"Self-realization is meant to ensure fulfilment for one’s own self. It is not reaching somewhere or getting at something external, like going to the peak of a mountain. The attainment is in dissolving the mind and intelligence, and getting into the very core of oneself. In other words, it is like multiplying everything with zero."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Now the question is what is that secret by virtue of which all this will become Godly and God? What makes it Godly? Find out what makes it ungodly now. The world and things are as they are. Now, you are not able to think that they are Godly. So what are they? They are ungodly. Who makes them ungodly? Your mind. And what has to make them Godly? Your mind. So what part of your mind or behaviour of your mind, trait of your mind or wrong of your mind makes the things around ungodly? And what is that right or sublimity of the mind which will make it Godly? Can you not introspect on this one sentence for the whole of your life?

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I have been concerned about how our people can be made to understand how to place the deeksha; what is the importance and exclusiveness to be given to it, by doing what will they have more and more fervour, exclusiveness, devotion and aspiration to develop the deeksha sādhanā and go ahead. See, the Brahmavidya deeksha I give is primarily stillness focused. The purpose of it is to gain absorption into oneself. This is not a sādhanā done with the body, any of the limbs of the body, not even the tongue is functional there. You can chant some Guru stotrās, maybe sometimes Omkāra. Except these preliminaries, there is nothing in the deeksha sādhanā which makes you be physical and sensory in the process.

You have to have your āsan, have a cover for it; protect it well. You can wash the cover but not necessarily the āsan. Always make it a point to sit on it. Don’t trample over the āsan. Stand in front; sit and draw your legs. Similarly extend your legs, get up, placing your feet on the floor but not on the āsana. This reverence for the āsana or exclusiveness about the āsana is very important.

And another point I tell you is, you should sit in a room alone on the āsan. Before that, you have to close the doors and windows. You must provide for some kind of circulation of air. But that does not mean you should keep windows open. It has to be closed. So far as you are concerned, your body should be still. What is left in you is only the mind and intelligence. Both of them alone should be applied to this sādhanā.

Why don’t you discuss it with me if you have any difficulty in the actual deeksha sādhanā and what to do etc.? If you cannot ask me, you may ask or Nutan Swamiji. See, your problem in this deeksha sādhanā should be discussed with me, not with anybody else. I don’t expect you to be perfect in one day, one month or even one year. But none of you has a habit of discussing this sādhanā with me. Some of you are staying here for a long time, for a few days. What are you discussing?

In the sādhanā, there is another element; what is that? Post-meditation, post-absorptional period. That is the interactional sādhanā. There how your mind reacts, what should be done with the reaction, these are matters which you can discuss even with the others, others means initiated people would be better. That is where I suggested to you, you can discuss it with Namrata and Vinaya if they have time. You should discuss only that aspect of it. Which aspect - The post-meditational interactional aspect of the sādhanā.

You must keep a diary in which you note, copy your mind. Copy your mind; don’t say I have nothing to write in the diary. You must listen to the diary which has kept. She discusses it as a matter of session, our important satsang session. Instead of lectures, she discusses her notes. Your mind also must be thinking. But you don’t consider it worth writing. That is where you don’t progress. Why don’t you keep a diary and copy your mind? ‘Somebody said this, I also said. This was the reaction. That was the counter reaction. I found it difficult. I developed this, I developed that.’ See, when you start writing like this, it becomes an introspection for you. Your mind will be obliged to think, think, think, think, revalue matters and evolve the right perception, insight.

Even in the Ashram, there are people who are initiated and who have come here. Why don’t you discuss the subject of this post-meditational sādhanā? Meditative experiences you should not and need not discuss with anybody. It will create problem. Don’t try to find out who is a jñāni and who is an ajñāni. If you want to become a jñāni, try for it. You will know when you are one. And (if) your knowledge is fake, that will be exposed. So try to gain that self-knowledge yourself. In connection with that, you can have discussions.

