October 10, 2012
The mind and all its paraphernalia are like the branches. And all the different types of rhythms in life, all the different emotions, etc., are like the leaves. They don’t stay permanently, they wither away.
So, if you are focusing on the leaves, and you forget to water the roots, then the tree will not remain.
(Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 15, Verse 3).
Notice that you are not these different emotions, these different aspects of life. Feel the distance from all these branches and retrieve back. That is what it is saying.
Otherwise we get so immersed in the outer, that we forget the main root.
He is saying, ‘My original place is in heaven, I have come here just for few days; just to have fun. Today I have just come for the purpose of relaxing, but this is not my original place, it is somewhere else.’
The thought itself – My home is somewhere else, I have just come to visit, creates a distance inside you.
You know, in airports and railway stations there are lounges, and in a lounge what do you do? You keep your luggage and start eating. You use the bathroom and everything, but you don’t open your suitcase and hang your clothes all over the place. You don’t do that in a transit lounge. You keep your things packed.
So this world is just a transit lounge. Don’t mistake it to be your home.
The intelligent people don’t elaborate on anything too much. They only give little clues as essence.
It is said, ‘Alpaksharam asandigdham sara-vat visvato-mukham.’
Alpaksharam means, just a few words.
Sutras are like that; it has the essence and is multi-dimensional. It has many dimensions. And that is how intelligent people communicate, with just a few words.
Only the less intelligent will give long explanations for nothing.
All the ancient Rishis, that is what they did.
‘Heyam dukham anagatam’; that is it, finished!
‘Tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam’; finished!
There is nothing higher or nothing lower; this ladder disappears.
Just imagine you are in space, in the universe. Where is up and where is down? Where is east and west? There is nothing. There is no higher or lower.
If your adrenal gland starts working very fast, then you feel fear and nervousness. All those emotions rise up.
So different hormones or different glands produce different emotions. It is neither this or that, it is everything together.
Now, I want you to assure me there will be no sicknesses like manic depression or any other sicknesses that are incurable.
Sometimes a little depression comes and a person is given heavy doses of medicines and then it becomes worse. I have seen this happening.
Small simple depression turns into manic depression and then they put them on Lithium. The whole medical fraternity is so confused about this issue. That is why mental health is so important.
All of you here, you should put your children and your friend’s children into the Art Excel, YES and YES+ programs. Somehow make them do pranayama and meditation.
We need to attend to this at a very early stage. Prevention is better that cure. And to prevent this you need to keep your children happy and teach them how to handle their negative emotions and the negativity in them. This is very important.
This is what Lord Krishna says, ‘Among the tree, I am Ashvattha’, (Peepal or Bodhi tree).
The Bodhi tree is so significant because all 24 hours a day, it gives out only oxygen. So it is very good to have this tree in front of your home.
Now if there is a Tamarind tree in front of your home, I would say, don’t cut it down, just plant something else around it.