“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.

We are discussing Bhagavad Gita emphasizing that it is a historic version properly written and preserved of a warfield dialogue that took place between Krishna and Arjuna, before the commencement of the war and also to enable Arjuna to fight. That is one part of it. The subject of the discussion is handling the human personality, dealing with our interactions with the world in such a manner that the individual always get more and more enriched , elevated, his constrictions drop, his expansion increases.

What is it that we are looking for in life? Joy, contentment, satisfaction. It is to bring about these benefits consistently through everyday’s interaction. I wonder whether you will ever understand this.

Everyone is born in a family. Over the years, we get educated, we grow. Men invariably get employed, women also these days have started becoming employed. Then marriage comes up, children are born. All these are normal developments in life. Whatever be the development, understand that the life is a personal interaction with the rest of the world. These interactions are taking place in the level of the senses and they invariably result in a twofold reaction, in the mind level called Sukha and Duhkha. These two mental responses are the only outcome of all kinds of life. Whether you marry, whether you go to the office, whether you are a trader, an industrialist, a professor, a teacher, a doctor, a fine arts person, whatever it may be, sukha and duhkha through the sensory interactions with the world, with different places, different events, different persons, these alone are what we are having. This understanding should completely revolutionize your life, your personality. We have completed, exhausted the discussion now.

The entire world with all its variety will give us only sukha and duhkha and if you are able to handle these and remain even in them, I think we have succeeded in our life, we have won over the world. This is something that you should be very clear about. Why don’t you think about, think, think, think and understand it?

Bhagavad Gita presents the sthitha prajna and the sthithadhī model. Both the words are applicable to our own mind, our own consciousness.

Sthitha prajna, it refers to our consciousness becomes steady. Sthithadhī means the intelligence becomes steady. Will you understand that the entire spirituality, the entire Gita message is to make you a sthitha prajna and a sthithadhī? The word sthithadhī means intelligence, prajna means consciousness. The sthitha prajna and sthithadhī become our model. This attainment we are able to have only through a mento-intellectual process. We should recognize life as interactional. The interactions constantly impacting us in whatever way they may impact, sukha and dukhha are the only outcomes, emotional outcomes we have. And in this we are deluded thinking that ‘I must have more of sukha and less of duhkha. Or I should not have duhkha. I should have only sukha.’ This is clear misunderstanding and delusion. Either you will have both or you will have none. If you going to have sukha and you will have, it is along with duhkha. If this is nature of life and nature of the world, then what are you to do about it? Nothing! Understand it and be at home with it.

So, spirituality become a pursuit of understanding. It brings enrichment to the human personality, but through understanding, through knowledge. So, it becomes a knowledge pursuit. Krishna spoke to Arjuna and Arjuna received whatever Krishna was speaking. Can you not like Arjuna receive whatever your Krishna speaks? If you are not able to, don’t you think it is a deficiency that stands in the way? After all, every one of you has intelligence. The intelligence is supposed to gain only knowledge. And every one of you is knowledgeable also.

Many of you are parents. That means you have given birth to children. You have become a Brahma to the children. It is not easy position, very significant one. If you have become parents, what should be the status of your personality? So you cannot say, ‘I am indifferent to knowledge, indifferent to knowledge.’ That you cannot say. When knowledge is presented, you have to be open and receive it well. Just like Arjuna received it, Uddhava received it, Parikshit received it, Janaka received it, Sri Rama received it, everybody received knowledge when it was given. That is why I told you, every day, you learn three verses from Bhagavad Gita. Make Bhagavad Gita a distinct friend of yours in your life. Consult Bhagavad Gita, read Bhagavad Gita, try to apply it, “How can I apply the wisdom that is given?”

The message of Bhagavad Gita is अशोच्यानन्वशोचः, aśocyān anvaśocah (Bhagavad Gita 2.11), you are grieving at things which you should not grieve at all. It is a very clear proposition. Bhagavad Gita is one which eliminates grief and makes you comfortable, contented and happy. Every time, the message of Bhagavad Gita will be applicable to you. Applicable where? To your mind through your intelligence. Mind is the area where the teaching is applied. And to apply it, we use our intelligence. So, it is an interaction between the emotional mind and the rational intelligence.

Take the knowledge, churn it up and pass it on to the mind and let the mind become stable, steady. And this steadiness this stability is certainly within our reach. This is what I would like you to understand and reflect upon. Why don’t you discuss it between yourselves? “Swamiji has said this. Is it so? This is what I have understood. What do you say? What do you think?” Once you are able to break that ignorance and feel that it is applicable to you, I think the sadhana will follow irresistibly.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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