In this talk, Ma Gurupriya ji reiterates that the goal of Sadhana is Self Realization/ identifying our true nature. All the scriptures and the Gurus have at length described the nature of the Self. Ma says that when one attains this state, one experiences eternal bliss and one becomes expansive, universal and free of all constrictions and limitations.
Ma reminds us of the three steps to be followed very diligently in our Sadhana - Sravana, Manana and Nididhyasana. Ma says that Sravana or listening to the Guru's teachings with one -pointed attention is very important. But, more crucial than listening is to reflect on his teachings (Manana) and meditation on the Truth (Nidhidhyasana).
Ma asks the listeners to assess the obstacles in their own sadhana. Ma highlights the fact that it is our very own tendencies, traits, desires and Gunas which constrict our minds. They create preferences and prejudices and cause immense suffering.
Ma quotes from the scriptures and tells us that a true sadhaka must 1) Do manana and identify the subtle and hidden desires, attachment and possessiveness and eliminate them. 2) Cultivate virtues of truthfulness, compassion, forbearance, straightforwardness etc.
This alone will make our minds pure and restful, says Ma.
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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.