It is My hope that you will benefit from these My talks given to you with love from My heart to yours. Though we are one, many do not realize this as yet. When the buddhi is functioning optimally, this will help a great deal to realize Atma, even though one must go beyond buddhi to experience Atma. What do I mean by going beyond buddhi? Buddhi is a faculty, a useful tool to be used by the mind in order to live skilfully in this world and other worlds of experience. Buddhi really protects you and keeps you moving along the path of Sathya,Truth, Dharma,Righteousness, Shanti, Peace, Prema, Love and Ahimsa, non violence. The buddhi helps you to determine whether you are actually following these five great divine values which are offspring, or directly related to Atma. So the buddhi is a very valuable tool to assist you on the path divine to realize Truth, and to think, feel, speak and act in such a manner that reflects Atma. How is the buddhi properly used? Let us use an example. You have a decision to make. Should you go with some friends and watch a movie that has many scenes of violence in order to follow the ways of these people and keep their favor? Or should you refrain from exposing your mind and energy field to these low and harmful vibrations? You may think these friends are fun to be around, that you have a good laugh and enjoy their company. But, due to developed sensitivity, you really do not like these kinds of movies. You prefer peace, calm, and loving and uplifting energies. You must take a decision to be true to your inner self, or to the outer world. The buddhi that is truly pure and aligned with Atma or God would prompt you to refrain from going to a violent movie. The content of the movie goes against the five values that a true human being ought to live by. You must develop the will to do what is correct as per the discrimination of buddhi. Another example of the pure properly functioning buddhi: You are with some friends, some classmates, and someone insults you, saying something nasty and untrue about you in front of the others to get attention. What should the buddhi decide? The buddhi would have you immediately deny the accusation saying,”That is absolutely untrue; I would never do or say something like that. Please do not spread such unsavory gossip and soil your mind and that of others.” Your buddhi would have you remain calm and composed, and not dwell on this or even continue to discuss it. Suggest to some close friends that you move elsewhere. A buddhi that is not pure or developed might react in an angry or retaliatory manner, striking back in a negative way. Such a buddhi is not so refined and trained. Really, a trained and refined buddhi is closely related to one’s pure character and mind. These three all work together. Another example: You are taking your dog for a walk along the street. Your dog wishes to have a bowel movement on someone’s property beside the path along which you are walking. An alert buddhi, realizing that people walk here, children may play here, would be certain to clean it up and move it into the trash so no one steps on it and soils their shoes or feet. Understanding, sensitivity to others’ welfare; doing to others as would have them do to you; kindness, and respect, are derived from buddhi, the higher mind and true intellect .Love and harmony among living beings are promoted by a pure buddhi or true intellect.
As I have told you many times before, the buddhi or true intellect has little to do with the intellectual in today’s world. The intellectual gathers knowledge from books, lectures, reports, etc., stores knowledge in the memory, then argues with others to prove his point. He quotes all kinds of tidbits of knowledge to back up and prove his intellectual position. Such people are to be found in academic circles, universities, and many other lines of work where so called experts are called in to give their highly valued and pricey opinions. I am not saying that there is absolutely no influence from buddhi or true intellect in such people. However, usually the buddhi is not pure. It is biased, judgmental, and highly opinionated. Its scope is limited to the knowledge acquired through books and other worldly sources. Intellectuals may know a lot about the external world, but rarely understand the workings of their own interior landscape. They rarely know about Atma, and that Atmic radiation supports the intellect, mind, senses and physical body. Intellectuals also believe they know the truth about many subjects, and that there is no need to look any further. They are full of ego. They believe in the power of the brain, and that it is responsible for the high intelligence of an individual. So you can see that this idea of intellect is not the one referred to as buddhi. Buddhi would have you seek and find the ultimate truth about,”Who am I?” truly. “Where did I come from and where am I going?” Though most people do not use the buddhi for this purpose. The mind and buddhi in most people are polluted with false ideas, false conditioning, the ego sense that I am the body, doer-ship and enjoyer-ship and the sense of ‘me and mine.’ Because of this, the Atma, the Existence, Awareness, Bliss cannot be known by such persons. It is only by living a Godly way of life that Atma can be known. And that means purification of the inner instruments. The mind is mostly pure when left alone. It is the senses looking outward that mainly pollute the mind. All spiritual practice is to cleanse the buddhi, the mind, the senses and the chitta ( conditioned consciousness) so Atma may be reflected in the pure buddhi and mind.
