POSITIVITY AND NEGATIVITY

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Positive outlook, Positive attitude, Positive approach are all trendy words , nowadays, but is it really bringing about the desired outcome in people?
I think it depends on the individual as to how he benefits from a positive thinking seminar or program, for, no matter what convincing techniques you bring to man, unless he wants to benefit from it and makes an attempt himself , believing in it from the heart, he will gain nothing. So many of us don’t change – we just remain the way we are……incorrigible!
Similarly, positivity, as manifested by people, need not be what it appears to be – it can be just a facade, a sham!
Let me go into more detail about this.
It’s true that all of us, go into a ‘negative’ mode sometime. But those of us who become aware of it just become a witness to it and go into introspection , which, will help us to survive it and come back again to our natural Self. Such waves of negativity just come and lash against the shore of positivity and recede….no ‘psunamis’ and no damage to anyone.
But there are some of us, who , almost all the time ( can’t say always) think, speak and behave in a negative manner – your would say that negativity is a relative term, as positivity is. I would second your opinion, for, negativity is only that which causes harm to others and so to ourselves and brings negative vibrations of dislike, disharmony etc. in the environment. And, positivity is that which brings harmony within ourselves, first, to bring harmony without, in the long run!
Earlier I used to get angry and frustrated with such people who always thought, spoke and behaved in a negative manner , though, many a time, their manifested behavior is just a veneer put up to make a good impression on people who are important to them.But, I no longer react to such people, for, I have realized that negativity is not their true nature.
There was a time when I was totally fed up with some of my kith and kin and some so-called friends who are incorrigible and it appears that they will never change for the better as long as they live and will continue to think, talk and behave negatively. I can understand why they do so – they are blind –i.e. blind in a different way. They are blind to their own shortcomings , or, may not be really blind to them, but,just turn a blind eye towards them. This must be because they must be feeling deeply insecure due to a poor, low self-image and must be wanting to cover it up with make-do goodness and peity ….poor souls! Nowdays, I feel only compassion for them, and always pray for their deliverance from these shackles of arrogance and an apparent superiority-complex , which is actually due to an imbalance in their mental build-up. Poor fellows! They are cowards, actually, for, they don’t have the courage to introspect and see the loopholes’ within’ to do something about them, and hence , are always uncomfortable wtih themselves. The only comfort they find is in thinking, speaking and behaving in a negative way with people who are exactly opposite to them in thought , word and deed – those people, who don’t have a self-image to compromise with, and hence, live peacefully with themselves, and hence, with others around.
The negativity-prone people slander their’ rivals’ for, probably, they are jealous of them. Heart of hearts, they also admire them, I feel, may be, even more than the others, but, instead of feeling happy and proud abut them, they want to spoil their image among kith and kin if it’s a relative, or, in the social circles , if a friend. Such behavior of theirs doesn’t kindle any reaction whatsoever in those who are always centred in themselves and hence always positive from within and not pretending to be so. The negative people talk and talk and talk to whoever they can and they seem to find a bitter or an evil satisfaction in this. But does it affect their targets? Not at all!
Have we not seen some dogs? They keep running , looking at the Sun, and keep barking at it for sometime, then, become quiet – again they repeat the same strange beheavior after a while. Does it make any difference to the Sun? Nay. It’s as resplendent as ever and spreads its light and warmth as is its role in Creation.

Prayer
O Lord! Pray forgive those people who slander others and bring disharmony in the family and in society
For, they are not the culprits! They are just victims of ego, arrogance and ignorance
Please bless my kith and kin, and, some others, who profess themselves to be my friends – for, they are sick
Yes! So sick in mind ( physical sickness is a lesser evil!) for they spread negativity around them all the time
They dishonour Nature’s Design – YOUR design
By not living in peace and harmony with their kith and kin
But in so many ‘pieces’ and in so much disharmony within themselves
That they spread it all around among other kith and kin
And those who don’t have a strong ‘immune’ system within or who are similar to them in their way of life
Get infected! They encourage each other, vouchsafe for their love for each other and say united in disharmony, in fall from divinity
Albeit they feign piety, purity and goodwill by meaningless rites and rituals
These rites and rituals are not meaningless in themselves but they lose their power because of the negative vibrations of these people performing them
Pray bless them with the Light of your Wisdom
To make them realize that no one is perfect
And in fact those who point their fingers at others are the farthest away from God and Divinity
Please repeat to them the golden words of wisdom that you spoke for me once
“If you can’t find the Divine in those close to you
If you can’t find the Divine within yourself
You will aways be in a ‘maze’ and take umpteen lifetimes
During which your arrogance, your ego, will be burnt to ashes
And your self-image will be demolished to nothing
From these ashes will the real YOU rise
Humble, positive, grateful, compassionate, loving and lovable
To live a lifetime of true piety and purity of heart
To live in peace and harmony with and without
To be a blessing for this world, and a messenger of peace , love and bliss – “ a good samaritan”!
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FEAR

