Generally our minds are given to a host of preferences and prejudices. It is these two emotional urges of mind, which makes us constricted and discontented in our interactions with the world. As long as the mind is under the clutches of likes and dislikes, it can never become peaceful.
Poojya Swamiji tells us that spiritual life is an entry into our own mind with an aim of enriching and empowering it. The mind has to be sublimated through the practice of constant evaluation and correction of its responses by the rational intelligence. When the mind is thus rid of all likes and dislikes, it becomes naturally cheerful.
An illumined intelligence and a sublime mind are the greatest embellishments for any human being, with them the whole life becomes beautiful and fulfilling; such a person attains absolute placidity!
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this Satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
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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.