The Bhagwatam Diary 2004

  • By Sri Aurobindo


1. Salutations to thee, the Supreme Being, who though bereft of all desires, still sports by manifesting thyself as incarnations in various species of beings like Gods, men and beasts out of thy own free will. (III-9-19)

2. Lord, we will not mind any miseries, sorrows or sufferings either in this world or even in Hell so long as our minds continue to contemplate on you and our ears and voices remain tuned to your glories. (Hymn of Sanaka). (III-15-49)

3. Lord, the worthless sensuous desires are capable of being fulfilled even in an animal body. Certainly thy delusive power must have distorted the intelligence of those men who seek from thee the fulfillment of sensuous desires disregarding the opportunity to get liberation. (Kardama’s praise). (III-21-14)

4. The mind, if turned towards the objects of the world, leads to bondage. If it gets attached to God it will lead to liberation. So mind is the steering wheel which can be turned towards either bondage or liberation. (Kapila’s instructions). (III-25-15)

5. The impurities like lust and greed stem out of the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’. When the mind is cleansed of these impurities, one gets into a state of equanimity beyond pleasure and pain. (III-25-16)

6/7. For attaining God realization there is no more effective path other than one of love and intense devotion to the Lord. (III-25-19)

8. Intense attachment to the objects of the world is the cause of bondage for the soul. The same attachment, if directed towards holy men, opens the gate of liberation. (III-25-20)

9. A holy man is one full of infinite patience and compassion, the friend of all beings, enemy of none and always overflowing with peace. (III-25-21)

10. A holy man is one who is unswervingly and firmly devoted to God, dedicates all one’s activities to God and who has abandoned all the kith and kin in one’s one pointed love for God. (III-25-22)

11. Devotees who are bereft of attachment to anything except to God, are really holy men. An aspirant should seek the company of such holy men in order to be rid of his own worldly attachment. (III-25-24)

12. In the company of holy men, an aspirant comes to hear of the glories of God and thus develops soon enough a deep faith in the spiritual path, love and devotion for God. (III-25-25)

13/14. Through devotion and constant remembrance of God’s glories, a person develops a sense of dispassion towards all worldly objects and strives for God Realization by adopting easy paths of yoga. (III-25-26)

15. At one level of consciousness, Lord’s earnest devotees are enabled to see many deities (all emanations of the Lord) with enthralling personalities and powers to grant boons. They also engage themselves in loving conversations with those deities. (III-25-35)

16. No one can get rid of the great fear of death except with the grace of the Supreme Lord of all beings. (III-25-41)

17. A yogi whose intense devotion to the Lord is supported by knowledge and dispassion reaches the Supreme Lord where all that is good accrues and all fears get dissolved. (III-25-43)

18. The individual soul, though not involved in any activity, gets identified with the Primordial nature and is subject to the cycle of birth and death just as the dreamer experiences sufferings by identifying himself with the dream body in a nightmarish dream. (III-27-4)

19. The mind should be slowly weaned away from the worldly objects and brought under control through the practice of devotion and extreme detachment. (Kapila’s teachings). (III-27-5)

20/21. The mind should be tamed through the practice of yoga consisting of the control of senses etc. and hearing the glories of God with full faith and observance of truth. (Kapila’s teachings). (III-27-6)

22. The mind should be matured through an equal vision towards all the beings, having no enmity, non-attachment, silence, continence and by conscientious discharging of one’s duties. (III-27-7)

23. The mind has to be trained through a sense of satisfaction with whatever comes to us without effort, retreating into solitude and exercising calmness, compassion and friendliness. (III-27-8)

24. One should transcend the three states of waking dreaming and sleeping and remain in one’s original state of Atman (the soul) by realizing one’s essential divinity. (III-27-10)

25. The bondage of the Soul can be removed by the motiveless performance of one’s own duties, cultivation of a pure mind and intense devotion to the Lord. (III-27-21)

26. The Soul which has once gone through the travails of joys and sorrows, abandoned the sensuous objects and has realized its divinity can no more be bound by the world. (III-27-24)

27/28. Just as a nightmare ceases to scare a person awakened from his dream, the world and its cause (primordial nature) cannot harm an enlightened person. (III-27-25 & 26)

29. A devotee enlightened by Lord’s abundant grace, reaches that state of blessedness called Kaivalya (absolute liberation) which is his real nature. (III-27-28)

30. The mind gets immediately dissolved in the Lord when once it is deprived of the enjoyment of worldly objects. Then the soul has a direct and unobstructed perception of the Supreme Being. (III-28-35)

31. Liberated forever from the hold of the ignorant mind, the Soul is to be established in the glory of the Self-transcending both joys and sorrows of this world. The cause of all the sorrows is the ego sense. (III-28-36)

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