When YOU Become The REAL YOU…

Apuryamanam acala-pratistham samudram apah pravisanti yadvat
Tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve sa santim apnoti na kama-kami //
Bhagavad Gita[BG 2.70]

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enters like rivers flow into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.

The above verse is so remarkable. Reflect upon it and you will know what I am talking about. In fact, chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita ,verse 54 to 72 describes the qualities of Sthita-pragnya.

Gita declares, a man who reached that state craves no more because he feels complete. He is now the ocean himself. Can you distinguish the river waters from the massive ocean once it enters?

Just like every drop in the river becomes the ocean itself, every part of him becomes GOD himself. There is no coming back from that state. Bliss and Peace are his as much as it is the Divines. There is no ‘HIM’ anymore. It is One.

That does not mean in any sense, you turn stone-hearted. The chattering inside you stops and you feel calmer. The mind of such a person takes the form of an Infinite Empty Space- where everything resides yet unaltered.

Gita states that in an enlightened being, the emotions flow but wouldn’t affect his state of mind. Unlike us, it comes naturally to him. There is no effort required and there is no return.

He accepts both good and bad with equanimity. In such a person how can there be sorrow? How can he be shaken up by any adversity or prosperity? A man of such steady wisdom would ever be free from fear, anger or attachment.

I sat ruminating on the nature of such existence. I have heard about it, read about it but haven’t experienced it yet. So, I cannot explain but can only state what Gita quotes. All this blogging is for that ultimate experience – to keep me focused and mindful of the path. Believe me, this is not a relentless pursuit but neither can I nor anyone create that experience. When the time is right, it will happen! All that can be created is a right state of mind through meditation.

Every effort we put forth here is to stay happy. However, experience teaches us that happiness is far-fetched. Or, at least it feels that way. I keep asking myself if it is really ‘Desire’ that brings melancholy? or Our attitude towards them breeds unrest?  The answer always then points out to have a positive attitude and outlook towards life no matter what.

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Once again the choice is ours.  Either to stay depressed and turn into a stone whom everyone despises or break the walls of our false EGO and become one with that giant space. Be Mindful and Stay YOU 🙂

As the Mind, So the Man..

Mana eva manuṣyāṇāṁ kāraṇaṁ bandha-mokṣayoḥ
Bandhāya viṣayāsaṅgo muktyai nirviṣayaṁ manaḥ //

“For the man, a mind is the cause of bondage and mind is the cause of liberation. Mind absorbed in sense objects is the cause of bondage, and mind detached from the sense objects is the cause of liberation.”

The Mind is the cause for Liberation or Bondage…It is our Mind. 

How thought-provoking is this?

Who can we blame now for our problems? We had been blaming everyone and everything around for causing us problems. But the Seers ask us to observe our MIND for the bondage or liberation is in our own mind.

Who can help elevate us from its delusions?

Uddhared atmanatmanam natmanam avasadayet
Atmaiva hy atmano bandhur atmaiva ripur atmanah //
Bhagavad Gita 6.5

One must elevate himself with the help of his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind alone is the friend of the self, and it alone is the foe of the self.

It is we who have to decide whether to cling on to our past thoughts and let ourselves degenerate or to raise ourselves.

Who can change your thoughts? Only YOU. You only have the capacity to withdraw or engage your mind. It is an instrument which takes your ideas and turns them into realities. Don’t engage it in dangerous decadent thoughts. Choose your thoughts wisely and it will pay you well in the future.

Who Am I? Who Are You?

Aham atma gudakesa sarva-bhutasaya-sthitah

Aham adis ca madhyam ca bhutanam anta eva ca //

                                                                               Bhagavad Gita 10.20

I am the Self, O Guḍākeśa, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.

According to Bhagavad Gita, the one who asserts itself as ‘I’ in every Body is a part of One Cosmic Being, Atman.

It is our choice to think of SELF as either a conditioned Finite Being or an Infinite One. Whatever we choose will pave way for our experience here, bitter or better.

What surprises me the most is the fact that how easily we identify ourselves with our body, profession, societal status, family name, caste, religion, you name it but to the Real ‘I’.

Could I be the Atman that the Scriptures and Seers speak of?

If you ask yourself this question, which already for some, may sound bizarre yet if you continue to entertain this thought, you will realize that we are all connected. What makes us think we are different from others is our Individual behaviour. And they spring from different beliefs and thoughts. If not for our choice of thoughts we could easily identify our self to be ONE in many bodies.

Regardless of gender, religion or status, for a human being, it is the intangible assets that shape reality. The friends we keep and the thoughts we harbour will together define our personality. Otherwise, deep down we all are the same.

Although thoughts define us, we are independent of thoughts because we create them. Examine your thoughts closely, you can entertain or curtail a thought that arises in your mind. Think of it, you have the capacity to build a thought, to make it as complex as you wish and your body will respond to it.

We entertain all kinds of thoughts, can we not build this one? Growth should happen in all spheres, physical, emotional and spiritual. If building this thought can bring growth emotionally and spiritually then why not?

So, it is never too late to observe our thoughts and make a conscious effort to build new ones until we believe in them.

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