Devotion is an exceptional and pure outpouring of fondness from the human heart. Its sublimity and divinity far outshines all traditional acts of worships and customs. In fact, it is this unconditional love for the lord, which makes him inseparable from us.
Swamiji beautifully narrates the story of a muslim princess Surathani, whose unflinching devotion made her walk all the way from Delhi to Sri Rangam in Tamil Nadu, in search of her Lord Ranganatha. After discovering that the idol is missing, she simply dropped her body out of the pangs of separation. The princess was later honoured as the consort of Lord Ranganatha and given a salient place in the temple ceremonies - which continues even today.
Swamiji describes how the ancient thinkers of our land were always open and all-embracing, to even transgress all existing ceremonial boundaries, if necessary - to accommodate and immortalize such exemplary acts of devotion.
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this Satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
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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.