The non-dualistic space – please listen – whatever is happening in and around you, whether it makes you feel powerful or makes you feel powerless, know for sure it is you not just responsible! Please understand, responsibility is one of the strategizing out of non-dualism. Responsibility leads to living enlightenment. Here I am explaining one more very deep, important truth. Please understand, immediately whatever you experience in and around you, whether it makes you powerful or makes you powerless, it all boils down finally to the play of your own different trends and currents.
Please understand, you have multiple thought-currents, but, fortunately, only one thought-trend. That is why liberation is possible. Please listen! You may have ten-million enemies; but only one can attack you at a time. This is the exact meaning of the word when I say you may have many currents, but you can have only one trend. When I say “current”, I mean the “thought-current you have. The underlying, underneath thought-current of you can be multiple. One of your thought-currents can be you will be constantly making efforts to live a care-free life. Another thought-current can be constantly thinking to have more and more responsibility, power under your control. So, be very clear, there may be one thought-current continuously working for vacation life; and there can be one thought-current continuously thinking for working for more and more wealth. There can be tons and tons of thought-currents. One side you can have the thought-current, ‘I cannot tolerate this woman anymore! If this is the way she is going to torture me, better I throw her away from my life!’ The other thought-current, ‘No, no, no….she stood by me in so many difficult situations. He stood by me in so many difficult times. I should not think like this. I should be thinking to make her or him as part of my life!’ You can have any number of thought-currents, but you will have only one thought-trend.
Please listen! Thought-trend means, the every-day life how you are running, the every-day decisions how you are taking. Please listen, if you understand this one truth, living enlightenment will become very easy. Whatever may be your thought-current – today morning you may be feeling very fresh, alive, nice, you slept well – whatever may be your thought-current – no peace, whether you had a beautiful sleep, good sleep, or a nightmare, disturbed sleep, all these things are thought-currents, all that is thought-current. Please understand, all that is thought-current.
Please listen! But, but your thought-trend can be completely kept out of the impact of thought-currents. Listen! The good news is, your thought-trend can be completely kept out of your different thought currents. The best news is, the thought-trend can be completely kept out of the thought-current, because, both of them never get joined. Listen! The good news is, your thought-trend can be kept out of your thought-current. The best news is, they are never joined together! That is why various thought-currents can influence your thought-trend in various ways. Today you can feel depressed; tomorrow you can feel joyful. Today you can feel bound; tomorrow you can feel liberated. Liberation itself is possible because your thought-current cannot influence your thought-trend. It influences if you allow; but, by the very intrinsic nature, the thought-current has no power over the thought-trend.
“Thought-current” is the undercurrent of the Ganga. “Thought-trend” is the floating, the space of Ganga. For example, if some objects are floating on the Ganga, boats, or some flowers, something put on the Ganga, whatever is floating is “thought-trend”, and whatever is undercurrent is “thought-current”. In your every-day decisions how you decide to respond to the world, how you decide to respond to you, your every-day cognition about you and others – listen – that is “thought-trend”. And the undercurrent which goes on in you, which you believe is not in your control, is “thought-current”. But, you need to know, anything which is not in your control, you don’t need to control, because you cannot control!
Please listen! If god has not given something in your control, he doesn’t expect you to control it! So, don’t feel powerless if something is not in your control. And, if something is in your control, take responsibility for it. If something is not in your control, be free from that responsibility. But, unfortunately, whenever something is not in our control, we feel powerless; whenever something is in our control, we feel it is our responsibility. See the funny way the mind behaves, life behaves! If something is not in our control, we feel powerless because of that. If something is in our control, we feel, ‘Oh, so much of responsibility!’ Again powerlessness because of that! If you decide to be powerless, whether you have or don’t have, you will fall into powerlessness! When you decide to be powerful, whether you have or don’t have, you will be powerful!
