"It is not what you do that matters, but how you do it – with what attitude and aim. The spiritual effect that a seemingly spiritual activity brings, can also be had by the domestic pursuit, provided you preserve a spiritual attitude and dedication."

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.

‘X’, a participant in the five-week program is leaving just now. When I was coming here he asked me, 'Now that I have taken initiation from you, what is it that I should do specially?' I thought this is a very pertinent question for all of you, particularly those who have taken deeksha in the Brahmavidya path. So I will like to speak something on that.

First of all, you have to feel from the depth of your heart and for the whole of your life that you are a deekshita sishya. You are an initiated disciple. When you say initiated disciple, two factors will come. One is you have entered the path of Brahmavidya pursuit. And this path cannot be just adopted by one, all by himself. He has to be initiated into the path by the Sadguru. Like the whiteness of milk and fluidity of the milk cannot be separated, this Brahmavidya entry and the Sadguru, the association with the Guru, both are inseparable.

While you have become a seeker of truth and you are doing sadhana, you also have an inseparable bond with the Guru. How much of Guru Bhakti you are able to muster and apply, and how much of inseparability you feel towards this Brahmavidya deeksha and pursuit, that will determine the quality of your life hereafter. As a seeker of truth, you have to give the primary and the ultimate importance to Brahmavidya and its goal and fulfillment.

ब्रह्मवित् आप्नोति परं - The knower of Brahman attains the Supreme. So, ‘I am initiated into the path which will take me to the Supreme.’ and that should the primary and the ultimate focus in life. You were born, that means you got embodied and as a part of the embodied life, you had your education, then you got into marriage, grihastashrama. You have two children. They will have to be taught. They will grow, like you have grown, your predecessors have grown. All of them will grow. Every day you have to look after them, give them food, give them some kind of guidance. You don’t have to compact the whole year in one day or one week. They will grow as the time passes, like the trees are growing, Ganges is flowing, the clouds are accumulating and shedding, they will also advance in their age and they will grow. None of these factors should be a hindrance to your pursuit. Once you have centralized in your pursuit, you will find all the segments of the circumference will automatically be looked after. Remember,

अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते ।
तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम् ।।
ananyāś-cintayanto māṁ ye janāḥ paryupāsate |
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy-aham ||

If you are centralized, wholesomely in this pursuit, automatically you don’t need anything else. All your temple interests, devotional interests, customary and conventional points, for the sake of the house-members you may agree to do or entrust it to your wife and nominally participate in them. For you, the sadhana should be this. And this fact you should explain to your children. ‘How from the religious life, I have progressed into the spiritual life.’ Spirituality means not the body but the soul, not the sensory objects but the subject. This difference should be there.

Then just like God became the world and by becoming the world he progresses as the world and through the world, His other personality or the other side has not suffered, similarly, you will find your spirituality when cared properly, the other thing will automatically take place.

There are some customary and conventional, moral and ethical codes like speaking truth, not harming anybody, not doing anything in deception, have no stealth, be straightforward, be true. But you may have to get along with untrue people. Then you should feel a helplessness and a sense of surrender. Especially your life is the customs life, so many things may happen. You may not be able to change them.

I told one Superintendent of Customs, “Sometimes do you beat the so-called criminals or violators?” “Yes.” I said, “‘Y’, from today onwards never beat anybody. You question them and they will give you the answers but don’t use physical force. You tell them what your heart is, ‘My Guru has told me not to punish anybody by physical beating. So, without my beating you or any physical aggressive methods, I want to get the right information, please disclose it.’ And they will disclose.” I think he has not beaten anybody after that. He was posted in the borders and other places. So you have to be true and you have to be good and benign. The fact that all the others around you are not so does not give you any compulsion to be bad or forceful. That is one point.

Then this sadhana if it is nourished, cherished and intensified, everything else will come. You may mark today what are the qualities you don’t have and in the coming days, weeks, months and years, how much of these qualities have crept into you or grown in you, you can keep a register. If you do sadhana earnestly, you will have some very good absorptional experiences, sometimes thrills, sometimes ecstasy, sometimes exhilaration, sometimes different types of praanic movements in the body. You may make a diary of all that takes place. But it all depends upon two factors, the intensity of your sadhana and the Gurubhakti you are able to muster and display.

I don’t have to enumerate one quality after the other. Be kind and gentle. I think you are already so, you are not an aggressive person. But I would like you to be very efficient in your job and equally sensitive to all factors in your life. You have to be sensitive to running the house, be sensitive to the needs of your wife, the needs of your children. Never pamper them and spoil them. Share your heart with them, tell them your own life's experience and where caution is to be exercised. They may not immediately listen to and obey but this will be the stock of information and guidance they will have in the years to come. Maybe after some more years, the children may get distanced from you. It should not be allowed and they may be influenced by peers, friends and the others but you will find that after a period of indulgence and distancing, they will come back to whatever you have told them and shared with them now. This is something very, very important.

Keep in touch with us, with the Ashram, take interest in the Ashram’s activities. Take interest in the CIRD that is in Jamshedpur. We need some youngsters like you. In a year, at least we want four programs to be held - one is our visit, another three programs; one for students, another for teachers, a third for the Corporate team. This is what I have in mind. So, I would like you to participate in it in any manner you like and see how best you can have this societal dimension and make sure that you attend the weekly satsang of Brahmavidya Sang. Never fail in it. Go and tell your wife what all happened here and what all you felt, what all I have said, Nutan Swamiji and Ma have said and let there be a greater understanding and sharing between you and your wife and the children.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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