155 – by Swamini Ma Gurupriya – Nurturing a wholesome mind | Lessons from Bhagavad Gita Ch.18

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In this Satsang, Ma discusses the disciplines that will lead a seeker to liberation. In the Nimi-Navayogi Samvada in Srimad Bhagavatam, Yogi Prabuddha speaks about how to make the mind wholesome by following spiritual disciplines and reach a state of permanent happiness. Drawing parallels between the Srimad Bhagavatam and the 18th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Ma speaks about the convergence of Jnana and Bhakti at the highest level.

In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna speaks about how to cultivate noble qualities and strengthen them so that the mind remains in Samatva bhava (even vision) and can get rid of delusional clinging. The Sadhana involves cultivating a wholesome mind by regulating senses, practicing discrimination, and fostering qualities that lead to tranquility and peace.

A seeker must strive to have an integrated and pure intelligence. The mind must be regulated by one’s own will and resolve. By constant introspection, he must give up the desire for sensory thrills and Raga-Dvesha (likes and dislikes.) A seeker of Truth must seek solitude, where he can remain in touch with his own indweller. He must take food in a moderate manner and regulate the activities of speech, body and mind. The mind must be indrawn, focusing on the Self. Thus, when the love for the spiritual path and the goal is dominant, his mind will be automatically graced by dispassion for the world.

Ma elucidates Krishna's teachings saying that a seeker must abandon vanity, ego, arrogance, possessiveness and must be calm (being free of desires). He must realize the impermanence of worldly attachments and surrender everything to the creator. Ma urges seekers to focus on introspection, discrimination, and the transformation of the mind through Sadhana.

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