Continuing to discuss the unique Karma Yoga, Swamiji discusses verses 7 & 8 of the third chapter in this talk.
Explaining the word ‘Niyamya’ (of the 7th verse), Swamiji stresses that Bhagavad Gita never speaks about control or suppression of the senses. It rather speaks about discipline, regulation and sublimation. When the intelligence is guided by discrimination, then the discipline comes from within.
Discussing how activities are to be performed with a Yoga attitude, Swamiji says that one has to be always connected with the Soul within. All karmas are to be performed with a Yoga buddhi, being anchored in the Soul. Swamiji says that even if we cannot get connected to the Soul, a seeker can get connected to qualities like love, joy, expansion, compassion, fulfillment, purity, desirelessness etc which are all parameters of the Soul. With this attitude, when all karmas are performed with non-attachment, then a seeker excels.
Giving various examples, Swamiji urges seekers to always assess their own levels of purity and detachment. One can detect one’s own qualities only when one is interacting with the world and not when one is in seclusion. Swamiji declares that the best way is to divinize life and all activities.
Swamiji, next starts the topic of Yajna, which will be elaborated in the future talks.
Shlokas Discussed—7 and 8
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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.