(In continuation of the talk delivered by Swamiji to a student camp organized by the Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Seva Samithi in New Delhi.)
Once you have brought your Dynamism out, you are free to progress; achieve and gain whatever you like in the field of your choice. On the basis of this funda¬mental understanding, the Rishis contemplated the entire topic under three heads. How to generate this dynamism, how to conserve the dynamism so generated and how to intelligently apply it in a creative field. Dynamism is gen¬erated the moment the individual is sparked off; he is fired up by the vision of a great ideal. Suddenly, the stature of the inner personality grows and nothing can stop that man from achieving great feats of acts, great actions. This inspiration, some are born with like Napo-lean Bonaparte; some discover it in youth and some others in the middle of age like Mahatma Gandhi. There are others who discover a new vision of life even in old age. It does not matter when or how. The moment you discover this,—either you discover or it reveals, a goal, an ideal, an idea which inspires you—then afterwards, you can put any amount of effort m the world. You are unconscious of the quantum you are /putting forth. It is immaterial what age or what healthy conditions you are in. You draw your energy, your enthusiasm, your satis¬faction from the goal or the consciousness that I am moving into nearer the goal or ideal. Having thus disco¬vered or generated dynamism it should not be allowed to dissipate. It always has a tendency to get dissipated. In this intelligent way of living life, when we do not allow our inner inspiration to be dissipated to the sense organs, it is called TAP AS. Tapas means controlling the sense organs and their anxiety to indulge; not as a sacrifice, not as a painful self-restraint, but in the intelli¬gent understanding that the energy that would otherwise be wasted in sense gratification is conserved and then used for creative purposes. I am not talking to all of you. I am hoping that one or two among you is aspiring to top the list in whatever your vocation or your profession is going to be in the future. If you have to reach the top, not only you have to discover and generate dynamism, but also must know how to apply it. So the application of this we shall discuss now.
Your ideal character must be expressed in your actions. Very few of us can express in action that texture and quality and beauty of our own ideas and ideals, the ideas and ideals are in the head. They cap be expres¬sed through the hand only if that goes through the mind. The ideas are communicated to the field of action through our mind. And if that mind is not well trained, disciplined and kept trim, it would bring about dissipa¬tion, and therefore the application of our dynamism will not be forthcoming. It is here that prayers, religious practices, spirituality, sadhana, yoga etc. come into play. Mind is an instrument that interprets, that communicates, and that conveys our wisdom, our knowledge, our enthusi¬asm or dynamism. Channelize it into our physical body and allow it to express into a variety of actions. If the mind is clogged, inefficient and incompetent, it will break all your efficiency, whatever your knowledge may be. You may be proficient. Proficiency means well-equipped in your understanding. But you have no efficiency. The efficiency is the beauty and eloquence of your actions. The success in life is depending on your efficiency and not your proficiency. Arjuna was a proficient warrior. He was a master of the art of war. But, when in the Mahabharata war, he came to the front and saw his kith and kin, he started saying that he could not fight. Something within came up and he began saying. “I am not going to fight.” Proficiency is there but he says “I cannot do this. 0 Krishna! Drive to Rishikesh. I am going to take Sanyasa. I am not going to face this problem because I do not feel I have got the efficiency”. Krishna was surprised. Arjuna was well-known all over the world as a warrior, a man who had given all his lifetime in preparing in the art of war. The man had got all the proficiency, but at this mo¬ment, because of some intellectual rupture felt that there was no efficiency. He would have been an utter failure but for the grace of Krishna and Krishna, knowing this fully well, started talking to him until his mind became alright. And when the man became alright, the same Arjuna in the eighteenth chapter said “Certainly I shall fight. Did I tell you I shall not fight?” Because he discovered his mind and once the mind was straightened the profici¬ency started gushing out as brilliant efficiency. So it is not only sufficient that we generate dynamism through
an ideal or conserve dynamism, through Tapas and discipline, but we must see that we apply it correctly in our field of choice, our chosen field, and there we must see that the mind is tuned up efficiently. This tuning up of the mind, the method by which the mind is tuned, is called Yoga. It has been found by our great rishis who have been studying the play of the mind, that the mind’s vitality, i. e., efficiency, is broken due to three factors. These three sources of mental disturbances that affect our efficiency are—disturbances that reach the mind from the past, anxieties for the future and excitements of the present. Your memories of the past can persecute you; anxieties for the future can dissipate you, deflate you. There are some people who are not worried about the past. They have not been disturbed by the past. They are not worried about the future. But when” they are in the present, they get confused. If the three dissipations belonging to the past, present and future are stopped, the mind can bring into the piece of work that the person is undertaking the entire dynamism that has been gene¬rated and conserved. And when such a blast of dyna¬mism comes in your work, success is assured. You need not run after success, but success runs after such an individual. If these three can be transcended, you can rise above it and keep your mind not disturbed by these three challenges, and then your mind will be quiet, alert and vigilant. With such a quiet, alert and vigilant mind, when you pour out the enthusiasm that you have created for yourself, the work that you turn out cannot fail. What¬ever are the mountainous obstacles in front of you, all get pulverized and you go straight like an arrow to your destination, your achievement.
