"Karmayoga does not mean ceaseless pursuit of karma. It truly consists in the Yoga orientation and discipline given to the buddhi and the mind. Constant preservation and application of Yogabuddhi while doing any work, alone makes one a Karmayogin."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Yesterday I told you, (it was in the evening talk) that don’t practise devotion but become a devotee. I don’t know whether you have got the message. Once you start declaring, admitting the fact that ‘I am a devotee’ then every step that you place will be as a devotee, it will become devotional. This will institute a constant examination in you as to whether whatever I do is devotional or not. It will be devotional provided you are a devotee.

Am I a devotee? Was I a devotee earlier – No. I became a devotee at one point of time. When I became a devotee at one point of time, what was the factor that made me do so? What was the difference between a non-devotee and a devotee? This examination is irresistible. It is just like enquiring into the self, enquiring into God, this also becomes very, very consistent and irresistible.

You have your breakfast and then feel “Did I take my breakfast as a devotee? Was it a devotional breakfast or was it a non-devotional one?” In this way, when you start questioning and examining yourself, you will find the real sādhana and refinement will start.

In the twelfth chapter of Bhagavad Gita it is mentioned that “These and these people are dear to me.” Who are the people? One characteristic lakshaṇa after the other is mentioned. Try to find out whether your mind is conforming to these lakshaṇas mentioned by Krishna. Then instead of your sādhana becoming simply meditational and absorptional or doing a pūja for half an hour, it will become a consistent sādhana.

Let me go to Bhagavad Gita.

तस्मादसक्तः सततं कार्यं कर्म समाचर ।
tasmād-asaktaḥ satataṁ kāryaṁ karma samācara |
(Bhagavad Gita 3.19)

Kāryaṁ karma - Whatever action or activity is to be done, do it.

Samācara - Do it well.

Asaktah – Have no sense of delusional clinging.

Yesterday I had a talk with Prasanna. I wanted to drive home to him one important point. When you are here and you have become a seeker, everything of your life is an extension of the seeker-hood. Don’t differentiate between this work and the other work. It may be a work in the kitchen, a work in the reception, a work in handling the magazine, going to the work site, talking to these people, it can also be your electronic involvement. Whatever is to be done, do it. In making all kinds of work equally spiritual lies your success or effectiveness.

Without being spiritual, all people are doing all kinds of work. Spirituality comes there only when you are able to transform everything. And in transforming everything, what is the actual core point? The core points can be many things. One core point that I would like to point out now is that have no sense of kartṛtva about anything that you do. Now you may wonder, is it possible to have no kartṛtva and yet do many things? Yes! What about your breathing? Do you have any kartṛtva about it? What about the heart beat? What about the generation of huger and appeasement of hunger? What about answering the calls of nature? What about the thought process going on in you? Are they taking place under your specific command, wish or will?

I always say, whoever has started a work, let him complete it. I am not referring to human beings. This Ashram was started or came to be in 1963. I don’t say I have started it, it came to be. If it has come to be, it will continue to be. If it is not to continue, it will come to a stop. Often, we may not be able to do things in the way we want. Our Jamshedpur construction is going on. Many things taking place there are not at all to our liking, approval or anything like that. Very shabbily things are done. But what can we do? If you ask me, I have constantly a feeling. Who has started the work - prakṛti. And prakṛti will see to its completion. Whether you argue this way or that way or reflect upon in this manner or that manner, it is a lack of reconciliation with whatever is taking place. I would like to do some things but they are not getting done in the manner we want. We want to have a person for ‘X’ job but such a person is not available. In all these things, you should view them from the austerity and seeking level.

I was involved in the spirituo-social movements. All people became restless. They were not approving of it. So I used to tell them, “In the same manner it has come, it will also stop. Don’t worry about it.” So have a little patience. Many things here may not be alright. You may not be able to devote full-time as you want. We will devote half time. Why have so much of ego about it? This does not mean that whatever work you do should not be alright. It should be alright. When you have this kind of akartṛtva and abhoktṛtva, you will find the mind becomes free and the focus and concentration will be much, much, much more. Nobody will accept it when I say this. That is the trouble with seekers. You know the preference and prejudice are so much strong in us that people will not agree to a non-preferential and non-prejudicial position. Maybe nature traps you and puts you into a difficulty.

When Jamshedpur project came, it was quite involving, huge, something that we cannot imagine with our resources. Side by side, to add fuel to the fire, this Muktisudhakaram also came up. My mind was thinking about the Jamshedpur project and the Muktisudhakaram mission. I thought about it. After sometime, my mind stopped thinking about both. Now so far as Muktisudhakaram is concerned, after I saw a letter written by Asianet, I feel let me stop it.

