October 2014


Serene Intelligence
静かな知性
Mayy eva mana adhatsva / mayi buddhim nivesaya /
nivasisyasi mayy eva / ata urdhvam na samsayah
あなたのマインドを私(クリシュナ神)のみに委ね、あなたの知性を委ねる事で、私の中に宿る事になります
バガヴァッド ギータ 第12章 8章
この苦悩の時代は ”カリユガ” として知られていて、穏やかな心を保つ事が非常に難しくなりました。他国間での紛争や職場での対立、友人との競争や家族間の衝突、さらには自分自身の中での葛藤で心は乱れ、幸福は破壊されてしまいます。
この様な時代においては一般的に、こういった疑いを持たれています。知的で思いやりのある人達の神経は不安で満ち、乱れているという観念を持たれ、幸せで落ち着いた人達は無知か無学で、浮かれた状態で生きているか、精神が病んでいる。スピリチュアルの練習をする者に対しては、現実逃避をして砂に頭を埋める様にして暮らしているのではないかと思われています。
ブディム又はブッディの意味は、”知性/インテリジェンス”。知性においての最高地点であり、最も重要な点は、真実を理解して把握出来る事です。多くの人達は相対的な真実、やがては消えて行く一時的な存在の行き来に心を集中しますが、スピリチュアルな練習を行う者は、絶対的な真理の理解を目標とします。絶対的な真理とは、至高の己であり神の知識です。クリシュナ神はアージュアナに、ギータの一説で説きました。彼の知性をクリシュナ神、神に委ねる事で疑う事など無く(サンサヤハ)、神の心へと繋がる事が出来ると。
神は愛であり、神は偉大である。偉大な愛があれば、全てが可能です。神を知るという事は神を愛する事であり、これこそがヨギの目的です。この目的を実現するためには全てを捧げるのです。パタンジャリ師曰く、イシワラ プラニダーナッド ヴァ( PYS1.23 )、そして、全てを委ねる者には絶対的な成功が保証されます。
チッタの意味は “心の内容”ー心の知性ーそしてプラサッドとは恩恵を受けるという意味です。恩恵を受けた心とは平静な心。私達の抱く多くの不安とは、周囲が原因ー怒り、偽り、不公平、不親切、等、パタンジャリ師はヨガスートラの第1章33節目において、チッタ プラサッダナム、平静な状態が心の本来の姿であると説きます。これは良い情報です。この(心は本来平静な状態であるという)真実を信じて、この平静さを保つ為に出来る全ての事をしましょう。パタンジャリ師は、心の平静を失わない為のアドバイスをこの様に述べます。幸せな者には幸福を、不幸な者には思いやりの心を、他の美徳には喜びを持ち、他の邪悪に対しては関心を持たない様にと。もしもこのアドバイスを無視すると、自己のネガティブな感情が定着して、神を思い出す事、または神の使いと成って行動する事が出来なくなります。私達の知性は不安に消費されて、この世の中でも外でも、何もかも楽しむ事が出来なくなるのです。
周囲の欠点を見つける事は自身の心を乱し、確実に知性を破壊へと導く手段です。他への偏見を出来る限り断つ事を心がけましょう。神へと委ねるのです。神が全ての至高の使者である事を心にする事で、状況の結果を左右させようとする自我の傾向を手放す事が出来ます。あなたの仕事は、自分の心の平静を守る事です。私の師であるシュリ ブラマナンダは “ 要らぬ世話を焼くな “ と説きました。ヤマに書かれている事に従い、周囲と接する際には思いやりと正直さ、尊敬と寛容さを持つ。プライド、嫉妬、怒り、怠惰、欲望、貧欲と大喰いなどの心の病を取り除く。これらを私達自身のみで成し遂げようとしても、決して簡単ではありません。困難に立ち会った時には聖者の助言に頼り、出来る限りで実践をして行くのです。サットサンガはその助けとなり、古代の聖なる教え、バガヴァットギータやヨガスートラ、近代の師、シャムダス師の本を読む事自体もサットサンガになります。
辞書の中で、知性(インテリジェンス)のもう一つの意味 “ 秘密の情報 “ というのを見つけました。シャムダス師は、知性とは “ 献身的な雰囲気 “ を、秘密の情報として出来る限り守る事として揚げています。”苦悩の時代到来、全ての知性を破壊する能力があるので気を付けよう、カリユガは詐欺師の様にあなたの献身的な心を盗みに来るので、大切な宝石を守る様に守り、聖なる雰囲気を守る事!”(シィクシャ パトラ 29.1 訳;シャムダス、ヴァラブダス ) 恩恵の道では、チッタプラサッダナム(心の平静さ)を維持する為の実用的な手段の概説をします。神様に捧げられた食べ物 ( プラサッド) のみを食する、飲料水も摂取する前に神に捧げる;善い仲間 ( サットサンガ ) 、クリシュナ神のリラ(話)を聴く、クリシュナを讃える詩を歌い、シュリクリシュナ、シャラナンママのマントラを唱える。
沢山の聖なるアドバイスを紹介しました。この教えの幾つかを実際に私達の生活に取り入れる事によって、困難を抱えた時に心の平静を取り戻す助けとなるでしょう。私は確かにそう願います!
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Mayy eva mana adhatsva / mayi buddhim nivesaya /
nivasisyasi mayy eva / ata urdhvam na samsayah

