My Task Is Complete

My purpose is achieved. The entire circle of birth and death is over. I have realised the perfect bliss of the atman. I have known myself to be Brahman. I am free. I am perfect. I am independent. I enjoy bliss. I enjoy the bliss of the immortal soul. I am brimful of perennial joy.…

World of Opposites

One thing which is sweet and pleasant to you at one moment, produces the very reverse sensation in another moment. Who has not experienced this, in this world of opposites? Objects when longed for are pleasant but are bitter if not longed for. Hence vasanas (tendencies) are the cause of sensual pleasures. Pleasures will stop…

The Devotee’s Vision

The bhakta is blissful at all times. His mind cannot think of anything for everything is God. “Yatra yatra mano yati tatra tatra samadhayah- Wherever the mind goes there it experiences samadhi” – for it does not find any object of enjoyment. God fills every speck of space and the whole world is clothed in…

Subtle Desires

The summum bonum of existence is the attainment of knowledge of the self, the realisation of the one homogeneous self. The knowledge of the self can only dawn when there is extinction of all the vasanas. Vasanas are subtle desires; they are gross in nature. Some philosophers define vasanas as tendencies or inclinations. Others say…

More on the Inner Instrument

If you can clairvoyantly visualise the inner working of this mental factory you will see that, it is like a big telephone exchange, the messages come from diverse houses and firms into the central exchange. The operator plugs, connects and disconnects the various switches. So too, the mind plugs, connects and disconnects. When you want…

The Inner Instrument

Antahkarana (the inner instrument) is a broad term which includes mind, intellect, memory and egoism (aharikara). The one Antahkarana assumes different names, just as the same man assumes the name of judge when he works as a judge in the law courts, or president when he serves in a society or association, and store-keeper when…

Mental Factory

Now I will take you to the most wonderful mental factory. It is very close to you; it is a wonder of wonders. Even a rank materialist, if he is very sincere, will be turned into a perfect theist, instantly, if he closes his eyes for a moment and seriously reflects on the working of…

Change Your Habits

Mind is a bundle of habits. Bad habits and prejudices, hidden in one’s nature, will be brought to the surface of the mind when the opportunity comes. If you change the habits you can also change your character. You sow a habit and reap a character. You sow a character and reap a destiny. Habits…

Utilize the Subconscious Mind

The mental processes are not limited to the field of consciousness alone. The field of subconscious mentation is of a much greater extent than that of conscious mentation. Messages when ready, come out like a flash from the subconscious mind to the surface of the conscious mind, through the trap-door in the subconscious mind. Only…

How Impressions are Formed

An experience in the sense plane sinks into the depths of the subconscious mind. There it becomes a samskara (an impression). The impression of an experience is formed, in the citta, (subconscious mind), at the very moment that the mind experiences it. There is no gap between the present experience and the formation of the…

Waves of Ganga

Experience is never possible without consciousness. Anything that is eternal must be infinite and unlimited. Consciousness is unlimited; the consciousness of limitation shows that consciousness is greater than limitation. Perfection is the attainment of immortal life or pure consciousness. The enquiry of, “Who am I ?” leads to self-realisation (Brahma-joana). Divine wisdom can be attained…

On Vritti

The mind stuff is citta. It is a mental substance. Vrtti or thought-wave is a modification of the mind-stuff. It is a process. Just as waves and bubbles arise from the surface of the ocean. so also these vrttis arise on the surface of the mind-ocean. Just as the sun’s rays emanate from the sun,…