In this poignant and thought-provoking Satsang, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha speaks with rare candour, sincerity and immense fondness of his own personal spiritual journey with his Guru, Baba Gangadhara Paramahamsa.
Do we truly understand and value the role of the Guru in this path? How wholesome is our wholesomeness when approaching such a Wise One? What are the constrictions within ourselves that impede the flow of Knowledge from our Teachers, that prevent us from imbibing the Truth that emanates so naturally out of them? These are some of the pointed questions Swamiji impels us to reflect upon. Still on the razor's edge, Swamiji continues to lead us across, citing his own experience and drawing pertinent shlokas from Mundakopanishad and Vivekachudamani.
Swamiji's words - delivered with ease as well as intensity - inspire humility, transparency and earnestness, qualities which are vital for the serious seeker on this journey. The paramount importance of being guided by a Knower of Truth is left with no room for debate.
Mundakopanishad 1.2.12, 1.2.13
Vivekachudamani 33, 35, 36, 37
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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.