Power, Greed and Freedom
TALKS FROM MORNING SATSANG ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 IN KODAIKANAL, INDIA Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) is a timeless treatise on the essence of living enlightenment. The Gita was imparted by the enlightened Hindu incarnation Sri Krishna to the warrior-prince Arjuna over 5000 years ago. Amazingly, the spiritual wisdom and life solutions offered in the Gita are so universal and current that even today it is used as a personal transformation guide. In today's talk on Bhagavad Gita, chapter 6, verse 9, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (Swamiji) reveals the layers of collective consciousness and how the world reflects them. Humans have potential to create three kinds of lifestyle, depending on their level of awareness. When society is dominated by the collective subconscious, it creates a money-chasing lifestyle ruled by greed. When collective unconscious has control over society, it evolves a lifestyle based on power and ruled by fear. Once we become aware of our greed and fear, and release them, we transform to a freedom-based system of independent thinking and individual responsibility. TRANSCRIPTIONS:- Bhagavad Gita -- 6th chapter, DhyanaYoga, 9th verse Suhrun-mitraar-yudaaseena madhyastha-dveshya-bandhushu l Saadhush-vapi cha paapeshu samabuddhir-vishishyate ll The Translation: The one who feels the same towards an affectionate person, a friend and enemy, the indifferent, the neutral, the hateful one, the unfriendly, the noble one or a sinner is said to be established in a superior state. Understand these few basic sacred secrets. Meditation is not an action. It is a lifestyle. That is why in the chapter on Meditation, Bhagvan is talking about all these things. You can never start meditating, you can only become meditative. Understand, there is a vast difference between starting meditation or becoming meditative. Meditation is not a Anacin, Metacin, Antidepressant. No! Meditation is not Anacin, Metacin, Antidepressant. Please understand, meditation cannot be just repairing something in you. It has to completely transform you. Meditating is different; being meditative is different. In this verse Bhagavan is very clear; your whole life should become meditative. The whole life should become meditative. Yesterday he was addressing objects, yesterday Bhagavan was saying, explaining in the last verse, how not to be disturbed by objects. Now Bhagavan is going to the next step, how not to be disturbed by the persons. Actually the seventh, eighth, ninth verses of Bhagavad Gita, these three verses can become a powerful samyama. First he has given us the technique to work with cold, heat, unpleasant, pleasant situations. Then he took us to the next level working with the fear-based mental setup and greed-based mental setup where you are free from the concept of greed. Now he is taking us to the next level, where he is making us free from the concept of higher, lower human beings. First he liberates us from atmosphere, weather, outer/inner. Outer is heat and cold. Inner is pleasant, unpleasant. Then he liberates us from the greed, objects. Sama loshtashma kanchanah -- where you are free from cold; time and/or mud or a stone. He is making us free from the greed based patterns, greed. Now he is liberating us from human beings, sufferings that can be caused by human beings. How when you drink more and more honey, only then you understand and enjoy it, same way only I am enjoying this Bhagavad Gita. Understand, through this verse, Bhagavan is liberating us from fear-based system. Yesterday itself I spoke on fear-based, greed-based, both the systems. But yesterday's verse, Bhagavan's Bhagavad Gita verse was talking only about the greed. Sama loshtashma kanchanah. He was only talking about having impartiality between mud, stone or Gold. Today he talks about the power-based system, human beings, power-based systems. Please understand, power-based system is a product of human unconsciousness, greed-based system is a product of human sub-consciousness. Understand, power-based system is product of collective human un-consciousness; greed-based system is product of collective human sub-consciousness. You may ask 'what is the difference?' Unconscious means completely, the parts of which you are not unaware ( should be 'aware' ? ) but you try to make it aware, without awakening that unconscious into the super-conscious. Everybody has the feeling to become Lord of the Universe. You can become if you make your unconscious into conscious and super-conscious. When you make your unconscious into conscious, you will become Lord of you. When you raise that to super-conscious, you will be the Lord of whatever is in your space. More than the word Lord, I will use, you be in tune with the whole. This is the right way of becoming Lord of the Universe. But instead you try to become a power center through political power. I tell you even in the school, the class leader is nothing but political power!