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Philosophy and spirituality.

Realize God’s Essence in Complete Stillness

:Shree Hari:

Maagh Shukla Chaturdashi, Vikram Samvat 2063, Guruvar
1st February, 2007, Thursday

Ram Ram

Gist: God pervades everywhere, therefore wherever your mind is, become still right there. Wherever you are, there God is entirely there with you. Do not establish a relation with the thoughts that arise. You (Self) are different from your thoughts, therefore remain indifferent to these thoughts. Understand that inspite of doing all the work, there is nothing that you are doing. God IS. Realize this and experience eternal peace.

Wherever your mind is, become still right there

Aatmasamstham manah krtvaa, na kincidapi chintayet” (Gita 6:25) God pervades everywhere; He is present everywhere, therefore wherever your mind is, become still right there. By becoming still, you will become established in God. By thinking, you are in the world. But by not thinking about anything, you are naturally in God. Do not to think of anything at all, and where there are no thoughts, there God IS. Become still right there, because on becoming still, you will realize Him. Do not think even of God, as He is everywhere. If some other thoughts come to mind, do not be concerned about it. Let them be. Just like when you walk on a street, many things come your way, but it is of no concern to you. Similarly, do not let those thoughts concern you. By not thinking of anything, you will naturally be established in God.

God is everywhere, so wherever your mind becomes still, there God is hundred percent, completely. Do not think or do not worry about why you have these thoughts. Remain indifferent (udaasin). If the thoughts come on their own, do not be concerned. Whether these thoughts come, or they do not come, simply do not establish a relationship with them. Be silent, be peaceful. It is only through thoughts and thinking that one becomes aware of this world. If you do not do any thinking of anything, you will not be in this world. i.e. by not thinking, you will stay established in God.

You (Self) are different from your thoughts. Just like when you are thinking of a dog, what difference does it make to you? Do not think of it as good or bad. Do not concern yourself with why you are thinking about this? This is a great practice. Break the relationship with your thoughts, because by relating with the thoughts, we become established in the world. God is present everywhere. He is all pervading, and not even an eye of a needle is without His presence. If thoughts do arise, then too it is OK, as we have nothing at all to do with these thoughts. This is a very great spiritual practice and if you understand this, then you will understand that inspite of doing all the work, there is nothing that you are doing. “Ahankar vimudhaatma, karataa ni karomiti …” God is present everywhere. Rise above and become indifferent.

Don’t think of anything. Be aware of this at all times that I do not do anything. Realize that while doing all work, that all is happening in nature, let us simply not get caught up or pay attention to it. Just like in this world, there are many things that are going on, but we have no relation with anything that is happening. Chanting of God’s name, meditation, killing, riots, someone is getting married, someone is giving birth, someone is dying, someone is fighting, some one is loving, some are happy, some are is singing and dancing, but what have we to do with all this? I (Self) does nothing. We have nothing to do with all this. Wherever you are, there God is entirely there with you. God IS. Realize “I am doing nothing”, “nai kinchit karomi ti.” We have no relation with any work that is taking place. What is it to do with us? What have we to do with all of this. “Payo param vishraam” “Attain eternal peace” Just like after working an entire day, we become tired and go
to sleep, similarly become still, rest ! Vishraam! God’s essence is realized in complete stillness.

From discourse by Swami Ramsukhdasji in Hindi on May 22nd, 2004 at 5:00 am.

Ram Ram

Yogic Mind in Spiritual Progress

Yogic mind in spiritual progress is a part of last post titled “Mental Purity & Three Fold Yoga”.

The next stage is the level of intellect where the power of discernment between what is right and what is wrong, is exercised. This includes the reasoning faculty and in general, the development of intellectual mind which imparts the right knowledge about the material world. This is the scientific mind that thinks rationally to filter truth from untruth in the phenomenal world, up to this level both science and spirituality share the common objective of knowing the truth unclouded by emotion and self interest. In spiritual terms, this is the gnosis or the Vijnana level where knowledge about the reality of material existence is obtained, upto this level one’s thoughts and actions are connected with the material world.  In terms of Yogic techniques, one could associate Bhakti Yoga with emotional purification while intellectual pursuits could be covered in the Jnana Yoga, both the processes of emotion and intellect purification involve an effort towards identification of the supreme reality of existence. The lead to the realization that material existence is not the ultimate reality.  There is a higher existence of intuitive life, that of universe mind and universe will, that is more creative, more powerful and free from the opposites and dualities of nature like pleasure and pain, good and bad, likeness and dislike etc., this life of spiritual intuition is blissful, beyond material limitations and always intuitively right in thought and action. In this life, one is in tune with Prajna, knowledge of cosmic existence and is always at peace with this knowledge. Here one is not affected by pettiness of material desires, limitations and restrictions of a conditioned mind, but enjoys the freedom of a universal life where personal desires are elevated to the universal will to do good to all. The transition from the intellect level to the pure intuitive level marks the change over from reasoning mind of materialism to complete surrender to the supreme power.

Normally, for a man of intellect, to do devotional surrender to God since he lacks the emotional back up to do so. But, if the intellect is used to know the in-finiteness of absolute reality, and if the surrender is done out of respect for the vastly powerful entity, its infinite and eternal existence, the surrender is likely to be much more effective and everlasting. The knowledge brings all doubts to naught and gives a sense of insignificance to the individual in the vast universe. When a person with the knowledge of the reality surrenders, he becomes a true devotee. Such a person is the Jnani Bhakta, who is a devotee not because he is helpless and wants protection but he knows that this object of worship is truly infinite and eternal.

