Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How do we detach ourselves from our lower nature?

Question: How do we detach ourselves from our lower nature?

Swamiji: "Ek aasaro, Ek bal" - Simply one dependence, one source of strength.

Folks, this is the last birth. Human birth is the last of all births. We have been clearly told by God in the Gita "bahunaam janmanaam ante, Vasudeva sarvam iti" (Gita 7:19). Now it is up to us to become firm on this point. Do not worry whether others do or not, you simply become immersed in only God, then everything else will fall in place.

There is nothing easier than God Realization. It is simply our mind and it's ways that creates the obstacles by making it appear difficult. And in reality, no one else is ours (not even the mind). Only God is ours. It is all betrayal to think otherwise. We do not need to ask anyone. Just become God's and all will be OK.

Parikshit heard the Srimad Bhagawad for seven days and attained God Realization, so why have we not realized after listening for so very long? Pariskhit had no desire to live. He knew he had only seven days remaining. We all have a desire to live. This is the main obstacle. Man is dying at every moment. We have actually died the number of years that we have already been alive. At every moment this body is dying. Parikshit was very clear that he was dying. When we have this feeling that we are living, that thought itself will prevent us from God Realization.


When one is dead, there will be no relation with anyone. If the aim is clear and you become focused, God Realization can happen today! Right now. Sethj said, it is not difficult at all to realize God. It is entirely up to us. Simply become immersed in this one thought and with great enthusiasm (utsaaha), become fully engaged in only God

From a Discourse by Swami Ramsukhdasji in Hindi on Aug 19, 2002 at 3:30 pm  

Question: Intellectually we understand that body / mind are not us and we have nothing to do with it. Also earlier you said that in this manner one should become indifferent to the worldly impressions on the mind, but how does one really become indifferent?

Swamiji: Just like you believe that you have absolutely no relation with your dog's mind; similarly acknowledge that there is a no relation between you (Self, swayam) and your mind. The dog's mind and our minds are of the same nature and class (jaati). When the dog's mind is not yours, then this mind is also not yours. Mind is a fragment of nature and abides in nature (jada prakriti), whereas we (self, swayam) are consciousness and God's very own fragment. Just like the worldly impressions left on a dog's mind have no affect on you, similarly this mind too should make no difference to you (self, swayam).

The mind has a relationship with nature (prakriti) whereas you (self, soul, atma) have a relationship with God (Paramatma). You assumed an affinity with the mind, and therefore now pain and sorrow are inevitable. Now, whatever you do with this mind / body, you will reap the fruits of it's good and bad deeds. What ever be the thoughts that come into a dog's mind, what has it to do with you? Similarly, whatever comes to this mind, what has it to do with you (swayam)? Your relationship is not with the body, sense organs, mind and intellect. Your relationship is only with God (Paramatma). Just to make us understand this Lord Shri Krishna says in the Gita "Mamaivaamso jivaloke jeevabhootah sanaatanah" (Gita 15:7). "In this world, the Self (Atma) becomes an embodied Soul (jeev), though being a fragment of My Eternal Self (Paramatma)." Understand this message and you will see a dramatic change in your outlook (vrittiyaan) and your spiritual accomplishments (saadhan).

You understand your self to be "I am". In this the "I" is inert, whereas "am" is consciousness. It is only because of "I' the "am" exists. If "I" (ego) were removed then "am" would become non-existent. All that would remain is "Is-ness" or existence (consciousness). In the Gita, Lord has elaborated and said that when an aspirant becomes "Nirmama-Nirahankarah", that is when he becomes free from attachment, sense of mine-ness (nirmama) and egoism, "I am the body" (nirahankarah), then he attains "Brahmi sthitih" i.e. a state of God realized soul. (Gita 2:72). 

From "Sansaar kaa asar kaise chute?" in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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