In this rare series of talks, Swamiji gives us a beautiful, concise summary of what can be the spiritual pursuit of our life. Discussing selected verses from Bhagavad Gita, he gives us Sadhana in a nutshell. Bhagavad Gita's whole intention is to enrich, empower and enlighten the human personality, says Swamiji.
Swamiji, in this talk, quotes and explains verse 9.4 in which Krishna is identifying himself with the Supreme. He says “This entire Universe is permeated by My unmanifest aspect. All beings inhere in Me, but I do not abide in them.” Explaining the verse, Swamiji says that the invisible Presence in the body is not limited by the body. It pervades the whole world.
Swamiji discusses the three states of wakefulness, sleep and dream to make us understand the truth about the world. With the example of the dream phenomenon, Swamiji explains how the world is equally illusory and notional. Discussing the indestructible Self, Swamiji says that this inmost presence is bringing about the jugglery of creation just as the sleeping man creates the jugglery of dream.
Chanting a profound verse from Kathopanishad, Swamiji explains that there is only One Lord who is in the heart of all beings. Though He is One, he creates the manifold world. The focus must be on that One, says Swamiji. For him alone there is contentment and peace, who knows this inner abundance.
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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.