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Benefit from looking INSIDE | Two benefits of meditation


Now he is saying the consequence of such chanting, such meditation upon the name of God will be that our mind, consciousness will turn inwards. The problem is the Kathopanishad states, the creator Brahma has created our senses such that they are outwardly directed. The eyes want to see, the ears want to hear. the nose wants to smell. so all these senses are outwardly oriented. and they are tugging away at the mind. Hence our mind is searching for happiness on the outside. This search for happiness on the outside is the whole problem. Have you got happiness? No. Then? I will get it. I have not got it today because I am only a deputy director. If I become CEO, I will definitely be happy. Has the CEO got happiness? No, no. I am CEO of Samsung. If I become CEO of Apple, I will be happy. So this running is going on and all of us are spending our whole life in this pursuit. So we are looking on the outside. Naturally, we are forgetting the inside, to cultivate the inner life. When the inner life is bankrupt, no matter what we get on the outside, the peace of mind that we seek will not be achieved. If we really want the peace and happiness, we have to decide, I do not need to run for happiness to get it tomorrow. Let me look inside me and when my mind becomes peaceful, I will find that joy right now inside. not on the outside. That will happen when we turn inwards. So our saints have said that just like the kasturi deer, the katsuri deer, I believe in English is the musk deer. It has the fragrance inside it. But it is so aromatic that it appears to have spread around in the forest. So this kasturi deer runs, where is this wonderful aroma coming from? It does not realize, it’s coming from within itself. similarly Saint Kabir said, …hindi verse… everybody is running. You ask them what are you running for? “For happiness.” So just stop a moment, and decide where is the happiness? I do not have time, I am busy running. Now if only we could stop, become little introverted, we will find that all this running is all a waste of time and energy. This endeavour that happiness is in the future, is our mistake. Because when the future comes, again we will look for it in the future. Again when the future comes, we will look for it in the future. And lifetime passed by. The way to be happy is to be joyous in the present. And that requires us turning our sight from the outside to the inside. If you want to be successful on the outside, rather than struggling so much just turn your focus inside. Become successful on the inside, in managing your mind, in controlling your sentiments and emotions. When we purify our mind, external success will automatically come. That’s the way God’s creation works. And if you run for external success, and do not bother about internal purification, that external success will be ephemeral. But unfortunately, the design of our senses, which tug at the mind, is such they are always looking on the outside. So Maharshi Patanjali says, keep chanting the name of God. The first benefit you will get, will be your consciousness will go inside. And there in the purifying mind, in the stilled mind, you will find the presence of the Soul and of God. And you will start relishing the bliss of connecting with them. And when that connection is established, then all the waves and the turmoil outside will be unable to disturb your inner peace. And the second he says, is the impediments to devotion will be destroyed. The impediments to the highest realization. This is an interesting point. The impediments. What are the impediments? Again we think of them as on the outside. My husband is like this, my wife is like this, my neighbour is the cause of my problems, and kalyug is the cause of all problems. It is all because of the republicans or the democrats. All the impediments are inside us. Vaman Bhagvan had said, why do you search for demons on the outside? The biggest demons are inside you – Lust, Greed, Anger Hatred, Envy. Battle these demons on the inside. That is the real brave person. …hindi verse… The real brave person is the one who can defeat the demons inside.

Otis Rodgers

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31 COMMENTS

  1. H L Agarwal Posted on June 29, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Radhey ! Radhey !

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  2. shankar prasad Posted on June 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Amazing lecture Gurudev. Indeed inner victory is the basis for outer victory. Radhey Radhey Govinda Radhey

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  3. Smita Mehta Posted on August 14, 2018 at 3:16 am

    In this dynamite lecture, Swamiji says that we associate our happiness with specific events like “If I get promoted, I'll be happy.” However, happiness vanishes when one is miserable in that position. Inner desires and aversions are triggered by external objects. Hence, we must be cautious of the potential influence of the external world. Hence, material progress alone will not suffice. Internal growth through surrendering the mind to God is necessary for true happiness.

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  4. Kiran Kumar Kali Posted on November 4, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Our Mind and senses are looking for Happiness outside.
    Kasturi deer has aroma within itself but will keep looking for aroma everywhere.
    Meditation upon the name of God will make our consciousness turn inwards and look for happiness there.
    Nice Analogy Swamiji

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  5. Gopal Trivedi Posted on November 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Wonderful video. Thank you Swamiji.

