The mind is a great tool to achieve what we decide to achieve but the same mind sometimes becomes the greatest obstacle. Obstacle because of the logic conditioning, conditioning due to psychic impressions that one keeps creating with every thoughts, words and actions, and even engraving it further strongly by repeated thoughts, words and actions. The mind becomes the slave or these repeated deeds by what we commonly know as habit. Habit is nothing but a strong imprint on the mind by an action that is done repeatedly in a similar fashion and done very consciously until a stage comes where there is no conscious effort needed; the same action starts working on its own without any conscious effort and that is what we call as habit. Today, you drove your car, you rode your bike. Can you tell how many times you applied the gears, brakes, accelerator before you finally reached the destination? Nope? Obvious, because one doesn't need to keep an account of all that. But don't you think it is risky to drive without being cautious? Yes. Then how come you never gave attention to these driving techniques? How many times have you left home to your destination in some deep thought and found yourself reach your destination without your mind even having to think a bit about which road you are going to take and how neatly you navigate through the crowd and traffic? Your mind is busy in that something but still your hands and legs and eyes do the needful. You don't have to plan and operate the vehicle every moment. You were somewhere else, then is it that was driving skillfully and safely?
Your subconscious mind! The subconscious consists of all those impressions that you created repeatedly over a period of time, consciously. Means, you did not overnight master that skill. You eventually learned to drive. While learning you were attentive every single moment on what you are doing on your vehicle. You did things consciously and intensionally. You did it repeatedly so many times that at one point you did not have to do it actively, your subconscious took over. Now a very important question. If someone asks you to forget driving, can you?
Same way is attempting to get rid of negative thoughts overnight. Those negative thoughts never came in overnight also. They were repeated so many times again and again that they caught strong roots in the subconscious by now. The thoughts and actions that you do everyday and every moment is being absorbed by your ever-active subconscious mind. So the more negative things you do again and again the more stronger they become holding on to you creating your samskaras (psychic impressions). The sum total of these impressions is what you are right now, your attitude, your personality, your character, your interests, your habits, your mentality, your temperament, your lifestyle, your reactions, your happiness, your sufferings, and in one word - YOU. So you are nothing but every bit of what you think.
Blessings from numerous gurus come in the form of awakening to this understanding that we create thus our own problems and successes. Babaji is one that painstakingly explains these unintentionally unconscious acts due to which we end up getting entangled in our own web of self-woven challenges. Gratitude in all form to Babaji who teaches this in very simple terms so that one may easily understand how simple it is to get out of this web. He always stresses that if you have created one thing which you dislike it you can also create it's exact opposite. Creating the opposite is done by doing exactly the opposite of what you wish to get rid of. Thinking the opposite. Feeling the opposite. Believing the opposite. Being the opposite. This is all well known by now to the entire world that we need to train our minds and be the master of the minds rather than being slaves and thus holding the reins of our lives in all aspects of our life. But then one tries and tries. Tries to think good, do good, etc, but keeps getting disappointed in the struggle.
This article is intended to support the ones who are trying and failing. Reasons can be many like not getting enough time, not feeling like doing it, not getting support, bad circumstances, poor health, lack of motivation and enthusiasm, being easily overcome by negativity, not able to concentrate, etc, etc. There could be hundreds of such reasons why though one understanding that thinking positive and good can re-create one's ill conditions. In today's times, things are more challenging and obstacles to doing anything positive or staying positive is a real task. This is the time when it should dawn to one that only trying with our vigor and might is not really enough. This is the time one needs to know that one needs help. Help that has ever been waiting since so many lives but one never really thought of it or did not realize it. This is the time to know and notice the selfless beings suddenly popping up in this era of Kalyug. Emerging with the source of light and truth with unconditional love in their bosoms with total humbleness. Emerging as Gurus. They were always there since you ever existed but now they are being seen and noticed. Noticed clearly in the 3D realm, in the gross form, the form which appeases our minds as a proof of their presence. Yet, the cloud of doubts and fear arise. But then, now you know where they arise from? The same old logic mind. The same old psychic impressions. The same old stock where we carved and engraved the negative emotions to an extent where all we see are these hard emotions of fear and doubt.
One will easily know that along with other increasing challenges one faces in life, this challenge of fear and doubt of our transformation also becomes major obstacles. It is a pitiful state indeed where to even erase one's own negative impressions one still has to doubt and fear one's own self. This is where things become more worse. Even when the guru is found, there are doubts. Even in every practice for a beginner there are doubts, there is fear. Doubt of whether one will succeed and fear of the processes one much go through. The bitter fact is that there is no easy way out for one must face oneself and be victorious of overpowering one's challenges by self-effort.
Now, the best part is that you are not alone! You don't have to do it alone! You don't have to keep finding new ways! You don't have to experiment for long periods of time with risks of success or failure! You don't have to take baby steps anymore! You don't have to lose heart or fear of a lonely struggle! You now have divine guidance - in the form of your guru. All that is now needed is your surrender and self-effort to follow the guidelines of your master. Not anything else - not even a bit of that logic mind - that questioning mind. Babaji's guidance and blessings, if taken in a total act of surrender, will erase all the questions of the mind. Many would still say that there are many questions to be cleared and they are full of it. How, when, what, where, who, how, etc. Though most of these questions are genuine and they are asked in total genuineness, what needs to be understood is that one needs to place self-effort before these questions. Questions erupt in the minds most of the time due to nonsurrender, lack of faith, and the logic doubt and fear.
Thus if one trusts the process of the Divine support one will practice patience.
With patience and trust one applies self-effort.
With self-effort one puts in practice.
With practice comes direct experience.
With direct experience all questions vanish.
So just with the trust in the guru and patience with his instructions (sadhana) everything will unwind and all questions will be answered by the Self. Babaji keeps mentioning, "There will be lot of questions when the mind is bahemukhi (outward). Go antarmukhi (inward) and you shall find everything there." All shall happen only with practice. So, before practice one needs to first erase doubts in the practice.
The best part with Babaji is that he assists you, he does most of the job for you. You do not have to literally sit worrying about how many lifetimes you are going to be around clearing up the karmic mess you created out of ignorance? Babaji's does most of the cleansing in the shivirs thus making it very easy for one to start practicing the methods of self-purification and liberation. Liberation even while being in the physical body, from all unhappiness and liberation after leaving the body, not to return back into the physical body again, to get out of the birth-death cycle. If you have not yet witnessed it, do witness it by attending his shivirs rather than sitting back and doubting the process and doubting your own worth in this challenging process of freedom from miseries of the mind. With Babaji's deeksha comes a subtle connection that strengthens into a bond in the form of unconditional love, healing, guidance, support and protection at all times. Babaji's blessings and grace is very powerful and does not only motivate one to move towards the final destination but also making the journey also pleasant, energetic and worthwhile.