Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

02 – Bhagavad Gita – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha – Meeting the Challenges of Modern Life

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This series of talks, based on Bhagavad Gita, was delivered by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha in the Jamshedpur Jnana Yajna, in the year 2013.

In this talk, Swamiji reiterates the fact that the power to face any kind of a challenge effectively has to be provided by the mind alone. The seeker must make a constant effort to make the mind healthy and well-nourished. The focus should be on building up the potential of the mind, removing the constrictions of the mind and making it flexible and assimilative.

Sundara kaanda in Ramayana speaks about the exploits of Hanuman in the mission of discovering Sita. Swamiji speaks about how Hanuman’s mind expanded to such an extent that he was able to cross the ocean in one leap. Our mind’s potential is unlimited and infinite. Ramayana is a constant message to the human mind and intelligence about how to build the potential of our mind and our own creative power.

In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that raga (attraction), dvesha (hatred) and bhaya (fear) are constrictions which weaken the mind. How to become free of raga, dvesha and bhaya? By effort we have to handle these three and make the mind flexible and confident. One has to spend time to qualitatively improve the mind by cultivation of good and noble qualities.

Quoting verses from Bhagavad Gita, Swamiji describes the sthita-Prajna, one who is stable-minded, whose mind is free of doubts and oscillations and is poised and stable. The interactions with people, places and events do not agitate or overwhelm him. He also interacts with a seemingly corrupt world but his mind and intelligence remain stable and calm. Giving the formula for stable-mindedness, Sri Krishna says that one must remove all kinds of desires from the mind. Desires are constricting and make the mind weak and agitated. When all desires are abandoned, one will be able to revel or delight in one’s own self and the mind and intelligence will be seated in the Self.

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