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Let the mind run wherever it likes; only, be careful you do not follow it, seeking to discover where it is going! It will then wander about for some time as the fancy takes it and soon, getting tired and exhausted, it will come back to you in the end! It is like a little child, that knows nothing. Since the mother is following it and calling it back, it gets courage and confidence to run forward in any direction; but if the mother does not run behind the child and retraces her steps quietly, the child too, of its own accord, will run back to the mother!

Do not care for the vagaries of the mind. Carry on Smarana and Dhyanam of the Nama and Rupam you like best, in the manner you are accustomed to; in this way you will acquire Ekagratha; you will realise your heart's desire. Do not entertain in your mind the idea of purity or impurity while doing this Sadhana of Dhyanam. There is nothing impure in the world. When the Lord is immanent everywhere in everything, how can anything be impure? Even if something appears to the ulterior eyes as impure, the moment it contacts the name of the Lord, it becomes purified.

Note this one point! If a person discovers a treasure while answering the call of nature, will he hesitate to take it because he is impure at the time? Purity and impurity are the result of the mental reactions of the particular moment. When one is giving money to some one, one talks of the auspicious time and the purity of the hour. But when one gets a chance of taking money, every moment is auspicious! The mind is the reason for both attitudes.

Similarly, no thought of purity or impurity will bother you if you have full Faith in and Love for the Name of the Lord. On the other hand, if you feel some compulsion and some discontent, all kinds of possible and impossible obstacles will present themselves. Therefore, give up all such feelings; strengthen the faith in the unshakable Holiness of Nama and its appropriate Form. Firmly believe that everything is made holy by His Name.

Cultivate prema for the Lord. It has infinite potentiality. An iron chain can be broken with ease, but not the chain of Prema that binds you to the Lord. The cruelest of animals too is overpowered by Love. This is the Maya of the Lord! If only the flood-waters of this Prema are directed, not to the lakes and shoals on the sides of the river, but to the Ocean of the Lord's Grace, what a holy task it will be! Then the Jivi realises the purpose of life. This is the highest Moksha. To direct without interruption that Prema on to the Name and the Rupa of the Lord: that is real Dhyanam. Do not mistake this temporary abode as your eternal dwelling place! Nor should you lose heart at evanescent troubles and short-lived tragedies. Immerse yourselves in the effort to attain the Eternal Lord. Everything in this World is subject to decay; if not today, tomorrow at least, it is bound to disintegrate, is it not? Next