As we continue on our spiritual journey, Ma reminds us once again that 'vichara' or truthful introspection is the quintessential part of a seeker's life. Reading scriptures, listening to spiritual discourses are good aids no doubt, but the benefits will accrue only when our mind and intelligence becomes fixed on God.
The mind has the habit of dwelling on the world objects, to brood over the past events or to be apprehensive of the future - with agitation and restlessness as the sure outcome. Instead, with a firm resolve if the mind is made to dwell on the qualities of the Self, one becomes free from the grip of worldliness. So, the mind has to be slowly coaxed into cherishing the eternal happiness bestowed by the seatedness in Self.
But, why do we find it so difficult to fix our mind constantly on God? Ma enlightens us that, it is the deep rooted desires of the mind which hinders our progress. Only when the Supreme, is given the supreme place in our life, we will attain eternal bliss!
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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.