he who does not strive for the liberation of his soul, is a killer of Atman. He is notan Atmavan but an Atmaha.
The Atman can be realised only through renunciation. You have enjoyed sensualobjects in millions of births. You have enjoyed sensual objects for so many yearsin this birth. If there has not come satisfaction in you till now, when will it come,then? Do not run after the mirage of sensual objects. The senses are deluding you.Develop dispassion and renunciation. Realise your Atman. Then only you will geteternal satisfaction, everlasting peace and immortal bliss. Wake up from your slumber of ignorance, O worldly fool!If your body-clothes catch fire, with what celerity you want to run towards water for cooling you? You must feel like this from the burning fire of Samsara. Youshould feel that you are roasted in the fire of Samsara. Vairagya (dispassion) andMumukshutva (strong yearning for liberation) should dawn in you. You should runto the Guru for saving you.Enjoyment of objects strengthens the Vasanas or Trishnas (cravings) and makesthe mind more restless. Enjoyment cannot bring satisfaction of desires. Further,Trishna drains the energy and weakens the senses.When you dream, you see the events of fifty years within an hour. You actuallyfeel that fifty years have passed. Which is correct, the time of one hour of wakingconsciousness or the fifty years of dreaming consciousness? Both are correct. Thewaking state and the dreaming state are of the same quality or nature. They areequal (Samana). The only difference is that the waking state is a long dream or Deerghasvapna. It will be realised that this life on earth is only a fantastic dream of the mind when the Supreme Absolute or Para-Brahman is realised.
Practise Upasana for acquiring concentration of mind. Upasana is of various kinds,viz., Pratika Upasana, Pratima Upasana (worship of idol), Panchakopasana(worship of the five deities: Ganesha, Siva, Vishnu, Durga and Surya), worship of Avataras like Rama and Krishna, and Ahamgraha Upasana.Ahamgraha Upasana is Nirguna Upasana. The aspirant meditates on his own Self as Brahman. He identifies his individual self with the Supreme Self or Brahman.He tries to take out the Self that is hidden, within the body of five sheaths. Hencethe significant name, ‘Ahamgraha’ Upasana.‘Food is Brahman’. ‘Akasa is Brahman’. ‘Surya (Sun) is Brahman’. ‘Mind isBrahman’. ‘Prana is Brahman’,—All these are Upasana-Vakyas of the Upanishads.These are all Pratika Upasanas. Pratika is a symbol of Brahman. All these aresymbols of Brahman. You can realise Brahman through worship of these Pratikas.You will have to feel that Brahman is hidden in these Pratikas. You will have tothink that the Adhishthana or substratum of these Pratikas is Brahman. These aresome of the ways of doing the Upasana of Brahman.
Control Of The Senses