We often think a mind that is “free of thoughts” is what makes it peaceful and calm. Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha sets right this erroneous understanding, teaching us how to dive into the pool of our mind and swim with ease and joy.
The Voice of Upanishads is given further clarity and resonance by the Yogasutras of Patanjali, beautifully delivered by Swamiji. It is not eliminating thoughts that makes us unaffected, it is understanding that all thoughts are no different from our own Self. We can force our minds to become still, but as long as impurities remain we will never really Know the Truth, that everything is Consciousness and Consciousness alone. And the two-pronged formula for removing impurities, expounded time and again by our scriptures and Spiritual Masters, is abhyasa (practice) to centralize our personality, and vairagya (dispassion) to reduce the pull of the objective world. We look forward to our compassionate Teacher guiding us further in Satsangs to come.
Verses discussed by Swamiji:
Patanjali Yogasutra 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.12
Bhagavad Gīta 6.33, 6.34, 6.35
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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.