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When the mind is negative, the intellect is paralysed and the sanskaras are resistant, what’s the fourth element that creates transformation? What’s the secret?

It’s very wonderful that God has given us clear knowledge of the self. With the simple understanding that soul and body are two separate entities, we can understand ourselves. We understand the mind, intellect and sanskaras (subconscious). Sanskaras are very deep and sometimes the mind goes into a storm. The intellect has the capacity to know right from wrong. If someone thinks deeply about these things they can free themselves from negativity. It is the intellect that understands and catches God's signals and God's ideas. Before, the mind was like the horse racing without reins. Now the intellect understands it can control the wild horse. Don’t just listen to me but look at your own experience and experiment with these ideas. Let the intellect tell the mind to be quiet. The intellect wants to listen to what God is saying, but the mind has developed the habit of getting into waste and negative stuff. The intellect says ‘now be quiet, be silent, let me listen to God.’ We learned how to silence the mind and we learned manmanabhav (fix your mind on the One). On the path of bhakti (devotion), saints and holy people failed in this. In the Gita, it is said that Krishna explains a bit to Arjuna and then says ‘manmanabhav’. He explains some more, and again returns to ‘manmanabhav’. This is very subtle and deep. Firstly let the intellect make the commitment to take in only good things, so that it doesn't touch anything other than good. The intellect gradually becomes powerful enough to tell the mind to be quiet. God speaks to the intellect and tells it to think of useful things. The mind has the habit of stumbling around and dangling here and there, and the old sanskaras keep interfering in between. However, God continues to give understanding to the intellect to make it powerful. Knowledge and yoga/meditation are both required. As the soul listens to spiritual knowledge, it is able to have yoga, and as it has yoga it is able to imbibe the teachings. Then there is success in effort for the self, faith and victory.

But there’s one more thing that interferes. There are the mind, intellect, sanskaras (traits)and the chit. The stage of the chit is evident when something from the past comes up and creates a disturbance. Subtle effort means to internally clean this memory track. We do make effort to change sanskaras but from time to time something comes up in the chit. Let me work on such a deep level that with knowledge and yoga I’m able to clean myself. This word ‘chit’ comes in when you talk about the power of the soul to concentrate. It also comes up when you talk about the soul being peaceful. The chit is naturally peaceful. In bhakti they say that God is the being who never remembers our mistakes. This is because God’s chit is completely clean. No matter how good a human being is, there will be something in them that reminds them of the mistakes of others. Experiment with cleaning the chit with gyan (understanding) and yoga (meditation). Then you’ll notice that thoughts about the self and others become very pure. Often there’s the stage of reflection, and then, further along, deep churning in which new things are discovered. In between these two, mundane thinking comes in. We think it’s natural and so tend to give ourselves permission to do this. Don't. In my reflection, only let there be elevated thoughts - thoughts of God and the eternal self. As the soul starts cleaning out its consciousness in this way, the intellect begins to enjoy its own beauty again. Then the mind starts changing its pattern. It doesn’t go into negativity, the old sanskaras say goodbye and the original sanskaras being to emerge. Where the chit is clean, one's face changes – especially the eyes and the vibration. When the chit is clean the heart becomes true and the mind thinks about God’s knowledge. As the chit becomes completely pure and clean, God will make you divine, like the alchemist's stone. One can feel one's divinity re-emerge.

Although we have the knowledge of the soul, we don’t really know ourselves deeply enough. What we need to understand is that, truly, I am a child of God. Spin the cycle and feel, yes, God is making me truly divine. The effort I make now should bring me the experience of attainment. The reward will be in the future. If the rust has been removed, the Magnet (God) will pull the needle (soul) automatically. Not only will the needle itself be pulled, but it becomes a magnet itself. Let me be a true alchemist so that I inspire transformation.

God explains things so beautifully. Just simply make deep, incognito effort over this one subject of cleaning the chit. Then, as you experience success, God will sing the praise of your fortune. Remember you need both knowledge and yoga to clean the old memories. So often the obstacle that comes in effort is a memory of the past. As the old memories finish from the chit, old sanskaras also change and the intellect can then have deep yoga. The intellect will never come into a state of doubt. Then, everything will seem very clean and very easy. If the old memories keep emerging, I’m not able to either have yoga or absorb spiritual knowledge. It becomes difficult to apply spiritual principles in life because old sanskaras interfere. The chit should have this awareness - I belong to God, I can have all relationships with One, all attainments are with me and all is achieved by becoming stable and focused. God’s desire is that I should become equal to Him. This is the method of becoming equal.

When Dadi says ‘clean the chit with knowledge and yoga’ is there a specific process?

The process is to be introvert and have the one concern to create an elevated stable stage. What does gyan say? What does God say? Fill the chit with spirituality and divine love and there will be great happiness and power. With this in my awareness, attitude and vision, it will change the way I behave in my life. Spiritual teachings are for this purpose alone – to awaken the pure memory. If I just simply think, it can go in the direction of waste. Let the mind repeat the ideas that are sacred. Repeat the ideas of God's knowledge and that will lead to the right awareness. Sometimes we think that wasteful thoughts are useful thoughts and so give them permission to continue. When you begin to clean the chit you recognise waste. Someone who does this will reveal clear purity and clarity. They don’t keep anything in their chit. If you tell them anything negative, it’s as if they don’t hear it. They say, ‘I know, it’s okay’.

When the soul becomes clean, the connection becomes clear. Then, what is service? Simply to share the fruits that God has given. We’re in God's hands.

