Some seekers are engaged in spiritual practice the entire day, and then for a change, they watch some entertainment programmes on their mobiles before going to bed. Some seekers do so to get over depression or negativity. Some seekers start thinking of their past and remember some joyful incidents in their life, or daydream about the future and imagine pleasant events.
Keeping our mind busy in the past or future means non-acceptance of the present events. The severe adverse times have begun, and since the strength of negative energies has increased in this period, they are trying to entangle seekers in worldly matters by creating a covering on their mind and intellect.
The mind gets affected by indulging in worldly pleasures. We become extroverted, and the body, mind and intellect get covered by Raja-Tama components. This leads to an increase in distressing energy problems. Since seekers have started spiritual practice with the goal of only God-realisation, getting engrossed in worldly pleasures means deviating from the main goal.
Watching entertainment programmes or daydreaming for a pleasant change indicates that one is not getting that much joy from spiritual practice and satseva (Serving the God Principle). By getting influenced with worldly pleasures, we drift away from true happiness. In fact, the mind will not look for joy from outside pleasures if it is filled with the joy obtained from spiritual practice and satseva. We should, therefore, try to find happiness in every effort of spiritual practice and every satseva we do, even if it be cleaning toilets.
When the mind and intellect want some diversion, we can try to listen to bhajans (Devotional songs) sung by Saints or engage our mind in chanting with concentration and get joy, try to do bhav-prayog (Experiments to increase spiritual emotion) to invoke bhav, such as visualising the Guru’s hand over our head, and try to be in communion with God.
We can take autosuggestions to achieve this objective. We can perform spiritual remedies or increase them if the mind is going towards worldly matters, owing to spiritual distress.
The mind tries to find happiness in worldly things due to the sanskars (Subconscious impressions) of the past lives. If we make efforts to keep the mind engaged in God’s communion, slowly a habit will form to obtain joy from these efforts, and the mind will not get entangled in worldly pleasures.
How will seekers progress if the Chaitanya (Divine consciousness) they obtain through their daily spiritual practice is spent on worldly pleasures ? So, do not get entangled in worldly pleasures; instead, increase your spiritual practice and get happiness from it.
We are fortunate to have Sachchidananda Parabrahman (Dr) Jayant Athavale as our Moksha Guru. Let us make efforts to take full advantage of this for God-realisation in this birth itself !
– Sanatan’s Saint H.H. Sandeep Alshi, Sanatan Ashram, Ramnathi, Goa. (6.3.2023)