If the entire creation is under the grip of Prakriti and our tendencies and actions are designed by its three gunas, then will the people with unwelcome tendencies be denied the opportunity to attain supreme spiritual goal and fulfilment? No, says Swamiji.
The tendencies one inherits at birth and further acquires during the growth is not under one's control. Finding our tendencies not appreciable and trying to fight against it and creating disharmony is wrong. Swamiji enlightens us that we can remain within the fold of our nature and yet attain the supreme goal by developing right attitude, surrender and attunement. Our intelligence is capable of doing this.
Even a cruel act (like butchering) when done in a devoted manner, with Yajna bhavana, will bring all the necessary enrichment and elevation in our being and will help us attain That which a celebrated sannyasin too attains at the end of his life. So, one must do what he can naturally, without any conflict and find joy, harmony and fulfilment in doing it. Our activity has its unique place, just like that of others, in the wide scheme of universe!
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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.