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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I am wondering how to make all of you understand that whether to live in this world or to pursue a spiritual life fully, whether it is for worldly purpose or spiritual purpose, what you require is a mind with health, strength and the ability to understand matters and arrive at the right conclusions.

I have repeatedly said that our body completes its growth at the age of 21, the latest. Thereafter, there is no growth for the body. The wisdom teeth may come up at the age of 28 or so. Our body will grow maximum up to 21 years. Then the growth is completely arrested by nature. You have no role in it. But that is the time we become an adult. We begin to think ourselves, oneself, we try to have an idea, an objective, a value, a discipline, all these. But these are not done primarily by the body. Body has completed its growth. It remains only as an instrument in the hands of the mind.

So as an adult, whether you live in the world or live in the spiritual world, you need a very healthy and resourceful mind, also intelligence. You will have to strive for strengthening and enriching the mind. All our religious and spiritual practices are only to improve the mind. Getting up early in the morning, dressing up well, going to the temple, doing pradakshina there, standing in front of the sanctum sanctorum, contemplate upon the deity, male or female, closing the eyes and trying to feel the presence of God. Is it not all because of the mind, for the mind? So it is actually a mento-intellectual practice with a view to make mind and intelligence pure, subtle and very effective. People don’t know it. They think that it has nothing to do with this world nor even the things which we are concerned with. So, we don’t look at this religious life or devotional life properly, relating it to our secular personality and secular needs.

बुद्धिर् बलम् यशो धैर्यम् निर्भयत्वम् अरोगताम्
अजाड्यम् वाक् पटुत्वम् च​ हनुमत् स्मरणात् भवेत्॥
Buddhir balam yasho dhairyam nirbhayatvam arogatam
Ajatyam vak-paduthvam cha hanumat smaranat bhavet 

This is a very famous verse. By remembering Hanuman, by being inspired by his life, by his words, by his actions, what are we going to have? Buddhih, balah, yashah, dhairyam, nirbhayathvam, arogatha ajadyam, vakpaduthvam cha. Eight qualities and excellences are mentioned in this verse. By remembering Hanuman, we get all these qualities because in Hanuman’s life, he was a full epithet or embodiment of these qualities.

Buddhih, Buddhih, Buddhih, he was very intelligent, very very intelligent. In his search for Sita, he manages to get into Lanka, go to the Anthapurah and look at all the people who were there, particularly women, and he found a number of pornographic scenes. Normally he would not like to see them and found that she was not there. Then he discovered her in the Ashoka-vana. After discovering she is sitting underneath the tree, surrounded by Rakshashis and Sita has been found.

“How to make her know that I have come from Sri Rama and deliver his message? Also give her the ring that Sri Rama, my Lord has given me? She has not seen a monkey, a vaanara. And when I go in my vaanara form, how will she trust me? Will she take it in good faith? No. So what is the best way to announce my identity and approach her?”

He thought and he found out the best will be, “I am always chanting Ram Ram Ram Ram. The same Ram naam, I will chant a little louder.” She was below and Hanuman was above in the tree. So, he started chanting ‘Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram Ram, Sri Ram’. That was the day, Sita became desperate and wanted to destroy her life. She said “What is this? What? Rama’s name is being chanted by somebody from the top of the tree! Some message is there, what is this? So fortunate I am!”

Hanuman still thought, “Now I have to come down from the top of the tree to the bottom. How will I go? Suppose I come and she is disturbed, shocked?” So he thought for a while and said, “I will drop my tail. Tail is something very narrow, and when the tail is seen, she can understand that it is the tail of a vaanara.” So he dropped his tail. And chantingly, chantingly, chantingly, the tail became closer, closer, closer and then he gently jumped. Just imagine! “How to make my presence announced properly? And how effectively I can give an assurance and consolation to Rama pathni?” Then he did not go back immediately.

“I have come, discovered Sita, I can go back and tell my Lord that I have discovered her. But my visit cannot be an unannounced visit. My Lord is great and I have come as His ambassador. So I must do something which will give an indication of how great and powerful my Master, my Lord is.” Then he started destroying something after the other. All the Ravana people came and they decided “What can we do? In the same manner that he wanted to do something memorable, we should also do something memorable.”

So they started winding clothes over the tail and set fire to it. That is the best way. He used it as an opportunity to set fire to all the different places of Lanka. “What is this! We wanted to destroy him but he is destroying our Lanka.” They came. “It is not an ordinary monkey! What is this!” So they took him as a bandhi, as a captive and produced before Ravana. Will Ravana give him an honorable seat? No. They considered him to be an enemy man and himself behaving in an unfriendly manner. So, he was not offered a seat. Hanuman decided, “I will have my own seat.” So, he started winding round the tail and went on extending, extending and then maybe he went up ten feet or fifteen feet and jumped over and sat there. Now Ravana had to look at him by lifting his head. Tell me now, who is above and who is it below? Just see?

This is why we say, Budhirbalam yashodhairyam. Hanuman’s memory will always instill and make you imbibe buddhi - intelligence, balam - strength, yashas - fame, dhairyam - courage, nirbhayathvam - fearlessness, arogatha - health, not ill health, ajadyam - everytime fervent and active , not drowsy. Arogatha Ajadyam vakpaduthvam cha, wherever he has to converse and talk, he uses the best of skill and all people will be in rapt attention when Hanuman was talking.

See, why did I say this? In all your religious and devotional practices, you aim is actually to strengthen yourself, enrich yourself. This enrichment is further pursued directly without the help of external symbols and other things. So we have to involve the mind, mind, mind. I just, yesterday night I read a letter which ‘A’ has written in which she says “Swamiji, I am chanting the mantra you have given me and by chanting it, I feel peace and stability.” That girl told me when she was here, “Swamiji, please do something for me. My head is about to burst, I may go mad. I have so much of ruffling thoughts, thoughts, thoughts”. I had no time and I could not do it properly. But in a very imperfect manner, I gave her as a short term practice, a mantra. And that mantra she is referring to.

You know, this mantra is to be constantly revolved in your mind. People don’t have patience, they don’t have trust, they don’t have faith, they don’t have viveka. Your mind when given to a practice of ceaseless chanting of mantra, how powerful it will be! All spirituo-religious, spirituo-devotional practices are directly meant for engaging the mind and enriching it with beautiful qualities and grace and grandeur, remember this.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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