September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Changing your relationship
To live is to be related. So I have got to understand it and I have got to change it. I have to find out how to bring about a radical change in my relationship, because, after all, that produces wars; that is what is happening in this country between the Pakistanis and the Hindus, between the Muslim and the Hindu, between the Arab and the Jew. So there is no way out through the temple, through the mosque, through Christian churches, through discussing Vedanta, this and that and the other different systems. There is no way out unless you, as a human being, radically change your relationship.
Now the problem arises: How am I to change, not abstractly, the relationship that is now based on self-centred pursuits and pleasures?
– Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol XVI pp 34-35
May 25, 2013 Comments Off on Human Effort in Right Perspective
Seeker: If the present worldly life of ours is karma-bhoomi and achieving contentment is the sole objective of the mind, should one try for higher professional accomplishment? One may as well remain with a small sphere of activities and be contended with that.
Poojya Swamiji: Contentment, properly viewed, is the one gain of our life. It is the net outcome of all our actions. Contentment is related to one’s pursuit and performance — be the pursuit objective, related to a profession and its display in the society, or a purely subjective one like spiritual or philosophical. Even if it is spiritual, it can have its external relevance, as in the case of Janaka or Arjuna.
In this perspective, whether one should strive for higher professional achievements or be content with whatever one has and is doing, the question does not arise at all. If one has a higher worth, then that will find expression. In enabling its proper expression, the subjective quotient of the individual and the objective situation both have equal place.
To have a worth but not to express it properly, is a disharmony. As long as one is active, no matter what the activity is, it is natural that he does his job wholeheartedly and well. As part of this, if a higher calling or placement becomes inevitable or natural, that should be accepted, not rejected. Denying a proper opportunity out of any extra natural consideration will be wrong and disharmonious.
The principle is dealt with in Bhagavadgeeta (verse 3.4):
Na cha sanyasanaadeva
siddhim samadhigacchati ..
By refusing to take up any undertaking or venture (including higher positions), or by abandoning whatever one is in, (merely by this) one does not attain siddhi or spiritual felicity.
To the active and sincere man, a greater and deeper worth of his pursuit is always the ideal, no doubt. But when inner maturity is gained, the best activity also will be left, at one stroke. That is the most activity also will be left, at one stroke. That is the most natural fruition. Gita mentions about this in the last chapter (verse 45 to 49).
In order to have contentment, there is no need to cut down on active pursuits, if these are harmonious with the performer. – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[An extract from a correspondence from Poojya Swamiji that appeared in the Nov 1989 issue of Vicharasethu.]
(c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
April 23, 2013 Comments Off on Fruition of Spiritual Pursuit
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Spirituality or spiritual pursuit always deals with your own personality. You are to set right the disharmonies and constrictions of your mind and intelligence. When these constrictions are removed, automatically the mind will become very facile and effective. Of course, during saadhana, a number of good and benevolent qualities should also be cultivated. Because many people may not know about them, our scriptures have extolled these great good qualities. By incorporating these virtues your mind becomes more enriched and expansive.
By spiritual practice, you must be able to absorb and assimilate any input from the world, and at the same time, generate timely response to deal with whatever difficult situations and impacts you face. In other words, when you interact with persons, places and events, you must not get intimidated or affected by them, on the one hand; and on the other, you must have the necessary resolve, impetus, inspiration and determination to go ahead with your interactions, in spite of the challenges and persecutions involved. If these two aspects are ensured and accomplished, I don’t think you require anything else in your life.
Spirituality facilitates this two-fold accomplishment. How does it do that?
First of all, understand that your personality is biological only in the bodily level. The moment you enter and touch the mind, intelligence and ego level, your personality is beyond matter and energy.
The mind, intelligence and ego revolve around what we generally call the ‘Self’ or the ‘Soul’. I would like to put it this way: The body is at the gross level. Inside the gross body, employing the body is the mind. Still inward and superior is the intelligence. Still more so is the ego. Go beyond the ego and reach the Soul.
At the Soul level you will find that you have got a ‘zero’ nature. There, no action or vibration ever takes place. No effect or affectation ever befalls there! It is a level into which none of the bodily, intelligential or egoistic effects reach. In the same manner, no action takes place in that level. We call it as ‘akartritva’ and ‘abhoktritva’ – a state of non-doership and non-enjoyership.
