Why are we, despite being on the spiritual path repeatedly listening to words of the Wise, not able to cultivate full vairagya? Ma Gurupriya continues to enlighten us on the indispensable quality of dispassion, showing us very clearly where lies our folly.
It is our attachment to anything other than the imperishable Self that is the root of all misery. As we progress along this path, we feel have developed dispassion towards worldly allurements. But it is the subtle clinging to our own body (and its relationships), thoughts, ideas and expectations that gets us in trouble. How easy it would be to feel dejected and dispirited, if not for the loving encouragement of our Spiritual Masters. As they continue to uplift and propel us forward, we begin to understand that the only thing we should want, is to want nothing.
Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.14, 11.6.43, 11.7.16, 11.7.6, 7.7.37
Vivekachudamani 79, 78
Kathopanishad 2.3.14, 1.1.26
Ashtavakra Samhita 1.2
Sarva-vedanda-siddhanta-sara-sangrahah 93, 84, 86
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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.