’. That fondness automatically make you an absorber of whatever qualities and virtues and excellences the Guru has. In order to elicit any information from the Guru, you can set questions and ask. You may ask me any personal question. “Swamiji, what made you what you are? When did you change?” I have of course written a book. You can ask me any question that you want. “Swamiji, do you ever get angry? If you get angry, what do you do with your anger? In spite of getting irritable, do you still have the peace and harmony? What is that secret?” You can ask me. “Swamiji, you don't have any desire at all? How did all the desires vanish if at all?” You can ask me.

“What is meant by psychological excellence? What are the qualities of the mind which will make a man stable, poised and ever victorious?” Any question you want to ask, you can ask. Personal also. About the Ashram also. So, this fondness is very, very important. And this fondness irresistibly makes you practically an heir to the Guru. I am expecting at least a few of my disciples to become like us. A few of them at least to become like us. You should understand, I am talking to you about a great spiritual treasure of the land which emerged in the prehistoric times. Means what - Many many, many, many thousands of years, thousands of years, thousands of years back. From then on, generation after generation, this treasure has been acquired, perfected, preserved and bequeathed to people. So in every generation there were some people like me. And I believe some of you atleast should become like us. In what? In becoming wholesomely given to this pursuit. Full time and wholesome, full time and wholesome. If you are not able to do it, it does not matter. You be wherever you are as a house holder. But your heart should be completely wedded to the greatness of this wisdom.

So you may be a house holder in your household settings. But your mind and heart should be totally riveted to this enrichment. Maybe after a few years, that wholesome pursuit will come to you. Till then, keep contact, close contact with your Guru, taking interest in whatever he does as a matter of spiritual disseminational mission. Try to help it from a distance, come to the Ashram at least once in a year. Spend a few days here. This must be a spiritual holiday for you. And when you are here, try to pick up any item of work if there is one which you can take up and then be helpful so that physical association and physical participation in the spiritual mission is something that you should make a point to have every year.

Speak about whatever you know, whatever you have gained to your friends. Your friends will be filtered when you change as a seeker. I don't think you should have many friends. You should have at least a few friends. And those friends should be like-minded people with whom you can share your hearts, spiritual heart and spiritual seeking. So physically and otherwise, help the mission of the Guru. Generally, such people will not be selfish people. They will always have something to do for the society.

You can help and serve the society in two ways. One is for the body, food shelter and clothing. Another is for the mind, peace and contentment. For the intelligence, wisdom and its enrichment. We are an Ashram which primarily stresses on the inner needs and fulfillment of human beings. We are not so much given to bodily services. But we are given to the inner services like peace and contentment for the mind, wisdom-enrichment for the intelligence and ego sublimation so far as ego is concerned. I would like you to be a participant, a vibrant participant in the whole mission. I was alone when I started. I set up this place in 1963, started visiting different places. The first thing I did was to start a magazine. It was a bilingual magazine, maybe 75% Malayalam and 25% English. Thereafter, the Malayalam was stopped, English was taken up. It continues to be the English magazine. About ten years back or some years back, we also started a Malayalam version subsequent to the Srimad Bhagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram in Naimisharanyam. We also have a Hindi version.

Somebody has written to us saying that Vicharasetu is a best national journal and he was evaluating my books, an English teacher, very highly, superbly. I think we still need quite a number of people to do computer work, to do English editing, compiling, to do Malayalam editing and compiling. But they must have sufficient association with me and what I say. They must first of all develop a weddedness to the Swamiji and what he represents, speaks etc. In the name of editing, you should not show your skill and ability by changing all the words and cutting short here and there. The idea must be to preserve maximum or full measure of what the Swamiji or the author has said. So we would like to have some very qualified, very knowledgeable people who can do some editing. Quite a number of books are due for publication. It depends upon proper setting up and we don’t have time and we don’t have people. Whoever are here, are too busy.

Prabhakaran Ji has translated my Srimad Bhagavata series books, all in English and anybody who can edit it properly and go through it finally fine-tuning, it is ready for publication, three, four or five or six books but we are not able to find somebody. So I think this is how I want you to grow. And in the whole process, it is a mento-intellectual development that I want you to have. The whole life will unfold itself, you don't have to achieve anything. Let your merits increase, skills increase, attunement increase and automatically you will become a much better, a second to none personality. This is what I expect and hope from everyone of you. We have got a very good group, I am very happy. There are two elders in the group with whom the youngsters should interact freely and they will have a lot of learning from the elder ones provided they become friendly and open in their interaction.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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