How does a jnani or a knower differ from an ordinary person? What are the unique characteristics of a jnani? In this satsang, Ma elegantly describes the nature and qualities of a realised soul, a Mahatma.
A liberated man does all activities just like any other person, perhaps with more zeal and efficiency. Externally they both appear to be the same, but internally there is a world of difference. While the ignorant man is full of desires, anxiety and fear, the knower is always calm and restful. He is always Self Seated and never falls from that position.
A knower is free of all desires and expectations. His mind is contented in tasting the nectarine joy of the Self. He lives in the world with an attitude of Samatva, gracefully accepting whatever comes in life - favorable or unfavorable, equally. A note of naturalness and harmony embellishes all his interactions.
Seeing everything as an expression of his own Self, he remains unmoved and unaffected. Such is the exalted state of the Jnani, attaining which nothing more remains to be gained and remaining where, even the greatest of adversity will not agitate him. He lives and sparkles in his own inner spiritual splendour!
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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.