"Your mind has enormous hidden dimensions. Open yourselves completely to whatever reactions and emotions the world evokes from time to time. Accept them all without any reservation or resentment. By assimilating everything and all, your mind grows deeper, stabler and more enriched."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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There is an oft repeated phrase, "professional jealousy". Any professional will have jealousy towards somebody in his field, especially one who does well. Instead of professional jealousy, can it not be professional appreciation? So, our mind doesn’t allow us to appreciate when something appreciable is there. I think one has to be guarded against this kind of a fault finding and constricted outlook. There are so many qualities which will adorn the human mind and two are, one - an abiding fondness for satsanga, being in the company of the wise and getting exposed to the truths they reveal. Another is, always having a readily rejoicing mind especially with regard to the virtues and qualities, excellences of the others. The qualities may be others but when you appreciate them, the joy the appreciation gives is yours. You may not be qualitative, but even then if you have appreciation for qualitative people, that part gives you a lot of joy. Please remember this.

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

One of my disciples came to me in New Delhi and I had a dialogue with him. During the course of the dialogue, he told me that “Swamiji, I spend time apart from the usual spiritual meditation you have asked me to do. I spend every day some time to bring about corrections and improvements in my inner personality." One correction that he referred to was getting rid of the undesirable elements in him. So, "I always say this is something wrong. I don’t want to have it. It should go away from me. I am not that, I am not that. I want to get away from here.” To some extent I was happy but about the process whatever corrections and improvements I felt he should bring about I mentioned to him.

The reason I mentioned about it is, the moment you become an adult you have to develop the habit of observation and self-assessment. Observe the world, observe the others particularly people of quality and virtue, appreciate them. The moment you appreciate a man of quality means you will also like to be one like that, one like him. Apart from the effort to cultivate a quality, appreciating the quality wherever it is, it can even be in characters which are presented by our epics. Right from the young age, I had an appreciation for Sri Rama for his truthfulness and sacrifice. I had an appreciation for Krishna for the delightful and cheerful manner in which he lived and moved. I also had an appreciation for Sankaracharya for the tremendous sacrifice he made, he wanted to make rather. His mother was a widow. There was no other child except him. In spite of it, when he was very young he asked the mother to give him permission to take up sannyāsa, mother was reluctant, ultimately a crocodile had to catch hold of him when he went for bath in the river. It is only about sixty miles away from the Ashram. Then he said, "At least now you permit me to take up sannyāsa, then the crocodile may leave me.” She said, “Okay.” The crocodile left him. The mother stood by her words. He took up sannyāsa and walked all the way alone to the banks of Narmada in Gujarat or maybe in Madhya Pradesh.

I always felt, why did this young Sankara leave home and hearth and also the widowed mother? So, there must be a call greater than what generally surrounds us, beckons us in the family life, in the personal life, in the societal life etc.  Not all have an occasion to have such a call. So, this appreciation for Rama, Krishna and Sankara did perhaps the whole of magic, if at all they did in my life. I am saying this because this appreciation for others for their quality is inevitable in the growth and development of anybody if he wants to be sincere about it. So, one śloka comes to my mind.

वाञ्छा सज्जनसङ्गमे परगुणे प्रीतिर्गुरौ नम्रता
vāñchā sajjana-saṅgmē paraguṇe prītirgurau namratā
(Nīti śatakam 62)

It has four lines. This is only one line. 'Vāñchā sajjana-saṅgmē' - one quality is a continuing fondness for satsaṅga, to be in the company of the wise, to be listening to what they say about the supreme truth of life. You must have an abiding fondness for satsaṅga.

'Paraguṇe prītih' - Whenever you find people with qualities, good qualities, you must feel happy, "Oh, he is a man of quality, very good." It should not be the other way. "It may not be true. He may be false. Maybe this is what we see outside. Something else may be there." By developing such a suspicion and a doubt and also wanting to vilify him, the whole process is taking place in your own mind and you are being victimized and vitiated by them. You may appreciate others but the appreciation is in your mind. And by appreciating qualities, the mind grows them. It is not that I appreciate 'X' and my appreciation goes to benefit him. I appreciate a quality, that means I want to have it and even before having, because of my appreciation for it, I feel happy, my face starts smiling because I found one person who is qualitative, I looked at him, I heard about him, and I was very happy.

'Paraguṇe prītih'. There is an oft repeated phrase, "professional jealousy". Any professional will have jealousy towards somebody in his field, especially one who does well. Instead of professional jealousy, can it not be professional appreciation? So, our mind doesn’t allow us to appreciate when something appreciable is there. I think one has to be guarded against this kind of a fault finding and constricted outlook.

There are so many qualities which will adorn the human mind and two are, one - an abiding fondness for satsaṅga, being in the company of the wise and getting exposed to the truths they reveal. Another is, always having a readily rejoicing mind especially with regard to the virtues and qualities, excellences of the others. The qualities may be others but when you appreciate them, the joy the appreciation gives is yours. You may not be qualitative, but even then if you have appreciation for qualitative people, that part gives you a lot of joy. Please remember this.

vāñchā sajjana-saṅgmē paraguṇe prītih Gurau namratāh, and implicit devotion and humility before the teacher.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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