Trikarana Suddhi

Man has a higher wisdom (Vignanan-Pragna), which is obtained only by spiritual sadhna. The purpose of the sadhana is to realise the self (Atma).What is the Atma? It is the combination of mind, intellect and life (Manas, Buddhi and prana). This triune combination is called Triputi. Man is the embodiment of this Triputi. It is the mind –speech-body complex (Mano-Vaak-Kaayam).”vaak”, speech, represents life. Man should seek to sanctify these three.

True humanness consists in the harmony of thought, word and deed. When there is no accord between words and deeds, of what value are one’s words? It is for the purpose of harmonising thought, word and deeds that karma, Upasana and jnana have been prescribed for man. Karma is like a mirror in which a man’s good and bad deeds are reflected. A man’s Karma reveals the nature of man whether he is Satwic, Rajasic or Thamasic –even as a thermometer reveals the temperature of the body. Therefore, all actions should be turned towards Satwic purposes. The Bhagavad-Gita has described such actions as Nishkama Karma (desireless actions.) It is only when actions are performed in this spirit that the body accomplishes its purpose. It is only when the body and sublimated that the mind gets transformed. Right action results in purity of mind.

Men today are not aware of the sacredness of action. They are caught up in the pursuit of their desires. They are impelled entirely by selfish and self-centeredness. Man is moved by desires and not by ideals. What we should aim at life inspired by ideals. The ideal life is one in which there is complete harmony and purity in thought, word and deed. (Trikarana suddhi). Man is judged by the nature of his actions. To make the proper use of time, man has to engage himself in the right actions. Students should bear in mind that for achieving anything worthwhile in life a healthy body and a healthy mind necessary. To realise such a doubly healthy state, purity in thought, word and deed is essential. In vedantic parlance this is described as “Trikarana Sudhi” – Purity of three instruments of mind, speech and hands.

The Vedas are divided into three kaandas(sections) – the Karma kaanda, upaasana kaanda and the jnana kaanda. These three are associated with three types of yoga: karma yoga, bhakti yoga and jnana yoga. First there is karma yoga. For performing any action you need hands. All the actions you do with your hands should be sacred, pure, helpful to others and purposeful. The hands become sanctified by such actions. hence , the first step is to make the hands pure and holy.

By pure actions, the mind also gets purified. But mere purity of mind alone is not enough. The mind has to develop concentration. For cultivating concentration, Bhakti is of great value. Bhakti means getting rid of the separation from Bhagawan. There must be realisation that the divine is omni present and that you cannot separate yourself from god. To remember the omnipresent divine, to chant his glories and adore him, you need the tongue (the power of speech). Jayadeva hailed the tongue as the god – given instrument for glorifying the lord.

This sacred instrument should not be misused in any way for speaking ill of others or causing unhappiness to them. As enjoined in Gita, you should avoid unpleasant speech and use only words that are true, comforting and good. Harshness in speech should be avoided. Only when the tongue is used in this way, it can become pure and sacred. When your speech is sanctified, your life itself becomes sanctified. There is no Dharma higher than truth.

“Truth is the life-breath of speech. An army is the life-breath of a fort, justice is the life-breath of society. The signature is life-breath of promissory note”.

Among the attributes of god Truth is foremost. God is hailed as the protector of truth (Sathyavaakpaalakaaya Namah), the propagator of truth, the embodiment of truth, “Truth is God” goes the saying. Purity in speech is the second purity that has to be ensured.

After the hands and the tongue, you have to learn how to purify the mind. The mind is said to be constantly wavering and getting out of control. But when it is directed in the right way, it will be in the proper state. The rectification of mind is ‘Jnana Yoga”.

One should aim at achieving this triple purity (Trikarana Suddhi). This will enable them to get rid of all evil qualities and make them unselfish. Today people tend to be self-centred even with regard to simple matters like looking at a group photograph or seeing the examination results. They are only concerned with locating their picture in the group or number in the results. One must develop a broader outlook and derive joy from the successes of others instead of being concerned only with one’s own result. One has to get rid of the ideas of mine and thine. Bear in mind three things: Love for God, fear of sin, observance of social morality.

One, who has no love of god, easily commits sin and loses all moral values. Love of god promotes fear of sin and makes one lead a moral life. These triune principles are like the divine trinity. They will promote purity in thought, word and deed(trikarana suddhi). Whatever is done with such purity will be conductive to God-realisation. Above all, cultivate love. There is nothing greater than love. Love is common to everyone on earth. It knows no distinction of race, religion, language or nationality. No religion has spoken against love. It is love that has brought you all here. Strengthen that love. Love is god. Live in love. You may choose any form of worship or pursue any spiritual path you like. Whatever delights your heart will please god. Follow the dictates of your conscience. Fill your hearts with love and immerse yourselves in the bliss of the divine.

“If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
When there will be harmony in the home,
There will be order in the Nations.
When there is order in the Nations,
There will be peace in the world”.

“Expansion is the essence of life. When a lamp is lit from another, there are two, where there was one. The first one did not stop emitting light. You can light a million lamps from one; yet the first will not suffer at all! Love too is like this. Share it with a million; it will still be as bright as when it was alone”.

“The true strength can be acquired only through love all other efforts are of no avail. Thus we should ask from god only the strength of love”.

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