This online discourse series was delivered by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha in 2020 at Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala. It is based on Ashtavakra Samhita, a conversation between King Janaka and Sage Ashtavakra.
Swamiji says that this text directly points out our true identity, leading us to salvation. Through King Janaka, Sage Ashtavakra exposes this Supreme Truth to the whole of humanity.
King Janaka, at the very outset, humbly raises three profound questions, “How is knowledge attained, how does liberation result and what is Vairagya (dispassion)?” King Janaka’s enquiry compels us to enquire as well, and Swamiji satisfies our intelligence with a thorough analysis of Sage Ashtavakra’s replies.
Swamiji shares the deepest insights of this Supreme knowledge which can elevate, expand and enrich human mind and intelligence. Swamiji exhorts the listeners to understand that wisdom is a gateway to liberation and it can be attained only by dispassion.
Verses discussed: (Ashtavakra Samhita , Ashtavakra Gita -- 1.1 to 1.3)
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
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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.