"Self-realization is meant to ensure fulfilment for one’s own self. It is not reaching somewhere or getting at something external, like going to the peak of a mountain. The attainment is in dissolving the mind and intelligence, and getting into the very core of oneself. In other words, it is like multiplying everything with zero."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


Articles for Saadhana

7 October 04

Today, I won’t close my eyes. I shall keep my eyes open and talk.

My mind is still on the “God business” we were discussing last night. See, first of all, you should understand one point. Man evolved only after the earth was born. At some point in time, he started looking at the world and also looking at himself analytically. Then only the concept of the Creator or God arose in his mind. He began speaking many things about God. A number of theories were formulated. Models were imagined. Equations and Cause and effect relations were conceived.

Now, you tell me, in all these, do you find the display of God or the display of the human mind? Whatever ideas of God you have today, they were all evolved by the human mind, the human intelligence. Whatever attributes are grafted on God, they were also born of the human mind and human intelligence. It is the same intelligence that says that even this intelligence and the mind are creations and expressions of God.

Now, devotees are worshipping God. They all do the worship. But, poor devotees do not know what happens to their worship – whether God, the object of their worship, is pleased or not. So, in Sreemad Bhaagavatam, there are occasions when the Sage author Vedavyasa speaks on behalf of Mahavishnu. What did I say? On behalf of Mahavishnu! Are those Mahavishnu’s words or Vedavyasa’s? Do you doubt it?

Why don’t you understand the basic fact that it is we who say that everything has come from God or everything is God? God never speaks! If he has to speak, he has to be born as a human being. Otherwise he cannot speak. The Sages and Saints speak on behalf of God.

That God is all pervading is a verdict, a finding of man. That you should pray before God and he will answer the prayer or he will look after you are also statements and assurances given by man. We even say, “Man is born of God”. Who says this? Man or God?

In Bhaagavatam, Kapila advises his mother (Kapila is Kapila Vasudeva, believed to be God personified): “The elaborate ostentatious worship offered to Me by a devotee is useless if he does not have the fellow feeling towards others and he does not see Me in all beings. It is like pouring oblations on a heap of ash.” Who says this? Kapila says. Who is this Kapila? Vyasadeva’s pen-picture. Who gives this statement on behalf of God? Vyasadeva gives.

Thus, everything about God is conceived by the mind and intelligence of man. Suppose keeping away God, man behaves with propriety, truthfulness, and fellow feeling, then do you really need God? You may say, “All are God”, but saying that you may behave selfishly and harmfully. You may equally say, “There is no God; everything is me”, but conduct yourself selflessly for the welfare of everybody. Let us be very very clear: It is not at all important what you say or what you believe; what really matters is what you do with your statement and belief.

Actually, is there any God who listens to your prayer? But, it is virtually God listening to, because if your prayer is fulfilled you will automatically say, “God has heard my prayers”. It is only a way of thinking or expression. The fact is that the prayer got fulfilled because of its propriety, and the purity and intensity of the praying mind.

Every action of man, when it is properly and perfectly done, will bear fruit. When wellperformed actions do not bear fruit, it is because of some intercepting factors of nature. After all who is this ‘you’? It is a puny little creature in the unfathomable creation. When you do something, so many other factors and forces in the world may be involved. So, it is possible that sometimes something goes wrong.

Suppose your action has not brought the desired result. Should you not examine and find out why it did not? Every time there is an accident, an inquiry is held into it. Why? – To avoid similar accidents later. Where does God come in there? Use your mind and intelligence wherever it is necessary and try to be alert and humble. The sphere is open before you. It is God’s world that has made provision for all this.

When the mind becomes divine, Godly, the Godly nature of the mind derives some properties, powers and characteristics, which are extremely benevolent and auspicious. Here, what has become Godly? Mind has become Godly. This is the important point. Is it clear to you now?

The devotees always have a problem – they address the prayers to God, but do not get any reply from God. So, there are occasions when the Sages and Saintly authors come and resolve the crisis of the devotees: They make God speak through their pens. They make God clarify all the doubts of the devotees’ minds.

In Sreemad Bhaagavatam, Sri Krishna, taking the position of God personified, tells Uddhava:

nirapeksha munir shantam nirvairam samadarshanam
                               anuvrajamyaham nityam puyeyet yanghrirenubhih           (11.14.16)

He says that I follow constantly the saintly devotee who is desireless, peaceful, of equal vision and does not have any enmity towards anybody, so that I will be purified by the dust of his feet. Generally the devotee says that he follows God. But, here is a statement from Sri Krishna – the God personified of Sreemad Bhaagavatam: “I follow such a devotee so that the dust of his feet will purify Me”!

What does it mean? Here devotion is taken to its climax. God says that such a devotee does not have to even think of God; rather God will follow him! Can you imagine this devotional height and dimension? And who wrote it? This statement – on behalf of God – is made by whom? Vedavyasa, the Sage author.

It is said that for a devotee, God looks after everything. I say, for a devotee, devotion itself looks after everything. What is the difference between the two statements? One is tracing the cause to the mind and the other is tracing it to the mind’s concept of God. Whether it is addressed to a concept of the mind or mind itself, makes no difference.

Devotion is a quality or character of the mind. You may or may not link it to God. Can you have a devotion which is not related to God is the question. Yes, such devotion can be there – Self-inhering devotion. Initially you start walking on the path of devotion with an elementary idea about God, Creator or Truth. The concepts undergo thorough transformation as you progress in your saadhana.

Is it clear now? Did it give you any enlightenment? These things are difficult to understand. I sometimes wonder what do I do by all this jugglery!

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

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