How to achieve this state? It is here that you find that once you have got the Lord, as the ideal the Altar is with you and you surrender yourself at the Altar and work. You have heard this a million times. It does not mean laziness as the stupid generally think. They say “Sab Kuchh Bhagawan Ko De Diya” and then sit back doing nothing and at 12 O’ clock open the mouth. Bhagawan does not want your stupid hands and legs. What he wants you to surrender is these three ego¬centric ideas of your anxiety for the future, your regrets for the past and your excitement for the present. All these three you surrender and act. Once you have surrendered, these three sources of dissipation are broken comple¬tely. Think for a moment that you have surrendered to the Lord Narayana. You are surrendering to him in total. If you have a failure in the past, you are not worried about t it. About the future, you are least worried because you have surrendered totally to Him. If there is success it cannot be yours. The success is also His. The failure is also His. So why do you worry about the future or the present?
You make me sit down here as a Swami and you are all sitting down, brilliant students of the Delhi Area. Will I be able to talk to you, if I started with the excite¬ment of the present? I have been seriously studying our Hinduism for the last twenty years. All I have studied in twenty years, how can f tell you in one hour? In one hour, what to say and what not to say. I get excited. I stammer out nothing, and you start “phoo phoo.” The more I hear this “phoo phoo” the morel become excited. This is how I am dramatizing. This is how we fail. Now why should I fail? I have surrendered to my Lord Krishna. The Lord is the best one to meet any challenge. It is he who organized me to come here and face you. Even supposing the situation or the prob¬lem in front of me is too much, why do I worry? If I am not competent to serve you, whose failure is it? It is His failure. Because He is the appointing authority. If I find myself in a situation, let me have that courage to surrender to Him and act as best as lean and forget all about it. Whether I will be able to serve you or not is not my concern. My concern is I must have courage to look at my Lord straight face to face when I can tell Him “Sir, I did best. You gave me the job. I had no compet¬ency, yet I did my best. And here it is all about.” Why should I worry ? Once that spirit of surrender has come and all channels of dissipation are blocked, neither can my mind be disturbed by the regrets of the past, nor anxieties of the future, nor the excitement of the present. When the past, present and future periods of time can¬not disturb me, the mind is undisturbed. In such an un¬disturbed, quiet, serene and confident mind, when a person pours out the dynamism that he has cultivated and conserved, there is extra human magnetism in that perso¬nality. And whatever he undertakes it cannot but become an utter success. In order to do so, a certain Altar is to be built in the mind, an Altar at which one can confi¬dently surrender. It is here that the spiritual sadhanas, bhajans, kirtans, etc. are useful.
Never before the world needed such dynamism as today and our country needs it most. Your future job is to uplift the country, revitalize and make it a nation. This cannot be “done by mere material knowledge, or mere secular ideology. It needs in the leaders this exp¬losive expression, personal magnetism and this dynam¬ism cultivated through proper education.