"Unflinching devotion to the Teacher is paramount in the life of a true seeker. To begin with, an external God can be the object of faith. But once the devotee grows to be a seeker, only a Wise Teacher can fulfil his quest.  It is then for the seeker to get purified and enlightened by the words of wisdom from his Guru.  Their bond and attunement put the Teacher on the pedestal of God.  Such an impeccable Guru-sishya bond alone bestows wisdom, strength and fulfillment to the seeker."

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.

I have been trying to explain this spirituality as a subject of understanding and also on the basis of that understanding, an actual, trouble-free, safe and easy practice of spirituality in various ways. Today I thought I would speak something about it.

See, right from the morning till we go to sleep, our mind is always interacting with the objects. But we don’t get anything from the object in order to interact with. Whatever energy, potential, enthusiasm etc. the mind has by itself, that alone is being spent. There is no effort to nourish or strengthen the mind from our side. Throughout the day, it is a spending exercise. That is why we become tired also after some time. The spending maybe less or more in the mind and the body. But I believe, whenever the body or its organs are employed, they are only employed by the mind. The difference is that body is biological and material; mind is not so. So the normal rules and regulations about body, its exercise, its employment, the timed rest is called for, that is not actually applicable to the mind.

But the mind requires to be nourished. It also requires to be strengthened. Wherefrom will you get it? You cannot get it from any outside object. No object will be able to enter the mind and make it healthier, stronger or more nourished. The nourishment for the mind will have to come in terms of the mind’s own products. What are the mind’s products? Good thoughts, good feelings, good attitudes. That is why either devotion or religiosity or normal morality and ethics always become a source of strength for the mind.

Sita was abducted and she was kept in Ravana’s palace for quite a number of months, eleven long months. Wherefrom did Sita get the nourishment for her mind? Have you thought about it? It was a persecutional period. In that period, I always say, Rama had at least Lakshmana and later Sugreeva and his team to support him. But poor Sita was alone, solitary, surrounded by adverse elements like Rakshasis and the others. Wherefrom did she get her strength? She got the strength only from her mental products. Whatever we call virtue, whatever we call ethics, whatever we call inner embellishment, enrichment, it is all to strengthen the mind and give it more and more health. Unless you understand this point and spend every day some time to enrich the mind subjectively and spiritually, you will not have a healthy and a joyous life.

Every day of activity is tiring and exhausting and corroding the senses. The more you use your eyes, they become fatigued. The more you use your ears, they also get wear and tear. Every activity and interaction is like that. So, the only way you can nourish your mind is through mind’s own products. One more, what is that? The mind should be interacting with the subject source. It is in this context that either japa, hymns and other things become helpful. But the most important point is an optional thought or a formula which you take, cultivate and go on preserving it in your mind. The optional thought should be such that it will imply the subject, the soul or God. It should establish a relationship for you with that supreme.

All mantras are in adoration of God. And true God is the Self. So in reality, the best optional thought will be one relating to your own immortal, imperishable soul. And this optional thought should be retained and repeatedly preserved for seconds, minutes, hours etc. while you are acting and interacting. A number of unnecessary and harmful thoughts parade the mind. How will you safeguard against them? The only way is to engage the mind in your optional thought. This mantra japa can mean greatly much. It can penetrate matter. It can transcend matter. It can permeate matter. It can dissolve matter. Mantra has got tremendous power. In fact, the whole visible material universe has got condensed from the mind substance, the source, consciousness.

Then, in addition to the hours of mantra japa you are able to do during the wakeful hours, you should also develop the habit of sitting, closing your eyes in a closed room alone, and then, what I want you to do will be, let the mind be infused by the subject, by the soul. Make the mind get some infusion from the subject. This is done by more focused mantra japa. I would like to call it ‘Atma anusandhana, atmānusandhāna’. Let the mind constantly cling to the self and let it be infused by the brilliance, the splendour, the majesty, the magnificence and the supremeness of the self. Unless you are able to intercept your day’s activity and complement it by your infusion from the self, the mind will go on becoming weak.

I had a call from a householder woman in which she repeatedly says, “Swamiji, I am in a great turmoil. In great affliction, torment, anxiety, fear and what not! The only thing that enables me to live and go through this period is my association with you and your blessing.” She goes on reading. At present she is reading she says that “Atmanubhuthih’ book. In her house, some beautiful slokas, spiritual verses are written and they are put on the wall here, there, everywhere.

Wherefrom do we get strength? So I was telling her, “We don’t want any difficulty, trial or tribulation in life. But once it comes, you should not lose heart. After a storm, there will be a calm. So don’t fret and fume. Don’t have any fuss. Don’t create any fuss. What should be done is keep quiet, undergo the plight. You should be available for the rewards and benefits you get later. Till then be patient. There is no necessity for fretting and fuming.” So I think this infusion from the subject is something very great that is what every one of you is missing.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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