If you want to live peacefully with confidence, strength, unshakability in this world, you have to either naturally have some qualities or develop them. And what are these qualities? Whatever naturally is there, let it be. If any one of them is a hindrance we must have a moderating and a sublimating process. When you consider like this… Desire and desirefulness are a constant and a powerful motivation in all people’s life. As the desire is powerful it also brings a lot of dejection, so many qualities like intolerance, jealousy, hatred and what not.
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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
What shall I tell you today? See, we are all born in this world with a very tiny body to begin with when the mother delivers off the child. It is this tiny body that goes on growing with food, nutrition, air, water etc. and this growth irresistibly and naturally takes place provided food and nourishment are available for the body. By the same law and process by which the growth of the body takes place, it is also arrested. Maximum say when the body reaches twenty one years of age. This is a very natural process, we have nothing to do there. Look after the child, provide him the necessary nutrition and other health requirements and the child grows by itself and stops the growth also. In the process you will find, our mind also is developed. There are some people who think that the mind is inherited. Not at all. There are many children in the world who have not developed a mind at all. You see and hear about a number of autistic children, down’s syndrome children and even in the mental and intellectual level there are varying degrees of ability and skill. In some, some particular emotions are not there. In others they are excessively there. All these variables are there.
I would like you to understand that only when the senses begin to interact with the objects at the instance of the consciousness, the impressions of the sensory objects get formed and they are falling into something like experience, knowledge and memory. If this process does not take place, the mind and the intelligence cannot develop and grow. If the eyes do not work, either for a biological reason or for some other inner reason, we will not have the registration of some sights, colors etc. In many children they say, they are not able to focus on the objects of the world, distinguish them. That attention is not there. So they become one, two, three, four years backward in their growth. So the entire growth takes place after the child is born. Both the physical growth and the inner growth. Once we become an adult then the body stops growing. The only growth is in the mind, intelligence and we can say the ego level.
Now if you want to live peacefully with confidence, strength, unshakability in this world, you have to either naturally have some qualities or develop them. And what are these qualities? Whatever naturally is there, let it be. If any one of them is a hindrance we must have a moderating and a sublimating process. When you consider like this… Desire and desirefulness are a constant and a powerful motivation in all people’s life. As the desire is powerful it also brings a lot of dejection, so many qualities like intolerance, jealousy, hatred and what not. So as desirefulness is naturally given, we must also have a toning down influence in the form of cultivation. All these cultivations are mind and intelligence based.
One quality that you will need to cultivate is dispassion. Unfortunately this is never known by people. Whenever we speak or think about dispassion we feel that, “No, no, no, I am young, I cannot have dispassion, I don’t want it. Maybe I will have it when I grow old.’ No, this understanding is wrong. Like so many other emotions, dispassion is also a quality which alone will be able to make you live in this world. If only all of you were given to cultivating dispassion, cultivating moderation, cultivating balance, cultivating harmony, cultivating integration, cultivating the quality of assimilating any and all kinds of inputs from the world, I think we will have a towering personality. These are qualities. You must have character, behavior and interaction. Characteral elegance I call it, behavioral majesty I describe it, and interactional excellence. I generally put it in this manner. These are three to be cultivated.
Now I want to tell you something. I was having my morning walk. Suddenly a poetry came to my mind. The reason is I think of our ‘V’ whose younger sister along with her family practically disappeared in the Uttarakhand floods. So she is not able to come out of the impact. So I was thinking, I don’t know whether it was in the eighth class or ninth class. We had a poetry called ‘The White Ship’. It is written by Rosetty if I remember correctly. This poetry, you know, we learned the poetry for the sake of the class lesson, examination etc. But I am always, I always have a very special affinity for poetry. This particular poetry had this kind of an ending for every six or seven or eight lines. I will try to remember the poetry.
I was young as you can imagine, but the second two lines of the poetry always have lived in my mind. The moment I read it, I felt an affinity towards it and it was always in my mind.
