Before shedding light on right listening, it would be proper to discuss the process of listening, which is done through ears. It will be a misconception to assume that only ears are required for hearing. Ears are only the external instruments for carrying the vibrations of sound inward to the centre-the nerve centre in the brain. If the nerve centre is affected or damaged power of hearing will be affected or damaged. The power of hearing will be affected even when the external instrument is in a good state and vibrations of sound are carried inwards.
Unveiling the ignorance is discriminating between that which is true and that which is untrue, between the eternal and the transitory. Everything is in a flux. The whole universe is a mass of change God alone is eternal; everything else is transitory. Everything dies. Saints die, sinners die. Kings die, beggars die. The angels die, men die, animals die, everything undergoes constant change. The mountains of today were the oceans of yesterday and will be oceans tomorrow. Everything in the universe is in a state of flux.
Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas Ji proclaims in one of his Retreats, “This life hinges on dualities of joy and sorrow, success and failure, praise and blame, birth and death, sun and shade, high and low, rich and poor. The ebb and flow, the rising and falling is the world’s very nature; it would be as logical to hold otherwise as to say that we may have life without death.
It is definitely diabolical to see that man being divine and the master of mind considers himself nothing but a mere tool in the hands of mind. His life-boat is tossed to and fro with the strong winds of wavering mind. At time he is jubilant and is flying high in the skies and at other times, he is crest- fallen into the deep chasms of pessimism and darkness.
Just like a beautifully varnished and painted piece of furniture from outside but eaten by ants from inside, a common man suffers from innumerable worries despite all the prosperity of modern age. The so-called glamour and grandeur of present civilization has failed to make man stress-free and free from worries. It may be stated that some worries are necessary and some unnecessary but clear understanding of reason of worry will show that all worries are unnecessary.
The Divine Law is that there is but One Reality and that Reality is within You and that Reality is You. Feel this idea day and night until it goes into the blood and bon
‘PEACE’ is the state of restful mind. This ‘PEACE’ is expressed in a poem by the distinguished spiritual giant of twentieth century:-
अपनी ना की तलाश, बड़ी चूक ये हुई बरसों किये खराब खुदा तलाश में हमने
It appears to be a paradox, an anomaly to be mindful without mind. Mind is the chief factor governing body. In all our activities of daily life, full concentration and co-operation of mind is required. Even ordinary perception is not possible if mind is running away in mysterious lands. We can hear only when mind is attached to the vibrations of the sound. For hours and hours, we may be turning over the pages of a book, we may not understand a single word unless mind is engrossed in deep study. How is it possible to be mindful without mind?
The main impediment in meditation is our deep involvement in this evanescent world which is mistakenly taken as permanent abode and sincere conviction that permanent happiness will be attained through our continuous struggle in the external world, which is considered to be the be-all and end-all of life. It is only when we are faced with stress and strain, troubles and tribulations, blows after blows that we look for something which is everlasting Bliss which is within and not without.