"Let not world-objects be your mind’s master. Let them be, if at all, subservient to the mind. To be spiritual is not to look for one’s delight and fulfillment in the objects of the world. The mind that causes delight through any object can also provide delight without such an object. Delight in reality belongs to the mind alone. It is verily mind’s own gift."

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

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat! Jai Guru! Jai Guru!

I am keeping Aditya and Aiswarya in mind while talking. I would have wanted a few more minutes.  See, they are children and are growing now, especially Aditya has reached a certain age level where he should start thinking about matters himself so far he must always listen to the parents particularly to the mother. Now, the time has come to think himself about what is life, what I should do, what I have to become, what are the qualities of a good person, a son, a brother may be an employee, a friend. The time has come for him to think about it. So, I thought of mentioning a few points that has come to my mind. 

See, we have a body and the body must have health. Health depends upon proper living and proper food and nutrition. So, in taking food we always give attention to whether the food is nutritive or not.  Fortunately, you are not poor and you have no lack of money. Your parents are earning much and they are prepared to give you good and nourishing food. So, rather than taking quantity, quantitative food try to take qualitative food. If you don’t nourish your body well then you will have to go to the doctors and get treated very often. So, a good health means no medical attention is necessary. Later on medical attention also will be necessary but whatever it may be ‘health is wealth’.

Now, just like you are taking good food and good water you also need good air, oxygen. Never keep your nose closed at any time. Even in the thickest of cold if you happen to be, you have to keep the holes of the nose open. I think in Russia and other places they put a cover to the tip of the nose but even then they open. There are people especially uneducated people workers and the others I have seen them lie in the open covering the whole of their body in winter including the nose. That should never, never, never be done. One point.

Then, exercises are very important. Aditya has started becoming flabby. So, you should take exercises, skip, bythak (sit-ups) and all that and whatever is necessary you should do. I think you should spend at least 30 to 40 minutes for your exercises. When you take exercises you will find your brain will be fresh. Your body will be more pliable, flexible and you will feel happy. When the body is very flexible and pliable, I think you will feel happy. Now a days people are getting spondilitis even at the young age of 28, 29, 30 it should not be so, and whenever we sit, sit properly. Do not go in for fancy chairs. The bottom of the chair should be flat, the back of the chair should be flat and these arms (this is not a good chair) it is roundish, it should be a little flat. So, always look for good and orthopedic chairs. Orthopedically it should be good. Exercise very important.

In the same manner, you should understand that we have a body which is visible but this body is employed by the mind. The mind is not visible. The intelligence gives directions to the mind but it is also not visible. Between the body and the mind, the mind is more important I should say. There are people who suffer from mental diseases. If you see them, it is so pathetic. It is better to have a physical disease rather than a mental disease. People suffering from schizophrenia and so many other mental problems, it is very, very awful, very difficult, very pathetic. It cannot be cured also. Quite a number of mental diseases are there. If you want to know more about them, you will have to go to a doctor or read the particular book on mental diseases. Don’t read too much. That is bad. Don’t read too much about mental diseases. You can read other things. The mind has to be strengthened and it has to be made healthy. Now, I will tell you a few simple things.

Character  is something very important. What is meant by character? Just like the complexion of your body, the health of your body, something that remains with you as a constant quality of the mind. So, are you truthful? My son Aditya never speaks lies. Then, if you are not given to speaking lies, you are truthful. It is a character. But truthfulness means much more than mere character, not speaking lies.  You will find that not to speak lies is going to be a problem but in facing the problem and overcoming it, your mental capacity will go on growing, growing and growing. You think of Harischandra who was challenged by Sage Viswamitra and when he started climbing the peak of truthfulness, as he started climbing Viswamitra started trying him and troubling him and tormenting him. The result was that as he was climbing the ladder, climbing the peak of truthfulness, it was going further up, further up, rising & rising. Ultimately, Viswamitra accepted defeat. He said, I did something wrong. So, truthfulness is something that will make your mind grow, grow & grow. It will grow in depth, it will grow in loftiness, it will grow in vastness also. So, your character, characteral excellence I would call it, characteral elegance, excellence, mark these two words, – elegance & excellence this you should always pay attention to.

Then behavior. You must have three behaviors. Behavior with people of same age, behavior in front of children younger to you and behavior in front of people elder to you. All the three behavioral pattern you should know very well. Speak nicely in an endearing manner, sweet manner. When you speak, use good words, good pronunciation, be very clear. Um, Aa, Um, Aa Don’t produce any sounds other than the words require to come out of your mouth. So, speak well, speak distinctly, speak with faith and … That is very important.  Look at the face of the people when you talk to them.  Always you look at the face when you talk to them.  That is very important.  Look steadily into their eyes.  So, that behavior is something very important. People suddenly see how you walk, how you address the others, how you sit on your chair, how have you put on your dress, do you have manners. These are the first points which everybody notices about you. So, you must have a good behavior. 

Behavior is inter–personal, one person behaving with another.  So, you have inter personal behavior at home with your mother, sister and father and may be with the cousin brothers that is later. Then, you may have behavior in your school classmates. Then, when you go to the market in the train, bus etc. you have to behave with the others.  All these behaviors you have to be careful about and there is a science and a civilization, a refinement about inter personal behavior. 

Then you must have some ideals and values in life. What am I going to live for? What is my ideal in life. Pick up one or two ideals, a few values and abide by them. In all these you will find in your mind, intelligence and heart are involved. So, just like nutrition for the body, health, strength, flexibility etc. you will find the inner personality mind, intelligence and heart which constitute the inner personality that personality also has to be given health, strength and flexibility. Don’t have a rigid mind, have a flexible mind. Don’t find it difficult to leave something and to take something. Habits die very hard.  So, you have to be careful about developing good habits.   

Now I would like you to understand what I said, try to talk to each other during the interval periods here. You may not be able to remember, ask your mother, ask Aiswarya. Let them also ask you and make the whole of what I have said, think about, write about it well without spelling mistakes, putting proper punctuations, full stops, using the capital letters wherever required and write and try to remember this.

Harih Om Tat Sat ! Jai Guru! 

 

 

 

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