Keep your mind on me alone, your intellect on me; thus you will dwell in me from now on.

Bhagavad Gita XII.8

In this age of struggle, known as the Kali Yuga, it can be very difficult to maintain a serene mind. Conflict between nations, conflict at work, conflict with enemies, conflict with friends, conflict at home, and even conflict within oneself can disturb one’s mind and destroy one’s happiness. It is common to be suspicious of someone who is happy and calm, thinking they must be ignorant, uneducated, living in a bubble or even mentally ill, and that to be an intelligent, caring human being one must be disturbed and filled with anxiety, and further that if you seek solace in spiritual practices you are an escapist living in denial and burying your head in the sand.

Buddhim or buddhi means “intelligence.” The highest and most important aspect of the intellect is its ability to grasp and understand the truth. Many people focus their minds on relative truth, that which is bound by the transient comings and goings of temporary existence, while the spiritual practitioner aims to comprehend or dwell in absolute truth. Absolute truth is knowledge of the supreme Self or God. Krishna in this verse from the Gita tells Arjuna that if he is able to focus his intelligence on Him, on God, then without a doubt (samsayah), he will gain access to the heart of God. God is Love. God is Great. With great love all is possible. To know God is to love God, and this is the yogi’s purpose. To realize that purpose one must devote their whole being to that aim. As Patanjali advises, Ishwara pranidhanad va (PYS 1.23), and for those who do, success will be guaranteed absolutely (va).

Chitta means the “content of the mind”—the mind’s intelligence—and prasad means “blessed.” A blessed mind is a serene mind. Because so much of the anxiety we experience seems to us to be caused by other people—they make us mad, they act in deceitful ways, they are unfair, they are unkind, and on and on—Patanjali tells us in chapter 1.33 of the Yoga Sutra that chitta prasadanam, or serenity, is our mind’s innate state. Hey, that’s good news! We should have faith in that truth and do all we can to protect that blessed condition from defilement. Patanjali gives some advice as to how to accomplish that: be happy for those who are happy, compassionate for those who are unhappy, delighted for those
who are virtuous and indifferent to those who are wicked. If we choose to ignore this advice, we will become entrenched in our own negative emotions and be unable to remember God or devote ourselves to His service. Our intelligence will be consumed by anxiety, and we will be unable to enjoy anything in this world or in any other.

Finding fault with others is a sure way to disturb your mind and destroy your intelligence. When judgment of others arises, strive to let it go. Let God take care of things. If you remember that He is the supreme doer, you will be able to surrender and let go of your ego’s tendency to try to control the outcome of a situation. Your job is to protect the serenity of your mind. As my teacher Shri Brahmananda would say, “mind, your own business!” Follow the dictates of theyamas and relate to others with kindness, truthfulness, caring, respect and generosity. Rid your mind of the diseases of pride, envy, anger, laziness, lust, greed and gluttony. No one is saying that this is an easy task and that we can accomplish this alone, so to provide help in times of need we would be wise to contemplate the practical suggestions given to us by holy beings and do our best to put them into practice. Help is available in the form of satsang, and satsang can appear in the form of holy teachings written by holy beings, like the Bhagavad Gita, and theYoga Sutra as well as contemporary teachers, like Shyamdas.

Another meaning of intelligence that I found in the dictionary is “secret information.” I think Shyamdas thought of intelligence like this when he spoke about the importance of protecting the most secret information, your devotional bhav: “The age of struggle has arrived and can destroy everyone’s intelligence. Be careful! This Kali Yuga can swindle you, so secure your devotional mind, guarding it like you would a precious jewel. Safeguard your bhava.” (Shiksha Patra 29.1, translated by Shyamdas and Vallabhdas). The Path of Grace outlines practical means to protect one’s chitta prasadanam: only eat prasad, food that has first been offered to God, and even water should be offered before drinking; keep good association (satsang); listen to accounts of Shri Krishna’s lilas; sing His praises and always chant the refuge mantra, Shri Krishna Sharanam Mama.

