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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

Today, I thought I would speak something about the Mind, and the thought process in the mind, how it can be favorable or unfavorable.

Normally, ever since a child is born, the child is interacting with the outside world, through the five senses. Subsequent to the interactions, it also interacts physically and mechanically with the world, with hands, feet etc. Now, all these interactions get registered in our mind and it is these interactions that further inspire, instigate, lead, and guide the further activities. So, you will find that normally in our mind, there is a place only for worldly imprints, and these worldly imprints are not merely of figures and shapes. The interactions going on ceaselessly, a number of emotions are raised, a number of thoughts and memories definitely arise, and some introspections also follow. But all of them are purely worldly and secular in nature. And what is it that all of you are feeling? “My mind is not restful and the thoughts which are coming are not favorable to me, I feel disturbed!” Nobody says “I am disturbed by anything else!” You are always disturbed by your own mind and your own thoughts.

What is the reason for it? Because all these thoughts are revolving around the fleeting and transitory objects of the world and equally the transitory relationships that you have. Your body is transitory, so too all the other bodies are. And whatever items are there for you to use, they are also transitory. Besides being transitory, a number of counter emotions also are generated. This is the nature of our mind. I don’t think any one of you is happy with the thoughts that you have. If a change has to be brought about, then the mind has to be filled with good, benign, stimulating, delightful, cheerful thoughts. What are they? Have you thought about it? If the entire worldly thoughts are debilitating, they are agitating, then something counter to the world should be there, in order to make you delightful. This is how the thought of God and so many scriptures on God’s excellences, exploits, and other things have been written.

You should make reading of scriptures or scriptural and allied texts an important habit and an item, a constituent of the day for you. I would like to put it in this manner. At least one hour of spiritual reading should be minimum there. And why are we reading it? It is not so much only for knowing - to fill our mind with sublime, noble, benign, and benevolent thoughts. Why are you coming to the ashram? It is primarily to have a change from your secular, domestic, and professional routine. If you come to the ashram, in the ashram we talk only of spiritual matters. Our very sight should be spiritual in character. Your interactions with us also should be spiritual in their effect. So if you stay here for a few days, to that extent, say, suppose you stay for ten days, out of the 365 days, 10 days, 1/36 are going to be filling your mind with spiritual and noble thoughts. If that does not take place, there is some difficulty - that is different!

Why are we reading? The purpose of reading is that. So, whenever you read, your idea must be to fill the mind with good and noble thoughts. Similarly when you are listening to discourses or listening to their reproductions, electronic reproductions, then also you are trying to fill the mind, fill the mind with non-secular, non-domestic, non- residential, non- professional thoughts. Normally, to fill your mind so much with divine thoughts that the worldly stock will be subdued, and the divine stock will be in excess, this is the idea.

I think when we take up the spiritual life, sannyasa – ascetic life, I think the important step to overwhelm and subdue, exceed – I should say, exceed the secular thoughts, by collecting, by generating, by filling divine thoughts – that is the one purpose and resignation. This I would like you to understand.

I have been quite busy ever since I have returned from Delhi. In Delhi, of course we were busy. Now, why am I busy? I am busy only by referring this, referring that, including this, including that, remembering this, remembering that … you know it is a process of recapitulation on the one hand, and trying to get materials from here and there. Normally, how much my mind would have been filled with these extra collections, much more than that I am doing! I would like you to understand this important point.

You are troubled by your own mind. What is the reason? If you have good, noble, and benign thoughts, every time the thoughts come up, well forth in the mind, you should be happy, over delightful, but normally that does not happen. So, my dear souls, there is a lot of meaning in your having come here. The purpose is to change the character of your mind, the quality of your mind, by taking more and more inputs, inputs – spiritual, divine, and noble. If your mind is collected with, has gained sufficient good and noble thoughts, every time thoughts come from the mind, they will be very noble.

I think I am not troubled by my mind. Because all the thoughts that come to my mind, I am happy with. Very happy! When I work on the computer, you don’t know, I am very, very happy! Computer is a very good friend for me. Particularly because … you know, whenever I write, if I have to changes this, that, and all, all the corrections are made and the final product comes like the moon rising in the sky! So, I am very happy! Extremely happy! A very clean product is shown in front.

Now, whenever I start writing, I generally don’t think. I read, or I have in mind whatever is to be written. I don’t know how the direction goes to the brain, and how the brain reacts, and how my finger or tongue moves, and the product comes out. I don’t know what is this magic. I would like you to understand. Whenever a subject has to be thought about, I have to write. Okay, I write! Now-adays I am giving a lot of dictation. There is a small dictaphone. I dictate. If I were to write… if I take one hour, as a dictation, I can do it in perhaps 5 or 6 minutes or 10 minutes, maybe a little more or less.

