"Every moment of your life you are being carried to fulfilment, irresistibly. Everything that comes to you does so to improve, correct or alter your nature, thereby taking you nearer perfection. So, whenever agitation assails your mind, ponder over this truth again and again."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

In the two days of satsang, the night satsangs, we were discussing about the human personality, the body is only an external gross counterpart in it, the inner personality is more important and causal. It consists of the mind and intelligence primarily. Our focus should be on the inner personality which generally is not.

People are far more conscious of their body, its health, beauty and well being. In the same manner, they are not aware of the need for keeping the inner personality also healthy, creative and in a state of well being. This gap in the human life has to be bridged and everyone will have to be sufficiently conscious of his or her mind and intelligence. Not only that, there should be a constant interaction between the mind and the intelligence by virtue of which the quality of the mind will go on improving. All the negative functionings will be eliminated and positivity will be more and more installed.

The growth of the body has its limitation. Maximum it may grow up to twenty one years. But the growth of the mind and the intelligence should and will continue till the last breath. This is a great discovery and it should stimulate every one of you. Not only that, when you are enlightened in this respect, it will unleash a new development in you, the development of the inner personality. Now how to bring this about? I thought I would tell you today.

We are living in a world of matter and energy. The entire matter energy world is governed by physical, chemical, biophysical, biochemical, and biological laws. All these cover only up to the body. None of these laws has any domain over the inner personality which consists of mind and intelligence.

If the physical gross world is governed by its own laws, what are the laws which govern the mento-intellectual plane of existence? Any common man with common intelligence should think about it.  This is where India has done a lot of research and presented the findings in a very beautiful manner in various spheres. The knowledge treasure that India has been able to evolve and preserve, a lot has been lost, is amazingly much. Listen to one law that concerns the psychology or the psychological structure of the human personality. To call it in a simple manner, it is a mental law.

Sage Ashtavakra tells Janaka Maharaja who became a great rajarshi. “There is a proverbial statement.” He says, “What is that proverbial statement?”

या मतिः सा गतिर्भवेत् ।।
yā matiḥ sā gatir bhavet
(Ashtavakra Samhita 1.11)

“Whatever you think that you become.” This is a very simple sentence. But I don’t think all of you will absorb it and preserve it and pursue it. I would like you to. Yā matiḥ sā gatir bhavet. Whatever you think, that you will become. This is the law of the mind. ‘Like’ attracts ‘like’ is another law. Normally in the field of magnetism, unlike poles attract. But in the sphere of the mind, ‘like’ attracts ‘like’. Birds of the same feather flock together. Our mind has got tremendous power. You need not put the power into the mind. The very fact that you have a mind, it is nature’s evolute, it is having this kind of a power and law.

Whatever you assiduously think, consistently think, whatever you want to be, you want to be, you want to be, you wish to be, wish to be, resolve to be, that you will become. Now what is the process of wanting? Is it enough if you write on a piece of paper and register it? No! It has to be put into the mind arena and the mind has to think.

Ashtavakra tells Janaka, “You wanted to know how to have knowledge and liberation. You can have self-knowledge and liberation if you constantly think of the subject.”. And he says,

मुक्ताभिमानी मुक्तो हि बद्धॊ बद्धाभिमान्यपि ।
muktābhimanī mukto hi baddho baddhābhimany api

(Ashtavakra Samhita 1.11)

A man who thinks, “I am free, I am free, I am free, I am free, I am full, I am full, I am sovereign, I am sufficient, I have no feeling of want, my mind is full by its own presence, like God is full by himself my mind is full, not a speck of matter from the world will enter into the mind.” Suppose you have a house or you have a child or a car, all these things will only be external acquisitions to remain occupying the space from the earth. None of these products will ever enter into the mind to delight you. Then how does the mind have delight? Because the mind feels, “I have these things.”

My dear souls are you following me? The feeling that “I have a car” is what delights you and not the car. The feeling that “I have a home” is what delights you and not the house. The house remains outside. The car plies on the road. How can you have a delight because it is not associated with you? But the mind has a feeling, “I have a car, I have a house, I have a child, I am the parent.” So, what delights the mind is the mind’s own thought, the mind’s own feeling of possessiveness. In any field whatsoever, this is the truth. Extend it to the field of spirituality and liberation.

Muktābhimanī mukto hi, “I am liberated, I want nothing, I am full. I don’t want any plus from the world and the world cannot inflict a minus on me. I am a mental being. The world of matter cannot penetrate into that mental level.” Mind alone can work, thought alone can work, and in the thought process you feel this fullness and freedom. Will you believe what I say?

Anything you want will come to you and knock at the door. You are making yourself inferior. “I am nothing. I am good for nothing. I am a fool. I am a beggar. I am, I am inferior, I am inferior.” Who told you that you are inferior? You have the same body just like others have. You have the same mind, you have the same intelligence and you have the same soul. In what way are you different? Can any of these external items ever enter your mind?

I always say, in a poor family spending about a thousand rupees, they have got a good bridegroom for the child, for the girl. Fifty people have come, and they are celebrating the marriage, exchanging the garland, the boy and the girl. The mother is very, very happy. In another place they are spending a million rupees to celebrate the marriage of their daughter. Oh! What a fanfare is going on! There also they are exchanging the garland. You tell me now, externally there is an ocean of difference between the two scenes. But internally, the poor mother is richly happy in the mind and the rich mother is perhaps poorly happy in her mind because so many people have come, people are grumbling complaints, some say “I was not invited, the invitation was not alright”, so much of grumbling is there.

So the external opulence, it is not able to touch the internal mind. The mind is governed by another law. If you were to measure the happiness of the poor mother in getting her poor child married to a poor boy, compatible of course, and the joy of the rich mother marrying the rich girl to a rich boy, if you measure the happiness of the mind, can you find any difference between the two? My dear souls, understand the lesson, absorb it. This is what Ashtavakra tells Janaka.

Muktābhimanī mukto hi. Make your mind think the best and become the best, become the best, become the best, become the best, “I am full. I am abundant. I want nothing. I have everything. I am full, full, full.” Yes you are full.  You are full with air, you are full with heat, you are full with water, you are full with mind and its emotions. There is no place for anything further. This is the secret of the mind, the law of the mind. See whether you can work on it.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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