As you can see, there are many sources of holy advice. It seems like if we were able to incorporate at least some of these precious jewels offered by blessed beings into our daily lives, we could experience a little serenity during these difficult times. I certainly hope so!

—Sharon Gannon

Serene Intelligence

Mayy eva mana adhatsva / mayi buddhim nivesaya /
nivasisyasi mayy eva / ata urdhvam na samsayah

Keep your mind on me alone, your intellect on me; thus you will dwell in me from now on.

Bhagavad Gita XII.8

In this age of struggle, known as the Kali Yuga, it can be very difficult to maintain a serene mind. Conflict between nations, conflict at work, conflict with enemies, conflict with friends, conflict at home, and even conflict within oneself can disturb one’s mind and destroy one’s happiness. It is common to be suspicious of someone who is happy and calm, thinking they must be ignorant, uneducated, living in a bubble or even mentally ill, and that to be an intelligent, caring human being one must be disturbed and filled with anxiety, and further that if you seek solace in spiritual practices you are an escapist living in denial and burying your head in the sand.

Buddhim or buddhi means “intelligence.” The highest and most important aspect of the intellect is its ability to grasp and understand the truth. Many people focus their minds on relative truth, that which is bound by the transient comings and goings of temporary existence, while the spiritual practitioner aims to comprehend or dwell in absolute truth. Absolute truth is knowledge of the supreme Self or God. Krishna in this verse from the Gita tells Arjuna that if he is able to focus his intelligence on Him, on God, then without a doubt (samsayah), he will gain access to the heart of God. God is Love. God is Great. With great love all is possible. To know God is to love God, and this is the yogi’s purpose. To realize that purpose one must devote their whole being to that aim. As Patanjali advises, Ishwara pranidhanad va (PYS 1.23), and for those who do, success will be guaranteed absolutely (va).

Chitta means the “content of the mind”—the mind’s intelligence—and prasad means “blessed.” A blessed mind is a serene mind. Because so much of the anxiety we experience seems to us to be caused by other people—they make us mad, they act in deceitful ways, they are unfair, they are unkind, and on and on—Patanjali tells us in chapter 1.33 of the Yoga Sutra that chitta prasadanam, or serenity, is our mind’s innate state. Hey, that’s good news! We should have faith in that truth and do all we can to protect that blessed condition from defilement. Patanjali gives some advice as to how to accomplish that: be happy for those who are happy, compassionate for those who are unhappy, delighted for those
who are virtuous and indifferent to those who are wicked. If we choose to ignore this advice, we will become entrenched in our own negative emotions and be unable to remember God or devote ourselves to His service. Our intelligence will be consumed by anxiety, and we will be unable to enjoy anything in this world or in any other.

Finding fault with others is a sure way to disturb your mind and destroy your intelligence. When judgment of others arises, strive to let it go. Let God take care of things. If you remember that He is the supreme doer, you will be able to surrender and let go of your ego’s tendency to try to control the outcome of a situation. Your job is to protect the serenity of your mind. As my teacher Shri Brahmananda would say, “mind, your own business!” Follow the dictates of theyamas and relate to others with kindness, truthfulness, caring, respect and generosity. Rid your mind of the diseases of pride, envy, anger, laziness, lust, greed and gluttony. No one is saying that this is an easy task and that we can accomplish this alone, so to provide help in times of need we would be wise to contemplate the practical suggestions given to us by holy beings and do our best to put them into practice. Help is available in the form of satsang, and satsang can appear in the form of holy teachings written by holy beings, like the Bhagavad Gita, and theYoga Sutra as well as contemporary teachers, like Shyamdas.

Another meaning of intelligence that I found in the dictionary is “secret information.” I think Shyamdas thought of intelligence like this when he spoke about the importance of protecting the most secret information, your devotional bhav: “The age of struggle has arrived and can destroy everyone’s intelligence. Be careful! This Kali Yuga can swindle you, so secure your devotional mind, guarding it like you would a precious jewel. Safeguard your bhava.” (Shiksha Patra 29.1, translated by Shyamdas and Vallabhdas). The Path of Grace outlines practical means to protect one’s chitta prasadanam: only eat prasad, food that has first been offered to God, and even water should be offered before drinking; keep good association (satsang); listen to accounts of Shri Krishna’s lilas; sing His praises and always chant the refuge mantra, Shri Krishna Sharanam Mama.

As you can see, there are many sources of holy advice. It seems like if we were able to incorporate at least some of these precious jewels offered by blessed beings into our daily lives, we could experience a little serenity during these difficult times. I certainly hope so!

—Sharon Gannon

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