"Devotion is a means as well as its true end when it grows into a full treasure. When devotion becomes a treasure, you will need nothing more for inner fullness or affluence. As devotion grows, it will begin to free you of all desire, hatred and fear. It will relieve poverty, either by making you amply resourceful or by taking away from you the very feeling of poverty. Devotion also will remove your weakness, generating untold strength and confidence."

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.        

We have been discussing the same subject of spirituality year after year, month after month, sometimes day after day, week after week. What is this spirituality? I would like to present it in a very, very nutshell form. The human personality represents the entire creation and its potential in full. Every one of you has what the entire objective world has, plus something more. How do I say this? The entire world is created by panchabhutas and these panchabhutas give rise to only pancha-tanmatras. These tanmatras are felt and heard only by us, human beings. So the entire matter-energy world is represented in your body. The world is panchabhautic, your body is panchabhautic. In addition to that, there are three other factors in you, they do not belong to the ken of matter or energy, they transcend both. They are functions and functional units of consciousness, the mind, the intelligence and ego. These are the eight factors that constitute the entire creation, panchabhutas plus mind, intelligence and ego. We have something still more, the Supreme which we denote by the term “I”. That is the ninth factor. All the eight are its manifestations and display. Krishna says in Gita:

भूमिरापोऽनलो वायुः खं मनो बुद्धिरेव च ।
अहङ्कार इतीयं मे भिन्ना प्रकृतिकष्टधा ।।
bhūmir-āpo’nalo vāyuḥ khaṁ mano buddhir-eva ca |
ahaṅkāra itīyaṁ me bhinnā prakṛtir-aṣṭadhā ||
(Bhagavad Gita 7.4)

"My manifest form is made up of these eight factors."

All the eight you have plus the "I" factor also. So my dear souls, all of you are complete in every way. The body grows in its own manner and completes its growth. The mind, intelligence and ego are subject to your wish and will in their growth, in their display and possibilities. Understand this, understand this, develop your mind at least after the body has grown, develop your intelligence, develop your ego and for all this, the Self gives you support, sustenance, leadership and what not. Be not weak, be strong, be not narrow, be expensive, expansive, be not low but be lofty and be ocean-al and spatial in your inner personality, in your inner dimension. For this kind of a growth, the entire life, every day of it is only an opportunity, an encouragement, an enrichment, an enlightenment and a compulsion. Make use of your life and grow to the full dimension. Even if you are not able to grow to the full dimension, a small dimension of the infinite potential is more than sufficient. Be confident, hopeful and be fulfilled.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.         

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