This was a talk delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha in a two-day Vedanta Workshop in Malaysia in January 2020. Here, he discusses the Upanishadic “Exclusive knowledge pursuit” and the “Buddhi Yoga Pursuit” of Bhagavad Gita.
Swamiji describes the Sadhana Chatushtaya (four-fold qualities) which should adorn a seeker of Truth--Viveka (Discrimination), Vairagya (impersonality), Six Inner treasures (shama,dama, titiksha, uparati, shraddha and samadhana). These qualities automatically lead to an intense desire or compulsion for liberation (Mumuksha).
Discussing the Buddhi Yoga pursuit of Bhagavad Gita, Swamiji says that when you do all activities with a Yoga attitude, you become fit for liberation. It can be called a Yoga attitude when the intelligence is anchored in the Self and it takes all directions from the Self within. In
this pursuit, activities themselves become instruments to attain the same Upanishadic Truth.
Swamiji says that the exclusive Vedantic Knowledge pursuit is for a few rare people. But the Yoga Sadhana of Bhagavad Gita is open to all.
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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.