“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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

Srimad Bhagavata is considered to be a very devotional text through and through, but the content does not give us that impression, it is a very full-fledged śāstra, scripture and the subjects it deals with are bhakti, devotion to the Lord, the Supreme Reality, dispassion to the ephemeral and transitory world, and a personal direct knowledge of what the Supreme Reality, the Almighty is. Through narrations, dialogues, discussions, enunciations, descriptions and interactional behaviour, Srimad Bhagavata drives home these three themes in various alluring ways.

In the whole of Srimad Bhagavata this particular verse appears in the eleventh skandha as part of the dialogue between nine Yogis and Nimi Chakravarty.

कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा
बुद्ध्यात्मना वानुसृतस्वभावात् ।
करोति यद् यत् सकलं परस्मै
नारायणायेति समर्पयेत्तत् ॥
kāyena vācā manasendriyair-vā
buddhyātmanā vānusṛta-svabhāvāt |
karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai
nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayet-tat ||
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.36)

This is the original verse as it appears in the text. This is very much quoted by all people on all occasions. It says that whatever activity takes place through the body, mind, senses and any other organ or instrument in the body – all that one should surrender as an offering to the Supreme Lord. I think this message will summarize the life of a seeker.

Any seeker wants to divinize himself and divinize the world. The world itself is godly because it is born of God, filled by God and preserved by God. But when we look at the world, we hardly get an idea of God. That is why we have carved a piece of rock from the mountain and chiseled it and shaped it into the God we have in mind. Then we ourselves install it, then we start calling it God and Godly. But actually the mountain, the huge rock, the earth, the surrounding air, waters, all are themselves equally idols of God but we don’t have a feeling that God has idolized himself in the form of the world.

The struggle or the striving of the seeker is to divinize himself. Whatever activity he performs, he should understand he performs it with his own body, and the body itself is a handiwork of the Almighty. He is standing, living and moving upon the Earth which again is a Godly creation, he breathes air, that is also Godly, God’s own gift. The various items of food and drink we take are also equally God gifts and Godly. So living with a body made by God, moving in this world which is again made by God, what is there ungodly before us? Nothing! Nevertheless we are not able to have this idea.

So I would like you all to remember this great message of Srimad Bhagavata whatever you are doing and wherever. Whatever may be the nature of your activity, you the actor, must always carry the idea that it is Godly and if at all you can offer it to anybody. To the question for whose sake you are active in this world – ‘I was born because of God, I live because of Him, and all that I do is only for Him.'

When this wholesome, wholesome thought of God and Godliness especially coupled with a great note of humility graces your mind, then you are a devotee, a seeker, even a knower of truth. So remember this, if all the actions that you are performing do not stand engulfed by Godliness in your mind, you are short of your ideal and goal.

kāyena vācā manasendriyair-vā
buddhyātmanā vānusṛta-svabhāvāt |
karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai
nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayet-tat ||

Work in the kitchen, construction activity, going to the market, reading and writing books, anything and everything that you perform including bathing your own body, answering the calls of nature, in all these things you must have a feeling of Godliness, Godliness and Godliness.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.
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