Darshan In California On Intellect
August 19, 1977 am
Chanting: Rama, Rama, Rama, Hari Rama.
BAPUJI: Beloved children. Brothers and Sisters. Lover of God and Guru. I have been living in this ashram last several days. This ashram is a tapas one means land of austerities. There I have also done bhajan and puja of God here. So we all together have started tapas in this land. By living among you I have received your love and I have also received the happiness. Today is my last day of my lectures. These memorable days will come to my memories again and again.
Today I will present my last discourse in front of you. There is one among yamas is called “Àmati Mati” is intellect. The intellect that we use in our usual interactions is also intellect. The intellect that is use in the inner journey is not different. But when that intellect travels within it becomes more purified and much more subtle. The intellect that is necessary for inner journey should be called the very high intellect for the inner journey.
The definition of the intellect is the will through which you can follow the desirable actions. So the desirable actions are those that are described under yamas and niyamas. So the desire and the ability to follow that the intellect that helps us to follow them is called “Àmati.” The work of the intellect is to determine. Whatever determinations we make it has the effect of our past experiences. If our decisions are hasty, we cannot properly fulfill our decisions or determinations.
Whenever the firm determinations are made, the problem at hand is deeply studied. As long as the situation is not pondered upon deeply, the proper decision cannot be arrived. There are reasons for the fulfillment of the decisions we take and there are reasons for the decisions that fail to be practiced after we take them. I will be able to explain this one by anecdote.
There was one big city. There one saint arrived. Even though he lived outside of the city, the entire public knew he was coming. He was greatly powerful and effective saint. The people of the town requested this saint that if you give the lectures to us we will have the benefit of your knowledge. The saint agreed. The lectures were arranged. The effect of his flow of speech was so enchanting that the entire public was really under the awe. The spiritual vibrations became very firm there. Everybody started doing some auspicious or good work.
Days passed very quickly. The day of conclusion came. Everyone heard the last lecture of the saint. And everyone suffered the separation. The saint said, have given here many lectures which I believe that you have heard with great attention. At the end, I give you one inspiration. If you have truly taken something worthwhile from my lectures, then take one of the vows out of that. And then come and declare it. Come to me and declare it openly.
From the large group of people each one decided something that they would practice. The saint was given some form of gift. The saint was completely nonattached. So he had no need for money. He had no need for other objects. So he said if you love me then come here and take some kind of a vow. That I will consider ass your gift to me. One individual came and said, I won’t smoke a cigarette. Another one came and said, I won’t drink liquors. A third one came and said, won’t eat meat. Fourth one came and said, I won’t have adultery.
This way each individual took one vow or the other. So at these lectures one farmer had also attended for one or two days. He wasn’t much interested in the spiritual aspects. And yet, these two days, the lectures that he had heard, he was greatly impressed by it. So he came to the saint with a very light foot slowly. He was thinking as to what kind of vow he should take. He could not decide. So the farmer said, “I have been greatly impressed and have been interested in what you had to say. But I’m not much interested in God because I can’t see him.”
But I’m a farmer and ‘m very much interested in farming. So what kind of vow should I take that would be considered proper? The Mahatma said, “Just take one of the easiest vows.” He said, “What could be the easiest vow?” Just take that much vow that you will eat after you see somebody’s face. Just have this much regularity. He said, “That’s wonderful. That’s okay. Because the temple is so far away from my home. And it is not possible for me to see God’s face there.
And he asked, “Can I see anybody’s face?” He said, “Yes. You can see anybody’s face. All you have to do you have to follow the determination to see someone’s face and then eat.” He was very pleased. He came home, thinking as to whose face he should see before he eats. He had one reason for thinking so deeply on it. Because he was a farmer working very hard and so he was very hungry. And if he is very hungry and the person whose face he is going to see has gone away, then he has to stay hungry. And then what can I do?”
So he has to look for such a face that he can always see. He came home and sat on one of the wooden platforms on his verandah. He started looking around. And across from his home lived a potter. He had one donkey. That was always tied in front of his house. He decided that, I’m going to look at this donkey always before I eat. He had to eat just looking at anybody’s face. And this donkey was always there in front of his house. That was very easy for him. He decided. He looked at the donkey’s face and started eating.
About three months passed that way. He had no trouble. So when he came home tired from his field, then he would get in the house. Then he would remember that he had to look at the face. He used to look behind right away. Then he would always find that donkey tied in front of the potter’s home. So the donkey was tied in such a way that he did not need to go closer to him. He could look at this donkey from where he was.
As soon as he looked like this he finished his determination of looking at the donkey’s face. Then he turned to his plate. One day there was a lot of work in his field. And he could not help finishing that job because it was important. And he worked very hard. And he was extremely hungry. As soon as he finished his work he came home running and jumping