Nirdoṣhaṁ hi Samam Brahma

Ihaiva tair jitaḥ sargo yeṣhāṁ sāmye sthitaṁ manaḥ
Nirdoṣhaṁ hi samaṁ brahma tasmād brahmaṇi te sthitah//5,19

If the mind is devoid of all doshams and is established in equanimity then it is not different from the Brahman.

By doing the above, the mind will be free and be one with the Brahman here and now.

Think for yourself..what makes the mind seemingly different from the Brahman?
The mind is different from the Brahman because of its sanga towards the 3 instruments of action(Tri-karanam(thoughts, speech, body)).

However, in contrast to the mind, the Brahman is devoid of any sanga hence nir-dosham and samam at all times.

Nirdoṣhaṁ hi samam Brahma..

What is sanga? How is our mind attached or to what is it attached to?

Sanga means attachment towards something that is different from it.

Here, our mind is attached to the

  • Thoughts that appear in it
  • Body that it possesses
  • Actions that is done by the Indriyas
Dosham = Impurity Dvandvam = Duality ; Both leads to confusion

Because of this attachments, our mind is anxious, not samam. For the same reason, It is also poisoned and is filled with dosham.

So, what stands between the mind from being the Brahman? Sanga

Has the sanga done any good to the mind? The answer is a definite No

Because, the Tri-karana which the mind is attached to- will erode with passage of time.

  • Body will loose its agility,
  • Thoughts will be displaced and
  • Speech will be impaired.

So, what will then the mind be left with? Only sorrow, pain and the attachment towards them will continue to linger.

Only a realised mind can be one with the Creator and its experience is beyond elucidation. And cognition of this for a mind that is living in the illusion is close to impossible

It is NOT worth living in an illusory bubble that will burst into nothingness in no time.

It is only wise to uplift the mind beyond its own illusionary creation to the only Truth.

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BEING is Knowing

Where we live, the neighborhood is silent and the sky is clear. The glass doors open to a balcony facing the west and each sunset is nothing less than art. The changing colors sometimes stand apart and other times they merge with each other to create brilliant symmetry. Everything about it is breathtaking. Truth be told, words fall short to express what I see at the end of the day.

While I observe the mind admiring what it sees, I also hear a little conversation and you know how much I love to dish out my mind’s random chatter. No wonder, I don’t have many followers…Who wants to listen to more mind chatter than they already are 😉 But, anywhoo, here I share…

Before I do, can we imagine my mind to be Bharunda of Panchatantra. love the bird and the story attached to it. Bharunda reminds me of the mind. The impact of every decision made by the mind is seen on the body.

Right Mind(RM) Left Mind(LM)
RM-Shush! I would like to experience what I see. 
LM-Okay.(and silence…the magic of colors quickly come to an end and it is now dark) 
LM-Now that it ended. Can we investigate to see what it is that is this interesting that we almost don't ever miss it? 
It has almost become like a habit. I have to drag Sumi from whatever she is doing at the moment to be here, in the balcony to watch this sky. 
RM-I love the sky. 
LM-Really? Do we? I see that we give it a miss during the day 
RM-True that! It’s plain as day(in a literal sense) there is nothing to see. While I am saying this, I know it is not true. There is not nothing but there is the sky. 
LM-True. The sky becomes the background for the special colors to play for a while. 
If the colors stayed longer then we might give that a miss too 
LM-Ummm, well, then it is not really the colors or plainness, so to speak. 
RM-What gets us each time is us wishing to see it. 
LM-It is the 'I' wishing to see the sunset makes it special(for me) 

‘I’, the subject makes the object interesting or seen. It is never the other way around. 
I observe the thought of wanting to see the magic around the dusk. I observe Sumi enjoying the sunset. Until here, we all get it but what gets missed is the core of our personality 
We are missing the core of our existence. The one which makes all experience possible and is never missing in any the experiences and truly this whole array of experiences are played for that one to observe. 

If not for the plain sky, the colors would mean nothing. But more importantly, if not for 'I', the sky and the colors would both be missed. 
And that 'I', the observer exists in all of beings the same way, isn’t it? I observe my mind-body complex enjoying the sky, you observe the same appreciating something else. So, it is safe to say the ‘I’ in all of us OBSERVES… 

Now that I am done putting you guys through this perpetual ordeal of having to be my mind(for a while, at least), may I encourage you to find out for yourself whether yours sees the same.

Bhagavad Gita 10,20 Aham ātmā guḍākeśha sarva-bhūtāśhaya-sthitaḥ
Aham ādiśh cha madhyaṁ cha bhūtānām anta eva cha//

I am the Atman(the ‘I’) of all mobile and immobile beings. I am the Truth and I am everywhere. I am the beginning, middle, and end of all beings.

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Why Freedom is so elusive?

Freedom, Inner joy, Peace, Contentment- we would have heard these but are they in our experience?

If we think closely, we all might have come face to face with them but what we may not know is how to summon them or how not to loose them, isn’t it?

