“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

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.

‘R’, I don’t know whether I had an occasion to say after you came here, to you that human life expresses itself only in four fundamental levels. One is the physical and sensory level – meaning where the body, bodily parts and organs are active in various ways. Our eyes are seeing, ears are hearing, nose is smelling, tongue is tasting, skin is touching. Similarly our hands are moving and holding, legs are walking, standing. Similarly, the evacuational organs and others, they are also active. Our mouth is active having food and also speaking, primarily having food. So, this is the physical level of activity. That physical level of activity has its own place and importance, has also relevance.

Then another distinct level of activity is using the tongue, the mouth, lips etc. and articulate the thoughts and feelings that one has. All other activities, you can say, are in a way mechanical, physical movements. Here, physical movements are involved but the production is of sound. Sound is a kind of energy. Though it is energy, we express it, give expression to it through the mouth, through the throat, tongue, lips, teeth etc. Every word or sound expressed by us carries a certain emotion or an idea. Whether it is emotion or idea, it is supposed to convey a measure and kind of knowledge. Suppose I cry, then it gives you an idea that I am suffering and possibly I would like to have some help. I raise an alarm; that also has got an idea. When I smile, it has a different idea. So, this articulation is a distinct activity by itself different from the normal physical and sensory activities.

But one important factor that you have to remember is, in the physical and sensory level as well as in the oral level, the mind has to be involved. Both the levels of activity are felt, the impetus for it comes from the mind. Not only that, the mind gives shape to it. I decide that I have to open my eyes and see something. I sharpen my ears to hear a sound. So, the mind has to be active. Suppose you are sleeping. Without disturbing you, I gently open your mouth and put some articles, food into your mouth. Somehow you may gulp it in. But when I ask you the next day, "Did you remember the food I gave you?" The answer will be, "I don’t know. I did not know." So, if an activity has to be done consciously, then that activity has to be triggered by the mind, designed by it and then using the tongue or the bodily organs, it has to be implemented. 

So, why I say this is? Whether it is physical level or oral level, it has to be with the involvement of the mind. Without the mind, no activity can ever be had. Now, the oral and physical are the visible levels of activity. Mental activity is something where the mind alone is employed. Many thoughts, many feelings, many memories, many emotions - all these are mental. Then the fourth level of activity is the intelligence level. The difference between the mental and intellectual levels is this - whenever the intelligence is employed or requisitioned, you will find that there is always a quest and a pursuit of knowledge.

Suppose I ask you, “What is 2+3?” You will instantly say, “5”. So, it is a mental answer. Suppose I ask you, “Why 2+3 is 5? Why is it not 4.5 or 5.5?” Then you cannot simply answer me. You have to think about or enquire about and then give me an answer. In the initial stage, the mind comes up with (the answer) 5. There is a quest of knowledge. “Oh, Swamiji has asked me to explain, why 2+3 is 5.” So an explanation has to be given. It is not a single sound answer. So, you have to tell me how this 2+3 becomes five. So, there is an effort to know the subject, gain knowledge and then give expression to it. This is called the intelligence level. These are the four levels of activity. Two are visible, external and sensory. The other two are invisible and internal.

A man or a human becomes so only when he uses his intelligence very well. In other words, the mento-intellectual part in your life has to become very pronounced and dominant. As children we say, "My father will scold me, my mother will not like this." So the motive is perhaps father and mother and their words, pleasure and displeasure. But that is only a way. The child is put to education. He starts gaining. Knowingly or unknowingly, the body also grows. The same child when he has grown up and he becomes an adult, the parents will have to ask them, “See this is what I feel. How to understand, how to employ the intelligence?” etc. These four levels of activity are very important. Why I say this?

In the spiritual, religious or yogic life also, unless you begin to employ your mind and intelligence, there will be no meaning, progress or purpose. We worship God with flowers, materials etc. but when you take your worship to the mind, intelligence level, we remember God. Only remembrance, no pooja and when we start using the intelligence, we start enquiring about - 'Who is God? Where is He? What is He like? How can I understand Him? Is He everywhere? Then is He not in me? Where am I to seek Him then? What is meant by seeking God within? Can anything be all-pervading? If something is all-pervading, can I call that thing either "He" or "She"? Does it not become "it"? What is this He-God and She-God?' Suppose you start thinking in this manner, that is also worship. But worship raised to the level of intelligence.

In our Ashram you will find, this is a place where we deal with knowledge. We are not so much given to worship external, using materials, a picture or otherwise. We start reading the scriptures, explaining them, talking about God, talking about Godliness, talking about devotion and devotee and the qualities of devotion, qualities of devotee, making man more and more good. See, this is an altogether different line of life. Employ your mind and employ your intelligence and try to make yourself better, the world better, your interactions better until at last you feel quite happy, fulfilled and ecstatic. This will be possible only when you raise your life to the mind and the intelligence level. Using them you can also have a level of worship and that worship is called satsanga, reading, trying to reflect upon, understand and the like. Know it very well.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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