In this talk, Swamiji continues with the discussion of the conversation between Sage Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi. Yajnavalkya took a decision to take up a life of renunciation. Before his departure, Maitreyi, being a true seeker, sought the knowledge of the Truth.
Observing Matreyi’s dispassion and her keenness of seeking, Yajnavalkya agreed to impart the self knowledge to her. His only condition was that Maitreyi had to be very attentive, alert and contemplative while listening to this eternal truth.
Making a comparison with Kathopanishad, Swamiji says that Yamaraja also tested the fitness of Nachiketa to receive this knowledge. Both Nachiketa and Maitreyi proved their eligibility by demonstrating the qualities of desirelessness, dispassion and power of retention.
Swamiji explains that only a seeker whose mind is pure and one-pointed can attain this knowledge. First the scriptural truths have to be heard from the realized souls, then a seeker must contemplate consistently on them till he becomes one with it.
Verses Discussed: (2.4.1 to 2.4.4)
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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.