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What is it, really? Trepidation about someone or something so that you start trembling, mentally for sure, and , may be, physically as well, when you think of the same.
What is fear generally about?
It is about both known and unknown.
Among things known to you, it may be fear of fire, flood, failure, neglect, ridicule, someone’s anger, hatred, scandal and defamaton, criticism, fear of being misunderstood, fear of being hated by a near and dear one, fear of some insects and animals, fear of heights and some other phobias, fear of losing the freedom to live the way you want to, fear of opposition to your belief and your faith – your way of life.
When , where and how do you get the fear of the things as above? Are they all born with you? Nay, I don’t think so.
The seeds of fear are sowed by the circumstances in life along with the people who are instruments for these.
We develop fear of fire, flood etc. in the process of growing up, when we have direct or indirect experience of these.
Fear of anger, neglect, ridicule, criticism, hatred, fear of being misunderstood – all these are unconsciously cultivated by us in our reaction to the behavior of kith and kin and the social circle around us from our early adolescence to youth – those stages of life when our emotional intelligence is in the making or is fragile. When the stimuli of criticism, ridicule etc. are given to us on a day-to-day basis at these stages, it creates great havoc within and the reaction to these is fear., then we try to live the way others want us to as we are desperate to be loved, admired, acknowledged and appreciated, praised, encouraged etc. And, inspite of repeated efforts, if it doesn’t happen, that same fear which was a superficial disturbance settles deep within to bring an imbalance in the entire nervous system , even affecting our mind, our brain, our behavioral patterns and the image we present before others. We, consciously or unconsciously, form a life-pattern of living to please others – we don’t even realize that we are living an artificial life and that we have moved away from our true nature. This is the subtlest reason for dissatisfaction, depression, mental and emotional imbalances, violence etc.
Coming to the fear of the unknown, it appears to be almost instinctive . For example, an infant fears when it sees the faces of strangers; children are instinctively afriad of darkness. This is even worse for we fear these because we don’t know and don’t recognize what we need to be afraid of. We have heard of ghosts and evil spirits and that they live in darkness and are most active at midnight and this has settled within as unfounded fear and we live in darknes and bring others as well into this dark realm.
What I want to say is that when a child is told not to touch fire and if it does so, it will burn his skin, the child may understand and keep away. But, if he or she doesn’t do so and experiments,he or she will learn it the hard way. Fear of heights etc. are not passed on by anyone. It is almost an instinctive response. But , regarding darkness, if someone is afraid of the dark because of having been told stories about evil spirits and so on, such fear is unwanted and groundless.
Hence, fear, as a measure of caution or prevention is okay, as in the case of a child being told not to play with a knife or not to touch the fire. All other types of fear other than these are induced by circumstances brought about by people around and these thwart the growth of the individual to his or her optimum.

Most of us really don’t know our full potential for we are constantly and consistently in fear of someone or something and we smother the freedom of the spirit to manifest in our life in its full splendour.
So, let’s introspepct……let’s make a list of what all we fear about….which fears are instinctive; which fears are induced and are suffocating us, strangling us.
Fear is not natural; it’s not divine. Even God Himself doesn’t want to you to do something in fear of Him, but only in love of him.
So how much do you live in fear and how much do you live in love and dauntless courage, asserting yourself? No one can ever stop you from living the way you want to; no one can prevent you from believing in what and whom you want to believe in – it all appears to happen that way, but actually, unless you give control of your life in others’ hands, they can’t do anything.
You live but just one lifetime…you are not sure if there are more. If you can’t live life your way now, do you think you can do it in the next one? Nay, Now or Never!

