In this beautiful talk, Swamiji again recapitulates the concise and rare statements of Yajnavalkya. When the Consciousness or Brahman manifests through the body-mind personality, then we have the awareness. When the body falls, the individual Self gets merged in the Universal Consciousness.
Swamiji discusses the last and beautiful verse which says that this Consciousness is indeed beyond all duality. Swamiji says that the only reason we miss the Self is because of the tendency to look for something different. When we look for something different from us, we are objectivizing the Self. The Self cannot be revealed by anything else. Swamiji repeatedly reiterates that the Consciousness is beyond all duality.
Through this talk, we understand the need to do introspection to fully understand and absorb the concepts presented in this text.
Swamji ends this beautiful seven days session with a short story saying that human personality has Godly, human and demonic traits. To overcome the demonic traits, we must cultivate good qualities like self restraint, compassion, liberal attitude and love for others. The process of inculcation of virtues will lead us to the ultimate goal of immortality, assures Swamiji.
Verse Discussed: (2.4.14)
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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.