"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mind and Brahman are One

Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj

One man came for dinner and said, "We are 17 people." However, he was only one person (5 pranas, 5 sense organs, 5 organs of actions, 1 mind, 1 intellect, altogether make 17). Nobody except a saint recognizes Me. A clever scholar does not recognize Me. All is Myself, One and only One. The organs of the senses have to do their jobs as a natural activity. It is their very nature. Once a brother-in-law of a king was awarded a punishment to sleep for 27 days. After 5 days he says, "You may even hang me, but I don't want this punishment." Nobody would like to have a mind without any activity. Only a saint can do it. To be without activity is not the nature of mind. The mind only remains quiet in the vicinity of Reality. The mind can get the "Joy of Freedom" only in the vicinity of Reality.

As long as there are false notions in the mind, or the hope of happiness, the mind suffers repetition of sorrow. Even the mind that is put under control through Hathayoga becomes victim of sentimentality at the time of breaking the trance of samadhi. The saints who have realized the Self through the "Path of Devotion" know the nature of the rising of the mind itself and therefore their mind is always in a happy state. Unless you know the primary cause of how the mind comes into being, it is not possible either to control the mind or to make it stay happy. To know this is a mysterious thing. You will not be able to get hold of the mind if you try to find it. Mind and Brahman are one. Both are of the nature of the Life-Energy, Chaitanya. We have to go along with the mind to understand it, and we have to turn it as want. If you are adamant with the mind, it becomes doubly arrogant. Saints harness the mind with subtlety. Be devoted to that Life-Energy, Chaitanya. Why are you so arrogant? This is a saying in Hindi, "Worship the Guru, why have arrogance? Life itself is only He." The mind is an appearance on Myself. It is not mind. It is Myself only. If you use the word "second", that is also only full of Knowledge.

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