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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

Last night, introducing two verses from Yogavāsiśtha Rāmāyana, I was explaining how the spiritual wisdom is actually not associated with its physical representation. I don’t know whether the expression is clear to you. Spiritual wisdom eliminates and terminates kartr-bhoktr-bhāva. It takes away from the mind and intelligence the feeling, the deep-rooted feeling, that ‘I am the doer’, ‘I am the sufferer’ and ‘I am the enjoyer’. This is a feeling that all people have. Maximum you can say this feeling is centered in the mind in the way of an attitude and in the intelligence in the way of an assessment or an evaluation. Now the spiritual wisdom is practiced in such a manner that these feelings and assessments will be eliminated.

The feeling that I am a doer arises because you feel that you are the body. It is true that my eyes see, my hand holds, my mind thinks. It is true, nobody can negate it. But the point is that, are these only functions of these organs or are they also the function at that ‘I’ level…single I…I…E…F…G…H…I. Then comes the question, the body is my body, the eyes are my eyes, the mind is my mind, the intelligence is my intelligence, the ego is my ego. Whenever you say my ego, for the ego to be identified as mine, there should be an 'I', separate from it. In that ‘I’ level, is there any action taking place? No is the answer. This is what spiritual wisdom repeatedly emphasizes. So, the wisdom acts inwardly in the mind and intelligence and it takes away the ego, the sense of ownership, that ego-centric feeling or personality.

It is not that a man physically does not do anything and then says ‘I am not a doer’. That anybody can say, it doesn’t require spiritual wisdom. You close your eyes; you don’t see. You keep quiet in a place; you don’t act; as in sleep you don’t act. But here is a totally different situation.

नैव किञ्चित् करोमीति युक्तो मन्येत तत्त्ववित् ।
पश्यन् शृण्वन् स्पृशन् जिघ्रन्नश्नन् गच्छन् स्वपन् श्वसन् ।।
प्रलपन् विसृजन् गृह्णन्नुन्मिषन्निमिषन्नपि ।
इन्द्रियाणीन्द्रियार्थेषु वर्तन्त इति धारयन् ।।
 naiva kiñcit karomīti yukto manyeta tatvavit |
paśyañ ś van sp śañ jighrann aśnan gacchan svapañ śvasan ||
pralapan vis jan g h ann unmi an nimi annapi |
indriyā īndriyārthe u vartanta iti dhārayan ||
(Bhagavad Gita - 5.8, 5.9)

While all the sensory organs are working, while the mind and the intelligence also are at work, you must, you must have an assessment deep down in you whereby you say,

In the ‘I’ level, I don’t do anything. In the ‘I’ level, I was not born.

In the ‘I’ level, I don’t die. In the ‘I’ level, I don’t act.

In the ‘I’ level, I don’t experience.

My dear souls, this alone is spiritual wisdom and nothing other than that. Once you get to know this truth, you will find it terminates all the sufferings, all the evaluations, attitudes, objectives, assessments, everything is completely eliminated.

यस्त्वात्मरतिरेव स्यादात्मतृप्तश्च मानवः ।
आत्मन्येव च सन्तुष्टस्तस्य कार्यं न विद्यते ।।
नैव तस्य कृतेनार्थो नाकृतेनेह कश्चन ।
न चास्य सर्वभूतेषु कश्चिदर्थव्यपाश्रयः ।।
yastvātmaratireva syādātmat ptaśca mānava |
ātmanyeva ca santu astasya kārya na vidyate ||
naiva tasya k tenārtho nāk teneha kaścana |
na cāsya sarvabhūte u kaścidartha vyapāśraya ||
(Bhagavad Gita - 3.17, 3.18)

This is the description of such a person. It is not that he will not live, move and interact with this world. As long as the body is there, it breathes, it is nourished, energy will be built and the energy will have to be spent and it can only be through activity. Just like trees are active, plants are active, birds and animals are active, human bodies, human beings also are active. In that there is no option. We can never be inactive. The option is in assessing this activity and getting to the inmost level of our personality where non-doership, non-enjoyership and non-sufferership is the only characteristic, character and truth.

I don’t know when you are going to understand this. Spiritual wisdom works inwardly…inwardly. Of course, when you have such a feeling, a lot of change will take place. That is why we have become sannyāsins. What is the reason? I will no more cling to a family. I will no more cling to the family members. Automatically an expansion and a termination take place. Termination of the family-centric and the ego-centric personality, expansion in the way of a universality, universalness, dawning in your system, and you would like to speak to the others about this truth, because there is a lot of relief, consolation and assurance in this wisdom. Whatever you may say, world and worldliness will be only tormenting. Either they may torment you directly; if your family is all right you have no problem. When your mind starts thinking about the world around, you will find a lot of problems will be there.

One woman called B, another woman called G, both of them middle-aged, they came to the ashram. I was talking to them. Both of them were narrating to me the difficulties they have. In the case of one, the husband gets money but not substantial money or useful money is given to the family. There is beating also. After hearing, my heart was almost bleeding and melting. Then I asked that girl, “Tell me in what way can we relieve you. What kind of a relief?” She smiled and said, “I have nothing to say.” That is the beauty of the person. You know this, I think she never said anything "This is what I want".

The other woman I asked, her husband has run away. She has children who are studying. So, I said, “G, in what way can I do anything to relieve you?” She said,”I really don’t know, Swamiji, what to talk to you.” Why should people come and why should we feel? So, this feeling of expansion takes place. Perhaps your feelings for your family are much weaker or less strong than what we have for the society. In your case, you are deluded. You will not do what is good for the child. You will do what you feel like doing. If a denial is good for the child, you should be able to deny. If a special note of favour is necessary, that should be extended. So, this expansion takes place and also a new assessment. That also dawns. The whole thing is working on the mind and intelligence. Its offshoots or expressions will be there in the physical level. So, the catch is while you are remaining active and interactive, this realization about non-doership, non enjoyership and non sufferership will grace you and insulate you. Mind that. Discuss it, understand it, articulate it, try to know about it, don’t spend your time unnecessarily. Only pick up this subject and start talking as long as you are here.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.