Swamiji begins the talk with the reiteration that when a person understands that he is the universal transcendental Self, he no longer identifies himself with the Guna functions.
Discussing 14.20, Swamiji says that the soul is transcendental in nature but our identification with the body, mind, intelligence and ego makes us suffer the illusion of birth and death. When one understands that he is ever- free and nature with its three Gunas are playing in his personality, he becomes immortal.
Swamiji discusses the practical question posed by Arjuna, similar to the one in chapter 2. Arjuna asks about the characteristics of a person who has gone beyond the Gunas, how he acts and how he goes beyond the Gunas?
Swamiji discusses the reply of Sri Krishna which is a practical guide for all seekers. Krishna says that an enlightened man neither resents the rise of illumination or brilliance (which is born of Sattva), nor activity (which is born of Rajas), nor even delusion (which is born of Tamas), when these are abundantly present. He does not long for them when they are in a much lower proportion. He remains neutral to the modes of nature and is not disturbed by them. Knowing it is only the Guṇas that act, he stays established in the self, without wavering.
Slokas: 14.19 to 14.22
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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.