Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha takes us further beyond rituals towards Knowledge, reinforcing that true, wholesome devotion will only be fruitful when grounded in vyavasaayaatmika buddhi (resolute intelligence).
Rituals and assorted religious practices are multifarious, promising all sorts of material and “other-worldly” gains. But what is the real result of these practices? A divergent mind. A mind that is constantly focusing on external gains will never be able to attain the Ultimate, Supreme Reality – our inner Self.
Swamiji brilliantly connects shlokas from Srimad Bhagavatam and Mundakopanishad, with the pivotal verse in Bhagavad Gita, 2.41, giving us step-by-step instructions on how to own and live these shlokas. Bringing forth a new level of clarity on what it really means to have a resolute intelligence, Swamiji gives us a glimpse of what he feels when chanting these verses - “like a thousand full moons arising on a new moon day”.
Verses explained by Swamiji - Bhagavad Gita 2.41, 2.44
References used -
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.14, 11.19.37, 1.2.11, 11.19.38, 11.19.39, 11.19.41, 11.19.43, 11.19.44,
Brahma Sutra 3.32
Mandukya Upanishad Bhashyam 4.90
Mundakopanishad 1.1.4, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.2.8
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this Satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of the 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.