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Krishna says that this self knowledge is equal to the sublimity of the mind, purity of the mind, evenness of the mind. That evenness of the mind is really the self knowledge and self realization.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

You know, I am repeatedly thinking about why the people associated with us including the inmates here, they are not able to progress in the manner in which they desire in this wonderful path of self-delightfulness. I am repeatedly thinking about it. Naturally, a number of innovative thoughts come to my mind. I have been speaking about mind and its role, importance, for many, many, many days, weeks, months and perhaps even years. Even then, I don’t think my listeners have got a clear idea as to what is meant by this mind and how it becomes important. In any living being, in any living being, naturally more so in the case of human beings, mind is the sole focus of life.

It is true that we have a body and the body is born into the earth. The earth is surrounded by a number of physical entities like celestial bodies. We have the basic panchabhutas also. When you open your eyes and look at, instantly it is this physical world and physical presence that come to your mind. But mind you, they come to your mind! Not that your body goes to them. None of the existences leaves its place. We are experiencing everything within our body in the level of the mind. This mind is the sole fulcrum, pivot and everything of life.

When you think of a circle and its center, think of a paper or a boat, put a dot there, now you decide to draw a circle using that dot point. Then it becomes a center. And with an equal distance, you draw a line from the center, automatically it becomes the circumference. The point is there on the paper. The circle you draw, the effort is also on the paper by your hand and the formation of the circle is also on the same paper. So the point is external there. Your hand is external, gross and physical. The line you draw is also physical and the circle formed is also physical. Very good. But when it comes to a question of our experiencing anything, then nothing external is there.

The mind is within the body. The mind decides to see and the mind feels that the eyes have to be opened. So the eyelids are open. This decision is in the mind. The process that follows also is in the mind. That is where all people are deluded. “Swamiji, is not the process outside?” they will ask. I don’t know whether the process is outside or not, but I feel and experience it inside. The decision “I have to see, so I will open my eyelids.” The decision is mental, you will agree. Thereafter, the process that follows is also, so far as we are concerned, equally mental.

How do you know that you have eyes? How do you know that you are opening the eyelids? How do you know that the eyes are seeing? The eyes do not tell you. The external objects do not speak to you. As the decision is mental, so the process also is. As the decision is an inner process, the process that follows, seemingly externally is also cognized and felt by the mind inside. There is no difference between the decision making and the opening of the eyelids and seeing the objects. That the eyes are being open, that the objects are being seen, and we see, the whole thing is equally mental!

This mind is the sole focus. When will you understand this? You cannot escape it. Once it is explained to you and you are able to understand, then after understanding, it is for you to mentalize, mentalize, mentalize everything. Don’t give me any statement at all, “Swamiji, but I have intellectually understood it. Thereafter I am not able to.” What is this “intellectually understanding”? I cannot understand what is “intellectually understanding”.

A sleeping man walks. Somnambulism is a disease. When the sleeping man walks, does he know he is walking? What is the point in walking? The other day, a carpenter came here, our ‘X’. He tells me that a relative of his, at night, he only knows that he was sleeping. But sometimes, something happened and he fell from the verandah, up below. He says “I don’t know. I don’t know about any verandah or my going, walking or anything. I only know after having fallen.” You tell me now - Did he not walk? Yes! For the others who are wakeful, if they had looked at him, they would have seen that he was walking, but his wonderful mind did not know it was walking! So you tell me, is a physical action as such important or its cognition by your mind inwardly is important? What further example do you want?

Why I am saying this? Today also we will have a discussion on Bhagavad Gita. That is why I told you. Krishna presented the soul first and thereafter he transits into the experiential life. He relates the self-knowledge solely to the mind, solely to the intelligence, solely to wakefulness. That is the beauty of Bhagavad Gita. Self knowledge is supposed to be something that you should win by meditation. Forget about the whole world, sit in a place and contemplate upon. So it is an inner mento-intellectual process and people go on meditating, meditating, meditating, meditating, meditating, meditating and after thirty-forty years of meditation, still they do not know the truth! They are not contented.

“I want to go more inward.”, one devotee tells me. “Swamiji, I want to go deeper, deeper, deeper.” How many kilometers inside the body you want to go in? One hundred kilometers? What is meant by deeper? How much of distance is there? I think this is an area where somehow there is a catch. So, Krishna says that this self knowledge is equal to the sublimity of the mind, purity of the mind, evenness of the mind. That evenness of the mind is really the self knowledge and self realization. Then people can understand.

सुखदुःखे समे कृत्वा लाभालाभौ जयाजयौ ।
ततो युद्धाय युज्यस्व नैवं पापमवाप्स्यसि ।। २-३८ ।।
sukha-duḥkhe same kṛtvā lābhālābhau jayājayau |
tato yuddhāya yujyasva naivaṁ pāpam-avāpsyasi || 2.38 ||
(Bhagavad Gita 2.38)

Arjuna was visualizing the war and he felt so afraid that it was a colossal scene. Krishna says, “You adopt this even attitude towards sukha and duhkha - inner, profit and loss - outer, victory and defeat - outer. Have this same evenness towards this inner sukha duhkhas and external causes. Then, the so-called religious sin you are attributing to this great colossal war completely is mitigated and wiped off.” He doesn’t bring the self here. He does not bring anything. He only dwells on the mind and then says that “This evenness of the mind practiced all-fold will be a full redress for the so-called sinfulness, colossal sin you attribute to this war.” I am wondering whether you will be able to think properly and relate the statement and apply it.

Where is self now? He simply refers to the mind and the mind’s normal state, undulating state of the mind and he says “This is what you have to handle and bring about an evenness and a harmony.” This harmony is all that you want.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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