"Karmayoga does not mean ceaseless pursuit of karma. It truly consists in the Yoga orientation and discipline given to the buddhi and the mind. Constant preservation and application of Yogabuddhi while doing any work, alone makes one a Karmayogin."

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.

Yesterday I was speaking something on what a Guru will expect from a disciple. I don't know whether you have done some introspection over what you heard. The Guru generally goes on speaking, maybe he writes also. Everything is in the form of a revelation, from the words, sentences, discussions etc. you will come to know something or the other. After you come to know of this, it is up to you to do rumination or reflection over whatever you have heard and then make sure that the knowledge becomes part and parcel of your personality. It should become inseparable. This growth from mere hearing to assimilation completely depends upon the disciple. So the Guru expects repeated manana from the disciple of whatever he has been told.

Now you may wonder, after we become an adult what are we supposed to do throughout our life? There are many things in the objective sphere. But so far as the inner personality is concerned, I believe it can be condensed into a twin proposition. What is that? Incorporate the desirable and eliminate the undesirable. As we live in this world, we have some inherited nature. This nature will consist of desirable and undesirable elements. Speaking lies is undesirable. Speaking truth is desirable. Be loving and kind, is desirable. Not to be so, is undesirable. Like that as you interact with the world, from different sources you will come to know what are the desirables and what are the undesirables. Our sastras also will have something to enlighten you. So learn the sastras, match whatever you have learnt with your own inner structure and come to a decision as to what are the undesirables, then eliminate them.

Now the whole process is done by virtue of a knowledge orientation and a knowledge commitment. Whenever you know something, you must have a commitment to that knowledge. ‘I have known it. To speak lies is wrong, harmful.’ When I have known it, I don’t require any other persuasion to eliminate it. If you feel you know something and yet you are not able to do, your knowledge is as good as absent. So there cannot be a twofold or a two layer personality in you. Our intelligence receives knowledge, that knowledge has to be transmitted to the mind. The mind will have to make it functional in the behavior, in the employment of the senses. If there is a disunion or a dis-integrity in your personality, this is very wrong and very grave. So be true to yourself. That is one point.

Knowledge commitment should be there and always try to know what is desirable and what is undesirable. When I know something undesirable in me, instantly it should go away. Sometimes because of habits, it lingers. So take a little time and make sure that it is eliminated. Similarly incorporate the desirables. In the whole of our life I think the pursuit or the refinement that we must have can be put in this twin proposition - Incorporating the desirable and eliminating the undesirable.

For all these things, I have evolved a concept called spend sufficient mind hours on the subject. The application should be by the mind, in the mind, for the mind. So the mind should be applied on whatever you want to do or not to do for a sufficient length of time so that the quality you want to incorporate will become part of you. It depends upon the mind hours. I have said that fifty mind hours will be required in order to imbibe a quality. On different occasions you will have to spend about fifty hours thinking about the quality, evaluating it, knowing the merits etc. etc. etc. So the mind should be embossed with this quality in one way or the other. The fifty hours you spend, I think the quality will become yours and it will always be part of your embellishment.                                                                                                              

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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