Past is what has already ceased to exist; future is what is still to be
born; only the present exists, and is, therefore, real. The memories of
the codes recorded in the past are translated to become tormenting mental
states for the future. Refuge in the present alone spares one from the ordeal
of the memories of the past and the tortures of the future. This is because
memories, etc., are liable to produce the contamination of attachment and
aversion. The perception of the present alone could be impartial.
becomes agitated when the physical behaviour is not in harmony with the
mental state. And the mental agitation creates hurdles in the practice
i.e. synchrony of the mental state with the physical behaviour is in itself
a discipline, and steadies the mind, bringing it to meditational level.
For example, when one walks, his mind should be completely occupied and
be totally aware of the action of walking and it should not be engaged
in other perceptual or conceptual activity of any sort. Only then the
act of walking is qualified to be bhava-kriya. Though our sensory out-posts
would continue to send innumerable signals to the brain through the sensory
nerves of vision, audition, etc., the sadhaka should remain indifferent
to them, and keep his mental function fully engaged in walking. When the
mind is fully associated with the vocal and physical activities, they
become not only more efficient, but also more purposeful, because the
power of the psyche itself is inherent in them. Then and then alone, the
activity is bhava-kriya.