Guruji gives a monthly Satsang at Kashi Kriya Yoga Centre in Gisborne, Australia, and it’s not an outing that I would willingly miss. Our two children usually come along and listen attentively to Guruji’s every word too (and as a result, we have some pretty interesting discussions at the dinner table!).
I find that my mind becomes quiet and absorbed once Guruji begins to speak, and my pen flies back and forth over the pages of my notebook. Then, when it comes to typing up the notes, sometimes months later, I have to admit that the message may not always come back word for word, but it’s a process of again entering the silence until Guruji’s stories and examples take form and the sense shines through. Afterwards, the pages of handwritten notes are double-checked to be sure that nothing important has been missed.
For the record, none of Guruji’s talks are published on The Buddha in the Garden without him having read and checked them himself: as a yoga practitioner and disciple listening to my Guru’s words and taking notes, it’s important for me to know that I have not deviated from the heart of his message or wisdom.
I don’t know if it was the way Guruji spoke during that particular Satsang last year, or if it was a new style of shorthand that took over my notes – but when I was typing up what Guruji had said on the subject of mind, it seemed so poetic that it took me by surprise. Oh, the beauty of a Divine Mind! As a result, although not all of Guruji’s words stayed in the same order, they all found their place and arranged themselves in two parts like this:
THE NATURE OF MIND
We are so devoted and dedicated to our Great Mind.
We don’t want to abandon it at any cost.
We worship our mind, for it is belongs to us, or so we say.
We honour every passing thought,
There is no interest in God or Pure Self.
Mind is strange.
It creates hurt and pain;
The problems we are facing in life are a direct result of mind.
Mind is connected to the sensory nerves and organs;
It is concerned only with the nine doors of the body.
The doors of mind always open to the outside,
Never to the inside.
Mind sticks to external objects;
Creates new work, provides new toys.
It does not know the path to the internal world.
Mind sees with two eyes,
Yet it is blind;
Hears with two ears, yet it is deaf;
Mind creates thoughts like a fog which cover
The heart (Centre of Consciousness) and the ‘inner eye’.
We cannot see what we truly are, because
Mind creates separation.
Mind is the cause of anger and enjoyment.
Mind is the cause of frustration and more –
For mind does not want you to cross its barrier.
Mind is happy one moment and sad the next;
Busy building castles in the air.
Mind says that meditation is difficult,
And that it is tired today.
Mind is responsible for all the excuses.
Mind wants entertainment in the yoga path too.
‘What vision will I see in practice?’ –
Until there is a transmission interruption – until there is a blackout.
When mind ceases, and you are unable to see,
How blessed you are! Wonderful!
Beauty is not seen with human eyes.
Beauty can only be realised.
Beauty is a feeling.
So talk to yourself. Find the cause of your mind, of your anger; for ego is the biggest problem.
Find the gap between your thoughts, for that is where meditation starts.
Reach to the Higher Levels of Consciousness.
When energy separates, everything will disappear.
When mind is absent –
God is present.
If I say ‘there is a God, and there is Soul’, logic will answer, ‘I cannot see’. But God is not an object. God sees everything, but we cannot see God.
When we are sick, we take medicine to cure our problem or disease. But we don’t understand that this kind of medicine called ‘meditation’ is the most important of all. We have no idea when this life is going to end. So ask how you can save yourself. Ask how you can realise God. Give time to your body and your Self.
The body is a structure. The bones are made of calcium, the flesh of amino acid. Inside there is energy. But even if a man kills another living being, he will not find Soul. We appreciate the flower for its beauty and its fragrance. We can take it to pieces, rip the petals from the stem and analyse its chemical make-up, but neither beauty nor soul can be found in its physical structure.
We go to church, the mosque, and the temple. We see the statues. But our physical eyes only see the stone. Religion builds walls, and we have to go deeper to find the inner eye, to find what is beyond the stone. We have to go beyond religion to find the place where we can understand that God is omnipotent and omnipresent.
Through practice, we can find actual existence.
God is very close to us.