"It is not what you do that matters, but how you do it – with what attitude and aim. The spiritual effect that a seemingly spiritual activity brings, can also be had by the domestic pursuit, provided you preserve a spiritual attitude and dedication."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I don’t know how to make the seekers aware of this fundamental fact. It is important if they want to do sadhana and the sadhana has to be meaningful and effective.

Vedanta revolves around the soul, Ātma. The Ātma is indefinable and also imperceptible. Nevertheless, that is the focus and locus of all the Vedantic exposure and sadhana. Nobody knows what is this soul. So the question necessarily arises, how we can be after such a soul? The question is very genuine. That is why the subject has been approached from some different angles. And the one angle which will be of immense use to all and which is really the essence of Vedantic study and pursuit is that you may forget about the soul but be always concerned about your mind. Your whole attention has to be on your mind.

You cannot say ‘I have no mind’ because you have a number of thoughts and feelings and emotions, memory and so many allied products.  All of them, you alone are aware of.  When a thought arises, you alone can know and you do know. That which produces the thoughts and emotions is the mind. Focus on this mind. When the mind becomes pure, Vedantic goal is achieved. When the mind becomes pure. See what the Upanishads say.

मनो हि द्विविधं प्रोक्तं शुद्धं चाशुद्धमेव च ।
अशुद्धं कामसङ्कल्पं शुद्धं कामविवर्जितम् ॥ १ ॥
mano hi dvividham proktam suddham ca-asuddhameva ca |
asuddham kama-sankalpam suddham kamavivarjitam ||
(Amritabindu Upanishad 1)

Mind is of two kinds. Suddha, pure and asuddha, impure.

Asuddham kama sankalpam. What is called impurity of the mind? Desires and their allied factors. Kama and sankalpa are the impurity of the mind.

Suddham Kama vivarjirtam. The purity of the mind is desire-freeness. This much, can you not understand?

Now the question is, is it possible to have a desire-free mind? First of all, understand that is our goal. Nobody will speak about a goal if it cannot be achieved.  So, it is within the field of achievement. How can we have a life without desire becomes the question.  The answer will be desire is redundant. If we are all living with desires, then desiring alone is sufficient for us. By desiring, do you study? By desiring, do you have a building? By desiring, do you think you marry? For every outcome, there is a specific effort. That effort brings the outcome. It is not desire.

First of all, decide whether you have a mind and also decide whether it is agitated, its requirements are met. If not, what is the way of treating the mind whereby the mind will feel fulfilled? Desire is not necessary at all! We are studying, studying, studying for 10, 15, 18 years. In all these studies, are we acquiring desires or are we acquiring knowledge? And knowledge become a worth and a skill for you. This skill is needed and sought by the people, by the society. Therefore, you are employed. So, your employment is directly proportional to the skill and merit you acquire through a process of education and training. Where is the question of desire coming? And what line of education that I want? Is it a desire or is it a selection? If you have an aptitude, think about the aptitude. If there are many goals, find out which particular branch will help you fall in line with your aptitude. It is a question of verifying, examining, evaluating and taking a decision.

In the context of administration, do you say ‘desire’ or do you say ‘goals’? What are the people wanting? How can their needs be met? And what is the best method of doing so? How much tax can be imposed? And in which area the taxation should be? Is it to be reduced in some areas? Whether the subsidy is to be given or it is to be withdrawn? All these are desires? Or it is a study of facts and needs and then arriving at a right conclusion.

So, coming back to the point, mind is pure and impure. The pure mind is devoid of desires and imaginations. So, what you have to do in Vedantic pursuit is to deal with your mind and make the desires thinner, thinner and thinner. When the mind becomes thinner and purer, you will find its functions do not disturb us. I sit in front of the computer and I start writing.  Don’t you think the mind has to be very vibrant if I have to speak or write? This vibrancy of the mind comes from where?  But my vibrancy or vibrancy of my mind is not something that breeds desires. Every time I feel desire should not be.  A life of desire is miserable. You live without desire, accepting whatever comes and thinking whatever is to be done.

