This talk series was delivered by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha during the Gurupoornima Retreat at Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala.
Swamiji explains that the great epic-Mahabharata, written by Vedavyasa, discusses the decline and fall of the Kuru dynasty. Bhagavad Gita is a part of Mahabharata and is a historic composition, says Swamiji.
Swamiji briefly describes the circumstances which led to the Kurukshetra war. Having come to the battlefield after thirteen years of intense preparation, the armies are stationed facing each other. It is at such a time that Arjuna asks Sri Krishna (his charioteer) to station the chariot in between both the armies. Seeing his kith and kin arrayed against him whom he had to slay to win the war, Arjuna crumbled. He could not muster the sufficient resolve and strength to fight the war.
This is the crisis of the human mind in every troublesome situation, says Swamiji. The fate and plight of the human mind are the same in every generation.
Quoting two verses from the 2nd chapter, Swamiji discusses the condition of Arjuna and the admonition of Sri Krishna. Krishna begins the warfield instruction and treats Arjuna’s mind and its distress. Krishna's message is not only for Arjuna but for every human being, says Swamiji.
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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.
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.