Prayer
O Lord! Bless us so that we live a life of Peace, Unconditional Love and most of all, dauntless courage.
Bless us so that we kindle fearlessness in others wherever we go
Bless us that we live our life listening to the Voice within and not the voices outside
Bless us so that we find ourselves, for we have lost ourselves in a maze of umpteen unfounded fears.
May we break free of the clutches of FEAR and take to the path of the Ultimate Truth!
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

HOPE

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It’s the only lifesaver that comes to my aid to enable me to survive amidst ‘ life-storms’. Without it, I would get ‘yoked’ with the trials and tribulations of life. It’ the only weapon that I wield and stand in the battlefield of life, when all others are wrested from me . It leads me through ‘dark’ alley (in which fearsome, hideous monsters are waiting to attack any easy ‘prey’) into the kingdom of Light. Without it,I can’t survive. Others can disarm me of all weapons except of Hope. Hope is that weapon which can’t be wrested from me by anyone but myself! So I keep this weapon sharp and ready every moment by meditation, by whatever service I can do, and,by prayer. I can’t buy Hope like I can buy the other weapons for battle. It is not made from steel or iron but from God’s Grace Bounteous, which is showered on me when I am sincere and committed in my spiritual practices along with whatever is my lot in life.

What about you? Does Hope for a testing time to pass by, hope for a solution to a problem that you face, hope for a miracle to change your destiny, hope for the Dawn of Grace in your Consciousness – help you to move on in life, not getting stuck to situtations and people who are instruments of God for testing your Faith, Your Love, your patience, your power of endurance … as to how strong and unshakable these are?

Prayer

O Lord ! Pray bless me so that come what may, I don’t lose Hope
May I remain peaceful, poised and smiling
Even while standing in the midst of deadly whirlpools
May I be blessed to kindle hope in those who feel defenceless as their hopes lie buried in the ashes of their karma

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

JOYS AND SORROWS

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Joy and Sorrow are two sides of the same coin. One can’t be experienced without the other.One can’t experience joy all the time, for, after sometime, the same object which gives joy will be an instrument of sorrow and vice versa.
So joys and sorrows as long as they are the outcome of an experience of worldly matters through the senses are not real and are not permanent. They come and go like waves and the person, who is not aware , can be tossed about here and there with the high and low of these waves of joys and sorrows.
But when sorrow , instead of touching you at the superficial layers, hits you ‘deep down’ in the rock bottom; when joy, instead of taking you to ‘shallow waters’ takes you to the fathomless depth of the Self, realization dawns.
Yes, realization dawns that both joys and sorrows of this world are bondages. We need to be aware not to be moved from our centre by either joy or sorrow; we are safe within a natural protective shell like that of the tortoise – with the difference that it is an invisible , intangible, but all-powerful shell of Divine Grace. This happens when we are regular in our spiritual practices when our prayer is heard even before it is given voice to! We just become a witness to a joy of this world which we experience through the senses; similarly, we just behold ourselves overcome by a sorrow of this world, again, experienced through the senses. A shift in Consciousness happens and the shell covers the ‘vulnerable’ us, to protect the real ‘WE”.
But, joy, when it is an experience on the spiritual plane, becomes bliss after sometime – an experience which is ineffable and can’t be understood unless through experience. The same is the case with sorrow – with the difference that sorrow doesn’t turn to bliss but will lead to us being garlanded with pearls of wisdom from the Divine, from the Self, from the Supreme Consciousness!

We are humans. We naturally are reactive to joys and sorrows of this world. But, when we become aware of this fact, when this awareness is a result of a self-experience , or, in other worlds, knowledge that dawns from the ‘Sun’ within, we are fortunate. We live amidst all the joys and sorrows of this world, we laugh and cry in the experiences of this world – but…but… a part of us….that very core of our Virgin Self remains so …..in peace, in contentment, in gratitude, in wonder, in surrender to the Divine Will!
O Lord May Your Blessings and Grace Bounteous be showered on all of us to keep YOU every moment in our hearts, and not to be carried away from YOU by the currents of Joys and Sorrows!
Amen! Amen! Amen!

PAIN & PLEASURE

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All of us must have experienced this at one time or other – what gave pain in the past gives pleasure now, and, what gave pleasure in the past gives pain now. So it is possible that what gives pleasure now will give pain in the future.

Why is it so? How can the same person or the same thing give the opposite values of pain and pleasure at different times? Can logic explain this phenomenon? I am afraid not.

