Karmas Made by Surfing the Internet
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 1999-01-14
Today Gurudeva explains why we need to be careful about violence, that while Hindu scripture allows us to defend ourselves and our homes, and serve our country in an army, it does not allow us to take the law into our own hands. He gives advice on the internet, that we should not waste time "surfing" with no specific objective in mind. Especially, we should not get into the pornography easily available which will drain our energy, distract our thinking and put our consciousness into a lower world.
Today at Kauai Aadheenam, January 14th.
We talked to our two Swamis on the beautiful garden Island of Mauritius from the Garden Island of Kauai; Sivadevanathaswami and Sannyasin Murugaswami. In Bangalore, our six young men are settling down for a life of study, learning Sanskrit language in order to speak it, perfecting their english, learning Hatha Yoga, and chanting certain slokas. They will have their upanayana, which is the beginning-of-religious-study ceremony on the twentieth of this month.
Lavina Melwani in New York, it was wonderful speaking to you yesterday and you wondered about more on meditation on 'Today at Kauai Aadheenam' through cyberspace. Yes, we can talk more on meditation. Ask some good pragmatic questions to lead into the subject.
Well, here in cyberspace, we want to talk to where you are in consciousness, where each one is. I see some new faces out there. Maybe this is your first time tuning into Cyberspace Ashram, to see the darshan of me and I can see the darshan of you through your computer screen. Everything that we do and discuss, we ensure the spiritual goal of realizing God within you and within every other thing because right knowledge, right speech, right action, right thought, brings us to the place where there is nothing else to do but to see the all-pervasive power of Siva existing in all things, simultaneously.
We have a question here from Robert, regarding action and inaction according to defending one's country or defending one's home as implemented in the Bhagavad Gita. He quotes a verse from Bhagavad Gita, thank you Robert. "Violence by non-action is a curse upon the soul. To allow evil to persist when action is the challenge of the soul, progression is quite a sin".
Well, I am not too familiar with the Bhagavad Gita but I must say that we have to be careful about violence because people can't take the law into their own hands. You can protect your home. That is your domain. But if you are a citizen of a country, you can join the army or the navy or the marines and protect the country. That is good dharma. But many people mistake the Bhagavad Gita and what Krishna has to say, as to taking the law into their own hands and that is a big mistake. That is adharma. That really holds the soul back. I hope this answers your question just a little bit Robert, but if it is not clear, ask another one.
We are here in cyberspace together, it is a world of the mind. The internet is a world of the mind. The world of the mind is carried on by its own novelty. So don't surf the internet too much. Know what you are looking for when you turn on your computer and then go directly to it. That is what I do. I don't have time to surf around. A lot of surfing goes on, on the waves here on this beautiful Garden Island surrounded by water. A surfer has to know what he is doing, lest he wind up on a rock, a reef or is drowned. The internet can drown you especially if you get into pornography, and all the naughty, naughty things. It will just drain your energies and create a desire, create a habit and create a passion that you will not be able to control. You can get addicted to pornography. That is what I am told. What if you were to die with pornography in your mind? Think! Where would you be born and who would you be born into and through? What would you be like after you were born? Pretty low person. Hindu scripture also tells us that the last thoughts in our mind as we are going into the Great Experience, in English called death, is what we will manifest in our next life. In other words, if you love India and are always thinking about India and think about India just before you die, you will be born in India, and vice versa. Indians thinking about America, wanting to be like Americans, wanting to be Americans will be born in America. Easy, inexpensive way to travel!
Wonderful being with you in Innersearch, through cyberspace, in our ashram at 'Today at Kauai Aadheenam'. Be back again tomorrow.