In this Satsang, Nirviseshananda Swamiji relates the story of Indra and Virochana to illustrate the impact Spiritual teaching has on a ripe mind and an unripe mind and its consequences.
Swamiji says that the shastras resort to exaggeration in their stories mainly to make an impact on the mind, to make subtle truths clearer so that we can perceive them easily and remain cautious while doing our sadhana.
The first instance in the narration tells us that approaching the Guru with humility is of utmost importance. It is the lack of humility that hinders the absorption of knowledge. Austerity, discretion, questioning, right judgement, intelligence and consistency are all very important in the pursuit of the Ultimate knowledge of Truth.
The stark differences in the attitude of the demon king, Virochana, and the consistency of pursuit of Indra is in itself very revealing. Swamiji says that ultimately the readiness to accept and grasp the Truth depends on the maturity and purity of the seeker and everyone is not eligible for it. That is why the sages were very careful with their teaching methods and would guide the students slowly in their sadhana. Ultimately, Knowledge has to be the direct experience of the Sadhaka, a first-hand experience.
Shlokas discussed in the talk:
Kenopanishad: 2.1 to 2.3
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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.