A king sits on the throne and he is able to bring about any kind of an administrative policy, principle or move so far as life in the land, the behavior of humans individually or socially is concerned. But when it comes to the sea which is actually three quarters of the earth’s surface, the king is helpless. So this poetry, this author is narrating the wreck, the white ship had. I remember a line,
For white is the hue of death today.
Generally black indicates death. It was a white ship that capsized. So he says ‘White is the hue of death today.’ And while he was narrating I remember my teacher, he comes to my mind, he was reading and he said,
“The boat capsized like a bucket turns in the well. The boat capsized like a bucket turns in the well.”
And my school teacher was so happy about this simile used that he started beating on the table. Unfortunately I belong to a village, my parents were not educated. So there was no support or encouragement so to say to help us in understanding matters. ‘The boat capsized like a bucket turns in the well.’ I did not have a dictionary to look into, to find out what exactly is the meaning of the word capsized. But we know what can happen ‘like a bucket turns in the well’. The second two lines and this particular line
I was telling ‘V’ this morning, “I remember this poetry my dear girl. You listen to it. I have to change it in this manner.”
Why did I like these lines? I liked those lines because it indicated a great truth and knowledge. It is not teaching dispassion as such, it is only telling you or providing an evaluation. We are living upon the earth and we are under an administration. Let it be under a King or let it be under an elected government. So many kings have ruled India, Mughals also have ruled, and finally we had the British government ruling us with a democratic system or administration to some extent. All these things we have experienced. But the fact remains, their rule is only on the land but not, but not, on the sea or in the air or in the fire. That is why I say the rains and floods. They cannot rule floods, they cannot rule rains, they cannot rule drought.
We are in the midst of the panchabhootas. The Bhoomi, the solid one is upon that we are living. But we have to breathe the air, breathe the air, drink water, and we have to have timely rains. All these things can and they do misbehave, we cannot call them misbehavior, and we are under them. Is it not a fact that we should know? The purpose of poetry is to bring to light many simple and great and profound truths which otherwise do not strike our mind. They pass our notice. The poet always take instances, instances, episodes, events, and then present them before you giving you a message which should be absorbed by the intelligence and the mind. I learned them maybe when I was in the eighth class. Ever since then what it has grown in me is, I don’t know whether I should describe it as dispassion. It is certainly, it has grown in me enlightenment. Enlightenment about what? Our life on this land called earth can never be fully safe or expected at any point of time. We are governed by air and there can be a cyclone or otherwise any time. When we went to Malaysia the whole country had a haze. This haze is caused by Indonesia burning huge forests for cultivation. When they burn huge forests, the entire smoke comes to Malaysia and you cannot see the sun in the hot manner. The sun will appear to be a moon. I experienced it perhaps in 1972 or so when I went there first. There will be no day at all. We will have a hazy sun. And it takes weeks if not months for the haze to settle. Now, is there any law by virtue of which we can ask Indonesia not to burn? The neighboring country is affected? It is something like people smoking and emitting smoke which is more poisonous than what they have inhaled.
The boat capsized like a bucket turning in the well.
See these lines were very much imprinted in my mind. Don’t you think the mind must have imbibed a culture, a refinement; the intelligence must also have assimilated an insight, an outlook which will always stand in good stead while living in this world? We have to meet not necessarily, but sometimes casually at least a number of adversities. While we are trying to become prosperous, adversity is a necessary corollary. Like the cricket players, they do not always win, they also lose. Our GSLV, out of the seven times they tried, four times they had failed. I think ups and downs are there in every walk of life. Let us understand that we are, we are upon the earth, surrounded by air, grazed and greeted by rains, sometimes torn, torn by cyclones, floods, rains etc., sometimes fire also, all these are natural to us and we have to learn to live with them.
Our life is not complete. Our life is not completely under our hands. We are surrounded by a number of huge factors and when something happens, it is enlightenment, timely insight that should help us, and not, we should not be drowned by this kind of a depression, or grief or anything beyond measure. So I will again recite the poetry.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.