Swami Veda Bharati gave two lectures on "Peaceful Planet, Heart, and Mind" in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on August 5 & 7, 2010. This is an excerpt of the original lectures.
So, I leave you the question; “do you want to suffer recession or do you want to enjoy the renunciation?” Your renunciation will be helped by your mind discovering its inner fullness through the practice of meditation. That’s all.
Meditation is renunciation. Renunciation means reduction of, reduction of possessions, property. Reduction of wishes and desires is renunciation; and with that naturally comes what in Sanskrit language we call ‘Abhaya’.
Speaking of tragic and violent events going on in the world, Swami Veda said, “A mind that has become meditative, becomes incapable of a violent thought, incapable of anger, becomes incapable of revengeful inclination. In the presence of such a mind, such a field is generated that whoever comes within that field, becomes calm, the revengeful person ceases to be revengeful, the angry person begins to smile. That is the test of your meditation, not how many hours you sit turning your rosary, but whether in your presence the minds of others calm down. If you are reaching that point, you are making progress.”
A pure mind is a happy mind. Are you unhappy? You are afraid to say, because by this definition - a pure mind is a happy mind - if you admit you are unhappy, then there are impurities in your mind. Unhappiness or pain is a stain on the mind; a stain on the mind is a pain. Do you want to check the level of your purity? Just check the total content of your thoughts. How many happy thoughts do you have, and how many unhappy ones do you have? How many pleasant thoughts do you have, and how many painful ones do you have?
We keep that goal in mind when breathing — we remember that goal; when sitting — we remember that goal; when walking — we remember that goal; when eating — we remember that goal — through all āhāras, the 4 kinds of āhāras described by the Buddha, 4 kinds of intakes. We remain aware. That awareness is called anusati.
Shiva is the Lord of the meditator, the very identity of the meditator. The earliest iconography in human history is a meditative one as divinity sitting in the meditative posture. It is the iconography of Shiva. It is that one by whose grace we are drawn to a life of renunciation, to go up the mountain, for he is the dweller of Mount Kailash, the dweller of the highest mountain within us, the head. From his matted hair the gushing river of inspiration, knowledge, and wisdom flows.
Nirvana Shatakam – Hymn to Shiva by Shankaracharya
10 March, 2021 @ 2:44 am
I am not that which is called prana, nor the five vital airs;
Not even the seven components of the body
Nor the five sheaths; nor the five organs of actions.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
In such silence a field of divine unity is experienced which is not a unification of many parts, but parts exist in that one infinite field. For thousands of years many traditions have taught systematic methods as to how to enter this interior of what, interior ekanta, interior silence.
At all sacred, festive and sorrowful occasions, people are fed in a worship context and form. It has to be borne in mind that this is not a ‘social’ celebration, but a worship offering to God whose “temple you are”.