In this talk, Ma discusses some of the qualities and disciplines that will make the mind pure, restful and transparent and will lead the seeker to his goal.
Discussing internal purity (shaucham), Ma says that real purity is when the mind is free of desires, expectations, ego, possessiveness, likes and dislikes. When one can perform all activities without clinging or selfishness, one is able to offer all activities to the Divine, then his/her mind remains peaceful and calm.
The discipline of austerity (Tapas) will greatly help in disciplining the senses, mind and intelligence. The mind usually does not easily take to a discipline but a seeker must take up some routines which will make the mind calm and stable.
Cultivating the quality of forbearance (titikshaa), a seeker must be able to accept all situations without any lamenting or complaint. He must be able to think of every adversity as an opportunity to grow in the quality of unaffectedness.
Speaking about the important discipline of silence (mounam), Ma says that it does not mean oral silence but that the mind should be still, restful and unaffected.
A sadhaka must have a habit of studying and introspecting about the Truth. He must also study and assess his own mind, its attitude, behaviour, thoughts and desires. A seeker must constantly assess whether his mind is becoming pure and wholesome.
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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.