My Dear Devotees, Devotees of God, I will speak to you today about the many uses of buddhi, the true intellect given to humankind as a gift from the Creator. First let Me tell you that all humans can develop the capacity of buddhi. It is a God given right, a tool to help human beings get on in the phenomenal world, and make the best use of opportunities that come their way for self improvement, refinement and Self realization. You see, many opportunities are there for these, but humans do not recognize them because the awareness and buddhi are not developed and refined. Most people are allowing their minds and senses to be bombarded with all sorts of information, knowledge, images, sounds, and stimuli all day long. Often they do not take the time to use their God given buddhi, know not how to use it properly, or that it even exists. Allow Me to give an example. You are working for a radio station as an announcer (broadcaster). All day long you are speaking about many topics, advertising products, etc., and interviewing many different people about various topics. Of course you also have preconceived ideas and conditioning about many topics. It is highly unlikely that intellect or true buddhi is used much here by this individual in a proper continuous manner. He likely goes with the flow, speaking spontaneously whatever comes to mind, and is related to what his job demands In the world today speed and efficiency are valued. Time is money. Get the job done as fast as you can and your boss will be happy with you. Intellect is used to see how much you can cut costs and save time, not so often on giving the best product and the best service. And most often the Creator, God is not even considered. This is not the proper use of the buddhi. As I have said, the buddhi was meant to follow the Paths of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and non violence. An intellect that does not take into account these five spiritual human values, is a distorted, polluted intellect. Such an intellect will not lead one to Truth and Self/Atmic realization. It has to be first purified and refined in order to be a useful faculty for God realization.
Just as I have been telling you, you need to exercise your buddhi a great deal in life. Why? To make your journey easier and smoother with less ups and downs, highs and lows. What do I mean? If you do not use buddhi/intellect, and you allow your mind and emotions to run you, there will be many ups and downs. You will be tossed about by your emotions, feelings, moods, and sensations conveyed through the organs of sense and organs of action to the mind. These must be controlled by you, the master, through using the buddhi/intellect to discriminate, discern, and reason. Allow Me to give you a few examples.
You are driving your car in the city on your way to work. It is raining hard and the visibility is not very good. You do not see the pedestrian crosswalk in front of you, and the person running to cross the road in front of you. You slam on your brakes and luckily miss hitting the person with your car. You become very upset, disturbed at this unexpected turn of events. You begin weeping. You continue driving with tears streaming down your face. What role should buddhi play in this situation?.
Talk to yourself, saying that this was a mistake on your part to not pay closer attention to the pedestrian crosswalk. You will pay closer attention in the future. Mistakes are okay as long as they are learning experiences and not repeated time and again. You forgive yourself and will now put this incident behind you. You are relieved that no one was injured. You will fully, determinedly put this incident behind you, having learned the lesson, and do not dwell on it any longer. Past is past.
Move the mind in a new direction, perhaps chanting God’s Name to bring you back to Atmic consciousness, the Witness.
Another example of the use of buddhi in daily life to maintain peace and equipose, and to bring forth the correct perspective on situations and happenings. You and your husband and children have gone to the beach for an outing on a summer day. You see that your young teenage son has walked too far out into the ocean, and he is not a strong swimmer. He is alone, and you fear that something may happen to him if he keeps on walking out into the ocean. The wind is blowing and the waves are crashing, so he would not be able to hear you if you shouted to him. You begin to panic, feeling very worried. How should you use the buddhi in this situation?
Tell yourself to calm down, and then list in your mind the actions you can take in this moment. You can go over to another adult to ask if she/he is a strong swimmer. Find a person who is a strong swimmer or courageous enough to go into the water and quickly approach your son to bring him back. Find a person as quickly as you can to do this action. If you or your husband would be able to go into the water to approach the boy, do so. All the while keep your mind calm. In your mind, call his name asking him to turn around and return to the shore, Often, mental telepathy works between two people who are mentally clear. If you get his attention, wave your arms for him to return. You can see if there are life quards on this beach. You can pray to God/ Satguru for help, and keep up the prayer ceaselessly until the result is realized.
My point here is not to allow negative emotions to overwhelm you so that the intellect can be used properly to assess the situation calmly and take the proper actions given the circumstances you find yourself and others in. Always keep the mind cool, not heated up by too much emotion, passion, sensation. Then you will be able to use buddhi every time you need to, and also maintain peace, equanimity and awareness.