The journey out of our constricted, false identity takes another step further with Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha. Shedding light on three beautiful shlokas from Kathopanishad, Swamiji opens up our minds to move away from the ignorance that robs us of our peace and happiness.
How can the Lord of the whole universe be described as being only the size of a thumb, that too seated in our hearts? Here lies the sheer brilliance of our ancient scriptures, only to be understood with the guidance of Spiritual Masters who have realized the Truth. Heart is the centre of our identity, the root of all emotional associations which carry us through our lives. Our fallacy lies in mistaking who we are to be no bigger than a thumb, different from all others. Freedom from fear and selfishness comes when we finally understand the infinity within what we consider to be our finite selves, knowing that everything we deem separate is none other than our real, transcendental Self.
Kathopanishad 2.1.12, 2.1.13, 2.3.17
Mandukya Karika 39
Bhagavad Gita 6.18-6.21, 6.28-6.32, 2.48
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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.
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.