Even spiritually focused for all of our adult lives, very few of us live completely away from the modern world as recluses, seeking the truth and Reality of life in that way. Blessedly the same gifts, techniques, and knowledge have recently become available to the householders of the world, the same path of discrimination and devotion, the path to living Brahman, Totality, Cosmic life. Emerging from the natural world, quickly and directly into the sphere of humanity.
This fullness within, the transcending of all objects of awareness, integrating always with the manifestations and demands of the world and our place in it, becomes its own adventure, the endless discovery of an unknown land, our last hidden continent on Earth, living Brahman in the world, living Cosmic life. Vistas uncovered within, reflecting the endless possibilities, the choices before us in every moment, actions considered and taken in the three worlds [Heaven, Earth and Hell].
Along with my Transcendental Meditation technique from Maharishi, I have also had a long association with Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, “Guru Dev”. As I have begun to observe and examine the life as a householder in the context of Totality, Brahman, I rediscovered an excellent passage from Guru Dev on “the permanent subjugation of the inner enemies”, the obstacles to Cosmic life, as He elucidates them, and how such victory over these enemies brings peace and freedom to our lives. This applies to any life, householder or recluse.
This translation of Sri Brahmananda Saraswati’s words is by Premanand Paul Mason © 2009. The full address by Sri Brahmananda Saraswati can be found at this link below:
When asked about ‘victory’ at the conclusion of World War II, Sri Brahmananda Saraswati had this to say:
“In truth then victory is really this; for the one who has no risk of inner defeat. In truth, by the suppression only of outer (usual) enemies no one can become permanently victorious; because from those enemies there is no lasting suppression. True knowledge of victory occurs then from obtaining control over internal enemies. Really, only by the permanent subjugation of internal enemies is the subjugation of the external enemy achieved; because the inner enemy gives rise to the creation of the external enemies.
The internal enemies are kaama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (delusion), mada (intoxification) and maatsarya (jealousy). This is really the shhaDarivarga, the group of six inner enemies which create any external enemies of the world; therefore if you wish to experience happiness and peace one must gain victory over all one’s gross enemies, then you should cut off the place of birth of the six subtle enemies, kaama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (delusion), mada (intoxification) and maatsarya (jealousy). Without gaining victory over the shhaDarivarga (group of six enemies) then you cannot completely eradicate the external enemies. This is fixed.
He who has once given careful thought to the perishability of saMsaara [existence], in his own heart, he gains victory of the aantarika shhaDarivarga (the group of six internal enemies); because to that man, all the material world is instantly destructible, so that he cannot have lobha (greed) or moha (delusion) for anything; because he knows that what he has lobha (greed) and moha (delusion) for today, tomorrow is automatically changed; therefore lobha (greed) and moha (delusion) are to no purpose, in effect they are really connected to remorse and anxiety; therefore lobha (greed) and moha (delusion) are not to be grown in the inner self.
The very seeds of these become destroyed and if there are no seeds of lobha (greed) and moha (delusion) then maatsarya (jealousy) also becomes destroyed. He is also without matsara (wrath). No jealousy of worldly glory and wealth remain, no arrogance or jealousy, then in him anger becomes perfectly destroyed. Thus man’s narrow wishes become attached to those of God’s, and with dutiful mind all business is accomplished. His behaviour is very naturally disciplined and in his worldly life he is like a lotus leaf, detached and pure.
Thus by such dispassionate natural activity man is really triumphant over the shhaDarivarga (the six enemies) – In this way there are no outer enemies of man – he governs over all of nature alike – moreover, none becomes capable of destroying the reign of peace. So really the samadarshii (the impartial, dispassionate one) is the great conqueror, he can remain exhibiting the fruit of happiness and peace.”