In the supra-mental existence, the operating laws relate to the unified whole rather that individual entities. The decision of good and bad, right and wrong, concerns the existence as a whole and not for any specific individual, group or subgroup of individuals. In a sense, it is the will of God that is supreme and not the rationality of the individual mind. Therefore, what happens intuitively is for the whole creation and is inherently for the betterment of every one. God is impartial to our preferences and dislikes because universal mind is, in its very nature, pure and uninfluenced by human ego. The whole exercise of spirituality is about merging our mind with the universal mind, for then we think as He thinks. The threefold Yogic Path (Karma, Bhakti and Jnana) brings this transition by making our mind move over from being body centric to emotion centric and then to intellect based discernment, with the knowledge acquired about the Reality, the mind sheds its materialism and surrenders to intuitive reality.

Yogic mind in spiritual progress” is continued from previous post titled “Mental purity & Three Fold Yoga” written by Sh. V. V. Rampal which were published in “Kalyana Kalpataru” a monthly for the propagation of spiritual ideas and love for God.

Spirituality is The Basis for Happiness

When you do not need Anything, you have Everything.  – Lord Buddha

In the present times of gloom and doom, when values are declining and morals are reclining and the celebrated values like honesty, integrity, nobility, morals, ethics, virtues, justice and righteousness are proving hollow giving way to corruption that has impoverished the whole societal set up, solace lies in spirituality.

Spirituality brings out the divinity in every individual. Spirituality is a love affair with God. It focuses a person’s attention to the divine effulgence radiating from one’s own heart. God is not something external, he is inside us. The mind is the key instrument in a human being’s body, a proper regulation of which, with meditation and spiritual guidance, can help one evolve spiritually to the highest.

Only spirituality can initiate the process of inner expansion and eventual freedom from finite existence and supreme self realization. True spirituality could be achieved through selfless service to humanity and leading a life of righteousness.

The core message of the Vedas is for man to strive for liberation from the perpetual cycle of birth and death. This is achieved when the living being realises its true self, the soul and re-establishes its forgotten relationship with Super-soul or God.

Manifest Infinity with Spirituality

When we liberate ourselves from the limitations of phenomenal existence and obtain oneness with the absolute, we attain infinite freedom, power, peace, joy and perfection. Transformation of our entire inner nature, of our thoughts, emotions, energies is a wonderful way of acquiring tremendous spiritual powers.

Problems & Set-backs Are Lessons from Life

Spiritually, all our problems and set-backs are merely lessons for us from life, acted out through people, events and places and leading our self evolution. There are no full stops in life, only commas. And sooner we learn our lessons, the faster our life moves forward in a more harmonious manner. Treat life not as an imposition but as a gift from God to be loved and to be cherished.  Move on the pathway of life with faith and courage, and the confidence that He is with you. Accept life with all its trials and tribulations. Acceptance of whatever is, will solve half of your problems.

Love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, compassion etc., are the essence of the Sattavic path. It is important to use them to attain the ultimate goal -salvation.

The Four-fold principles of human existence are

  1. The body is for benevolent living,
  2. The mind for contemplating on God,
  3. Discriminative intellect for distinguishing between right and wrong and
  4. Life itself for acquisition of divine knowledge leading to self-realization.

Being spiritual minded is practical, as it helps a person develop a proper mental attitude towards the changing circumstances and problems of life. Through science deals with energy and matter, there is a spiritual science which deals with the ‘beyond mind’ state of a human being. While material science enhances ego, spiritual science annihilates it.

“Enjoy every moment of life and live it to the fullest. Live the ‘present moment’ with zest and not worry about the past or future.”

Peace of mind arises out of spiritual growth. It is true that spiritual growth is an inward process, that spiritual life is an inward life. But it is equally true that such inward growth is greatly aided by external support and greatly marred by external incompatibles. Hence, importance of Sattvic diet, Sattvic dress, Sattvic reading, Sattvic company, Sattvic habits and Sattvic environment.

We rise above darkness and sin to see the eternal light and realize the presence of the Most Enlightened one. Rise higher and see brighter light; a step still higher and realize omnipresent God who is the pristine source of Enlightenment.

As the new age dawns, materialism will automatically lag behind Spirituality and people will live the Vedanta in their daily lives.

“Faith in God, faith in religion and faith in one’s self make a man an enlightened being. Faith in holy scriptures helps a man rise above darkness and see the Light. Faith is a source of inspiration too. Many a time in life, one feels that one is down in the dumps. Morale sags. One sees and feels darkness all around. It is here that faith in God and the Vedas helps one see light at the end of the tunnel. Faith gives one a breather when it is needed most. Faith can even bring a man back from the fallows.”

Considering its importance, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in a striking contrast organized a Millennium All Faith Summit, which was attended by 1000 religious and spiritual leaders of the world to achieve the objective of coordinating the religious leadership for building tolerance, fostering peace and encouraging inter religious dialogue among all religions. This remarkable gathering was without precedent in its 50 years history of UNGA. Now, with nearly 83% of the world’s population adhering to some religious or spiritual belief system, religion and spirituality would be the dynamic force that the World Peace Summit wanted to seek to develop for peace, advocacy and resolution.

An individual or a nation must strive for material growth and scientific advances but material prosperity can lead to true happiness only if there is a base of spirituality. Secular spirituality helps one to progress in the worldly affairs and still helps one realize at the experiential level that material comforts, worldly pleasures, fame and power are fragile and ephemeral and they alone cannot give lasting happiness. Happiness is present in our life yet because we think that happiness comes from outside we constantly loose touch with it.

Social studies reveal that high spiritual and emotional quotient are normally associated with high degree of integrity, honesty, responsibility and care and concern for others and accounts for nearly 70% of over all rating.

Spirituality is the Basis for Happiness” is written by Dr. B. L. Tekriwal which was published in Kalyan Kalpataru in July 2009.

You can read similar views in Philosophy of eternal bliss-fullness and Role of Difficulties & Problems in Our Life.