You said that the intellect was the driving force for the mind. Would Dadi call the intellect the doorway to the purity of the soul? When I withdraw from the mind, is it the intellect that enables me to reconnect to my original state?

Out of these four aspects of the soul, it is the intellect that has to do the work. It is the intellect that will go into silence, it is the intellect that gets pulled by silence, and in silence, it is the intellect that is working. Human beings have the intellect that allows them to become evil like an animal or divine like an angel. It is the intellect that will either imbibe values or reject them. It is the intellect that gets pulled by attraction or confusion. Then the mind gives it company, and the sanskaras anyway are old ones. It is the intellect that understands the powers that are available from God and decides, ‘I want to take these powers’. However, the mind, sanskaras and chit will all compete against the intellect. The intellect has to say, ‘yes, I will do this!’ It is the intellect that will understand the powers, have yoga with God, imbibe and absorb the powers within it, and then use these powers and attain success. The intellect is what holds faith, which leads to victory. Let the intellect at all moments and at all times constantly use spiritual knowledge and yoga. And if there is anything that interferes, don’t listen to it, don’t look at it, just move ahead. This is what it means to be a mahavir - a brave warrior.

A little while ago you brought up the subject of faith, trust and bhavna (pure feelings). You said that if there is bhavna, these feelings enable the soul to move forward easily, however when one uses the intellect too much one gets stuck. How does this fit with what you were saying?

For the last few months Dadi has noticed that when souls use the intellect too much they don’t know how to make it peaceful. They can’t listen peacefully, which is why it may become difficult to put things in practice. This is why Dadi says not to use it too much. Have good feelings and the intellect will become good and work well. Good feelings are very important. Always remember to use your intellect only where it is useful and needed. Let the intellect remain yogyukt (accurately linked) and use it on the basis of knowledge. Let my intellect go into the depth of dharna (virtues) and imbibe everything, so I’m not just thinking or speaking about it, but I’m doing it. If I use my intellect too much, I can’t inspire others to have yoga or make the intellect quiet. Some will say that they are thinking only of knowledge, but they haven’t learnt to keep the intellect quiet, so they’re not able to give others the experience of the quiet intellect. Bhavna/pure feelings teaches the intellect to think in an elevated and pure way. Teach the intellect what it needs to do according to knowledge, so that the ego of the intellect finishes and it becomes soul conscious. When there’s bhavna, there’s also the possibility of trust, and then God becomes responsible. The one with bhavna can stay carefree. The one with the intellect can’t stay carefree. They’ll do something and wonder whether it will work out or not. The one with bhavna will say, ‘God, you said it’s going to happen, so it will happen.’ I might be in a situation where I have no money, health, wealth, the weather is bad and yet everything will work out fine because of my pure feelings. However, if it is just the intellect, there’ll always be the interference of doubts. Let the intellect be quiet and let God do what He needs to do. He says, ‘simply keep faith in the intellect’. Where there’s bhavna, faith and trust, things work out automatically. Trust in God, keep feelings clean and the intellect will work accordingly. If someone works with bhavna, God gives them the return. There are many wonders in this. God touches the intellects and and says ‘child, you have to do this’. Then watch the magic. The intellect receives power through God's knowledge, and the power of the Almighty makes the soul become a master. When the intellect races too much, instead of being cooperative, the soul tries to prove things and can become very stubborn. They may be intelligent but they try to prove everything. They can’t have yoga and don’t allow others to have yoga. Please, keep the intellect quiet and leave it to God. Have mercy on yourself.

For the last few months Dadi has noticed that when souls use the intellect too much they don’t know how to make it peaceful. They can’t listen peacefully, which is why it may become difficult to put things in practice. This is why Dadi says not to use it too much. Have good feelings and the intellect will become good and work well. Good feelings are very important. Always remember to use your intellect only where it is useful and needed. Let the intellect remain yogyukt (accurately linked) and use it on the basis of knowledge. Let my intellect go into the depth of dharna (virtues) and imbibe everything, so I’m not just thinking or speaking about it, but I’m doing it. If I use my intellect too much, I can’t inspire others to have yoga or make the intellect quiet. Some will say that they are thinking only of knowledge, but they haven’t learnt to keep the intellect quiet, so they’re not able to give others the experience of the quiet intellect. Bhavna/pure feelings teaches the intellect to think in an elevated and pure way. Teach the intellect what it needs to do according to knowledge, so that the ego of the intellect finishes and it becomes soul conscious. When there’s bhavna, there’s also the possibility of trust, and then God becomes responsible. The one with bhavna can stay carefree. The one with the intellect can’t stay carefree. They’ll do something and wonder whether it will work out or not. The one with bhavna will say, ‘God, you said it’s going to happen, so it will happen.’ I might be in a situation where I have no money, health, wealth, the weather is bad and yet everything will work out fine because of my pure feelings. However, if it is just the intellect, there’ll always be the interference of doubts. Let the intellect be quiet and let God do what He needs to do. He says, ‘simply keep faith in the intellect’. Where there’s bhavna, faith and trust, things work out automatically. Trust in God, keep feelings clean and the intellect will work accordingly. If someone works with bhavna, God gives them the return. There are many wonders in this. God touches the intellects and and says ‘child, you have to do this’. Then watch the magic. The intellect receives power through God's knowledge, and the power of the Almighty makes the soul become a master. When the intellect races too much, instead of being cooperative, the soul tries to prove things and can become very stubborn. They may be intelligent but they try to prove everything. They can’t have yoga and don’t allow others to have yoga. Please, keep the intellect quiet and leave it to God. Have mercy on yourself.

Dadi Janki

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