Both pain and pleasure are superficial – a play of the senses! Neither has any substance in it. To be attached to pleasure is the same as to be attached to pain. It is a bondage. If one transcends it, one remains dispassionate towards these, or, at least, not get so moved out of one’s centre by these or get affected by them.
When the ‘power within’ is kindled to its optimum,physical pain may not affect you as much as it used to , earlier. Your consciousness detaches itself from the pain , for, you are no longer in the body consciousness. The lesser and lesser the degree of body consciousness, the lesser and lesser will be your recognition of pain as such.The same story repeats itself with pleasure. You will find that you are not overthrown by pleasure – swept away by it . You just recognise that sense experience of pleasure, but don’t get stuck to it. You move on!
Now, I am convinced that it’s possible for human beings to kindle the’ power within’ to such an extent that the mind, in its most expanded form, becomes one with the Infinite. Pain and pleasure are experienced only in the finite consciousness. When we transcend it, nothing can move us. We are ‘still’ and ‘untouched’ in that state of consciousness.

If a human being can bring himself into such a state, he won’t experience the skin being burnt by fire or hot water, frozen by cold; he won’t feel the pain, if any, by accidents or otherwise, at the time of death or at other times. What a state to be in! Fire consumes your body – you don’t feel it; a plane crash and you don’t feel any pain or fear of it, but just go into oblivion; hot water burns your body – you don’t feel it; you are wounded and bleeding – you don’t feel it!
Such must be the experience of people who have evolved to that ultimate state of consciousness even when alive and who move in and out of their physical bodies as and when they please!

I am not obsessed about pleasure and pain, but when I do regular meditation and Sudarshan Kriya without break for some time, I can experience that pain doesn’t affect me as much as it does otherwise; I don’t get bowled over by pleasure as earlier I used to.My reaction to these have reduced a considerable bit…but it’s just a little bit! This experience set me thinking – if just experiences of a hollow and empty state for a few moments in life can give such mind-power, what about those enlightened souls who are always in this state……they may be in the body, but they are not in the body consciousness, unless, they want to be, by their own choice! I don’t know!

O Lord! Bless me so that I stand tall, sturdy, unshaken, untouched,by pleasure and pain alike! Let not either of these move me from my centre even for a fraction of a second!I am human, I may become weak and may not be able to exercise my mind-power when I experience pain; I am human and I may not remember the futility of it all when I get swept away by pleasure of the senses! Pray be with me every moment to guide me towards equanimity, forbearance and greater strength of mind so that your mind-power is reflected in me at all times as my Leading Light, as my Strength so that I can say ” O Pain & Pleasure – come when you want to! But you can’t invade; can’t infiltrate for it is an impenetrable fortress within….the Abode of the Divine; the temple of my deity within! What, at the worst, can you do? Play with the senses? For how long? It will not be endless. The day will dawn,( may be in this lifetime, may be in the next or the one after that – doesn’t matter!) when you will have to retreat and let me live in infinite love, peace and bliss!For, I know, the one who can transcend pleasure and pain has reached the ultimate…! May your Grace Unlimited be showered on every deserving human on this planet! Amen! Amen! Amen!

THE EGO

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Embrace it and it will breathe down your neck!
So that you will forget the real YOU!
Resist it and it will assert itself all the more
And ultimately conquer you and make you its slave!

Neither can you do without it , nor can you do away with it
For, it s a part of you, just like the thorn, of the rose
“It’ is nothing but our EGO
The ego is part of ourselves and let it remain so

The best way to handle it it to’ keep it at bay’
By just being a witness to it and say
‘Be what you are’ and let me remain what I am
So you learn how to co-exist peacefully with it

But some others that are in your little world may not know
For they don’t ‘cull the thorns’ before they ‘hold the rose’
And hence do they get pricked
And crush the rose or throw it away in pain!

If you don’t know how to handle your ego yourself
It will become like a full-blown balloon
The slightest prick will deflate it
And reduce it and you to nothing!

Seeing others ballooned ego will not be your gain
Instead, it will make you blind to the real they
In the bargain , who is the loser?
You are the loser, and, they may also be
For a beatiful relationship comes to naught!

Most of the problems in relationships are ill-founded on ego
Such relationships are not real and lasting ones
Demolish them and re-build an edifice
An edifice founded on love, trust and the knowledge
That seeing ego in others is seeing it in ourselves!

Each of us need to handle ourselves and others
Just like we hold the rose with the thorn
And so we need to be good gardeners in a different way
To make more and more roses grow, nature’s way, everywhere

And then the world around us , say, the world, at large
Becomes a Paradise on Earth
Every relationship is such only to manifest what is in You
We co-exist with one another , in love, in peace, in mutual understanding!

