"Our body and this complex world around us is meant to reveal and display the Self variously. Spiritual seeking lies in looking for That which animates the body. Turn the mind and intelligence inward to their very Source. Let the thoughts make you search for the thinking substance, the thinker.  Only then the mystery of the Self will be unveiled."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Yesterday during the satsang, the main discussion was about interpersonal relationship and the various forms of irritation and reaction that we have in our mind. If I say this, will you give sufficient attention to what you hear and assimilate it and put it into effect? You know, right from our birth, we are always reacting to things. I sometimes wonder whether there is anything called action at all because the child when it comes out of the mother’s womb, it had a certain atmosphere and temperature inside. The moment it came out, the skin gives a new sensation which is a contrast and a conflict. That is why it reacts to it in the form of a cry. Ever since then, is it not inputs coming from the world through the senses and these imprints getting formed in the mind and we are reacting to these imprints? You think of a desire, you can only desire for something other than you. And where is the second factor? Outside, perceived by the senses. So when the senses perceive something and an imprint of an outside object is formed, you desire that. Suppose you desire knowledge, that is also a reaction to what is taking place from the outside world. It is our mind that produces these reactions. In the whole process you will find, mind is the superior factor and the world is the secondary or subsidiary factor.

So any person, if he creates a certain reaction or an emotion, adverse emotion in you, understand, in the whole process you are the originator, the sustainer and dissolver and the other person is only a cause for it. Every action is generated by the mind. So if somebody is causing irritation, understand the irritation is a reaction from your inside from the mind and our mind has got infinite potential, capacity, to do anything it wants. If you encourage the reaction, the reaction will go on increasing. If you discourage it and you are determined to dissolve it, it will get dissolved.

I was reading a portion from Srimad Bhagavata. It is called Bhikshu Gita. It is a Gita, a song sung by a mendicant, who was a very rich man, who did not spend his money usefully, protected it; finally he lost everything, all the relatives and the others hated him. He finally became indifferent and disappointed; he developed dispassion and started walking around as a mendicant. So the people saw him from different directions, all of them crowded around him, started accusing him, accusing him, pulling his sacred thread, his umbrella, his water pot; and then giving it back to him, again snatching. He had a little food. When he was eating it, they started passing urine. They started spitting on him. So he was assailed by a number of people from various sides. Even then, Sri Krishna says, this mendicant started singing a song. What is that? “Nobody else is responsible for my plight. My mind alone is responsible.” And the song is a few poems. “My mind alone is responsible. That is what revolves the entire world and worldliness for me.” So he remained quiet. Just see the capacity of the mind.

If you support your irritation, the irritation will go on increasing. One day you decide, “I will not get irritated with my son. I will not get irritated with my wife. I will not get irritated with my assistant.” One day you decide it. Then the mind will favor you. The mind is a plural factor. It creates plural responses. You have to select which is for you and which is not for you. By habit, it may create some unfavorable responses, but never become a slave to them.

See, our mind generates everything. All the thoughts evolving from the mind, they also get dissolved into the mind. So the mind is not merely a creator but it is also a dissolver. So any reaction you can handle. Just see the bhikshu, the mendicant said, amidst all these provocations and hurting attitudes; he starts singing: “No, No, none of them is the cause of my suffering. My mind alone is. My mind alone is. My mind alone is. Is. Is.” Can you imagine? This is presented by Krishna during his dialogue with Uddhava. It comes very late, at the twenty-third chapter. There are altogether thirty-one and it comes as the twenty-third. Can you imagine?

Our whole spiritual science is a psychological excellence. It is an unimaginable profusion of the good and benign qualities of the mind. It is an excellence of the subtle capacities of the mind which normally people don’t understand, discover and harness. But if you want, you can harness them to any extent that you want. So my answer to yesterday’s question is that, these are all conventional things: “I get irritated, I get irritated. I dislike him.” Why should you dislike? As you are a human, he is also a human. If you have a good nature, he has a bad nature. Both of you have to coexist. We are living in a world of jackals and tigers, mosquitoes and insects, scorpions. Are we eliminating all of them? God has created them. Live in a manner that you are not affected unduly by them. Insulate yourself. Insulate yourself. Take whatever precautions are necessary. Every one and every thing has got a right to exist in this world. So substandard people also will be there. Deceptive people also will be there. Maybe in your own family there is one. I don’t think we can question and try to invalidate all these things. The only way is to reinforce your mind, to reinforce your mind. To make it so powerful, so potent, so flexible, so assimilative that any kind of an input from this world you must be able to assimilate. And it is possible, it is possible, it is being done, it is being done.

Now I am an excellent person in what? Any emotion including irritation, I don’t suppress it. I allow it to express whenever it comes. I consider my mind is not my mind. It is somebody else’s mind. So, whatever it does, I will not like it. Suppose it behaves in a bad manner, I will put up with that misbehavior also. But, one condition. I hate none, I disallow none. This is my attitude. I accept my mind as I accept the minds of others also. So there is a harmony with the seeming disharmony and conflict that sometimes I experience in this world. So my last word is try to be harmonious with disharmony. Try to be harmonious with functional conflicts also. And it is possible.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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