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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Yesterday I was speaking something about discipline. I would like to continue the same discussion.

Discipline is actually in every expression of your life and activity. Normally, speech is an expression from within. Like that, every activity whether it is physical, oral, mental or intellectual is an expression from within. When this expression is moderated, refined and meant to be sublimated, then it becomes discipline. Our activities, thoughts, speeches, all are generally wavered. This wavered-ness should be watched and some regulation and refinement should be brought about.

Normally people speak about discipline in a very superficial manner. Mostly it is a physical process also. But if you think deeply about discipline, every time you want to discipline yourself, you have to enter from within the sensory sphere and plane to your inner plane, maybe primarily the mind plane, then the intelligential plane. Every time you do so, there is an inevitable sublimity taking place, refinement also. I would like to say there is also a divinity building up.

Whenever I see a book well printed, well designed, well colored like the one I showed, “Restoration of values”, very beautifully done. The very sight gives me much more of a divine feeling than I could get from a picture, like any kind of a Godly picture.

Any work that is well done, I think it gives us a divine touch. Divinity is actually an in-depth feeling, a lofty feeling that you can have with regard to anything whatsoever. Let us take this pushpa-samarpanam. The manner in which you go to Mā, receive the flowers, the manner in which you proceed after that and there is place where all such recipients come and first stand. Without disturbing the others, the preceding people, in making their offering and prostrating after that, each person prostrates in his or her own manner and then after that person goes you proceed, and offer the flowers, bend your head and forehead, touch the floor and get up, walk, prostrate before the others. You know, if it is well done, when I look at it, I feel very sublime, divine and beautiful, then what should be the extent of feeling you have?

Some will come, hurriedly walk, hurriedly receive, and haphazardly come and stand somewhere, then hastily offer, get up. Even in collecting the flowers at the end, it can be done in a very, very sublime manner. Before that the flowers, the petals are cleaned up and if necessary some water is sprinkled over them, then stirred properly.

In everything, what I find is you have to be watchful. Discipline means watchfulness. You are not watching the others, you are watching yourself. So it is a kind of indrawn-ness, infusion, self-instilling process. Don’t you think this is what you propose to do in meditation and meditative absorption also? You stop all activities, physical activities, close your eyes, sit in a place crossed-legged, interlock your fingers, place the palms on your lap, then what do you do? You try to get into yourself where the mind is thinking, get inside the thinking process, regulate the whole thinking, make it concentric or centric and finally let the whole mind and mind process dissolve, dissolve, dissolve. This is what we are supposed to do in meditative absorption.

By discipline and disciplinal sublimity, the same thing is achieved in conjunction with whatever you do. You may not be so disciplined and refined in everything throughout the day. At least some of the activities you perform should conform to this disciplinal sublimity. As I speak to you reducing my voice, making the speech slower, I find a kind of a creeping effect on my body. That radiance from the body normally in the form of heat about which I don’t know, now I am able to understand from the mass of my body, a radiance is proceeding. I am speaking on the one hand, on the other, this radiance is being felt by me. I feel my whole being is full. There is a sense of abundance. That is felt only because there is a vibrance in it. This vibrance is generated and also felt because of the absorptional effect of what I say and whatever inner processes are there along with the speech. I feel my body is almost afloat in the air. Suppose I speak a little fast, louder then the whole process will not become so sublime.

So don’t undervalue discipline. Understand that is the first path in your spiritual sadhana, progress, and fulfillment. How much infusion you can have while doing your work! That is why every day we are asked to have some kind of a religio-spiritual routine, chant some prayers. In doing the prayers also the same thing applies. Pray paying attention to the sound, syllable, the long and short vowels, the combined letters. Let all these sounds come from your mouth with watchfulness, attention and absorption.

Your mind has to be sensitive to pronounce the words well. Your ears have to be sensitive to listen to them. See whether they are in order or not. And the mind and intelligence have to be sensitive to associate the meaning and import of the words uttered by the mouth. Thus, there is a fourfold application. If all the four elements combine themselves beautifully, I think that itself becomes yogic fruition. It will produce a lot of ecstasy, exhilaration and fullness in you spiritual within namely the mind and the intelligence. So discipline is something very, very sublime and when properly understood and pursued, it becomes more and more divine also.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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