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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Well, I am. Thoughts or otherwise

Was watching this old movie of Image entertainment..has anyone noticed their logo?(don’t fret if you haven’t, even the mate sitting next didn’t think much of it)

However, it was interesting(for the mind, just to be precise).. presenting you the weirdest explanation which even the organisation might not have thought about when creating their logo..it is that weird😉

The excuse for this thought is that a mind sees what it sees, hoping you’ll bite..

Also, let me present you with this disclaimer before we go forward..a thought is a thought, however brilliant or vague, or spiritual or otherwise, it is still a thought. You are witnessing your thoughts, you are not the thought nor the mind. And of course, it goes without saying you are not the body either

It is important to remember this.. infact we watch our thoughts so to confirm that we exist all through even when there is none. Also, these thoughts float in us and disappear in the us. And they have no power on us.

Easy to say, you may think but truly acceptance of the fact that these are the instruments at work is the only way out. You are just a witness and not the actor.

In the process, we also observe that the thoughts are not independent but are dependent on the ‘I’ for their existence

And thank God, these thoughts exist and this is where the logo part of it comes into play..

If not for that drop, we wouldn’t have ever noticed the placid lake beneath. Likewise, if not for the thoughts, we would have never found our real self. It would have stayed as is, as in deep 😴.

Remember: our self is not an object to be observed. It is the I . It reveals itself when the thoughts subside for the moment.

Anyhow, the idea is not to pursue the thoughtless state because that is not the goal nor is it going to get us being our self( my teacher warns)

Also, the self remains untouched all through, thoughts or otherwise..have you noticed? So the thoughts are harmless and a friend to the one who is trying to seek his real self.

But getting entangled in the thoughts is not what a seeker ought to do..when the seeker finds out for himself that he is a witnesser/subject and not the witnessed/object then he stays a witnesser for life.

Being mindful once seemed like a pain, much like a conscious work but now it is not all that difficult. The mind willingly gives to it.

I still keep a close watch as I witness my mind, at times, being on an overdrive when the thoughts are around the self. The mind conveniently forgets that the spiritual thoughts are also thoughts; the proof to that is this blog post😄

Happy witnessing, you guys..have fun

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?

Learning From Gandhiji’s Experiments

nāsti buddhir-ayuktasya na chāyuktasya bhāvanā
na chābhāvayataḥ śhāntir aśhāntasya kutaḥ sukham// 2,66

But an undisciplined person, who has not controlled the mind and senses, can neither have a resolute intellect nor steady contemplation on God. For one who never unites the mind with God there is no peace; and how can one who lacks peace be happy?

We might have heard this adage “You can do anything you set your mind to” but he observed this with all his heart, his entire life.

He pretty much experimented on everything before he imbibed anything into his life: food, diet, religion, morals, principles, God, ideals, celibacy- you name it.

But one aspect of his life was much frowned upon, his experiments with celibacy. 70 years have passed since he left his body yet the most talked about or published work today is this grey side of his life.

Is it really grey? All our lives are lived in this grey, isn’t it? Although we don’t want to admit it to ourselves or others but that is the truth. But I think he cared less of what others thought of him or his experiments.

It looked like he wanted to prove it to himself that he had that self-restraint necessary to control his body and mind. Although he realized the body-mind connect well.

śhaknotīhaiva yaḥ soḍhuṁ prāk śharīra-vimokṣhaṇāt
kāma-krodhodbhavaṁ vegaṁ sa yuktaḥ sa sukhī naraḥ//5, 23

Those persons are yogis, who before giving up the body are able to WITHSTAND the forces of desire and anger; and they alone are happy

What do I admire about him?

  • He cared less about any titles that were bestowed upon him
  • He rejoiced when he overcame his weaknesses. He worked on himself.
  • He penned down most of his thoughts, wild or otherwise.
  • His book revealed an ordinary person with vices, who was bent upon converting them into virtues.
  • He stood as a role model for many, for his ideologies went through severe grilling.
  • He was not a Conformist. love, love that 🙂

What I failed to understand is this? (from his book and other works on him)

  • That why suppress an urge; restraint is fine and that too should come comfortably with understanding. (for example, it only becomes easy to handle a teenager when you have the knowledge of how it is to be one, right? With that knowledge you could take control )
  • Why was he bent upon making the body work against its mechanism?
    When we think of tamarind, our mouth salivate. It is a natural phenomena with all body fluids.
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When we think of tamarind, our mouth salivate. It is a natural phenomena with all body fluids.
  • In attempts to suppress, he unknowingly gave it more room and energy. Overthinking can make them surface more often than not.( for example ‘don’t think about a pink elephant’ phenomena)
  • Why didn’t the idea “You are not the body but the Spirit” relieve him of his anguish. That every thought instills peace in a layman person as me. Maybe that is because I am playing it safe without taking any risks. Possible possible 😁
Now Your mind is focused only on this Pink Elephant
Now You can only think about this Pink Elephant

Bhagavad Gita on Ironic Rebound

Indriyāṇāṁ hi charatāṁ yan mano ’nuvidhīyate
tadasya harati prajñāṁ vāyur nāvam ivāmbhasi//2, 67

Just as a strong wind sweeps a boat off its chartered course on the water, even one of the senses on which the mind focuses can lead the intellect astray.

However, like any other Indian, I am in complete awe of this man who let his heart lead his life. Who showed us how difficult yet necessary it is to restrain our worldly senses. Who successfully implemented concepts like ‘Ahimsa’ in utter chaotic situations. He was and is a leader that are rare to come by.