I think you can still do something very well with a zero position in the mind. Perhaps, many of you do not know that this is spirituality. Spiritualizing whatever you do, spiritualizing the reverses you get, the dissatisfaction that you have, the disapproval that comes to your mind, the inability to do things well, having insufficient resources both material and men, machinery and things like that.

That Upavanam is there. I wanted the Upavanam to be properly done. Now, even the temple is being usurped because of the lack of boundary in Upavanam. People enter into Upavanam and then they go to the temple compound. It is up to us to at least close up that portion so that they will not be able to enter. It is not being done. Every summer I will feel we should bring a JCB and do it properly. Somebody said “We will do it.” and he came and said Government people are there and all. That matter ended there. Next time, at least in the summer I am thinking of calling Ramachandran and asking him to do it. Meanwhile Venkatraman said “I will come. I will also help”. So many years have passed. Right from the beginning, I told the temple people that “This is a place where we cannot look after but you will have to pay your attention”.

Yesterday Prasanna tells me that the southern portion of the plot has been excavated by a new owner to the extent of eight feet and none of us knew about it. Nobody reported it also. These lapses will take place. If you want to do everything perfectly, it may not be possible. Why not we see the hand of providence, the hand of nature?

सर्वारम्भा हि दोषेण धूमेनाग्निरिवावृताः ॥
sarvārambhā hi doṣeṇa dhūmenāgnir-ivāvṛtā: ||
(Bhagavad Gita 18.48)

All undertakings are associated with a measure of evil, wrong, just like fire is enveloped by smoke. This shloka, I remember and repeat to myself many times, very, very frequently and infrequently. Whenever a work is not properly done, I immediately bring this shloka into my mind, sarvārambhā hi doṣeṇa dhūmenāgnir-ivāvṛtā:.

In Bhagavad Gita, there is a verse which says,

मत्तः स्मृतिर्ज्ञानमपोहनं च ।
matta: smṛtir-jñānam-apohanam ca |
(Bhagavad Gita 15.15)

Sometimes we forget to do many things. Wherefrom this forgetfulness comes? Just like memory is there, forgetfulness also is there. So, when we forget something dangerously, what is the consolation for a seeker or a knower? The consolation is only this; forgetfulness and memory, both have come from the same source. Once you have this kind of a spiritual flexibility and spiritual sublimational attitude, you will find the whole picture changes or may not change also.

In the Ashram, you may think I am having object pressure, work pressure, activity pressure. All of you are feeling like that. Now what is it that you want in the Ashram? Our Ashram should become idle and all work should go away? Why don’t you leave it to nature? Something will come up. We are not creating the work; we are not un-creating it also. It all comes as a part of growth or part of extension. I think we are not able to find the hands of divinity in all these developments.

Bhagavad Gita has got a very subtle meaning, I told you earlier also. Bhishma and Drona are representing the ego and the abhimāna in a human mind. The ego and abhimāna are to be dealt with; they have to be sublimated. Until they are sublimated, you will not be able to make life harmonious, pleasant and beautiful. It is not easy to get rid of either ego or abhimāna as it was not possible for Arjuna. “How can I kill my Bhishma? How can I kill or even fight with my Drona?” This was the crisis in Arjuna’s mind. The war did take place. Arjuna did deal with them and the whole event was over. Only Arjuna’s thought and deliberation against them were there and that was good because only through that deliberation, he could achieve that ego-less and abhimāna-less state.

I think every one of you will have to do an introspection there and understand that everything that I have in this Ashram or anywhere in the world is my own spiritual extension and compulsion. Spiritualize everything, divinize everything, even lapses, even lacks, even deficiencies, imperfections. This is does not mean that you will become loose and become more and more imperfect. This is only to tackle with the irresistible and unavoidable lapses which come.

In a place where so many are living together, how can we have everything perfectly? It is not possible at all! I always say we have substandard people, even when you employ people. That is why the world says ‘Out of 10 people, 2 or 3 will be efficient and effective, and 2 or 3 will be middle and the rest of them will be reverse even.’ 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people and the rest 20% alone is done by the rest 80%. This is world record, God’s world. Do you think we can hope anything better? We shall try. But I think that spiritualizing everything is very important. Let us have more and more of asakti in us.

tasmād-asaktaḥ satataṁ kāryaṁ karma samācara

So maybe this objective situation is actually moulding your sādhana, refining your sādhana and making it more and more effective and sublime. Maybe you are not able to know it. Better know it and feel relaxed. 

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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