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The Brahmana

From: “Ramlal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: The Brahmana

Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:32:28

 

Baba

 

== THE BRAHAMANA ==

 

Namaskar,

Here is one story which contains one important teaching for

all sadhakas.

 

 

STORY: VILLAGER IN SEARCH OF HIS HORSE

 

One sunny day a man left his house in search of his horse. His mind was

totally filled and burdened with thoughts about his missing horse. In

his long & arduous effort the man searched far and wide as he crossed

many villages, hills, rivers, streams and valleys– all in search of his

horse. Along the way there were countless wonderful and fascinating

sights, yet in his mind’s eye all he could see was his horse– nothing

else. His mind was consumed with that notion.

 

When the man finally returned home from his tiring journey his close

friends were amazed by how far he had traveled; and they asked him

numerous questions about what he saw on his fabled and remarkable

journey. They wanted to hear his observations about the vastness of the

earth and the beauty of the sky, as well as all the various other sights

he saw along the way. Yet the man could not comment on any of that; all

he could reply was, ‘I could not find my horse’.

 

 

MORAL OF THE STORY

 

As, we can all see, the man in the story got caught up in his own little

burdens. His mind became totally fused with thoughts about his horse to

such an extent that he could not even begin to conceive of anything

else. His whole reality was sunk in that.

 

Being sadhakas, we must never allow such things to happen to us.

 

 

MISSING THE BOAT

 

In life so many things happen so if one is not careful then the mind

will just get caught up in that whirlpool of those events. Indeed it is

the common malady that step by step people burden themselves and allow

theirs minds to get preoccupied with family problems, job issues,

financial matters, health concerns etc. But in that troubled state of

mind one cannot move ahead.

 

The mind will just get burdened and one will be walking around carrying

a heavy load of thoughts or concerns. In which case– just like in the

above story– one will not be able to function. The real charm and

beauty of life will pass one by.

 

 

NO BURDEN OF THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE

 

That is why Baba guides us that we should make it our strict policy to

keep our mind free from any burdens. We must not carry any burden of the

past, nor any burden of the future, nor any burden of the present. Our

minds must be totally free from these three burdens. That is Baba’s

directive.

 

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;

Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

 

Baba says, “I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run

after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of

the past nor influenced by such thoughts of the present…One must free

the mind from the influence of all colours.” (NKS, Disc #24)

 

In His above teaching Baba directs us to keep the mind cleansed of all

past, present, and future problems. That is the first half of his

teaching and the culminating idea of the shloka is that one must only

focus on the Goal– on Him. Then one will be able to do great things.

This is Baba’s eternal guideline.

 

 

KEEP THE MIND LIGHT

 

So as sadhakas, our duty is to keep the mind light– to keep our mind

focused on Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “When you are to move fast, your mind should be light; if the

mind is heavy it will not be able to move fast.” (AV-31)

 

So Baba’s guideline is to keep the mind free, empty, and light. And the

only way to do that is to remember Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “You must always think of the goal. Always look to your

ideal.” (AV-1)

 

 

TRAINING THE MIND

 

Thus in our day to day practical life one must take up the task to keep

the mind fixed on Him– and not entertain the three burdens of the past,

present, and future.

 

Baba guides us that if one is careful in this endeavour then little by

little the mind will always wipe away any burdens and move towards Him.

With practice this will become one’s habit until finally it becomes one

nature.

 

But if one does not take proper care then things will go in the opposite

direction and the mind will always be burdened.

 

So in our busy lives whenever we can, during each and every moment, we

should clean the mind. That means we must not get drowned by past,

present, or future events but rather must ensconce oneself in the Goal–

in the thought of the Great. And, amazingly enough, the more we attempt

this grand endeavour the easier it becomes until finally it is just

automatic, and always we feel His divine presence.

 

By such training and practice, our minds will always be clean, empty,

and free– i.e. fully absorbed in His thought, in His ideation.

 

 

ASSETS OF SOCIETY

 

So Baba’s grace and by our careful approach our mind will be unburdened

and free. And in that state one will surely become a tremendous asset of

the society– one will do something great.

 

Hence, as sadhakas, we should make it our regular habit to routinely

check and cleanse the mind by thinking exclusively about Him. May we

make this our regular endeavour as this is the inner secret for becoming

great.

 

Baba says, “People who command reverence from society…admit: ‘We know

nothing. We only think upon Parama Purus’a and work by His grace’.”

(NKS, Disc #23)

 

Namaskar,

Parashram

 

 

Note 1: MUST NOT HAVE TOO MANY PROGRAMS OPEN

 

Keeping the burdens of the past, present, and future in one’s mind

causes their entire existence to malfunction. One loses one’s own

abilities because of being overrun by too many useless thoughts and

worries.

 

It is just like when too many programs on a computer are open then the

computer can no longer function at even a basic level. The computer just

gets totally stuck and cross-wired by all those electrical impulses

running in different directions.

 

Similarly we should never allow such things to happen to us. Always may

we remain focused on the Goal. That is the quality of a real sadhaka.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“A’lo jhariye madhu ks’ariye a’ndha’r sa’riye tumi esecho…” (P.S. 1233)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering

effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have

come– making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and

bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone’s hopes and

longings have been fulfilled.

 

Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of

longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation &

hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival–

constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of

devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant.

Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love–

satisfying everyone’s heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life

by Your grace.

 

Baba– that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which

was lost in the oblivion– the current of that very river and the tune

of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.*

 

Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart

with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace…

 

 

* The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the

heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had

dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the

flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler

expression of devotional feeling.

 

 

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Not Easy To Bring Into Practice

 

Baba says, “While helping the poor people your vanity may increase. You

may think: ‘I have done this, I have done that. I am not an ordinary man.’

This is a psychic disease. Actually, vanity is a psychic disease, a psychic

ailment. But if, while helping a man, a poor man, or a diseased person, you

ascribe Godhood to him, that is, if you think, ‘I am not helping a man, I am

helping God in human structure,’ then vanity will not be encouraged. What

will be the reaction within the person? ‘This body, this mind, this wealth

has been given to me by Parama Purus’a, and Parama Purus’a has come before

me, God has come before me, as a suffering person, and I am paying back

that thing to Him. That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual

owner of this mind is He, and His wealth I am paying back to Him.’ So

there will be no vanity.” (DKG, p.197-98)

 

Note: Despite that fact that we are all aware about Baba’s above

teaching, nonetheless it is the common human weakness that we forget

about this point. Yet we all know His above guideline has great and

eternal benefits. For that reason we need to be reminded about this

divine guideline again and again. Adherence to this principle helps

establish one in the stance of divinity & immortality.

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