DISCOURSE – 4 (March 30, 2021)
04:46 – 11:03 : So, it’s good that today is the final discourse for the month of March. Till now, I have told you about the three major pillars of Siddhi. First is, सत्यनिष्ठ होना (Being Truthful), ie. neither Mithya-Bhaav (False-Emotions), nor Mithya-Aacharan (False-Behaviour), nor Mithya-Vachan (False-Words), only Mithya-Karma (False-Acts) is allowed!! (Laughter). Just joking. Maybe, it suits Kali-Yuga. So, neither Karma, nor Emotions, nor Behaviour, and nor Speech, should be false.
अगर किसी को अच्छा बोलना है, तो कोशिश यही रहनी चाहिए कि सत्य ही बोला जाए। (If you have to speak good about someone, then you should try that whatever you say, should be Truthful).
Some 3 years back, I read a very good book. In it, it was written that there is a huge difference between the European parents, and American parents! For example, in the US, things are said in a very exaggerated manner, and a lot of appreciation is there. If suppose, a child has drawn a picture of Earth, and its circle isn’t well drawn (ie. it’s oval-like), then the child is told, “Son, you aren’t less than Picasso! Amazing! Keep it up!”. So, if from childhood itself, we make someone accustomed to false-appreciation, that child will forever be sad! Whether he/she is a boy or a girl. They would expect such things from their partner, boss and children too. So, it all gets started if someone is told words which are spoken with Mithya-Bhaav (False-Emotions).
If you want to attain Siddhis, without chanting any Mantra, then the basis of that is “Being Truthful”. No matter what happens, What is the need to speak lies? Why speak a lie at all? Why does a person utter lies? To save themselves from fights, thinking that, by saying a lie, the chapter would be closed! And a lot of times, you have to speak lies to impress someone. In both the cases, you are actually weakening your bond with that person, and most importantly, you are weakening your bond with your Ishta (Diety), if you make use of False-Behaviour, or False-Emotion, or False-Speech.
The second pillar is, मन को निर्मल रखना (Keeping mind serene/compassionate). यदि मन निर्मल है, तो सब कुछ संभव है (If mind is serene, then everything is possible)!
शुचौ देशे प्रतिष्ठाप्य स्थिरमासनमात्मन: |
śhuchau deśhe pratiṣhṭhāpya sthiram āsanam ātmanaḥ
To practice Yog, one should make an āsan (seat) in a sanctified place.
– Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6, Verse 11
Kaunteya (Arjuna), place my asana only at a clean place. So, a Yogi prepares a neat and clean place, and then places his/her asana there.
So, if you start on the path of Self-Realisation, or on the path of God, or on the path of Spirituality, when you have a wish in your mind that You want Nirvana (Liberation), then make one thing very clear at the start – कि आप उसके लिए कितने serious हो (How serious are you to attain that)! How important is Self-Realisation in your life?
If it is Important, then what I am telling you is “Non-Negotiable”, इसके बिना काम चलेगा नही। (You cannot workout without these). There cannot be any bargaining with this!
So, if the mind is not serene, then you may get fruits, but you won’t be able to grow a tree. It may be possible that you get fruits, but it isn’t possible that you can set up a garden of your Siddhis. It is impossible!
God cannot reside in a dirty mind. So, you decide – Whether you want to take the Rasa (Nectar) of Bhakti, ie. you take some joy in Bhakti, and that’s it, work done, Or, you want to go near to God, and experience that Divine Feeling. If the latter is the case, then no matter whatever worldly reason you may come up with, the filthiness of your mind is your individual responsibility. There is no explanation for it, all are just excuses.
From my Purvashram days, I used to say, “God never lives in a small heart, and never leaves a big one”.
These were not covered in Swamiji’s discourse, so you may skip this section.
Shri Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, talks about how one should speak and what is the austerity of speech :
अनुद्वेगकरं वाक्यं सत्यं प्रियहितं च यत् |
स्वाध्यायाभ्यसनं चैव वाङ्मयं तप उच्यते ||
anudvega-karaṁ vākyaṁ satyaṁ priya-hitaṁ cha yat
svādhyāyābhyasanaṁ chaiva vāṅ-mayaṁ tapa uchyate
Words that do not cause distress, are truthful, inoffensive, and beneficial, as well as the regular recitation of the Vedic scriptures—these are declared as the austerity of speech.
– Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17, Verse 15
This is similar to what Swamiji has put forward as Satya-Vachan (Truthful Speech) in the first pillar of Siddhi.
Also, Shri Krishna talks about the austerity of mind, which resembles well with Swamiji’s second pillar of Siddhi :
मन: प्रसाद: सौम्यत्वं मौनमात्मविनिग्रह: |
भावसंशुद्धिरित्येतत्तपो मानसमुच्यते ||
manaḥ-prasādaḥ saumyatvaṁ maunam ātma-vinigrahaḥ
bhāva-sanśhuddhir ity etat tapo mānasam uchyate
Serenity of thought, gentleness, silence, self-control, and purity of purpose—all these are declared as the austerity of the mind.
– Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17, Verse 16