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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Last satsang in the evening yesterday, I was discussing a very, very important verse of Bhagavad Gita.

आपूर्यमाणमचलप्रतिष्ठं
समुद्रमाप: प्रविशन्ति यद्वत्‌ ।
तद्वत्कामा यं प्रविशन्ति सर्वे
स शान्तिमाप्नोति न कामकामी ॥
āpūryamāṇam-acala-pratiṣṭhaṁ
samudram-āpaḥ praviśanti yadvat |
tadvat-kāmā yaṁ praviśanti sarve
sa śāntim-āpnoti na kāma-kāmī ||
(Bhagavad Gita 2.70)

Everybody generally thinks about spirituality as a practice which is to be taken up while sitting, closing the door, closing the eyes, then trying to handle your mind through a meditative process with a view to get absorbed into your own self. Physically it should be characterized by stillness, inactivity and inwardly it should be characterized by an absorption into our own inmost essence. This is what people always think. There is nothing wrong in it. But this is only a means to an end. And what is the end if you ask me, that is described in the verse āpūryamāṇam-acala-pratiṣṭhaṁ.

Every action is a means to an end, an outcome. So spiritual study, spiritual practices including meditation have a goal to achieve. What is that goal? Is it to make man inactive or super-active? Is it to make man suffer during the course of his life or be happy in the course of the life? This is something that you should understand.

There is a great difference between the meditative absorptional stillness and the interactive sublimation and enrichment and enlightenment. Maybe many people are not able to understand the difference and work for it. But understand that Krishna was always active, Rama was always active, Vasishtha was always active, Janaka was ruling the kingdom. All people were active; at the same time they were experts in the art and process of acquiring spiritual wisdom. So it is for every one of you to think what is the real attainment. Here is the sloka from possibly the fifth chapter of Bhagavad Gita.

कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां यतीनां यतचेतसाम् ।
अभितो ब्रह्मनिर्वाणं वर्तते विदितात्मनाम् ।।
kāma-krodha-viyuktānāṁ yatīnāṁ yata-cetasām |
abhito brahma-nirvāṇaṁ vartate viditātmanām ||
(Bhagavad Gita 5.26)

विदितात्मनाम् – For the people who have known and realized the Self, if they become कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां यतीनां यतचेतसाम् |

कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां - The mind is constantly preyed and propelled by Kama and Krodha, attraction and repulsion. These twin forces should be sublimated by the mind, in the mind. And the constant striving should be aimed at this Kama-Krodha sublimation. Then the mind becomes sufficiently restrained, reformed, refined and moderated, Kama-Krodhas are no more there, they don’t trouble the mind.

अभितो ब्रह्मनिर्वाणं वर्तते - For such a person, around such a mind, sublimated mind, the Nirvana, the redemption arising from Brahman, the nirvana arising from the Supreme Reality will be encircling them. Wherever they go, this encirclement of nirvana will be there. Why? It is only because the mind has been sublimated so far as Kama-Krodha urges are concerned. What do you understand from this? You understand that this Brahma-nirvana is not something to be gained only by meditative absorption; Meditative absorption is the preliminary or the initial stage in the pursuit of a full-fold Brahma Vidya sadhana. And through meditation, you must be able to unravel the blissful existence of the self which is not bounded or boundaried by the body. Like space permeating in all the other four bhootas, this Atma or Brahman is permeating everywhere. To have the initial touch of it, you meditate and get absorbed. But from then on, through tattva-vicara, the refining process of the mind and the intelligence, every thought, every movement, every vibration should reveal the substance that vibrates.

Water is flowing very powerfully. Still it is water. It is still in a lake, still it is water. It goes up in the form of vapor, still it is water H2O. It gets frozen into ice, still it is that. In the same manner, you must be able to unravel that wonderful presence which never undergoes any mutation or change. And the key for it is the sublimation of the mind, its Kama-Krodha urges. After reading or hearing this verse, your perception about spiritual pursuit should completely change. And you should understand, we may speak a lot, we may read a lot, we may think a lot, we may meditate a lot, it does not matter or it matters. But the point is the mind should be sublimated. Kama-Krodhas should be sublimated. The knowledge of the self should become not concentric but comprehensive. It should not be an earthy realization nor a watery one nor an airy one nor a firy one. It should be a spacial one, spacial one. As is the space though subtle, pervading everywhere, so is the self pervading everywhere. You can extract this nirvana from every atom, every piece of dust, every thought, every doubt, every knowledge because the content in all these cases is the same, the same, the same.

कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां यतीनां यतचेतसाम् |

We are sannyasins only because we wanted to have this wonderful state of freedom and redemption. And this can be had only when you become a yati, an ascetic, because the ascetic is having a wholesome, a wholesome pursuit. The very ascetic life is austere. The very ascetic life is inwardly sublimating, enriching. Such people have their nirvana, wherever the mind is, whatever they do, wherever they are. Remember this verse.

कामक्रोधवियुक्तानां यतीनां यतचेतसाम् |
अभितो ब्रह्मनिर्वाणं वर्तते विदितात्मनाम् ||

For the people who have known the Self, all around is Brahma nirvana, wherever they go, whatever they do.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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