A Prayer
O Lord! When you created us you gave us Ego to co-exist with
So please bless us with the skill to handle our ego
So that we know how to handle others’ ego as well
Pray let us be like the rose which exudes fragrance , brings delight to many hearts,
inspite of the thorns!
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

I KNOW IT ALL!

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Some people I know, go about with their noses in the air
They just look down upon you as if your weren’t worth a thought!
Well! May be true! You may not be, but then, what about them?
Let’s ask them, ” How worthy do you really think you are? What do you think of yourself?

Let’s take it for granted that what you think and feel, is true!
Let’s believe that you know it all! You know more than anyone else, but, so what?
Why do you have to ‘wear your knowledge on your sleeve?
Whom do you want to convince? Whom do you want to impress?

Everyone loves you the way you are!
Love is a flow, not conditioned on knowledge, wealth, or, beauty!
God loves saints and sinners alike!
So why ‘the know-it-all attitiude – just drop your self-image!”

THE DEEP

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The Ocean is ‘still’ at the bottom. There are no currents and cross-currents there.
Similarly, the mental and emotional disturbances are the most at the superficial level. As you dive deeper and deeper into the ‘Ocean’ of the ‘Self” the disturbances get lesser and lesser and the mind slowly becomes lighter and lighter till it becomes one with the ‘water-body’ and flows with it towards the natural destination of the ‘Ocean’.
Such stillness and emptiness within ‘fullness’ in the unfathomable depths of the ‘Ocean’ can’t be explained, can’t be understood, but, can only be experienced!
With Sudarshan Kriya and meditation on a daily basis, in course of time, the ‘scaling’ of the mind happens, just like the scaling of the snake happens, Nature’s Way. What gets ‘scaled’ are the impressions of this lifetime or more lifetimes and what is left is just a hollow and empty state in which only peace, bliss and divinity reside. The mind becomes the Ocean and the currents or under-currents can’t do anything to the Ocean.
Just like the mother-of-pearl can be found only in the oyster at the ocean bed, it’s during one of these experiences of ‘diving deep’ that the image of God is seen within the temple of the ‘Self” , to be recognized and worshipped by the beholder-cum-experiencer as his own ‘totally evolved Self’.There is nothing, noone other than him in that depth….either he is there or nothing is there.
The seeker can experience this state at some point of time during his journey towards the ‘Self’.
An enlightened soul must be in the same state of mind moment-to-moment, to be what He is, living in this world but still untouched by it. Hence He is blissful, childlike yet mature, peaceful and compassionate, all-embracing , yet dispassionate.. At the same time, his intellect and memory work to their optimum. Wherever He is, he exudes peace and bliss , love and compassion and hence one experiences miraculous healing in His physical presence. And, if Faith in unshakable , this healing happens regardless of distance of miles, and continents – it is my personal experience and hence to me it is the Truth.

So , when we pray, let’s pray for the urge, the longing, the unquenchable thirst to ‘explore the fathomless depths of the Ocean!

We can’t be grateful enough for this precious lifetime….this human birth…in which we get the opportunity to realize God..the Power Within!

I feel extremely grateful to my Master His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Founder of the Art of Living for the Sudarshan Kriya , other healing processes and meditation programmes I have attended . I have experienced so much healing and I experience such peace and strength of mind as I had never experienced before I came to the Art of Living. It’s ineffable! I am looking at myself, my kith and kin and relationships, the world at large, the situations in my life – in a different perspective….as a result of which my mental and emotional state has become stable; and my relationships are improving day by day. It’s a miracle….it’s a gift…it’s the Lord Merciful who has come as My Master to guide, to spread love , bliss and peace in this world and to heal millions of people like me, the world over!

A PRAYER TO MY MASTER

THANK YOU O LORD FOR YOUR GIFTS BOUTIFUL, FOR YOUR GRACE INFINITE!
PRAY GIVE ME MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SPREAD YOUR FRAGRANCE
TO BRING PEACE, BLISS TO MANY
TO KINDLE LOVE IN ONE AND ALL
AND TO SERVE MANKIND TILL MY LAST BREATH!
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

WHAT ARE YOU?

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When you read the title of this poem

You may start thinking about your profession!

But, then, that’s not my purport in penning down these verses!

