"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.

I would like you to understand that the entire religious and spiritual and yogic practice, even call it philosophical pursuit, it is completely based upon the individual himself. This is a point never thought of. Even when thought of, it is never absorbed. Even when absorbed, it is not reflected upon and adhered to in our life. This is what I have found over the years. That is why I had said something in the context of devotion.

In the concept, practice and perfection of devotion you will find nothing depends upon God - the invisible and the infinitely distant. Everything depends upon the devotee himself. Devotion is an expression and pursuit of the devotee. God is a concept and a faith in his mind. The manner in which he uses this concept and faith depends upon him.

Meera was given poison by the mother-in-law. She drank it in the name of her devotion to Lord Krishna. The poison did not have its biochemical effect on the biological body. How do you explain it? All of you will say, it is because of Lord Krishna. Which Lord Krishna? Where is he or where was he? We know only of one Krishna who was born of Devaki, who lived for 125 years and who departed. Like any other person, he was also born from a human womb, he was bred by humans, he lived by himself and he left the body. If this is a fact, which Lord Krishna came there to protect Meera? Even if he had come, was it uncalled for or was it because of the reliance of the devotee Meera? This reliance – did it belong to Krishna or did it belong to her? If so, was it not the strength and the wholesome nature of her mind’s reliance that worked the wonder? You will have to say yes.

Why I am saying this? Everything in our devotional life bears upon the devotee. Okay. Which part or constituent of the devotee personality it bears on? It does not bear upon his body. The body is physical and it is functioning on physical, chemical, biophysical, biochemical and biological laws and processes. Devotion is not an expression of the body. Breadth is an expression, heat is an expression, wind is an expression, sound is an expression, but I don’t think devotion is an expression of the body. It is an expression of the human mind and heart and it has to be aided by the understanding intelligence in every step. 

It is to aid the devotion by and with the intelligence that we have so many sastras. Take Srimad Bhagavatam for instance. It contains 18000 Sanskrit verses. Everything is revolving around the concept of devotion. When the whole text was narrated to Parikshit, which took seven days, on the seventh day Parikshit says, "Siddhausmi anugrahitosmi." "I have become fulfilled. I have become blessed by your mercifulness. I have absorbed your message in fullness. I don’t fear either death or Takshaka’s bite. Here I withdraw myself from the world. I close my senses, then I withdraw the mind from the senses, I withdraw the intelligence from the mind and I dissolve it into myself, my own soul." Thus saying, he completely got immersed into his own inmost depths. Tell me, what kind of a development is this?

Srimad Bhagavata discusses various methods and practices of devotion. There are physical practices in which yoga practices also are mentioned. But Parikshit did not do any one of them. This is a point that I would like all of you to think about. Parikshit was told about all of them and he listened to them with rapt attention. He did not get up from his seat, go to any mountain or forest to do austerities. All that he did was, he listened to and absorbed the message. That absorption resulted in the transformation and purification of his mind, the enlightenment of his intelligence, the enhancement of his will, the dissolution of his ego, and finally the merger into his own inmost essence. All this was accomplished only by listening and absorption. He did not do any other sādhana at all.

Are you not very clear now that the entire devotional effect is something to be sought and had in the mind level with the help of the intelligence? This is something that I would like you to know. So every ounce of spirituality, every millimeter of spirituality has its effect on your own being and that too in the mind and intelligence. If you start working on your own mind you will find, maybe it will take if not a few months, at least 2-3 years, within the three years your mind will have and must have become very devotional, sublime and even ecstatic, very pleasant and peaceful and ecstatic. If it does not take place, the only answer is you have not made devotion act on your mind and intelligence.

Every word is an idea and by uttering any word or every word we are creating or generating an idea infusion into the reader or the listener. And if these ideas are infused and they are assimilated, imagine the transformation that it will bring about in your personality. This is the transformation we find in Parikshit in seven days, in Arjuna in three hours and in Sri Rama in eighteen days. Even if you don’t have it in three hours, seven days and eighteen days, you must have it at least in eighteen months, or at least in seven years or three years. Please think about this.

I am very much sorry, disappointed also to some extent though I don’t admit with disappointment, we are always speaking about this mind effect, the intelligence effect of spirituality and that too quoting age-old scriptures, the great treasure that we have in our country. In spite of this, why is it that you people are not peaceful, delightful and joyful? Why don’t you have a flexible, natural, easy and smooth mind which will not get unnecessarily vexed or disappointed on any account whatsoever? Think.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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