It is our wish to be natural, free, fearless and unaffected in life. But somehow, we are unable to be so. Why does this happen? Ma tells us, it is because our mind is scattered in thoughts of many things, other than Self.
Because of the feeling of 'I' and 'Mine', we develop a strong fondness for things around us and start clinging to them. Our thoughts are always around family, wealth, property and fame. Since, all of these are changeful and fleeting, any attachment towards them results in anxiety and suffering. Ma says, if we want to be liberated, then we must not have attachment towards them.
Ma exhorts us to develop the attitude of detachment. Just like in dream we have many things and we don’t feel sorrow when they disappear, we should have the same attitude of detachment towards this waking world also. The skill lies in doing everything that is needed to be done outwardly, but inwardly remaining devoted to God alone, to make him a constant companion in our life!
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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.