“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

The same subject I am speaking about but any number of times I repeat it and discuss it variously, the discussion will never be full in so far as its effect on the listeners is concerned. See, yesterday I was saying that Krishna elucidates the nature and motivation provided by the rituals and the rituals are prescribed by the Vedas. Vedas are very sacrosanct. They have a lot of sanctity and religious and spiritual sovereignty associated with them. It is such Vedas that prescribe rituals.

But these rituals, in spite of the fact that they have a great influence in the minds of the people, when you analyze them closely; they are useless to the core. Why? Because they will distract the mind, they will make the mind meaningless, wander and for no purpose. Why is it so? Because our human personality is a composite. In that composite personality, body and senses are the physical part. Being physical, it is visible and interactable. Though it is visible and interactable, neither the body nor the senses can function independently. Every one of them has to be specifically employed by the mind and intelligence. For their employment, mind and intelligence are necessary and for the resultant effects also, mind and intelligence are necessary. So, the physical body and senses only come in between, the primary factor being the mento-intellectual inner personality, it is invisible.

Suppose we had only mind and intellect, can we ever live and move and interact between ourselves? No, because it will be invisible. So visibility is necessary. Therefore we have the body, we have the senses. Though visibility is necessary and interactions are seemingly taking place in the visible level, the visible level cannot by itself mean anything, do anything. Everything is done by the mind and intelligence. The cause is the mind, the effect is the mind, the outcome is in the mind. See, there is a great contradiction here. What matters is the mind and intelligence. But what seemingly acts to make the mind and intelligence functional is the visible body. So, there is a close relationship between the two. In the relationship, every time, what matters is the mind and the intelligence. But what seemingly gets involved and does activities, it is the body. So, we are constantly passing through this conflict. Naturally the delusion and distraction will continue.

The success of human life consists in overcoming this delusion, having the clarity and constantly having your attention on the mind and intelligence. See, how well Krishna says that the ‘vyavasāyātmikā buddhi’ will never arise in a Vedic follower, ritualistic performer. Therefore what should be done? One should grow indifference to the Vedas. How will you grow indifference? You will grow indifference by reading the Vedas, listening to them and proceeding further, getting into the Upanishadic level and listening to what the Upanishads say about the goal of life and the relevance of rituals. How constricted the rituals are, how unproductive they are, how ephemeral they are, how useless they are. This is also said by the Vedas. But they say that after the ritual prescriptions.

The whole Vedas are to be read, finally you have to come to the Upanishads which are the conclusional portion. In that conclusional portion, all the earlier portions are evaluated, assessed and critically looked upon. So, what is required is the whole study of the Vedic literature. And then you will become an Upanishadic student and follower.

When you become an Upanishadic follower and student, what happens? Your mind and intelligence become activated and they start feeling the Vedas are useless, rituals are of no purpose. Having found that, what should you do? You should replace your ritualistic tendency with what – with the higher tendency which inheres only in the invisible internal mind and intelligence. That is what he means by saying:

त्रैगुण्यविषया वेदा निस्त्रैगुण्यो भवार्जुन ।
निर्द्वन्द्वो नित्यसत्त्वस्थो निर्योगक्षेम आत्मवान् ।। २-४५ ।।

trai-guṇya-viṣayā vedā nistrai-guṇyo bhavārjuna ।
nirdvandvo nitya-sattva-stho niryoga-kṣema ātmavān ।। BG 2.45 ।।

All these words indicate what - They only indicate or they indicate only the mind and intelligence. Transcend the dvandvas; do not indulge in them. Neither be a lover of sukha nor be a hater of duḥkha. Neither be a lover of profit nor be a hater of gain. Neither focus yourself on preserving what you have nor in getting what you further want to have. What you need is a close integration and orientation of your personality where you understand (that) the physical body and senses are merely subsidiary to the mind and intelligence. The primary factor is the mind-intelligence aggregate. The mento-intellectual part of your being is the primary, fundamental, intermediate and ultimate factor.

So, every day you live, every act that you perform should be to enrich and empower your mind. How much of enrichment and empowerment your physical life brings about every day is the prime and the sole consideration. If you start living thus, a mento-intellectual life, you will find everything will fall in line. You will be elevating yourself to a level of life where ....

Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
...
The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
...
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.

("Waiting" by John Burroughs)

Be one of pure delight. Automatically like the stars coming to the sky, the tidal waves to the sea, goodness, promotion, well-being, felicity, inner abundance and fulfillment will greet you, will lead you, will draw you, will encircle you wherever you are and whatever you do. Unnecessary effort and strain are avoided. Normally what you achieve by a three hour effort, you may achieve by a one hour effort. Because eliminations take place, selection grows, discrimination grows. A subject you take one hour to read and understand, you can read and understand it in 30 minutes. If not in 30, at least in 40 minutes. Because the inner perception, the inner perceptiveness, the inner sharpness and precision, they grow. My dear souls, will you understand this?

We are living no doubt with the body and in the bodily level alone, our identity is felt by the other, but we are not really the body, we are the mind and the intelligence, they are invisible. But the invisible mind and intelligence cannot by itself constitute a personality interactable in the world. Therefore we have the body. It is just like using a walking stick and walking. Walking stick helps you to walk, hold your balance. But the stick itself is enabled to give you the balance by your holding it properly. Suppose you press it, you place it on your own feet and press it, then you will fall. So, giving the stick the power and scope to help you, that should first be there from you. Our body and bodily life become useful and relevant only in the hands of a discreet mind and a discreet intelligence. So, elevating your life from the mere physical and sensory involvement to the inner and higher involvement of the mind and intelligence, this is what matters in spirituality. Our Ashram is only meant for that.

Be conscious of your mind, be conscious of your intelligence. Let the mind be purer every day, let you become nobler every day. Have the contentment which is a product of the mind. Have the poise which is a product of the intelligence. Feel the inner fullness and abundance and give to the world rather than take from it. Let your whole life be an extension of ease, poise, felicity and fullness. Do not tell me that this is not possible. This alone is possible. All the rest is impossible. You cannot live here eternally bodily. You cannot avoid graying, ageing. If you live long, you will be a burden to your own house members.

‘A’ was telling me that there was somebody in Tamilnad who lived for 185 years. They wanted to see him but he died a few days or one month back. It seems that his eyes alone were visible, he could see. All the rest had shrunk, absolutely shrunk, the height is less, weight is less, width is less, everything is less. So, we cannot live long here. But you can live conscious of your eternal nature.

So Krishna was saying, leave the physical crude rituals and take to the mento-intellectual refinement. Raise yourself to inside from outside, from body to the mento-intellectual level. How beautiful it is! If you want to have a child, you would like him to be intelligent. You will not like to have a retarded mind for the child.

So, we always want a better mind, a better intelligence. That is where your rituals and religious performance should also be placed. What a beautiful presentation is this! I sometimes wonder how many understand. Try to understand it at least now.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru. 

 

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