Instigated by what does a person commit wrong and cruel acts, despite one's own resistance? Poojya Swamiji elucidates that it is the desire and passion born of rajo guna, that propels one into wrongdoing.
Describing the actions of Duryodhana, Swamiji explains how desire and greed can take one to any level of misconduct. They can completely blind its possessor and put him in immense agony and suffering. Our mind often generates desires and when its course is hindered, it turns into intolerance and anger. So, considering desire and passion as ever present and stark enemies lurking within, we should remain vigilant and cautious, not to allow them engulf our mind and intelligence at any time.
A man becomes bound when the mind and intelligence are enveloped by desires. So, with all keenness we must disown and leave all desires. When desires become weak and fall off, that is Liberation!
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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.