"Our body and this complex world around us is meant to reveal and display the Self variously. Spiritual seeking lies in looking for That which animates the body. Turn the mind and intelligence inward to their very Source. Let the thoughts make you search for the thinking substance, the thinker.  Only then the mystery of the Self will be unveiled."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

 

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… Ancestors called Yadu Chakravarty, who had a conversation and dialogue with a spiritual ascetic, avadhūta. In one way I can translate it as a spiritual hippie. A spiritual hippie is different from the American hippies. A man becomes a spiritual hippie because he finds the futility of living a life in this world trying to amass wealth and various kinds of luxuries, comforts and conveniences.

Every aspect of life is to make the living individual happy, cheerful, contented. If this is the purpose, a question arises – what is this contentment, wherefrom does it come, how does it originate and what makes it? The only answer that we can have is simple. Every experience is in and from the mind. If there is joy, it is an emotion and as an emotion it is always created only by the mind. I may have many things around but my mind may not be happy. I may have nothing around but still my mind can be very happy.

Look at the child, very small child. When the child is fed and it is made to lie, it goes on lifting its hands and legs, kicking the air and producing beautiful cheerful sounds, sounds cheerfully. How is it that the child is able to be happy? It cannot see anything, it cannot walk, it cannot talk, but nevertheless it is very happy. What is the reason? There used to be calves here in the Ashram and the one beautiful sight I have is, when they are very young, maybe two months, three months old, one and a half months old, one month old; when they fill their belly from the mother’s udder; Oh! The calf will start running about, running about, lifting the tail to the top! I liked that sight very much! How is it that the calf is so happy?

So, you will find happiness is always generated or caused by the mind. If the mind causes happiness, then the hippie feels, the spiritual hippie feels, the avadhūta, why not I ask my mind to become happy all by itself? It is independently generating the joy. Let it not depend upon the external objects. That is what we call the soul joy. The soul joy is continuous, it is unhindered! Whereas the joy coming from any kind of a luxury or a comfort that you have, it cannot be forever. Our body itself is transitory, all the objects, including mother earth are transitory. They will not live forever, they are perishable. This is how the man becomes a spiritual hippie.

“Why is it that you are so happy?” was the question raised by the Raja. And the avadhūta says, “I am happy because I looked at 24 things in this world and then, through my own lessons, values, disciplines, principles and evaluations, and because of that, I feel so much enrichment, enlightenment, expansion to me, that I am very, very happy!”

Except naming the 24 sources; I did not say what lesson he learnt from anything. One lesson that he learnt from the earth, he says, “extreme tolerance.” Many people do many things upon the earth. They extract all the different materials, elements from the earth to such an extent! Can you imagine the oil is extracted in billions of barrels every day? After all it is sucked, just like blood is sucked, water is sucked from the body; it is sucked from the earth. Can you imagine what a kind of vacuum it will create? So the earth has to balance itself. Perhaps the tsunami is such balancing.

There are so many elements in the earth; all of them… all of them have been extracted and it is defunct now. In Malaysia, when I move about, I found so many tin ores were there. All of them were extracted and the British government left the land because there was nothing more. And how many pits we make, tents we make, how much of levelling we do, how many things we cut, destroy; many, many things we do, but the earth does not feel affected or tormented. It goes on revolving on its own axis and also circumambulates the sun, bringing us the day, the week, the fortnight, the month, the year, the decade, the century and the millennium. All these things, it happens! “So I learnt patience and tolerance from the earth.”

“I learnt from the trees!” What? The life of any tree is not for itself. Generally, you can imagine a mango tree. Hundreds and thousands of mangoes will be there in one good tree, grown up tree. If at all the tree wants to perpetuate itself, it needs only one fruit, one seed. All the mangoes are there. What for? The tree doesn’t require. And suppose the tree grows mango and the mango ripens, it will not remain on the tree; it will fall also. So, all the mangoes are supposed to be falling from the tree. Do we make any such product in our own body, which will leave when it is useful and ripe?

What did I learn from the tree? The whole life of a human should be for the service of the others. In Sanskrit there is a word for tree; parabhṛt. parabhṛt. It is always sustaining the life of the others. You know, we are supposed to eat vegetables and not non-vegetarian food and all these vegetables come from the earth either in the form of roots, fruits, leaves, stems, juices and something else. All these are produced by vegetation.

He says similarly, “I learnt from the clouds, from the rivers.” The river starts flowing from the mountain and goes on flowing, flowing, flowing until at last it cannot flow, by reaching the level of the sea. Why does the river flow like this? Only for the others! Any human civilization thrives only on the banks of rivers, because they want water, perennial water. The Indian civilization also flourished or throve only on the banks of the Gangetic planes.

“What about the mountain? The mountain produces a number of herbs, trees and what not. The mountain also has stones, various types of stones. All of them are meant for the others.”

“What about the clouds? They shed rains, give water and so many plants grow and none of the products, the clouds ever take or water ever takes. This is how I learnt from one source after the other.”

A number of sources are there in which a young girl …. A party came; the father and the mother were not there, so the girl alone was there, so she welcomed them and there was no food, she started preparing food. So she had to hull wheat or paddy. So she had a few bangles, made of conch, on both the hands, so when she started hulling, the bangles produced sounds. So she started removing one after the other. After all she was a girl, so left with two on each hand. Then also there was a little, little tingling sound. So she found it’s not alright. So she removed one again from each, leaving only one. So there was no sound, she was hulling. So the Avadhūta says that, “I learnt from this kumari that it is better to be alone. In the company of another, there will always be some kind of a talk, quarrel, misunderstanding etc. It is better to be alone. That is why I am alone”, he said.

Like that a number of lessons he had learnt. Why am I saying this? All the poets are those people who see things just like we are seeing, but the poetic vision, the poetic mind will always look at it and relate it to a value or a lesson of life. That is why poetic statements live forever. All the other prose writings will vanish after some time but poetic writings are always bringing forth value from the different sights, scenes, episodes, character, behaviour, interaction, etc. I think this is nice to know.

We have a number of subhashitams, proverbial statements. Each one verse of a subhashita is sufficient to change and give a direction to one’s life! So many we have! Previously this used to be taught in schools, now I don’t know what is happening. I thought these children should know about the great knowledge treasure, value treasure we have. Cherish it! Try to imbibe it and become a better boy, a better girl, more useful and more honourable for the society at large!

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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