From Attachment to Sublimity
September 17, 2013 Comments Off on From Attachment to Sublimity
Attachment, resultant misery and the rest are all in and by the mind. It is a mental condition. The way to cure it or get relief should also be ‘mental’. Is there any doubt on this? So the mind should again and again think, reflect and understand that to be attached is not good – it causes affliction. This ‘counter-introspection’ – if I can so describe it – must be cultivated. This is done by spending some time on the problem of attachment, the need for being relieved of it. Sit and reflect over the episodes or values.
It is almost like speaking to the mind, as you would to another. Discuss with the mind itself, the mind’s problems: “What is the use of being attached? To be attached is to be suffering. Is suffering good or acceptable, by any standard? Whatever causes suffering must be got rid of. My attachment brings misery. To whomsoever it is, it has to be dispensed with. How many times should I suffer and keep on suffering … …?”
Strengthen your grasp of the problem and the need for its solution. Once you are clear as to where lies the solution, you do not have to do this kind of introspection again and again. So, work for the solution. How? This is where the deekshaa comes in. Sit and contemplate, chanting the mantra. To chant the mantra is actually to pursue meditation. Mantra is actually an idea. You consider the Lord, the Paramaatmaa to be the Supreme. Everything emerges from Him and also subsists on Him. The mind is His expression. Thoughts again are propelled by the same source.
By contemplating on the Paramaatmaa and by expressing your allegiance to him, you make yourself pious, devotional and sublime. This sublimity will be felt, and will also sublimate all that you think, act and speak. The transformation comes and grips from within. Like milk poured into water making water milky, the sublimation permeating from the Self (Aatmaa) will gradually sublimate the mind and intelligence. Mind’s thoughts will become more harmonious, and intelligence’s reasoning also will be equally so.
The benefit of this sublimity is fully experiential – it will be felt by you. Credit not claimed or sought, yet credit-worthy thoughts and acts still being done, is an indication of inner sublimation. Mantra surely works. Don’t call it ‘auto-suggestion’ and the like and demean the process. Growth is always from within to without, from inner to outer. Can spiritual growth be different? Understand the efficacy of mantra. What you are doing through anusandhaana is actually a pursuit, it is not a mere japa (chanting).
Your very feeling – the inner pressure – for purity itself is the result of the saadhanaa. The same saadhanaa will bring many more important changes, transformations. So carry on.
– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[An excerpt from Poojya Swamiji’s correspondance with a seeker that was published in the June 2012 issue of Vicharasethu.]
(c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012