“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?’’ 

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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The second differentiation is about mind’s own responses to these colours. What difference is there? There is not much of a difference. The first is a colour differentiation, the next is liking and disliking towards each colour. So, every time it is the mind that brings about all this confusion. If you are conscious of the fact that the mind is creating the confusion, can you not always have an eye on the mind? You may fail. In hundred cases you may fail in 20 or 25, at least 75 you will succeed.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

Whenever you try to become a spiritual seeker or a sādhaka, the first and last factor to be dealt with is the mind. Mind is the one that receives the sensory impressions, responds to them with various kinds of reactions. Memory is the mind, the imprints of sensory objects are again formed by the mind, in the mind. A variety of emotions are produced by the mind. These emotions become very strong. These are the emotions which Sri Krishna summarizes as ‘ishta-anishta, iccha-dvesha, kama-krodha, raga-dvesha, priya-apriya’ etc. In whatever manner you put it, it is mutually opposite reactions produced by the mind. And all the reactions ultimately converge to be sukha and duḥkha. So any kind of a spiritual seeking and a spiritual effort will be, sooner or later, an effort to look into the mind, and make its reactions uniform, not to be too much undulating between likes and dislikes, favour and disfavour and the like. What is the problem in understanding the subject like this?

I don’t know, when I first read Bhagavad Gita and found out that the whole problem or the whole task is dealing with the likes and dislikes of the mind. What is meant by being uniform towards them? That is also a secret. However much you may uniformize these, still there will be likes and dislikes.

See, our senses are given to always distinguishing between objects. What is the role of the eye? The eye always goes on differentiating between the different colours, different colours, different colours, that is a differentiation. When the colours are differentiated, along with that comes some colour you like and some colour you do not like. The first differentiation is about the objects. The second differentiation is about mind’s own responses to these colours. What difference is there? There is not much of a difference. The first is a colour differentiation, the next is liking and disliking towards each colour.

So, every time it is the mind that brings about all this confusion. If you are conscious of the fact that the mind is creating the confusion, can you not always have an eye on the mind? You may fail. In hundred cases you may fail in 20 or 25, at least 75 you will succeed. The number can progressively increase. But the problem is that we are not conscious of the fact that it is the mind that is to be handled, handled, handled. Call it reformation, refinement, sublimation, enrichment, moderation, evenization, harmonisation, integration. You will integrate what? Mind’s own products and reactions. We don’t have to integrate anything else. Live with the mind and integrate its own reactions and products.

In Yoga Vasishta Ramayana, we also have a book, how to worship the true God? The true God is the indwelling presence. If God is the indwelling presence, any kind of a worship should be of that presence. That is within your body. What material or external product will reach there? Nothing! So what are the products? So Siva tells Vasishta-Deva in Himalayas that, “The true articles for worshiping me, the indwelling Antarātmā, the two products are mental and intellectual products.” Will you please work on this sentence? Lord Shiva says that “I am present within the body as the indwelling presence and the articles for worshiping me are the products of the mind and the intelligence.” I will stop here and would ask you to reflect upon this proposition and let me know how you react and what you find.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

 

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