You know at one point of time, my Gurudev happened to go to Varanasi and meet Śankar Purushotthama Tirtha and asked him one important question. At that time, his Guru was not available; he had gone, left his body. Param Guru also possibly was not there. So he went there, waited for his turn, and finally asked him. Śankar Purushotthama Tirtha was doing like this and chanting something about the ātmā.

Then after waiting for sufficient while, Śankar Purushotthama Tirtha Ji asked him, “Why have you come? Who are you?” And you know the advice he gave was, “Go back. Close the door outside and open the door inside.” That’s all. Close the door outside and open the door inside. This is all the instruction he got from Śankar Purushotthama Tirtha. You should understand the value of all these. Is it tonnes of instruction that are going to matter? I think you should be very careful and introspective. After all, the mind, mind, mind. You must have a good mind, an amiable mind, a loving mind, sympathetic mind, considerate mind, a tolerant mind.

We have a library. Why don’t you sit there and read? There are very good books. Our own books are there. Think of ‘The Essential Concepts of Bhagavad Gita’. It is a very rare writing. Can you not read them? has written a book, ‘In the Company of my Lord’. The caption itself is so endearing and curiosity arousing. Can we live in the company of Lord? If so, how? What is the secret of living with God, living with God, living with God, living with God? See, a living person like , she tells about ‘In the company of my Lord’. What does it mean? Why don’t you read it? The entire mystery of God and God-realization will be exposed there; the entire mystery.

When I was working in Calcutta doing intense sādhanā, one thought that occupied my mind is this. People say, see God in everything. Everything is God. See God in everything, everything is God. What is that vision? What is that insight? What is that attitude? What is that mental something by virtue of which all that I see and interact with will become God or Godly? There appears to be a secret! What is that secret my mind was wondering, by virtue of which all that I see and interact with will become Godly? I have to interact with my body, the chair on which I sit, the table I use, at present the computer I have, the bed I lie on, the walls around, the ceiling I see, the bureaux I open and close, sometimes the cash also I deal with, sometimes I have to tell people about the wrong of what they did and the correct way of doing. Rarely I have to become a little harsh also with our servants and assistants.

Now the question is what is that secret by virtue of which all this will become Godly and God? What makes it Godly? Find out what makes it ungodly now. The world and things are as they are. Now, you are not able to think that they are Godly. So what are they? They are ungodly. Who makes them ungodly? Your mind. And what has to make them Godly? Your mind. So what part of your mind or behaviour of your mind, trait of your mind or wrong of your mind makes the things around ungodly? And what is that right or sublimity of the mind which will make it Godly? Can you not introspect on this one sentence for the whole of your life?

I very well remember while working in the office, I used to have this thought. ‘What is that secret by virtue of which we see everything as God, interact everything as Godly?’ So I understood the key is in the mind. ‘The mind is black. So everything becomes black. When the mind becomes white, everything will become white. Now the question is what makes the mind black? What, what, what, what? My mind is blackened by something. I wanted to know what.’

I did not have usually so much of blackness in my mind. If at all, it could have been a little bit of spiritual ignorance or delusion, I cannot call it so. So what was that constriction which made my mind not find everything as God and Godly? You know this one thought started working like a powerful arrow and it started hitting the target and piercing it, piercing it, piercing it, piercing it, piercing it. The whole truth was unfolded before me. I cannot say how long it took. I have spoken about it many times.

Don’t waste your life. Take up this introspection. Take up this introspection. Every one of us has the pāncabhautik body. I want this body of yours to be melted in the crucible of your sādhanā. Which sādhanā? That deeksha sādhanā you do sitting in your āsan closing the door and windows. Let the body be melted, let the mind be dissolved, let the intelligence be vaporized, and let ‘The Self’ start oozing through the pores of your hair. There is no other way, no other way. Postponement will not work, excuse will have no effect, laziness has no place. Fervour, Perseverance, sincerity, fondness - These are the ways.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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