"Thought is the most potent and creative power in the world. It initially takes shape in an individual mind. When shared with others, any benevolent thought starts growing as a vibrant process encompassing more and more people. It is such collective benevolent thoughts that build up great cultural values and treasure in the society."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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“Swamiji, when I meditate, thoughts come.” What is your complaint? Thoughts come. Is it that thoughts come, or they come and also go? If they come and go, they come only to go, then why are you worried about it? A person comes to our house, he has entered the gate; he also goes away before reaching the house block. There are clouds hovering in the sky, it would appear that they would immediately shell, a wind comes, blow them off and no rain. Why don’t you sit and find out what is this thought? What is its substance? How does it come from? Wherefrom does it come? Where does it remain? And how does it set? If only you can find out this mystery, the mystery of the thought process…

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

As I was mentioning last night in the satsang, (I did not get much time) that spirituality or even the religion is actually a science of the inner personality of man. Our personality itself is a composite. As all of us can understand, it has the physical, gross counterpart - Our body with all its limbs, the sensory organs of perception, the sensory organs of activity. The body is a trunk for all these organs to be situated, to be present. We are feeding the body only to ensure that all these sensory activities are enabled.

The question arises, the senses cannot function by themselves nor the body; so something other than these will have to employ them for their functions. What is that ‘other’ factor? This is how we go into our inner personality consisting of mind, intelligence and ego. Now Vedānta or spirituality is a science dealing with this inner personality, its constitution, its character, its potential, its magnitude and what all we can achieve with this inner personality. Don’t think that the inner personality means something like a shadow of the body. It is not at all! We are using the word ‘personality’ that’s all. It is unlike the body and unlike the bodily parts.

So we have got something in the way of a mind, mind, mind. Mind produces a number of thoughts and emotions. I would like you to spend at least half-an-hour a day sitting in a place, closing your eyes, interlocking your fingers and putting them on your lap and delving inside your body. Try to find out the relationship between what you call the mind and the mind’s function called thought. Try to find out what is the substance of the thought.

When water flows, flowing, but the ‘flowing’ is the function or an expression of the water. A very vast, deep stretch of water is called the lake or the ocean. Just like you understand the content of the ocean as water, the content of the lake as water, of river as water, similarly look into the thought process and find out what the thoughts or thought, what they are. You should not get involved in the thought in this sense - The memory it gives, the knowledge it stimulates, the reaction it gives rise to. Do not look into the thought as a genesis of emotion, genesis of memory. No, no, no. I only want you to look into the thought as formation of an idea expressed in the form of letters and words. So look into it and find out its genesis, wherefrom it comes and what is its substance. Try to find out also in what way is the mind, the source different from the thought, its effect. Is there any difference between the two? If so, to what extent and in which manner?

I think if any one of you can spend consistently half-an-hour or 45 minutes in this program, you will find that you become an altogether different person. You will start understanding the mystery of creation, the mystery of your own body. But I am wondering whether you will do it and report to me what you find.

Swamiji, when I meditate, thoughts come.” What is your complaint? Thoughts come. Is it that thoughts come, or they come and also go? If they come and go, they come only to go, then why are you worried about it? A person comes to our house, he has entered the gate; he also goes away before reaching the house block. There are clouds hovering in the sky, it would appear that they would immediately shell, a wind comes, blow them off and no rain. Why don’t you sit and find out what is this thought? What is its substance? How does it come from? Wherefrom does it come? Where does it remain? And how does it set? If only you can find out this mystery, the mystery of the thought process…

You are always reporting to me or reporting to the others, “A bad thought came, a hateful thought came, a jealous thought came.” True they have all come; then what do they do? They go! Then why are you so much worried about it? Encourage them to go and keep quiet. If good and noble thoughts come, encourage them to be with you. Try to intensify their role, their function. Make it more frequent. I think this is all what I have to tell you.

First I said our personality is a composite one. The body is only an external, gross counterpart. The inner subtle counterpart - Don’t think that it is something like the body. No. Call it a body by comparison. It is an occurrence of the thought process, then prevalence of the thought process, then the dissolution of the thought process. Between the three, you tell me which is longer - Dissolution, occurrence or prevalence? And when you think like that, whether the thought is of an elephant or of God or a dog, it matters nothing.

I think you should simply assimilate what I say and try, try, try and then let me know. Find out whether there is any difference if any between the mind, the source of the thought and thought, the evolute from the mind. After all, it is very simple. You have only to look to into your thought and its genesis, thought and its genesis. The area to be covered is very negligible, the place where it has to be done is also very clear. I think this is what you should do to understand spirituality and go ahead comfortably.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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