So the purpose of your coming here is to fill the mind with spiritual, noble thoughts. And what is the definition of spiritual thought? Any kind of a thought process which will delight you, which will appease you, which will console you, which will correct you, which will elevate you, which will bring expansion to your mind, which will bring at every time, a progressive enlightenment. Think of it in a very simple manner. If your mind and thoughts are good, you will be very, very happy. If anybody says “I am not happy”, understand, your thoughts are not such as to make you happy. You know why I told you this? Yesterday I was speaking for the telecast and then I was explaining. Yesterday I was in a very good form also, so I spoke very well! What is that?

मृषा गिरस्ता ह्यसतीरसत्कथा न कथ्यते यद् भगवानधोक्षजः । (श्रीमद् भागवतम् १२.१२.४९)
संकीर्त्यमानो भगवाननन्तः श्रुतानुभावो व्यसनं हि पुंसाम् । (श्रीमद् भागवतम् १२.१२.४८)
 
mṛṣā girastā hyasatīrasatkathā na kathyate yadbhagavānadhokṣajaḥ | (Shreemad Bhaagavatam 12.12.49) saṅkīrtyamāno bhagavānanantaḥ śrutānubhāvo vyasanaṁ hi puṁsām | (Shreemad Bhaagavatam 12.12.48)

If you start singing aloud, the name of the lord saṅkīrtyamānaḥ, saṅkīrtyamānaḥ. The word kirtana means really ‘loudly singing, loudly singing’ so that you yourself hear your voice. When you sing aloud – one is you produce the song, another is you hear the song. Can you imagine the effect? It is more than double, Cubed or to the power of ‘n’!

saṅkīrtyamāno bhagavānanantaḥ śrutānubhāvo vyasanaṁ hi puṁsām

When you start singing in this manner, he simply enters your heart, says Shreemad Bhaagavatam. And he wipes off every kind of a dross, blemish, stain, from your mind. This is the power of God’s name, provided you love it, you find fondness towards it.

In any house, there must be Godly things. We are naming our children with God’s name, we are naming them so that you will call them, but mind you your purpose is good, but when you call your child, you don’t get a touch of divinity, you only feel – ‘my son, my son, my son Narayan.’ So, the Narayana vanishes there, and my son, the human boy comes to the mind, though we name him. And suppose you were to write a story on your son, will it have any sublime or divine effect? It’s better not to write! So, we want to have something which will produce a sublime and a divine effect. That is why, so many descents of God, God’s stories, and other things are discussed. So, we have got ample literature, ample literature which contains the exploits, the excellences, so many other beautiful descriptions, heroism. Who like heroism, it is there. Adventure is there. Fight is there. Competition is there. Greatness is there. Goodness is there. Compassion is there. Grandeur is there. Magnificence is there. All these are described there. I don’t think we can have a human story of this kind. So you read all that and do kirtana also!

mṛṣā girastā hyasatīrasatkathā

As a counter, contrarily, suppose in the whole house, right from the morning and in the evening, you have only exchanged secular words, secular words, worldly words, domestic words – what are these domestic words? The items that you need, the things that you have done, you have in mind, going to the office, working there to give them some productivity, making profit, this, that, and all, all these are perishable, perishable, perishable. So your discussions are around the perishable.

mṛṣā girastā – Therefore they become – in vain!

asatīrasatkathā - All the stories and enunciations and discussions are of the ‘asat’, the perishable, not the imperishable.

na kathyate yadbhagavānadhokṣajaḥ - When there is no reference to the supreme reality which is imperishable, particularly, he puts the word adhokṣajaḥ, where there is no reference to the invisible lord, namely, the presence within your body. Whatever is outside the body and around the senses is visible. The invisible means inside the body; imperceptible means inside the body. When you don’t make a reference to the Paramatma, the Supreme lord, throughout the day, in your talks, in your thoughts, in your exchanges, in your interactions, understand mṛṣā girastā, all the words are ‘in vain’, put a red cross over it.

asatīrasatkathā na kathyate yadbhagavānadhokṣajaḥ - if you want to have an auspicious effect, the auspicious effect will be produced only by reading spiritual, philosophical, devotional, and such other texts. So, make sure that every day you devote one hour for that, minimum! For people like S., who is going to retire from his profession, it could be much more. But minimum one hour, minimum one hour, minimum one hour! Be exposed to and imbibe these thoughts. Let there be a stock of divinity, a stock of spirituality, a stock of sublimity, a stock of auspiciousness in the way of thoughts, memories, feelings, and emotions in you.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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