"Let not world-objects be your mind’s master. Let them be, if at all, subservient to the mind. To be spiritual is not to look for one’s delight and fulfillment in the objects of the world. The mind that causes delight through any object can also provide delight without such an object. Delight in reality belongs to the mind alone. It is verily mind’s own gift."

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 was wondering how to tell people in a simplified manner what is the actual spiritual sadhana for having peace, joy and fulfillment. See, peace is something that everybody likes. Joy is even more so and fulfillment is most covetable. Now these are the three purposes of spiritual life. When you see that these are the ends or objectives of spiritual life can there be anyone who will not like spiritual life? I feel there can be none. So if there are some qualities specifically to be cultivated in order to have peace, joy and fulfillment those qualities should become our first choice, first option and pet. If you think about it, this is right.  Our mind is getting tensed up for two reasons, some kind of desires and anxieties which independently grow from your mind. Another is some of the responses and reactions which the mind generates to inputs from the rest of the world. One is your own creation another is a resultant of what others do. Though it is a resultant of what others do you as an individual are responsible for this response.

Now take for instance, whenever something wrong, wrong in the sense you have not done this rightly, this is wrong, this is a defect, this should not be your attitude, you have ego, you have pride, you have dislike, you unnecessarily become jealous. Now when things like that come up in the course of our interactions with the others the general tendency is to become tense, heavy and grow dislike to the person who has said these. But if you want to have a qualitative life which will bring about peace, joy and freedom, fulfillment, then your whole attitude should become different. What is that difference? Any kind of a reaction which will make your mind heavy and miserable should instantly be suspended. Never doubt. You have the power to do so. The potential is there in the mind to do so.

Whenever a remark or a criticism or an observation is made you should be grateful. Somebody has made an observation. Listen to it in a very impartial manner and then apply it and find out whether what he said is true so far as you are concerned. This examination of one’s own mind, inner personality is very important and you cannot be deluded in that. You must have the patience and the readiness and the discretion and the higher quality of examining what others said in so far as it is applicable to you. Either you will be able to confirm what he said or deny what he said. If you feel what he said is right I think you should be grateful to him. If you find that it is wrong, not at all true about you, then remain confirmed in your finding and never bother about what he has said.

Now this kind of an open pleasant approach, what prevents you from adopting? You should never allow your mind to become heavy on any account. Heaviness of the mind is something that nobody likes. So when the mind becomes heavy the victim is the first person to dislike him. Now in order to avoid this heaviness, remove this heaviness, redress it, if this kind of a qualitative thinking will be helpful, what prevents you from adopting it? This is where you have to be dispassionate, impartial and very subtle in your introspection.

The other day I was making a discussion of what ‘U’ said after having read the book. Then I analyzed her observations and I found these observations could not be, could not stand. I don’t know what kind of a reception she gave to my remark.  But I am wondering looking at ‘U’s face that she is not quite happy. That is why I discussed the subject. I don’t know why she should be unhappy. There is no question of happiness or unhappiness about it. It is a question of either correcting and improving oneself or refusing to do so. From the whole level of emotion you should raise yourself to the level of knowledge and understanding. In correcting oneself there is no place for emotion at all. If you want to weep, weep for a while. It is okay. But raising yourself from emotional level to the knowledge level should not stand any kind of an obstruction. Are you prepared to think in this manner? Otherwise the whole spiritual reading is useless, useless, useless.  Every time it is beckoning me to make your mind light, peaceful, joyous and fulfilling.

Who would like to live with a heavy mind, a miserable and a tense mind? Nobody will. So the effort for making it light can never be postponed, disliked or substituted. In all our sastras what are the discussions? The discussions are about the sufferings of the mind and the manner in which these sufferings can be mitigated and outlived. Srimad Bhagavatam clearly says tapatrayonmūlanam It is for eradicating the threefold misery in which the ādhyātmic misery comes first. Ādhyātmic misery is the misery caused by the mind and intelligence by improper responses and inadequate introspection. Can you not remedy both these?  Why should we have improper responses?

All that you need is a knowledge or a pointer as to what should be the response. The moment you hear or come to know of it instantly it should become yours. If you approach spirituality in this manner you will find it will always be better, better, better, better. Even the thief will become a better thief and finally he will become no thief or he will become a better thief as it happened in the case of Ratnakara and Valmiki. Ratnakara was robbing physical articles from the passers by. After he corrected himself the robbing tendency still continued and he started to rob through his Ramayana all the impurities, sinfulness etc. from the people. Even now he and his Ramayana are robbing us. But he was doing a very benign adorable robbing. Previously everybody condemned him. Now everybody praises him. But he does the same robbing now. Everybody wants him to enter his or her heart and rob her of all the wrongs.

Spirituality is so beautiful, so nice, so sweet, so nourishing, so ornamental that I am really wondering as to why people are not seeing it like that. If you come to the ashram your face should become brilliant and your mind should start bubbling and giggling with peace and joy. You should find a new light, a new inspiration, a new insight and a goal. It is all an exercise and sadhana that involves your mind and rests on your mind. Therefore the sadhana can continue many, many hours a day. Don’t think it is restricted to meditation.

There was a ‘S’ here who was staying for many years. Every day she used to come from the guest house. She would dress herself well in pure white. She was a very clean person. Whenever I used to see her I was really seeing Goddess Saraswathy in her. But she had such a problematic mind that she would never be happy. So I used to tell her ‘S’, “Looking at you I feel so divine and beautiful but why is it that you have a troublesome mind?”, I used to ask her. She is somebody who would always find wrongs in things and refuses to become happy, refuses to become light. So this becomes a kind of a trait with person. I think, understand, we can hardly do anything about changing the body. You cannot change the blood group you have. You cannot change the features of your body but the mind is supposed to be changed, changed and changed. The intelligence is supposed to be made better, better and better and the mento-intellectual development if you are able to understand and develop, understand and pursue, then you will find you are more and more spiritual, more and more sublime, peaceful, joyous and the whole life will be fulfilled.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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