“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. 

You must be wondering as to why I am smiling. I am wondering what else shall I do. 

I understand that every day a bus was going to Trichur during the Atma Tattva Sameeksha. It was in Malayalam, so all the people in the Ashram who have arrived from outside, they were not able to follow it, but still if they felt like going and sitting there, that is at least silence for them. Very good! But I understand that every day, something or the other for you to chew was distributed – biscuits or some cheena badam or something. I asked ‘X’, “Was it distributed on all days?” He says, “I went on three days and all the three days it was there.”

So I am wondering, is it not very cheap on your part to wait for an occasion like a bus travel like this to rejoice in eating? If you wanted to have some biscuits or anything that is permissible to us, you could have told the kitchen people. We would have arranged it here. Why is it that you waited for an opportunity to get together in a bus? Is it in anyway different from a household social visit?

All of you have come here to undergo a difference from your household life. Maybe the meals are very regimented here, but I think our meals are reasonably good and it should be sufficient to provide the necessary nutrition for the body. If anybody feels anything insufficient, he or she is free to report it to us and we will consider it. That ‘austerity’ part in staying in the Ashram should not be overlooked at all.

It is very difficult for you to become austere at home because it is your own house, different types of people are there. If you want to impose austerity on others, they may resent and revolt. You may not like to do it also. But when you come to the Ashram, certainly it is a spell of austerity. Austerity, to some extent in eating, austerity in speaking, austerity in reading and you always have interactions with the ashramites or the visitors. There also it is an austerity. That is why many people do not come to the Ashram and stay for a long period.

So, I am a little amused that what I can do is only laugh over the whole thing. What is it that is in every one of you which prompts you to do this kind of an act – not one day, every day! So, we were not very happy to hear this episode. I want to make you understand our response and reaction and think about it well.

The next point I wanted to say is – it is primarily keeping in mind our inmates. See, this is a place of sādhana and we are given to jñāna sādhana. What is jñāna sādhana? The jñāna sādhana always functions or operates on the mind and its emotions, on the intelligence and its reason and knowledge, on the ego, its improper expression and the need for regimenting it and sublimating it.

In the bodily level, it applies as a sensory restraint and regulation. Our senses are our senses. We should employ them in such a manner that there is a regulation or a refinement in the process which alone will help you to have joy and fulfillment in your mind.

वशे हि यस्येन्द्रियाणि तस्य प्रज्ञा प्रतिष्ठिता ।। २-६१ ।।
vaśe hi yasyendriyāṇi tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā || 2.61 ||

Krishna says right in the second chapter. He, whose senses are under his regulation, his mind and intelligence alone will be stable.

Vaśe hi yasyendriyāṇi tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā. Krishna was describing the sthitaprajña and sthitadhī and he says one who has enough of self-regulation, he alone can be a sthitaprajña. So, in the bodily level it is sensory restraint. And see what happened in the bus while going for a lecture program. While going for a very serious, in-depth lecture program, what is it that you did? Just think about it. Is it comparable to what Sita did or worse, I am wondering.

Then, so far as the emotional flux, emotional turbulence is concerned, this is where the whole devotee crowd fails miserably. They never look into the need for mind orientation.

अद्वेष्टा सर्वभूतानां मैत्रः करुण एव च ।
निर्ममो निरहङ्कारः समदुःखसुखः क्षमी ।। १२-१३ ।।
adveṣṭā sarva-bhūtānāṁ maitraḥ karuṇa eva ca |
nirmamo nirahaṅkāraḥ sama-duḥkha-sukhaḥ kṣamī || 12.13 ||
(Bhagavad Gita 12.13)

In listing, who are the devotees who are dear to me, Krishna says in the twelfth chapter, adveṣṭā sarva-bhūtānāṁ. See, dvesha is victimizing you, the possessor. When you have dvesha to anybody, even for an ant, you will be victimized.

