In this talk, Swamiji clarifies an important question which forces our minds to introspect. “Why should we pray to all the various kinds of natural powers/ Devas?”
It is nature that has created us and is sustaining us. When we connect to Nature, it generates a universal dimension in us. We start becoming aware that we are not an independent existence. We understand that the whole existence is bound together in a beautiful harmony.
Quoting verses from various scriptures, Swamiji analyses the next Shanti Mantra where one seeks protection and nourishment for both the Guru and the pupil. The explanation by Swamiji makes the listener understand the deep, lofty and universal dimension of the prayer.
Shanti Mantras discussed:
Om Shanno mitrah sham varunah.....
Om Saha Naa Vavatu…
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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.