In this absorbing talk, Swamiji continues to analyze and discuss the qualities enumerated by Sri Krishna in the 13th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. By his interesting and thought-provoking analysis, the listeners are compelled to dig deep and assess the qualities present in themselves. One comes to understand that each quality is to be deeply contemplated upon, loved and assimilated in one’s own personality.
With the help of various examples, Swamiji explains some of the qualities and brings further clarity to the listeners. Beautifully explaining Atma Vinigrahah (Self-mastery), Swamiji says that normally we become slaves to external objects and situations. But when the intelligence is anchored in the Soul and guides the mind which in turn controls the senses, one becomes the master of the world. Such a seeker is no longer pulled by the attractions of the world objects. Such a mind heeds the inner voice. Showing some visual slides, Swamiji clarifies this point further.
Explaining the verses, Swamiji elucidates that a seeker of Truth will need to cultivate the quality of Vairagya or Dispassion towards the world objects. He will also have to consciously prevent the mind and intelligence from developing ego and a sense of doership. Swamiji says that a seeker will have to repeatedly introspect over the ills of the world which in turn will increase his/her dispassion.
Shlokas Discussed: (13.7 TO 13.9)
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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.
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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.