Sarva-bhūtānāṁ adveṣṭā – do not be a hater of any bhuta, any being. You should be a non-hater. It is applicable to your own domestic set-up environment, professional set-up and also societal set-up. In all these areas, you should not breed hatred to anybody. There may be many things hateable, but so far as you are concerned, you cannot hate and indulge in hatred.

Yesterday I was explaining,

मत्कर्मकृन्मत्परमो मद्भक्तः सङ्गवर्जितः ।
निर्वैरः सर्वभूतेषु यः स मामेति पाण्डव ।। ११-५५ ।।
mat-karma-kṛn-mat-paramo mad-bhaktaḥ saṅga-varjitaḥ |
nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu yaḥ sa mām-eti pāṇḍava || 11.55 ||
(Bhagavad Gita 11.55)

He says, “Always let your activities be dedicated to me. Consider me to be supreme for that. Be a devotee. Don’t practice devotion, be a devotee.” – Means what?

Saṅga-varjitaḥ - Do not have delusional clinging towards anybody or anything.

Nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu – Do not have 'vaira', hatred to all the creatures.

Yaḥ sa mām-eti pāṇḍava – Whoever is like this, comes to me.

Where is 'vaira' of any order sanctioned, permitted or condoned in our shastras? When you get hatred, your hands and body start trembling. The eyes become red. The cheeks start trembling, lips also. The blood pressure goes up, circulation becomes faster. And whatever you do and whatever you think, whatever you speak, everything will be disorderly. How much time does it require to know that it is so? How can you say, “This hatred, I am not able to overcome. That hatred, I am not able to overcome.”? You cannot say that!

It is something like inverting a vessel and pouring water. All your sādhana becomes wasteful. And does this hatred help you? Does it help the other? Can you not make it an important point in your sādhana that whatever may be the cause, provocation… ‘Whatever’ may be anything. See, we are living with our diseases, we are living with our disabilities because it is in our body. Do you throw the body away because it is unable to do things? In the same manner, in the family in which you live, in the Ashram in which you live, in the office in which you live, there will be some people who have unpleasant and unacceptable qualities. In fact, it is a struggle for everyone to be free of such qualities.

I think a thief will be crying and moaning in his own heart saying that “Why have I this stealing tendency?” The tendency is there. Who has introduced this tendency in anyone? Everybody is born in this world and we are imbibing anything only from the world. So the thief, the dacoit, the rapist, everybody has imbibed the tendency from the world and the author of the world is God. Why did he not construct a world where no hateable or unpleasant qualities will be imbibed by anybody? The mind should be structured in that manner and the world also should be designed accordingly. That has not been done. So maybe you are also. Just like you say a rapist is a wrong doer, to hate him in your mind, you are also a wrong doer.

A person gets angry first, you become counter-angry. He did the mistake, first knowing that it is not correct. You are doing it next, you tell me who is a worse doer than, the worst crimer, indulger? So I think the sādhana is something that one has to think about seriously, think about seriously. It is not a vocal expression, it is not a physical expression, it is a mental, mental, mental and intelligential, intelligential emergence. Until you start feeling that adveshta, adveshta, adveshta, adveshta. Why don’t you drill it into your system? This is called  puraścharya. Puraścharaṇa means take a mantra and as many letters as it has, start chanting it so many lakhs. Akshara-laksha, this is called. This 'puraścharaṇa' is very important.

So why don’t you go on thinking, adveshta, nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu yaḥ sa mām-eti pāṇḍava, nirvairaḥ, nirvairaḥ, nirvairaḥ ……… sarva-bhūteṣu, nirvairaḥ sarva-bhūteṣu.

Absorb this idea in your mind. If you are able to absorb it for one or two hours, I think there will be drastic change in your personality. We only speak that “I don’t like. I want to become pure.” We only speak. But you are not trying to implant, remember and reflect upon impurity, saying that it is not it is not acceptable. I think it makes a lot of difference between wanting something at the mind level and speaking about it in the oral level or even in the physical level. What we want is a mental action, a mental pursuit. That is why it is called manana. Will you please think about this and do something about this matter?

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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