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
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? Theanswer 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.
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.
Often when the mind blabbers, it is lost in thoughts about the past or the future. Whereas when the mind is calm, we would be more “aware” of the current experience, isn’t it? The awareness I am referring to- is not the awareness of the physical body or the train of thoughts but the inner being.
In meditation, we try to investigate and be intently aware of that silent and formless inner being. If you meditate, you might have come to experience a thoughtless state. Even for a second, when the mind empties, you witness the space/gap, pure awareness. You cannot explain that state in words but you were very much witnessing that thoughtless state. That awareness is the real you.
Even when the Mind thought it was distanced from the Self, the substratum supporting these thoughts were none other than the Self. Though the conditioned mind loves to believe that it is a different entity in itself, it is part of a unified whole. Whatever we see, feel, hear, smell or think are nothing but the interactions of the elements of the whole. Just as the words and the blank background simultaneously and interdependently make this blog post. Likewise, the tragic story is nothing but the thoughts transpiring in the self and hence it was never detached.
Then, why do we miss it? When we look at a thing, our attention goes to its name and the form, then although the substratum is supporting, it goes unnoticed. For example, while you are reading this post, you read the content but do not pay attention to the blank background which made this post a reality. These words are intertwined in this space so intimately and inseparably that it gets difficult to discern with our senses. It is everywhere, we are practically living in it.
“Why do I need to be aware of this awareness?” You may ask.
Well, as the saying goes, ‘you can exist here just as a piece of creation or you can exist here as the very Creator himself’- you make the choice. But again, this is just self-knowledge, knowledge in itself cannot guarantee a life free of dualism. However, it will motivate you to stay present in the moment and investigate more in knowing and experiencing that Immutable ‘I’.
Avyaktādīni bhūtāni vyakta-madhyāni bhārata
Avyakta-nidhanānyeva tatra kā paridevanā//
O scion of Bharat, all created beings are unmanifest before birth, manifest in life, and again unmanifest on death.
We met, we fell in love but our relationship suffered a setback due to my association with the senses. Then I broke up and then we made up and I broke up with the Self again. That’s all I do, and I feel guilty but it continues even today.
We are falling in and out of love as I am unable to renounce the joy that the senses provide. Though I do not want to commit adultery and quite blissful in the relationship I share with Self yet the sense longings follows me like my shadow.
These longings failed me every time besides catching up with it tired the body and drove me to the point of exhaustion. However, I restrain and practice self-control, the turbulent senses carry me forcibly into the world of desires. Here I am, struggling to find my way out and longing to be back in the safe arms of the Self and promising never to commit infelicity again.
Then I asked myself: why do I put up with this pain and strain when I have attained peace within? What, exactly, am I lacking that stops me from ending this toxic relationship with the five senses?
I told myself that I have to choose between pain and joy and that’s when I realised what I lacked. I lacked faith and loyalty as I let myself brood over the worldly imperfections. Also, I never restrain myself enough as I took advantage of the temporary fallout and played victim each time. But, alas, after aeons of infidelity, neither the senses experienced fulfilment nor I could establish an honest relationship with my Self. So I am back to square one again..
Guess this would be the confession of the Mind which failed to permanently establish in the Self.
Why is there a fear to unbound ourselves and break away from things that conduce to ruin and sorrow?Even when it hurts and are condemned by the wise yet we force ourselves to live bounded. It is not that we are devoid of choices but we are afraid to challenge the blind faith.
Some religious institutions and Gurus demand blind faith from their adherents. A faith which is devoid of knowledge and which defies all logic. A faith which is not a choice and that which does not agree with common sense. Should our beliefs be built on those which cannot be reasoned? That brings us to the question why we don’t reason them? Is it the fear or greed that stops us from the reasoning process?
In the name of faith, we kill people, abuse animals and nature alike. We are the same set of people who spend lakhs of rupees to adorn the God we believe in but are not ready to give a penny more to the needy. Despite proclaiming that service to Humanity is Service to God yet we never get to demonstrate this belief.
Perhaps we strongly believe that Gods respond to the barter system. That we can offer something to God, and he would respond in helping us to make our lives better here. God isn’t really waiting for us to finance his work 😛. He doesn’t lack anything! Instead of building a relationship with him, we think we can entice him with our offers. Really, which God has asked us to do so? Yeah, you are right, it is not God but the wrong mediators who connect us to God are responsible for growing this blind faith.
The questions now facing us: Should we seek out a Guru? If YES, then who should choose our Spiritual Guru?
We have a right to seek guidance. But honestly, do we even get to choose a teacher before surrendering our mind? If we see the multitude, we clearly understand someone chooses them for us. That can be our friends, relatives, neighbours or our family. Despite the fact that we all are different, we still do the same mistake of letting others choose the Guru for us. When the experience does not turn right, it can lead to spiritual struggle and even loss of faith.
Then, what are the qualities of a spiritual master?
Guru Gita describes real Guru to be a true saint whose only intention is the spiritual welfare of his disciple. The guru is someone who brings his disciples from darkness to light. He never proclaims himself to be God but teaches his disciples to be humble and to pray for the welfare of all. A Sadhguru never gives his opinion to understand the divine but he takes a bona fide spiritual text and transmits them exactly as they were spoken.
“What is the role of a Sadhguru in One’s spiritual search?” you may ask.
Sadhguru and a True-Disciple always work together. There is no denying the fact that a right Teacher can guide us, but we ourselves are responsible for our purification. The teacher cannot wash away the impurities of others. As the saying goes, you can lead the horse to the water, but you cannot make it drink. A Guru can try to explain how contented he felt when he quenched his thirst and how the water alone has helped him achieve it. However much he describes the experience through words it will always fall short of the reality. But he can instruct us in making us understand the importance of water and drinking water will only suffice the thirst. Similarly, a Sadhguru can impart us with the knowledge of the Brahman but we ourselves have to experience that oneness with the Brahman.
We can take refuge in the teacher but we need not sacrifice our freedom of thought. We can with the help of a Sadhguru make a journey towards the unconditioned mind. That alone will allow us to experience the uninterrupted flow of bliss and would conduce to the well-being and happiness.