It’s just to ‘get you ready’ to start ‘thinking’!

Thinking, of course, about alternate answers to this query

And, you will be surprised to find that

As soon as the question lodges itself firmly within

An answer comes up, an answer in one or many lifetimes!

And what comes up goes as follows

What are you? What are you?

“You are”, you’ll tell me what you think of yourself at that time!

And, to look more deeply into this

Let’s list down all that You are not!

You are not what others think of you!

You are not what you think of yourself!

You are not what you had been earlier!

You are not what you’ll be tomorrow!

You are what you think of others!

You are what you talk about others!

You are what you see in others!

You are what you hear about others and believe so!

You are what you are, as Nature has designed you to be

And Nature wills you to be innocent and blissful!

She tutors you to have respect for all life-species

And so also does she teach you to accept

Yes, to accept this life as a whole package of good and bad!

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are relative terms

That you intend to change your opinion about

As it depends on what you like and what you don’t like

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are two sides of the same coin!

So, you can’t have the head alone, or, the tail alone, to possess the coin!

So, you may meditate, pray, sing, dance, celebrate!

And slowly you’ll be liberated!

Yes, liberated from the chains you’ve put around yourself!

Then, You are what you see in others!

And You are what You hear about others!

So also are You what You believe in!

You’re in the Present! You’re as God has meant you to be!

For, then, you don’t see in others only what you want to see!

You don’t hear about others only what you want to hear!

You become aware of the Big Mind – the shift from the small ‘i’ to the capital ‘I’

That sees, hears, listens, acts, without judgement!

When the ‘Sun’ of the ‘Big Mind’

Rises on the ‘horizon’ of the Individual Consciousness

The unreal silhouettes of the ‘night’ vanish’

How can darkness not disappear when the ‘light’ glows?

If, at, all, the darkness is there in any nook

It is just there, but only for a while

As the Light will slowly but surely swallow it

The ‘Light’ is not a ‘candle’ to burn out; but burns for ever and ever!

In such a state of consciousness

The Seeker sees that good is good; so also; bad is good

‘Good’ leads to ‘good’; ‘bad’ also leads to ‘good’

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are just concepts then, just shadows, just unreal ghosts!

For, the Big Mind, as a Drishta or observer

The Big Mind as the Knower or the Knowledge

Is in ‘Sachidananda’ state!

The Self is the water-body or Ocean

And the experiences are ripples

That just come up and disappear

Pure in Mind, Pure in body

Purity is what You are!

THE SENSES

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The senses are the tools used by the mind to satisfy itself.So the mind sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes through the eye, ears, nose, skin and tongue respectively, and enjoys or rejects what it sees.
But many a time the mind craves for and is desperate for sense-satisfaction .It sees beauty and wants to possess it for ever and ever. It hears music and wants to hear it again and again.It smells perfume and wants to smell it over and over again. It touches soft, silky skin, and wants to touch it again and again.It wants to eat pizzas and enjoys, one , then another, and another.
Is there no end to this craving? How long can you keep watching a beautiful lady or a handsome man??How long can you keep listening to melodious music? How long can you keep smelling perfume?How long can yu keep touching soft and silky skin? How many pizzas can you eat at one stretch?
You may indulge the desire for the above once, twice, thrice, may be even a hundred times, but, what , after that?
You lose your god-given gift to appreciate life through the senses.
You get disgusted with or don’t get touched by these – but, then, this is not dispassion. This is satiety , as you had too much of it!
When a seeker on the path is gifted, he starts using the senses as tools for his spiritual upliftment.
All the five senses, instead of pulling him down, uplift him to a higher plane of Consciousness.
The senses become the horses, the Lord is the ‘Hrishikesha’( means ‘ the Lord of the senses’) and has the reins in his control, and, you are safe and secure in the ‘chariot’ – the ‘charioteer’ being the Lord Himself!
Then the seeker on thepath , after continued meditation and breathing techniques, becomes more aware. The senses , after a certain time, can’t give him commands any longer. He has a say over his senses; they supplement and complement his growth.
An analogy comes to my mind of harvest from the paddy field…after harvest, the paddy is milled ; the husk is removed and the rice is taken out for it to be edible. Similarly, the senses convey the messages of what they see, hear, etc. to the seeker’s mind, but his mind discards all that which can lead to his ‘fall’ from Grace , and ,takes only such impressions as would enhance his spiritual growth.

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