What is equanimity? How is this to be cultivated?
Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha Ji talks about the great formula for a glorious life—equanimity.
The spiritual pursuit is to take away the preference for happiness and prejudice for unhappiness and understand that they will inevitably come and go. We just need to strive to be even and equal towards them.
By practicing equanimity, we will be freed from the shackles that the world imposes on the mind and we will have won over the world!!
Verses explained by Swamiji - 2.12, 2.13, 2.14
References used -
Uttara Meghasandesah 42
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.8.1
Yoga Vasistha Ramayana 5.5.54, 3.117.8, #siddhagita 5.8.9
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita.
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.