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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
Nowadays I am always feeling sorry for people, especially many of you or most of you here. Why my sorrow, it is only because that you are not prepared to or inclined to understand and accept the mind for its worth, potential and possibility.
So many times, I have explained a simple fact. What is that fact? We have a gross body. On this body, there are senses which are situated. Through these senses, we are interacting with the world of objects. The objects of the world remain at a distance always. How is it that we are able to interact with them? All of you are seated before me at different distances and I am here. When I open my eyes, I am able to say how many people are seated and in which respective places and distances they are. You don’t get up from there and enter my system. I don’t get up from here and enter your system. You remain where you are; I remain where I am. But still, I interact with you in the form of vision, sight, and the interactional experience is had by me. Will you think for a while and then let me know where this experience is felt? It is felt within my body, in my mind. If that experience which I feel in the mind gives me joy, you tell me this joy created by the mind or by the object? When some objects are there which I consider to be pleasant, those objects give me joy whereas some other objects which my mind regards as unpleasant, they don’t give me joy.
Pleasantness and unpleasantness are concepts and ideas and responses arising from the mind. So, the perception of objects is proceeding from the mind. The resultant response to the perception is also inhering in the mind. So, is not mind the source of all experiences and also joy, pleasantness and otherwise? To understand this in a very simple manner, why should it be difficult? If you agree that experiences are inner and mind-born and joy also is inner and mind-created, keeping the mind intact within your body, can you not generate all the joy that you want? I don’t think the answer can be ‘no’. Then why is it that we are not feeling joyous; because we are not developing the mind in that line.
We are governed and subdued by the conventional notes of likes and dislikes, the story of ignorance, the story of weakness, the story of limitation. A child we feed sumptuously to grow, what growth? Bodily growth. But have you correspondingly or simultaneously fed the child's mind and intelligence to grow? The answer will be no, because we don’t think about the mind. We don’t think about the intelligence. So far as the mind is concerned, as you think so it becomes. Whatever you wish, you try to pursue and achieve. The entire process is inward, inward. If you want to be unpleasant, the mind will be unpleasant. If you want to be pleasant, the mind will be pleasant. Why don’t you think, speak, remember, write - pleasantness, joyfulness, pleasantness, joyfulness?
The mind is generally suffering from three notes - Raga, Dvesha and Bhaya. Raga means desire, dvesha means resentment, bhaya means fear. These are the three forces, three strands with which the mind rope is made. If you are able to sublimate this desire, resentment and fear, the mind becomes most flexible, most suitable, most refined and most delightful. It is a very, very simple process. If you have heard me well, from this moment onwards, you should start focusing on your mind and decide that ‘I will make my mind joyous.’
See, joy is an emotion. It is sourced by the mind. From no other place can it come. All emotions belong to the mind. So, joy is an emotion. Happiness is an emotion. Delight is an emotion. Being an emotion, it is ingrained in the mind. We are allowing the mind to be subdued by so many factors, as a result of which the joyfulness is not allowed to shine well. It is something like a light being covered by different layers of cloth so that the light is interfered with and hindered. Remove the layers, one after the other, you will find the bulb illumines pretty well. Why is it that we are running here and there?
The mind is the source of everything. A mind that thinks rightly will do the right. A mind that thinks wrongly will do the wrong. A mind that feels ‘I am unfortunate’ will become unfortunate. A mind that feels ‘I am fortunate’ will become fortunate. Mind you, the mind is a very, very subtle product. It is subtler than the solid earth, the fluid water, gaseous air and finally the subtle space, it is even subtler than that.
If you can understand the expression ‘sentient space’, mind is that. Mind is the sentient space. Because it is so subtle, no object of the world will be able to administer any note of constriction on it. This is the truth. But we are feeling constricted only because of our delusion. All good thoughts proceed from the mind. All bad thoughts also proceed from the mind. So, the mind is the source of both. Decide from today onwards that ‘I will make my mind the source of good, progressive, expansive thoughts.’ Practice it initially for a few days, then it becomes your habit, culture and refinement.
Your questions from now on should be, “How to do it Swamiji, how to do it Swamiji, am I doing it rightly, can I do it in a better manner? If so, I am doing this, this, this. What further or change do I have to bring about?” This should be your enquiry.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.