In this satsang, Poojya Swamiji makes it amply clear that Spiritual Excellence is entirely an attainment of mind and intelligence. Activity is not a constraint in this path, rather it is a means to further enrich and enlighten our mind and intelligence.
What is after all the aim of all our sadhana? It is to attain such an exclusive, constant and wholesome composure of mind which will make us unaffected by anything in the world. This world is laden with pairs of opposites and we have to live and act in the midst of these dvandvas. The one who has realised the Truth, will not lose the composure whether he is restful or intensely active.
Swamiji enlightens us that as long as our understanding is lodged in the immovable and eternal witness - Atma, our interactive state is the same as Samadhi. Samadhi is not remaining physically silent; it is a state where all desires in heart are burnt off by knowledge and the mind and intelligence are established in stability and poise. Our mind can be made so pure that no experience will be able to unsettle it. The one who knows the witness of entire universe, will never become uncomposed!
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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.