Understand that such a level is there within you. It is already there. You do not have to acquire it. That is why, in spite of the gravest misfortunes and the greatest calamities and impacts, victims are able to go to sleep. When you recover from all the troubles and anxieties, it is your mind that recovers. And it does so only because of the Soul.
At the same time, the Soul is infinitely potent. All egoistic, intelligential, mental and physical activities are possible only in Its presence. Understand that this Soul has a zero factor, and at the same time it is Infinite too! Whenever you want, you must be able to resort to its zeroaspect or tap its infinite dimension. So, never become panicky. Do not be deluded thinking that to rescue you, some help should come from outside.
Another phase of your saadhana is about your reliance on the Supreme. Religion advocates that God is always supreme, and you should rely upon Him.
But understand that the reliance belongs to you, to your mind. Once you have that reliance, you need not even look to God. Then what should you do? Look to your own mind and make its reliance stronger. It is not God that matters here, but your own mind’s quality of reliance. Make the mind see God in every thing. Let every object, every incident, every development and every accident become Godly.
Your saadhana now becomes three-fold. Seeing God in everything, relying upon God for everything, and recognizing the existence of the Soul, which has the zero-factor as well as the infinite potential. If you club these three, then there is nothing more that you require. This is the summum bonum of the entire spiritual pursuit. This is the climax of all devotional, religious, philosophical or yogic pursuits. This will answer all your needs and will provide you all the impetus and enthusiasm to lead a glorious life. – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[This is a Prabhata-rashmih message from Poojya Swamiji, which was published in the Dec 2010 issue of the monthly Journal Vicharasethu.] (c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
April 12, 2013 Comments Off on Worship through Interactions
In Yoga-vaasishtha Ramayanam, Lord Siva says (6p.39.38,39,41):
Worship the inner, gentle, amiable Soul even by all kinds of quarrel, taste, tendencies, etc., and also by expression of desire and hatred.
Propitiate the Soul seated in your heart by sweet friendship and intimacy, lofty like that radiating from the heart of the noble, and cool like the moon.
Worship the Soul within, through whatever comes providentially, by enjoyment or by its absence.
The test and fruition of spiritual wisdom is the skill and mastery it bestows in treating life in its fullness, excluding no event, process or outcome any time. This all-fold welcome and sublimation is what makes a spiritual Knower’s life distinct from those of the others. None can escape the influence of the pairs of opposites surrounding every walk of life. Here Lord Siva says, the seeker should take every interaction with an open, spiritually enlightened mind, embracing and assimilating it outright – be it quarrel, conflict, disparity or disagreeable trait in others, may be at home or outside.
Unlike the sun, the moon goes on waxing and waning. So too our life may shrink or swell, in the midst of dvandvas encircling us. One day will be good, favourable and pleasant, but another not so. Do not let these make you feel high or low. As the world hosts these, your mind too has to. By so doing, the sense and degree of sublimation and enrichment will grow. In enjoyment or suffering, affluence or penury, acclaim or disdain, be evenly disposed.
Mind has the potential to do this, and this evenness, when done well, will bring immeasurable inner enrichment. This is the singular quality that makes the seeker and Knower excel and exult.
See how Lord Siva transits from the ambit of ceremonial worship to the domain of inner refinement, enrichment and sublimation. In fact, all religious and philosophical pursuits have the sole aim of dealing with the mind’s vagaries and self-denigrating habits, to get steeped in inner fullness and unshakability. – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[This is an extract from the Series titled ‘Science of Inner Redemption’, based on Yogavaasishtha Ramayana. This particular piece is from Jun 2011 issue of the monthly journal, “Vicharasethu – The Path of Introspection”.]
(c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
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June 17, 2012 Comments Off on
It is only when there is friction that there is noise
Meditation is to find out whether the brain, with all the activities, all its experiences, can be absolutely quiet. Not forced, because the moment you force, there is duality. The entity that says, ‘I would like to have marvelous experiences, therefore I must force my brain to be quiet,’ will never do it. But if you begin to inquire, observe, listen to all the movements of thought, its conditioning, its pursuits, its fears, its pleasures, watch how the brain operates, then you will see that the brain becomes extraordinarily quiet; that quietness is not sleep but is tremendously active and therefore quiet. A big dynamo that is working perfectly hardly makes a sound; it is only when there is friction that there is noise. – JKrishnamurti, from: The Impossible Question,72