What is this Self-Realization we keep hearing about? It is actualizing the Knowledge of our Real Identity, living the Knowledge and manifesting the qualities of the Soul. And how exactly do we do that? Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha points us clearly in the right direction.
To realize this Self we must shift our focus from external occurrences to the mind’s responses to them, and institute the Soul dimension in every single moment of our waking lives. It all boils down to the purity of our own mindset. We are lovingly handed tools and methods to purify our inner being – reiterative processes of meditation and interactional sadhana- but none of it will bear fruit without our own self effort. With sincere love for the Knowledge and sheer will-power, we can win over the outgoing tendencies of our mind, to remain poised, stable and firmly anchored in the Self, just like our benevolent Spiritual Masters.
Kathopanishad 2.1.14-15, 1.3.14, 2.1.10-13
Lalita vistarah 19.57
Bhagavad Gita 6.23
Mundakopanishad 3.2.4, 2.2.3-4, 3.2.8
Ashtavakra Gita 1.4
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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.
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.