Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 27
Have you ever wondered that what is it about you that keeps you attached to this life and this body? What gives you the sense of self-I, Me, Mine?
Friends the one that creates this sense of attachment is your mind. Let me assure you that even though the mind is not visible to the five senses, it is very much part of the body. In fact it is the most powerful aspect of your physical being.
So friends lets us study the mind since the mind is not only the creator of your world but it is also the one that misleads and misdirects you when it is not aligned to your soul. The reality is that the mind of the ordinary person-which is ruled by fear and desire, constantly weaves new fantasies and the ordinary person lives in a world that is nowhere close to the real Truth. In this way the mind deludes the individual soul, which remains trapped in wheel of karma.
This is why it is always said by enlightened beings that we should develop the power of discernment and develop the ability to see beyond the fantasies of the mind.
No doubt the mind is a powerful tool at our disposal but it works positively only when it listens to the wisdom of the soul. I.e the mind is a great servant but a very bad master and we must always use it in consonant with the soul’s wisdom. The mind is like a powerful computer and it can give phenomenal results but just like a computer, if garbage data is fed in it then only garbage results will be spewed out.
Basically the mind takes whatever is the feeling that the being has inside their heart and tries to express it. So if you are fearful, then the mind will expand the fear and make it real. If you are joyful, then the mind will create situations full of joy and it you are full of desire then the mind will try to fulfill your desires. That is the basic job of the mind-to bring to fruition whatever it is that you believe.
This is why it is extremely important to have those qualities that come from beyond the mind-love, intuition and wisdom. Because then the mind will act to bring those qualities to life.
Dear friend, let me assure you that the desire to see God face to face is hard-wired into the soul of every person. Yet very few have ever seen God. Why is that? The answer is that because what we need to see God is not our physical eyes but a mind that is aligned to the right direction. A mind whose inner eye is open can see God but most of us are not at that level. In fact most of us are at that pathetic level where even if God stood in front of us in physical form, we would not recognize Him.
Then there is the question of how to live in this world and in our particular circumstances. Most humans believe in God but they also have to live and struggle in the world.
Thus all of us have two masters. One is God and the other is this world where we have to live and survive. This is our struggle- trying to make ends meet and also trying to find God in our lives. Thus we are like the person who has his feet in two boats. Such a person can find neither get God, nor happiness in this world.
This is the difficulty that most of us face in our lives but if we remember to worship God even as we do our daily work, then the task will not be so difficult. Thus even though we live and work in this world, if our attention and devotion is fixed on Paraatma, then we will get success in our attempts to see God face to face.
Friends we also must understand the basic nature of the body and the mind if we want to succeed in life.
The body is like a chariot that is pulled by the horses of your five senses. The charioteer or the driver of this vehicle is the mind. And the passenger that is sitting within the chariot is the soul.
The job of the senses(the horses) is to observe the visions of the world and attract the mind towards them. These observations of the senses are directed to the mind which then directs the chariot-the body, towards whatever attracts the mind
The soul is the passenger that experiences whatever is the scene through which the chariot travels. This is the nature of the body and mind complex.
As we observe this system of operation, we observe that the mind constantly inundated by the senses, runs here and there dictated by desire and fear, constantly swaying from direction to direction.
But what would happen if the soul-the owner/passenger takes charge? Then the chariot would proceed smoothly under the instructions of the owner rather than running here and there.
So friends, my advice to all of you is to take charge of your own vehicles and take it where you find everlasting happiness and peace. Don’t let the mind take you on a wayward journey of sensory experiences. If you let the mind dictate your life journey, you will constantly be lost on the wheel of karma, reacting from situation to situation but if you mind is in your control then you will go where you can find true peace, joy and happiness-your true destination. (Git 6:34)
Friends, you may find the mind rebellious and difficult to control but the task is not impossible. The mind can be controlled when struck by the swords of discipline and detachment.
So whenever the senses try to overwhelm the mind and you find the mind swayed, you should use your willpower to get it back on track. This may happen many times but if we are able to get it back on track every time, we will make progress.
This constant practice of discipline is called using the first sword.
To succeed in this practice the other sword-that of detachment is also required. The reason is that the mind constantly seeks to enjoy pleasure and to avoid pain and the mind constantly turns to those things that it is attached to. So you may discipline it a 100 times but still you may fail because the mind, till is detached, will always turn back to what gives it pleasure. Thus only when the mind realizes that all the pleasures it seeks are false( only mirages), till then it will keep going back to indulge in worldly pleasures.
These pleasures, desires and indulgences are caused through the intake of Sansaar through the senses and it is an inevitable part of life since this intake cannot be shut off. Also we must remember that the world has been made by God for our pleasure so there is no harm in enjoying this playground called life. So we should take pleasure and happiness in enjoying all aspects of this world through the senses but we must always remember the Creator of this world even as we enjoy the pleasures of this world. This sense of perspective is the keel that keeps our boat straight in the ocean of Sansaar.
When you do this-put your attention on God, even as you live in this world, you achieve true happiness, peace and joy. (Gita 6:15)