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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru!
I am wondering how to make all of you seekers and sadhakas understand that the study of our scriptural compositions is something very important and cannot be avoided? Unless you make the study of the scriptural compositions a very important part of your sadhana life, I don't think you will have anything like a spiritual worth, a spiritual treasure and a spiritual elegance. What is it that you have? You must have something. The gifts or the possessions are either sensory, physical and external or they can only be of the mind and the heart. Will you think for a moment what is called a mental gift or a possession? Similarly, what is the intellectual or the intelligential gift or possession? The answer is simple. It is knowledge, knowledge, knowledge and particularly that kind of a knowledge which always lives with you, overseeing, examining and evaluating the character, behavior and interaction of yourself.
Anywhere and everywhere I read, this morning also I read a portion of the Uddhava Upadesa. Finally, the matter comes to the mind. We do jumbo (a large) puja using a number of materials, Krishna speaks about them. Finally, he comes up and concludes to say that all this puja is of no avail if the bhakta's mind is not pure, devotional and is surcharged with surrender and attunement. When will you understand that the qualities and mobility of the mind are far superior to any other devotional expressions or embellishments? Who will tell you about this fact except compositions and scriptures like this? I think if you can learn about fifty Sanskrit verses, they will be the best of treasure that you can think of. The study has to be focused and whatever you study, you must be able to understand and possess, understand and possess. Knowledge is the best corrector, amender. That is the best reinforcer. That is the best wealth and treasure.
When I was in Kolkata, that was the first time I started getting exposed to the spiritual life, so to say. My exposure was something unique. I happened to meet my Gurudev. I went to him, seeking deeksha and the Brahmavidya sadhana was the first item I picked up and started pursuing. The spiritual study followed it, maybe after 1.5 years or so. So when I started reading, I already had a stock and strength and the background of the actual Brahmavidya sadhana. What is that? Remaining closing the door in a room and plunging into your own mind. You may call it intelligence and ego also.
I don’t think I did much of introspection at that time. Introspection becomes diverse. Instead of introspection, I was only focused on the sadhana. In such focused sadhana, what happens is the thoughts dwindle, they become lighter, slower, feebler and ultimately the whole thing disappears. Everything dissolves and there is, how I can describe it, either a state of suspense or dissolution characterized by absolute motionlessness. This was the treasure and strength I had.
In the background of this meditative absorption which was my wealth and strength, when I started reading the scriptures, the scriptures started giving me enlightenment about the whole pursuit. And the enlightenment provided is in the form of Sanskrit verses. What is sadhana, who is a sadhaka, what is siddhi, and who is a siddha? So, there was a very clear focus. What is the sadhana, the content and procedure of it, what is the goal and which factor or constituent in you is going to do the sadhana and achieve the goal? I don’t know, I cannot tell you how much of value, how much of importance, how much of greatness, how much of distinction, whatever I read had in my mind.
So, I am wondering, can you not spend your time at least to learn fifty Sanskrit verses, only fifty which in all will represent the sadhana you pursue, the goal to be kept in mind and the actual achievement of the goal? Achievement of the goal is an outcome which you as a seeker or as a sadhaka would get. After getting the outcome, how will it reflect or manifest in your character, behaviour and interaction? This also will be mentioned in the fifty. These fifty verses if you can read, understand, commit to memory and constantly apply them to find out ‘Am I doing the sadhana properly, do I progress, where have I reached, what are the characteral and behavioural elements I have to incorporate, where do I lack, how can I become more enriched, more strengthened, wherefrom can I get the tower of strength?’, all these things will become so very clear.
You know, I have been speaking for the past 56 years. Now I am coming to feel that this speech is not as effective in the people as it should be, not because I don’t deliver the message properly but the recipients. One day our Sumesh said “Swamiji, your lectures are very interestingly and inspiringly heard by the people.” They only hear them but I don’t think they understand them. I don’t know whether his words themselves are understood by him properly. But it was a simple but great statement. I don’t know how he made it.
It is very interesting to listen to a good talk, very exhilarating, very joyful. So, people listen to the talk because of the joyfulness they produce. And they are all facts and true, so they like it. That is okay, it is not bad. Good. But after listening, what about absorbing some of the cardinal points applying to your sadhana, relevant to your sadhana? So, unless you become a stock of these relevant points, I don’t think even the meditative absorption will be effective. Most of the things I speak now are items which I had read and understood and perhaps committed to memory in my short life in Kolkata. I am wondering how to make you interested in this understanding.
I believe all of you are suffering for no reason, no reason at all! The human mind has got infinite potential. It is unnecessarily getting frightened by the conventional and habitual aberrations, so to say. We have never found out, you know? People are saying positive, positive, positive, negative, negative, negative. If you want to be positive, think only of the positive and don’t worry about the negative. ‘My mind gives negative thoughts.’ The mind only gives; you pick up a few thoughts and give me. They come and they go. If they come only to go, why are you worried about them? You think about the positive and the positive thoughts will increase in number. Finally, you will find there will be no negativity at all. It is such a simple process, not at all complicated but people will say it is hard, it is hard. Who told you that it is hard? Where is it written that it is hard? So, you are governed by a wrong tradition, by a wrong hearsay.
I think you should value our scriptural texts. I don’t say by scripture, big Vedas and all that. Spiritual writings, good writings, traditional writings are there like Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, there are a number of Prakarana Granthas. Srimad Bhagavatam, what a beautiful narration is there! Srimad Bhagavatam, the same items are repeated from different, different angles. And what are they - devotion and restfulness in God, dispassion to the ephemeral world and objects and right understanding of divinity, God, Self etc. These are the only three items repeated and revolved throughout Srimad Bhagavatam. I think you will have to evaluate your position with reference to the scriptural texts and what they disclose and beckon.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.