Swamiji, in this talk, discusses the concluding verses of chapter 14. He highlights the fact that chapter 14 has practical sadhana related guidelines and is very relevant for a seeker of Truth. It tells us how to recognize the nature of our personality and understand the transformation needed on the basis of our existing Guna combination.
Swamiji comprehensively links several chapters and points out that the enumerated qualities of a Gunateeta are verily the same as Bhakta Lakshanas (Qualities of a devotee) of Chapter 12 and also the same as Jnana Lakshanas (Qualities of a knower) of Chapter 13. It is also the same as Daivi sampatti (Divine Qualities) enumerated in Chapter 16 and elaborated in Chapter 18. They all emphasize the ultimate truth of Samatva, mentioned first in Chapter 2 & 3 and repeated again and again throughout the text.
In conclusion, Swamiji beautifully analyses Sri Krishna’s assurance that whoever worships the Supreme with unswerving devotion, transcends the three Gunas and attains Brahman. This Bhakti or devotion is the total surrender to God and the Guru and it will ultimately take one to the SELF, assures Swamiji.
Shlokas: 14.22 - 27
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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.
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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.