BrochureATMA SHAKTI CIRD (North America) Volume V - Issue 1 Jan
The Center for Inner Resources Development – North America has many
activities planned in 2010 to help us all go deeper into our
personal quest for harmony, peace, and wisdom. As you may have just
read, Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha along with Nutan Swamiji and Ma
Gurupriya will be coming to the US in the Spring of this year to
conduct a retreat, classes, and satsangs. Our new website to be
released shortly will provide details and regular updates about our
In this issue, we present to you Swamiji’s fundamental teachings
from various perspectives in the feature article, Q&A section,
and the audio clip accessible on page 3. To access the previous
version of the newsletter, please click here. We wish all of you a
wonderful year ahead! We look forward to hearing from you and
meeting you in the coming months.
Spiritual and Professional Excellence
[Poojya Swamiji was invited by a Management Association to address
its members. The association felt the need of expert advice on
achieving professional excellence and sought Poojya Swamiji’s
guidance. Here is an extract from the talk, which had been titled -
‘Spirituality – The Missing Dimension in Professional
Today my purpose is to present before you the relevance of
spirituality as far as professional excellence is concerned. Any
professional person wanting to gain professional excellence must
have a fairly good mastery of the branch of knowledge he deals
with. And I am sure that you professionals are performing well in
this level. I compliment all of you for the object knowledge
(professional knowledge) that you have. Mark my words – object
But mind you, a professional is primarily a spiritual person. In as
much as you are a spiritual person, you must have spiritual
knowledge also, i.e., the knowledge of the ‘Subject’ the ‘Knower’
in you. Do you know the difference between the object and the
subject? Whenever I look at a wall, it is the object of perception
The perceiver is the subject. In all the interactions that you
have, at the sensory, mental, intellectual, personal or
professional level, are you the interacting subject, or are you the
interacted object? Have you ever undertaken an examination of this
nature? If you want to achieve professional excellence you must
know the Subject in you.
In all your talks, you are the talker; in all the thoughts, you are
the thinker; you are the subject personality
and whenever we refer to any quality like excellence, honesty,
integrity, etc, they refer to the subject part of man, not the
A technically skilled engineer can be a failure in practical terms.
What is the reason for his failure? Why is it that he is not able
to bring forth efficiency from within him? Wherefrom will it come?
Certainly not from the merely inert biological body! It has to come
from the deeper levels – the Subject – of his personality.
Until you are able to understand yourself as a subject personality,
as a spiritual personality, and then reflect upon the spiritual
part, your excellence will not bloom forth. You will always be
obsessed by failure. Ambition will overrule your mind, and fear
will suppress you.
contd from pg. 1...
Any ambition, fear, doubt, or an undue fascination for something or
the other will be acting as a constriction in your mind.
The mind must be able to work without constric- tions. If ambition
is the constriction, it has to be dispensed with. If fear is
subduing, we must be able to say good-bye to it. The mind, the
spiritual factor, has to be made free, flexible, light and ever
enthusiastic. How do we accomplish this feat?
My Dear Souls, all growth takes place from in- side to outside.
Even in a plant or seed, there is no growth that ever takes place
from outside to inside. Any kind of interaction, including profes-
sional interaction, proceeds from the subject, the interacting
spirit, and the consequence and out- come of the interaction also
falls on the mind- on the interacting subject. Everything
whatsoever has its origin in the subject spirit, it has its termi-
nus and destination also in the subject spirit. The moment you
understand it, your view would be widened, deepened, and
“ T h e pleasure should
be in rightly striving, not in getting. Shift the joy from
fruition level of your work, to the very beginning of your rightful
‘striving’. Then see what happens!”
This is verily how anything grows in an individual. Generally,
people hear or read something and feel little about it. May be some
wish for or desire it. There it stops. How can a quality grow
The missing part is the inner association with what you desire.
Think of a girl loving a boy. Won’t she think about him day in and
day out? That even leads to her marrying that person, often despite
all the obstacles she faces! If an individual can be possessed thus
by a lifelong relationship, what pre- vents the same mind from
acquiring enriching vir- tues and qualities?
Start this inner process of fondness for and assimi- lation of
these virtues straightaway. What is the first quality you want to
focus on now?
The earth is suspended or supported by nothing physical in space.
Yet it revolves and preserves its trajectory unshakably for ages.
What sustains this? The same is the truth with every other heavenly
Rely fully on the same Supreme Power from now on.
Q: What is Self Realization?
A: Self-realization is something very broad and comprehensive.
People make the common mistake of regarding it as a mere point- a
one-time event. This confusion should be first cleared. In its
comprehensiveness, a number of virtues and excellences reign. As a
seeker, try to know about these, one after another. To the extent
you ensure that these have an important place in your mind, you
will begin to feel ‘quietitude’ and joy.
To practice or pursue a virtue, one should spend as much time as
possible mentally on it. That will then instill the virtue into
your inner system. Once this is accomplished, it will begin to
express in your thoughts, words, and deeds.
“Results of work should be
renounced or surrendered. It is not the objective outcome of
work that should be renounced by the worker. No work be designed
taken up without the result objective. Surrender, dedication or
renouncement is not for object results. They are for the
mind’s inner reactions or results.” - Swamiji
For our next edition,
have for Swamiji, to clarify any of
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This reliance has nothing to do with That. But it has everything to
do with your mind, yourself. Can you with heartiness and zeal raise
yourself to this level of full-fledged reliance? In reality, it
means imbibing a certain psychological dimension. If you are able
to muster it, it will readily enrich and empower your mind
ineffably. If the mind with reliance is greatly powerful, the one
devoid of such reliance is a trifle. Gauge their difference and
determine your choice. Try to remove one constriction after another
from the mind: desire, hatred, fear, intolerance, irritation, ego,
possessiveness and the like.
Try to delve into your mind, looking at its subtle working. Explore
the vista that it is. What is thought? What is thinking? Who is the
thinker? How are the three related? Mind you, all these are just
within your body, felt and experienced by you every time. Such
enquiry will take you to the mental vastness that hosts all
In this audio clip, Swamiji discusses the transformative effect of
increasing Sattvic guna in our lives. The three gunas are Sattvic,
Rajasic, and Tamasic which are associated with Essence/Purity,
Activity, and Inertia respectively. This is a classical Vedantic
model to track the progress of the mind. The term ‘sukha’ used in
the audio clip denotes ‘happiness’. Please click here to listen to
the audio clip.
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But think deeply what supports and envelopes this
world. The answer will be the Supreme Reality. If the world is
enveloped by the Supreme Reality,
is it the Reality-laden world, or world-laden Reality?”