Why do you think we can’t summon peace? Is it because we only look for it when we need it? In other words, we desire it but we do not do anything about it. Therefore, it only stays in our wish list and never realised.

We are so ruled by our subconscious that we barely realise the fact that we are nothing but creatures of habit. Habits are great to have as it automates our daily activities, freeing our mental energy, however, we all should be aware of the habits that makes us go in circles.

Also, if the habit lifecycle were to be understood then we may gain power over them and even be successful in changing the unwanted ones.

If the picture from the book ”the power of habit’ is to be believed then to achieve a reward you only need to change the routine when the Cue arises. But for spiritual practitioners our routine should be the same as our reward.

Meaning, we should get into the Routine of courting the Reward itself. If peace of mind is what we need then with the Cue our routine should be to at least imagine peace(which is not dependable on the world) then the reward would be the newly formed habit loop(recalling and experiencing peace would be way easier then).

Hope that makes sense… we just can’t be something without being in the company of that thing.

Like Master Oogway says, there are no accidents. We know that well, don’t we? Our head plays out only those that we entertain.

yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī niyata-mānasaḥ
śhantiṁ nirvāṇa-paramāṁ mat-sansthām adhigachchhati// BG 6,15

Keeping the mind absorbed in Truth(Atman), the yogi attains nirvana(freedom) and abides in supreme peace(Atman’s qualities)

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What Happens After We Die?

So there is a reveting and a relevant discussion between Yudhishthira and Sri Krishna in Mahabharatam.

Relevant, I say is because death is a common factor and probably the only fact that we all agree upon, without an argument.

This is the only sure thing in life after birth, isn’t it?

Besides, there are multiple discussion in Mahabharatam, all in a dialogue form. All of them are very engrossing and literally unputdownable! Please read when you get time. I promise that you wouldn’t regret spending the time on that book.

Okay, coming back to the question in discussion about what happens after we die?

Yudhishthira asks Krishna: How can we possibly suffer or enjoy anything after we die? We leave our body here, so how do we suffer our doings?

Who suffers after we die?

A fitting question, isn’t it? The one we all might have thought about, one time or the other.

This question brings relevance to the death rituals. The charity that follows after the cremation, is all explained in their discussion.

Not going into it, but the very question of who suffers and how can we suffer after we lose our body is something that caught my interest.

So Krishna says to Yudishtra: sure, you do leave your body here. But after death, you take another one. And that will look exactly the same as one that you had when you were alive.

It is Just like how you take a dream body and suffer or enjoy the dream. However the dream body may appear different or same as the one that you already have. But the parallels are drawn to bring your attention to the fact that taking a body is possible after death.

And that body that we acquire after our death would be both invisible and invincible therefore none of our grieving family could see it. But we would see them grieving and we will also long to be with them. That yearning and the attachment wouldn’t disappear with the lifeless body lying on the floor.

After this, there is a long discussion about how Yama would choose to take us through the rest of the journey, all depending upon what we acquired during our lifetime (not wealth, you know that right?😜)

How he may appear before us( with folded hands or with a noose) is all on us(Krishna’s saying, not mine)

Logically, if we look into it, are we carrying our body along with us to the dream state? Of course not. Our body is lying more like a corpse in sleep when we dream. So we aren’t carrying it to our dream. Parallely, we also have a body there in the dream.

So with that, if we put two and two together, it makes sense. Think on it. Food for thought, maybe 😉

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Life Driving You Nuts 😉

To start off, life drives everyone crazy but there are life skills that can be learned.

Okay, let’s do a small excercise.

Remember a time when your body was down sick. Try remembering how you felt when your body was unable to act to your needs.

Remember how weak you felt when your body had to depend upon some body else. Remember how that time went slow and with that how you felt your recovery was close to impossible.

Remember? you told yourself that even this shall pass. Remember how you needed some body to validate that for you.

Do you remember?

I do 🙂 That is the effect our body has on our mind and it’s true. But you do remember however long and tiring that time may had been, you did tell yourself that even this shall pass.

Because you knew life has to flow and with that the weakness too has to disappear.

Regardless of how faint that thought of recovery been, you still knew there was hope. Because nothing can stay still here. Although we forget to remember the same when something makes us too happy.

And that is exactly what Gita in chapter 2, 14th verse reminds us to remember that anything that makes its appreance has to disappear one day. Agaama Apaayina Anithyaah.

Gita says, Endure them- anything that appears has to disappear. Pleasure or sorrow is alike w.r.t. it’s brief duration. Because they are transitory, like travellers. Those travellers can be emotions/moods, the sense objects, the body or the mind.

They may give you pleasure or may make you totally sick to your stomach. Yet, remember that everything that appears has to disappear too. Can life overwhelm you then? Yeah, it is true it doesn’t come overnight.

Two words, practice and discipline. If you somehow get yourself to understand that any object that comes in contact with your sense organs have to resonate in either of the above said two ways. And neither of them are going to stay then life will not drive you crazy 😜

This is not difficult to understand. Is it?