Swamiji begins the second day by discussing the verse which exhorts one to acquire the qualities of forgiveness, straightforwardness, compassion and contentment. He makes us understand that we have to judge whether we have these qualities and, if so, in what measure.
Swamiji urges the listeners to take up introspection. He says that a true seeker can expand, refine and elevate his personality by introspecting on his own thoughts and feelings, values and truths of life and how his own life can be reformed. By this process of truthful introspection, one’s mind reaps great benefits.
Giving various examples, Swamiji drives home the point that introspection would help to strengthen and equip the mind to face all challenges in life with poise.
Swamiji also deals with the question of how the Truth can be realized. When a seeker investigates and understands his real identity and rests upon the unchanging Witness aspect of his being, he becomes liberated from the afflictions and sufferings of his life.
Verses discussed: (1.4) Ashtavakra Samhita, Ashtavakra Gita
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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.