In this discourse, Swamiji continues to analyze Arjuna’s ever-relevant question. What is that force that impels man to do sinful deeds, even unwillingly?
Sri Krishna says that it is desire alone which corrupts the minds of people which subsequently gets transformed into greed and anger. Desire shrouds the discrimination power of the intellect and veils our Self knowledge just as fire is covered by smoke, a mirror gets obscured by dust and an embryo gets concealed in the womb.
The seats of all desires are the senses, mind and the intellect. In order to overcome desires, a seeker has to regulate the senses which are superior to the gross body. The mind is superior to the senses and the intellect is superior to the mind. Beyond all these faculties is the infinite soul which is supreme. Thus, being Self seated, a seeker must subdue all the lower tendencies and attain poise and purity of mind.
Referring to Kathopanishad, Swamiji explains this beautifully with an example of a chariot pulled by five horses.
Shlokas Discussed: 3.37 to 39
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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.