My mind is certainly thinking about a global Gita event. I have no desire about it. I have been speaking about Gita for more than 60 years. I owe it to Bhagavad Gita and also to the land’s culture that this Gita, such a beautiful, nice book should be given as a gift to the entire world countries, and the Gita message will help them to handle public administration, to deal with terrorism etc. in a far more effective manner. It is a fact!

Bhagavad Gita is taken to be a religious book, included in the Prasthana Traya and we always feel it is for the religious, the pious, the seeking and the like. Now I feel that it is not at all so. Arjuna came to the Kurukshetra, the battlefield, to fight the war, suddenly he was in discomfiture, his body completely was shaken, the nervous system was shattered, mouth became dry, he could not speak, Gandiva, his bow slipped from his hand, the intelligence started saying ‘This war is sinful’. When the whole personality crumbled like that, it was a physical, secular development. Krishna was trying to revive the spirit and purpose of Arjuna, and he started speaking, speaking repeatedly saying, “Therefore you fight. Therefore you fight.”

Spirituality doesn’t say, “You fight.”

“You do sadhana, you do sadhana.”, this is the clarion call of spirituality. But in Bhagavad Gita, the call was to fight. Fighting is a secular act. It comes under public administration. Either the king or the defense ministry, the cabinet decides to fight. It is an act of public administration and decision. So Bhagavad Gita is related to that.

Fighting is not a spiritual task. It is an administrative task. So it was an administrative gospel. And it discusses human personality, the world, the interaction between the two and tells you how this interaction, whatever it may be, war or rule can be better handled, how at any point of time, the mind will not suffer from any kind of a disappointment and weakness brought about by it.  Now this is an understanding I have and this is a need I felt the world has. And this is something where we can bell the cat.

It is not at all desire if the program is not held. Not held, that is all. We will make an effort or may not make an effort. Now a question has arisen whether it should be held in Varanasi or only in Delhi. Whether it should be in three places or only in one place. See, these are all not desires. You call it desire, that is all.  It is kama and sankalpa that is problematic. So, is it possible to live in this world without kama and sankalpa and yet become efficient and sufficiently thoughtful? The answer is yes, yes. yes, yes. Yes. First of all, you try to understand.

So, my summary message is that, be concerned about the mind and let the mind become thinner and thinner, softer and softer, subtler, subtler. When it becomes subtler, thinner and the thoughts become feeble, you will find anything that comes to the mind will not disturb you at all!  It is like God thinking or writing on a sheet of water. You write any word on water. The idea or the effect of the word does not affect water. You write ‘kill’, you write ‘died’, you write ‘sin’, you write ‘wretched’, do all these words make water so? Certainly not. Our mind substance is far subtler than water, air or any other space. So, if writing in water or writing in air or writing in space does not bring about any physical dent or effect, by the thought process how can the mind substance be affected? You understand this truth. When the mind’s agitation is appeased and the mind becomes thinner and thinner, any thought that comes in it will not disturb you. And only good, expansive, noble, lofty and exalted thoughts will come. It is just like cleaning a floor, cleaning a mirror, cleaning any gadget, you are wiping, wiping, washing, washing.  The gadget remains the same. And it becomes brighter, brighter and brighter. The same thing applies to our mind. Preserve your mind, protect your mind, only purify the mind so that the mind becomes far more efficient and also delivers you the contentment and peace that you want. When will people under this? They read about atma, atma, atma for decades and then say “I don’t understand anything.”.  So better approach the subject in a different manner. This is what Krishna says in Gita

उद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत् ।
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मनः ।।
uddhared-ātmanātmānaṃ nātmānam-avasādayet |
ātmaiva hy-ātmano bandhur-ātmaiva ripur-ātmana: ||
(Bhagavad Gita 6.5)

Elevate yourself by your own effort. When your own mind and intelligence are elevated, they become your friend, otherwise they become your enemy. So, I believe you can stop thinking about the self. But only be concerned about your mind and make it purer, gentler, softer and more exalted.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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