"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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Death is definite, so don’t crave for it. Life is indefinite, so don’t desire it. So, there is a level of the mind, which goes beyond love to live and love to die. Why don’t we hear all these concepts, understand them, and every moment try to live it through, live it through. You can possess the whole world, I don’t mind, but have no sense of possession. Let many people thrive and survive around you, but never have a feeling that, “I have to do, I have to do.” We are somehow doing, that’s all! As we have eyes, we see, ears, we hear, similarly we have a mind, so we think. We have an intelligence, so we understand. It is all because of these instruments and none of them is made by us. So to have no ego and non-possessiveness, according to me, it is not at all difficult. It is a very natural, a natural feeling, provided you understand matters, think about them properly.

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

I did not speak anything yesterday, so I don’t have anything to speak today also about what I said yesterday.

See, this bhakti and bhakti abhyasa, devotional practices, are something very, very sublime, sweet and nourishing. Srimad Bhagavata is a very beautiful scripture and it contains 80% Vedanta, but the whole Vedanta is coupled with devotional elements. That is what makes it beautiful. That devotional part people are able to appreciate more, or at least they have more appeal. At the same time, the devotion is beautifully blended with spiritual wisdom, that if one reads it even devotionally, he cannot miss the other aspect of it.

Srimad Bhagavata says, “Listening heartily to the divine names, if they are allowed to enter your śravaṇapuṭeṣu sambhṛtam, if they enter through your ears and fill you, all the impurity of the mind is completely removed and one reaches the lotus feet of the Lord. What does it mean? It means something greatly much. I think everyone of you should reflect upon it. All that is required is that you should listen to … if something is there, somebody is singing or doing kirtana, you listen to it. Otherwise you do the kirtana yourself, nāmasaṁkīrtana, and listen to it.

Many of you are worried; I don’t think you should worry. I always ask a simple question – a worrying mind gets more of God’s blessing or a non-worrying mind? After all we are living in a world which is not designed and preserved by us. Every one of you will agree that earth is not made by us. If earth is not made by us and preserved by us, what about the creatures of the earth, vegetation etc., they are also not preserved by us. We are one of the creatures on the earth, perhaps considered to be the best. We are also not preserved by us. Can you not have this simple feeling? Meanwhile, why so much botheration about my children, what will happen to them, my property, what will happen to them. I think it is better to leave all these considerations. By fostering these considerations, nobody is happy.

Uddhava, after having been associated with Krishna for several decades, when Krishna asked him, “I am going, Dwaraka is going to be under the sea, everything will go, why do you stand here to witness the destruction of our own family and people, why don’t you just go, right now, to Badrikashrama?” You know what he said? “I am not able to do as you say, my dear Master, because –

सोऽहं ममाहमिति मूढमतिर्विगाढः
(श्रीमद्भागवतम् ११.७.१६)
so'haṁ mamāhamiti mūḍhamatirvigāḍhaḥ
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.16)

“My mind is steeped in the thought that I am this body and the relations of the body are mine. My dear Lord, please extricate my mind from this kind of a miserable plight and enlighten me so that I shall be able to do as you have asked me to do.” That is how Krishna began the instruction.

What do you understand from this? So, I would like you to drop all your sense of ego and possessiveness about anything whatsoever. Maybe you are a father, you are a mother, therefore what? Who made you a father? Who made you a mother? Why were we born either as masculine or feminine? I don’t think we have shaped or sought our body, we are only living with the body which we already have, we have been given. I think it is very simple to avoid ego and possessiveness.

See, we are doing some activities, some of you may feel good about it. But my feeling, right from the beginning has been “I have not started anything, so I don’t have to complete it.” A few years of life I am living in this world, during which I became a seeker of truth. I was restless, until I had enough of fulfillment in the matter of my quest. After that I am simply living. If my body had fallen, there would have been no activity at all. Because it has not fallen, as long as it continues to be there, I would like to be active.

As Krishna says,

नाभिनन्देद्ध्रुवं मृत्युमध्रुवं वास्य जीवितम्
(श्रीमद्भागवतम् ७.१३.६)
nābhinandeddhruvaṁ mṛtyumadhruvaṁ vāsya jīvitam
(Srimad Bhagavatam 7.13.6)

Death is definite, so don’t crave for it. Life is indefinite, so don’t desire it. So, there is a level of the mind, which goes beyond love to live and love to die.

Why don’t we hear all these concepts, understand them, and every moment try to live it through, live it through. You can possess the whole world, I don’t mind, but have no sense of possession. Let many people thrive and survive around you, but never have a feeling that, “I have to do, I have to do.” We are somehow doing, that’s all! As we have eyes, we see, ears, we hear, similarly we have a mind, so we think. We have an intelligence, so we understand. It is all because of these instruments and none of them is made by us. So to have no ego and non-possessiveness, according to me, it is not at all difficult. It is a very natural, a natural feeling, provided you understand matters, think about them properly.

In the satrashāla, some people are coming and telling me, “Swamiji, my heart is full, full! I have never shed tears in my life. But yesterday I shed. They were tears of bliss and not tears of grief. Completely full, my heart.” At least half a dozen people have come and told me this. So how did they have that feeling of fullness? I don’t think it is the result of a protracted sādhanā.

Somehow in the satrashāla, especially after the nāmasaṁkīrtanam and other things, they feel that all the psychological cobwebs have been removed, tufts have been removed, and they feel very free. The same freedom you can feel, and I think we are born only to feel that.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.