Swamiji continues to discuss the universal dimension of the concept of “Yajna” in contrast to the ritualistic practices based on fulfillment of desires.
Selfishness and desires are the basis of all suffering, says Swamiji. Realizing the presence of the Lord in everything, one must work with an attitude of complete surrender, eliminating likes and dislikes.
Discussing the attitude of surrender, Swamiji says that it is best tested in the presence of the Guru. To unquestioningly abide by his will and wish requires a lot of self-effort and ego-effacement. Surrender brings integration in our inner being, sharpens discrimination and makes the mind universal.
The harmony between nature and human beings helps to revolve the wheel of the creation smoothly and brings auspiciousness in the process. Sri Krishna exhorts all to conduct every activity as Yajna alone, as otherwise it is bound to cause bondage to the mind and intelligence.
Swamiji explains that Brahman is the source of the entire creation. Yajna connects one to this Universal Source. Thus, every work done with a yajna attitude is an expression and expansion of that divine infinite being and establishes unity in diversity.
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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.