Our fascinating exploration of stithaprajnata, state of inner absorption, continues in the deft hands of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha.
The mind is a collection of reflections in the mirror of Consciousness. Reflections come and go, the mirror remains. So it is with our real identity, the “I”. All of the world is notional. Notions too come and go, mere appearances in the unchanging Self. As we go deeper into this path, we move from duality – seeing objects as different from the Subject – to Oneness, where everything is nothing but Brahman. When self-effort is showered upon by the grace of benevolent Spiritual Masters, we become more firmly seated in the abode of eternal peace which hosts both duality and Oneness. And carrying this inner absorption with us through all activities, we flow naturally towards a life of joy and excellence.
Allied verses while explaining Bhagavad Gita 2.55:
Yogavasishta Ramayanam 6.101.21, 6.126.68, 6.126.71, 6.126.73
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.36
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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.