"Karmayoga does not mean ceaseless pursuit of karma. It truly consists in the Yoga orientation and discipline given to the buddhi and the mind. Constant preservation and application of Yogabuddhi while doing any work, alone makes one a Karmayogin."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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I think our mind is something very beautiful, splendid and creative. Very beautiful, splendid and creative and we must be able to understand that it is so and tap it well. I always find, we don’t know that mind is a treasure, it is a treasure. We should consider it so, develop it so, and use it so. Everybody goes on blaming the mind. There is nothing to be blamed so far as the mind is concerned. We don’t understand, no thought is an enemy, no emotion is unfriendly. There is a way of handling even the most negative emotions and negative thought processes. Once you are able to know that secret and you are able to handle it, the entire mind will become the best possession that you have. The entire spirituality holds the key to make the mind the best treasure and the source of strength, inspiration and creativity.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I don’t know how to drive home to the people, especially seekers, this fundamental point. What is that? We consider somebody to be born when the body comes from the mother’s womb to become an independent unit, a living unit and we consider the person dead when the body becomes breathless. Normally thus, our life and duration of life upon this earth are always related to body. That is why we call it embodiment, embodiment. But the question arises, embodiment of whom or for whom or by whom? Is it by the body or by something different? This is where the whole crux of Indian spirituality and spiritual culture depends. It is true that the body is formed and is born. It starts breathing. It becomes active, interactive. But in all these processes, let us understand very clearly that the body remains only as an inert instrument.

There is a dead body. The cornea is taken from the dead body and grafted to a blind man. So the blind man begins to see. But it is not able to see in a dead body. What does it mean? Though cornea is necessary to gain sight, in the presence of cornea alone, one will not be able to see. In addition to the bodily embodimental aspect of life, there is something other than the body, a spiritual presence in the body which animates and activates the body. The body itself is inert, inert, insentient. That is why when the cornea is taken and grafted to a blind body, that person begins to see. But what sees is not the cornea, but cornea is indispensable and necessary for vision. To have something which is indispensable to do an act, at the same time to understand that the actual action and actional experience are not of the instrument that acts, this is where the entire skill and art of discrimination, viveka rests.

With this introduction, I would like to say that every activity in us and every interaction, as also the interactional outcome, how many times I wonder I should repeat this, every action is originating from and is initiated by the mind within. While the action is on, at every point of the action it is resting upon the mind. The action passes away but, but, the action itself is based upon the mind. As the action goes on, goes on, every part and bit of it pass away, moment after moment, but the fact of having done the action remains in us as an experience and memory. This experience and memory are again in the mind. An action is initiated by the mind, designed by the mind, it is implemented by the mind and every time it rests upon the mind and when it is over or concluded, the fact of conclusion is again sensed and cognized by the mind and the experience, knowledge and memory are again retained by the mind.

Will you now agree that the sole action, the sole action, the source is the mind, the sustenance is the mind and the preservation of the memory is also of the mind? Once you understand this, the mind should become the sole focus in our life, sole focus in our life. That you have a body is what the mind senses and cognizes. It is not that the body cognizes the mind. The mind alone cognizes the body. The mind is so fundamental, ultimate and crucial in our life that always we should look into the mind and make sure that it is improved and enriched day after day, hour after hour, week after week, fortnight after fortnight, month after month, year after year, decade after decade.

Externally our action and interaction maybe successful or not, may have the desired effect or not, but internally we should get enriched by gain as well as loss, victory as well as defeat, promotion as well as demotion, birth as well as death, happiness as well as unhappiness. What is the strength of the human mind? It is the fact of having undergone a number of trials and tribulations, stress and strain. Can you imagine a mind which has never undergone any strain at all? It will not be strong at all. To undergo happiness is easy, to undergo suffering is hard. But only by undergoing suffering the mind becomes stronger and stronger, deeper and deeper.

It is this mind that I was explaining the other day (Contentment is in the Mind). In a saint, the mind was very happy with a rough and tough bark on his body. And the king struggles to become happy with his soft silk and dress. And the saint says, “We are as happy as you are. There is no difference between the two types of dress we are wearing so far as it is able to generate happiness in the mind.”

What do you think of this great advice, lesson? The mind will not and need not be happy and contented with many things of luxury around you. But the mind can be and will be happy with nothing around. We people become sannyasins only by renunciation. What is this renunciation? First of all, we abandon any lucrative profession we have. Secondly we distance ourselves from the blood relations if we have. If matrimonial relations are there, that matrimonial life along with all its burdens also are abandoned. Not that a husband and wife cannot together become sannyasins. They can, provided both of them are equally inspired by the ideal, value and inspiration itself. The enrichment of mind consists in imbuing into it values and ideals. If for the body food and nutrient are necessary, that is the value, exercise also is a value, for the mind, nobler and nobler concepts, higher and higher and expansive ideas, greater and greater emotions, attitudes, these are the food and nutrient for the mind. For the intelligence, the art and process of introspection, especially ‘infusional introspection’, introspection by virtue of which the intelligence will imbue into the mind, one quality after the other.

The ultimate quality that I can think of for the mind is being able to remain unaffected by the undulating life. If you can remaining unruffled by whatever comes and whatever goes in life, recognizing everything is the law of nature. We have physical laws, chemical laws, bio-physical, bio-chemical, biological laws operating on the body. In the same manner, we have psychological laws operating in the mind, philosophical laws operating in the intelligence and spiritual laws operating still beyond in the nucleus called the soul. If physical and chemical and other laws are effective, psycho-intellectual laws also are effective and most effective is the spiritual law concerning one’s own central entity, identity.

Everything in this world is revolving, is revolving, but the universe itself remains still because it cannot go anywhere else. Similarly, all these laws and processes of nature are a course of revolution and as it goes on, or as they go on, automatically one event after the other, one plan after the other, one scheme after the other, one attitude after the other, will come. There is always scope for human wish and will. At the same time, you should understand there is a grand law circumscribing everyone. It is a question of harmony between your wish and the other law and process. Do whatever you can, but, but, but be reconciled with whatever is and will be.

I think our mind is something very beautiful, splendid and creative. Very beautiful, splendid and creative and we must be able to understand that it is so and tap it well. I always find, we don’t know that mind is a treasure, it is a treasure. We should consider it so, develop it so, and use it so. Everybody goes on blaming the mind. There is nothing to be blamed so far as the mind is concerned. We don’t understand, no thought is an enemy, no emotion is unfriendly. There is a way of handling even the most negative emotions and negative thought processes. Once you are able to know that secret and you are able to handle it, the entire mind will become the best possession that you have. The entire spirituality holds the key to make the mind the best treasure and the source of strength, inspiration and creativity.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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