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  6. Chandra Harnam Pokan Posted on January 28, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Beautiful lecture Swamiji, very inspiring. Thank you Radhey Radhey 🙏💙

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  7. Gayatri Ch Posted on January 28, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Excellent lecture, Swamiji!! Thank you !

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  8. Meenu Kapoor/Kripaludassi Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Inner Happiness and peace of mind which we are looking for is not outside in the material world but inside us which we can experience through the Meditation.

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  9. Amod Koirala Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Swamiji such a nice way to explain the benefits of meditation and looking into inside. Thank you

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  10. Nitin Kaushal Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Very nicely explained why it is important to change to turn our focus inwards and conquer our inner enemies to succeed in both material and spiritual realm

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  11. Kiran Intwala Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Radhey Radhey

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  12. Hyma R Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Meditation calms our mind and turns our consciousness inside. When we connect with God, we receive bliss. Also impediments are removed. Thanks Swamiji

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  13. sri kala Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Looking inside using meditation helps with peace of mind and happy from inside.

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  14. shree Radha Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:14 am

    We all look for happiness. Happiness is in God. If we connect with God inside us, we will be happy and all the impediments to devotion will be removed.

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  15. Only Give By Giving Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    All senses are oriented towards outside in search of happiness and forgetting the inside. Meditation 🧘‍♀️ will help to turn the senses towards inside and get the bliss. Thanks 🙏 Shri Swamiji for this wisdomful video . A must watch for busy lives to get internal success 🙏 Radhey Radhey 🙏

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  16. S Gopal Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Goal of life is to develop love for God. We need to connect with God to develop longing for God.

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  17. Kiran Intwala Posted on January 29, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Radhey Govind

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  18. Bill Rafferty Posted on January 29, 2019 at 8:20 am

    We look to the future to find happiness. But it is only when we turn inside and purify our hearts and minds that we find true happiness in the present moment.

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  19. Veena Trivedi Posted on March 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Very inspiring lecture. Thank you Swamiji.

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  20. Hyma R Posted on March 15, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Chanting helps in turning our consciousness inside. Thanks Swamiji

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  21. Meenu Kapoor/Kripaludassi Posted on March 15, 2019 at 3:04 am

    If we want to be successful outside we need to turn inside and find inner happiness first. When we purify our mind outer success will automatically come.

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  22. Smita Mehta Posted on March 15, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Material progress alone will not suffice for long-term happiness. Internal growth through surrendering the mind to God is necessary for true happiness that lasts forever. Thank you, Swamiji!

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  23. abhipsa sahu Posted on March 15, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Material possessions are not sufficient for our happiness.. rather our desire will b more n more but we can't get the actual happiness.. The real happiness is only with Sri Krishna but not with the material realm..by keep increasing the love for supreme Lord can give the immense pleasure to our soul which can be done through proper meditation n devotion

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  24. kunal sharma Posted on March 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Radhey Radhey…

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  25. Cynthia Bjork Posted on March 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Thank you Swamiji for teaching us: Look inwardly for happiness… rather than striving outwardly The peace of mind we seek is within ourselves. This devotional treasure is one jewel we can have in the present.

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  26. sunil sinha Posted on March 15, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Key for our happiness is inside. Our inner comprises of most of what we are. Swamiji is kindly explaining the concept for our utmost benefit. Radhey Radhey

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  27. Tripti Golwalkar Posted on March 18, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Radhey Radhey 🙏

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  28. Kushal Shrestha Posted on April 1, 2019 at 7:15 am

    pranam guruji

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  29. Dinesh Intwala Posted on April 2, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Radhey radhey

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  30. Premal Shukla Posted on May 14, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    We look outside for happiness. But it is better to turn inwards and look for the joy inside. If you succeed inside, then you will also succeed outside. The consciousness should go inside. Then we will find bliss.

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  31. swapna simhadri Posted on August 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    By meditation and chanting name of God one will find bliss irrespective of external circumstances and impediments in devotion will also be vanished. Thank you Swamiji for this wonderful explaination to conquer our inner enemies.

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