Your thought-current can be however good or bad. It can be the thought-current of a great being like Buddha, Shankara, Krishna, or it can be thought-current of the worst terrorist. It can be anything. Listen! You may have the worst thought-current or the best thought-current. Your thought-current is immaterial. Your thought-trend only needs to be attended to. As on now, you have power over only your thought-trend. My only request is, go on aligning your thought-trend, and don’t be powerless about your inability to control your thought-current. See, when you are not able to control something, feel liberated from that responsibility. Are you sitting and worrying that you are not able to move the Sun as you want, the moon as you want, Mars as you want, Saturn as you want? You are not sitting and worrying about this. You only feel free from that responsibility. Same way, when your thought-current is not under your control, when you are not able to control it, feel liberated from that responsibility.
How much you assume your power, that much only responsibility is also given to you. Now you assume you are powerful enough only to align your thought-trend; that much responsibility only you have, don’t worry! We are not going to expect a kid to do something which he cannot do. We are not going to expect a kid to do, ‘Oh, let him do this, this, this, this, this, and make his living.’ No! We are not going to expect a kid to do all that. Be very clear, life is not going to expect too much from you. But, unfortunately, the kid starts worrying. When the kid sees his father going to the office and working the whole day, night coming back and getting the food, he starts worrying, ‘Oh, god, I also have to do like this from day-after-tomorrow!’ No! First of all, you don’t need to do from day-after-tomorrow. Second, when you are expected to do, you will have all the powers better than your father.
Don’t imagine and create powerlessness because of imaginary responsibility. The powerlessness which happens in you due to imaginary responsibilities takes away the power to perform even the real responsibilities you have! I have seen many of my own sannyasis, they will have so much of imagination and the imaginary powerlessness due to the imaginary responsibilities. ‘Oh god, if I run this one ashram, then Swamiji will ask me to run twenty more ashrams! Then Swamiji will ask me to run twenty-five more ashrams! Then Swamiji will ask me to run all the ashrams in the whole country! How will I do all this?’ Making you powerless by the imaginary responsibilities, today’s responsibilities also you won’t do!
I have seen….I have seen people getting tired just by imaginary responsibilities. Understand, you don’t have to have imaginary responsibilities, and you don’t need to feel powerless by trying to control the thought-current. Thought-current need not be controlled. Thought-trend only needs to be controlled. Master is a person who has mastered the thought-trend, understand? I was also believing very foolishly in the young age that I have to control the whole thought-current to become a Master, which is not required. Just control the thought-trend. When you are powerful keeping the thought-trend under your control, in a few days you will see the thought-current is also already under your control!
Please understand, all the struggles all of you are having – I can name everyone of you, each one of you who are listening to what I am saying now – please listen, all your struggle, powerlessness, feeling bound, everything is because you are struggling with your thought-current. When you are supposed to do just the Monday Vrata, Monday Fasting, Somavara vrata, by the evening of Monday you think, ‘Even this one day I am not able to do. When am I going to become Nirahari?’ No! Becoming Nirahari is controlling the whole thought-current. Don’t worry about that now. Just be powerful with the thought-trend. Just be powerful with the Monday one day fasting. Master just that thought-trend. I am giving you one example. In every level I can give you.
Your every-day activity, make yourself powerful in that! You don’t need to struggle, you don’t need to be powerless with your thought-current. Please understand, mastering – listen – mastering, feeling powerful with your thought-trend is enough. Just try that again and again and again. Whenever there is a fight, struggling, suffering, powerlessness inside you, it is always because you are fighting foolishly with thought-current.
Understand, it is like you have a boat; you are floating on the Ganga. You have a stick (paddle) with which you row the boat. But, unfortunately, using that stick you are trying to stop the current of the Ganga! Is it possible? Just row your boat and be powerful, save yourself! Don’t try to control the current of Ganga by using the stick (paddle) with which you can row your boat. Don’t try to control the whole thought-current of you by your simple logic and will that you are carrying. Use that to only feel powerful over the thought-trend.