“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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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I have been speaking for countless number of days and equally so on occasions, about how the mind becomes the sole focus in your general life and in particular, in spiritual, devotional or religious life.  But I am still wondering whether this point has been driven home well, and all of you have taken it well.

I find, there is a resistance and also a reluctance to study either good books or scriptural texts.  The first reaction is that it is in Sanskrit.  Maybe the language is Sanskrit but the ideas are not Sanskrit.  The idea is always mental and intellectual. The language of the scriptures may be Sanskrit but the ideas that they are conveying certainly cannot be languagized.  When it says ‘the soul’, ‘soul’ is an English word, translation for ‘Atma’. That ‘soul’ is not a Sanskrit word.  All the scriptures are translated and you have English and maybe other versions of the text.  Why don’t you read them?

You know why you are not able to read? Because you don’t understand that reading is actually touching your mind. When you read the letters, immediately the mind forms words from the letters. Equally so, the intelligence forms ideas and knowledge from the words.  So, what is reading?  Reading is an inner mento-intellectual exercise or pursuit.  Unless you take up this pursuit, your mind is not going to be touched up, improved upon and refined. I say this and you are hearing it but I doubt whether you understand it properly.

Every word that you read, if it is properly read and the meaning and the idea impressed in your mind, it means transformation in your mind. Because an idea is put into the mind, if the mind absorbs it, it becomes an addition to the mind.  The ideas can be that ‘take this, take this, take this’, they can also be ‘leave it, leave it, leave it’. So, when you read, proportionate to your reading and involvement in that reading process, you will find many things are eliminated from the mind, dropped and some are added to the mind.  This is how you approach the mind and improve its quality.  Even as I say this, are you understanding it? I have my doubt.  How to bring you to the sense?

In our sadhana language we say, ‘swadhyaya’. What is swadhyaya?  Regular reading and study and understanding of the scriptures.  Unless you sit and try to do something with your mind, how can your personality bring about a change? In Gita, there are three words.

ज्ञानं ज्ञेयं ज्ञानगम्यं हृदि सर्वस्य विष्ठितम् ।।
jñānaṁ jñeyaṁ jñāna-gamyaṁ hṛdi sarvasya viṣṭhitam ||
(Bhagavad Gita 13.17)

When he speaks about things to be known etc. he uses this phrase.  Jñāna- it is knowledge, jñeya -  it is the one thing to be known., jñāna-gamyaṁ - it is to be approached through the knowledge and the knowing process. And where is all this ultimately falling? Hṛdi sarvasya viṣṭhitam - it is safely located in the heart of every one. 

So, what you are seeking is already in your heart as a resident.  Now you have to reach it.  How will you reach it? By running away? By going to a temple? Going to a mountain? Because it resides in your heart, so the process has to be inward. It should be a delving, diving, a dipping. How can you dip into your mind? - Only by a mind process.  When you try to grasp an idea, the mind makes an effort and dips, dips, and dips. So, it is knowledge, it is the noble and the process is knowing.  Can you make an evaluation and show me this evening?

In the whole of your life, those of you who have come here as part of your sadhana and seeking, please make a calculation, however rough it is – ‘How many hours I have spent on this subject which I am after?’ And how many hours of life have you lived? 

We get up in the morning and till we go to sleep, our mind is active and interactive. And all the activity and interaction are material, external and gross.  That is not sufficient.  You should do something not material (but) supra-material, not gross but subtle, not outer but inner.  When will you understand this? 

You cannot say that, “Swamiji, whenever I try to do something with the mind, the mind flies. So I cannot do.”  You cannot say that. Our mind is very much a friend, very much a treasure and very much a jewel.  You have no friend greater than your own mind. The thoughts of the mind are absolutely necessary. And your own mind produces thoughts and tells you that they are not good.  So, your mind provides the discrimination that the thoughts itself produces are not good. What more do you want?  Listen to the voice of the mind and then understand that they are not good and don’t lend yourself to them.

“Swamiji, still they come. What shall we do?”

That question you ask me.  I will tell you what is to be done. You are going to the railway station or the airport.  Whatever is seen in front of the eyes will be registered in your mind. So, there cannot be a gap or a wall between the senses and the mind.  Whatever the senses are exposed to, the mind will receive and it will be there in the form of a stock.  That is why we have good and bad thoughts alike.  What are you to do? The mind already gives you a discrimination between the two and you simply disregard the bad thoughts and pursue if at all, the good.  Disregard means what? ‘Oh this is a bad thought. It has come. I am not going to follow it.’ If you feel that you are not following, then why should it come? It will stop coming.  But if you get afraid of that undesirable thoughts, that fear element, dislike element, hating element, intolerance will strengthen.  That emotion will strengthen that thought.

So, what I want you to do is to be floating over the bad thoughts. Have no intolerance, no impatience, you are not going to follow them in any way that even if the thoughts come, what of it? Prove that you are not going to follow and if that proof is there, the mind will not produce the bad thoughts because there is no purpose.  Will you understand this secret?  Don’t be ruffled by the thoughts of the mind.  You have to be at home with them. 

Eyes will see many things. Not that the ones that you want alone, many will be there.  And you will pick up the one you need and bypass the rest.  Go to a shop.  So many articles are displayed.  You will ask, “This is the price group within which I can buy.”, select that item, buy it as much as you want and go away.  All the other items remain there. In what way are they troubling you?  Do you want a shop with enough choices for you or only one or two items?  What do you do with the rest of the articles in the shop, the same thing you do with your thoughts also.  But if you start thinking they should not come and they have come, then you are in a hell.  I don’t know, nobody speaks this manner.  I feel so bad and miserable to hear that “Oh, Swamiji, when I sit in meditation, so many thoughts come. I cannot meditate.” Your meditation is to deal with these thoughts and reach a state where you will not be ruffled by the undesirable ones.  So, my dear seekers, it is a question of your entering into the mind and doing the right sadhana, so that the mind will be a better, better, better product and you will have more and more peace, harmony and wisdom.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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