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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
I think you already know how much I think about this spiritual life, spiritual sadhana, particularly why it is not becoming easy, pleasant and alluring to the people. These are days when many seekers come to me asking for Brahmavidya deeksha. I give them the deeksha but I have my own wonder as to whether these people who are given deeksha will continue the deeksha with the wholesomeness and absorption that it deserves. And every day I think afresh to find out how the difficulty can be reduced or nullified and how the whole practice can be more pleasant and more endearing. So far as we are concerned we can only explain matters.
You know our whole scriptures are in the way of writing. Every word represents an idea. And words put together makes a sentence, a proposition. And so many propositions make a paragraph. So everything is idea, the unit of knowledge. So in an interaction like this, a speaker or an exponent can only use his words to explain the propositions and it is for the listeners to listen to them, understand them and assimilate them. This morning when I was taking bath, a thought came to my mind. I thought I would tell you about it.
See, we have got a composite personality. In that composite personality, the body is the gross and the physical one. In the whole body, matter and energy are present. Energy circulates in matter. And matter has been formed in different ways to become the different organs to fulfill different movements and purposes. We can fold our hand forward but we can fold our leg backward. There is so much of symmetry, balance and harmony in the body. See nature's handicraft!
What is the difference between this body side of our personality and the inner one consisting of the mind and intelligence? Have you ever thought about it? Though we have the body personality and all of us are giving too much of stress on the body, the fact remains the body is an inert, insentient instrument to be repeatedly employed by the sentient mind and intelligence. Though the body is there externally, its existence is sensed by the mind, its organs are employed by the mind. When the mind wishes and wills, then alone it decides to employ the different parts of the body. So the body by itself is incapable of doing any action; bring any experience. It is all done by the mind inside. So the mind is actually the pivot, the fulcrum and the foundation of our life. I don't think that this is a fact recognized by the living individuals, men, women, boys and girls.
After having said this I want to make a distinction. If I start exercising my left hand repeatedly, that will become more flexible and more useful like the right hand because I am employing it repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly. So in order to train a flexibility, a skillfulness in movement in any part of the body, a mechanical, physical application of it is sufficient. Even if you close your eyes, in other words what I want to say is, a person is sleeping. Without disturbing him, if you start moving his hand, the hand will receive the benefit of exercise. So in the physical body, there is a physical administration that is possible. But when it comes to the mind, it is not so. You go on walking and walking and walking every day. So the body will have the benefit of walking whether you apply your mind in the body or not. Walking should be done, that’s all. Swimming should be done (That’s all). In the case of the mind, it is not so. It is a sentient part of our personality. Being so, there must be a conscious, sensitive, cognitional application of the mind. That is where all of you are missing.
We are not applying our mind consciously to any given job. See, I talk and you are hearing. The hearing part of it is almost mechanical. But the moment the words bring their idea and they touch and get dissolved into the mind, it is no more physical. So the ideas should be heard by the mind; assimilated by the mind. And the idea should become part of the mind structure in you. For that, a conscious, deliberate application becomes necessary. Call it attention, call it sensibility, call it absorption, call it assimilation, whatever word you use, to which extent you are able to apply the mind to a given task, this is something very, very important.
In the case of the body, suppose you go on walking thinking of something else, even then the exercise will be had. In the case of the mind, the lack of attention, the lack of absorption, the lack of application will take away the whole process. So you cannot do mentally an act as you do a physical act. The mental act calls for attention, application. This is why I have evolved a concept called applying mind hours on a proposition. Any idea that you hear in the form of words or see in the form of words, if that idea has to make its impact in you, you have to give your mind to it. Receive the idea, spend some time, cogitate over it, ruminate over it. And after ruminating, reflecting, thinking about it, how many mind hours you spend on the idea will determine how well the idea is assimilated by your mind and it becomes part of your mind’s structure and mind function.
Physical exercises are mechanical and physical in character. Mental exercises are absolutely above matter and energy. And that is why they become elusive to us. Five people may listen to me. The five of them will not be able to listen to in terms of the mind to the equal degree of attention, focus and assimilation. Because it is a mind part, it becomes virtually elusive. Because we don’t see the mind. We have the mind, but we don’t know it. So how to improve the sensibility of the mind, attention of the mind, assimilation of the mind is the big question before us or a small question before us.
In Sanskrit, we have a word called ‘sraddha’. There is no English translation for this word. I always translate it in this manner, ‘Assiduous application of the mind’. Sraddha belongs to the mind. So it is enough if you say ‘assiduous application’. If you are able to apply your mind to a given task, I think the effect will be very, very tremendous. Unfortunately, the mind is not physical in character. Therefore, suppose I demonstrate to you a physical exercise, you can see it and copy it and administer it to your body. In the same manner, you are not able to do, so far as the mind is concerned. That is because mind is invisible, internal and to some extent elusive. Keep it in mind and think about it. How to generate the necessary attention and how to apply the mind to a given task, this should be our concern.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.