Bifurcation of the Mind


Having become a devotee of God, one can never remain unhappy. This is our experience. The jiva is going on doing its work from several births, its tendency to work exists from time immemorial. Therefore, if the work is just started with a little cooperation of the mind, it shall continue to go on just like the wagon moving along way off... if it is just jerked and pushed by the engine. It is necessary to bifurcate the work of the mind as main and secondary. Thinking of God should be considered as main, and giving a little cooperation to carry on vyarahara as secondary. Apply your body mainly and you mind secondarily to run vyarahara. When your mind is mainly engaged in God you shall receive His grace. God is all powerful. Even a little of His grace is capable of bestowing on the jiva all that is good in its entirety. The declaration of the Lord that is proved by the scriptures is this: “Who so ever thinks of  Me with one-pointed devotion I shall conduct his necessary vyarahara also.” The experience of the Bhaktis also goes to prove this declaration of the Lord. Accumulate artha, but in such a way that it is not against paramartha. That which hinders paramartha and results in accumulation in sin is not artha, but anartha. As is the cloth, so is the price. For carrying on the short-lived activities of vyarahara employ your short-lived body and wealth. Mind is a permanent thing which remains  with you always. Even in the other world it will continue to stay with you. Therefore, connect it with a permanent thing. God, being the eternal existence in animate and inanimate things, is the only permanent thing of the highest order. Therefore, connect your mind with His. If the mind is satisfied with wealth, wife or children, why does it go elsewhere?  Because it cannot stick onto anything. From this it is clear that it is not satisfied with anything of the mundane world. It runs after things taking them to be good and desirable, but after a short while it leaves them. Nobody wants your mind in this world and the mind is not satisfied with anything of the world. The mind is not fit for the world, nor the world for the mind. When the mind realizes God it is permanently established there and does not desire other things. From this we can understand that God alone is fit for the mind and nothing else. Keep this in mind: that your mind, which is not wanted by anyone else in this world is useful to take you near God. Therefore, in this marketplace of the world carry on vyarahara with your body and wealth and allow your mind to go towards God. Then your vyarahara in this world will get on well and the path to paramartha will also be clear.


Approximate English Translations:

jiva: individual soul

vyarahara: worldly activities

artha: wealth

paramartha: ultimate good

anartha: negation of wealth