Discussing the various disciplines given by Yogi Prabuddha in Srimad Bhagavatam, Ma says that a seeker must be diligent in restraining his own mind, speech and actions. By this, the mind will become calm and restful. Spiritual progress can be made only when the mind is peaceful, free of disturbances.
A seeker must do all activities without any delusional clinging (Sanga) for any particular result, without desires and without any likes &; dislikes. He must see every activity and interaction as an opportunity to grow from constriction to expansion. Every activity must be performed with the sole intention of gaining Atma Shuddhi (purification), by the removal of desires, expectations, anger, hatred etc.
Quoting from several scriptures, Ma speaks about how a seeker must do Shravanam (listening). One must listen to scriptural words and the words of the wise, with Shraddha (dedication and faith). The very act of listening must purify and cool the whole being of the listener. By the process of listening, all the undesirable traits and qualities must be dissolved and the mind should be rid of all the unhappiness and suffering. Shravana can become perfect when one has humility, one-pointed concentration and well-restrained mind and senses. Listening should lead to Manana (contemplation) and it should be with the aim of becoming what one hears.
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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.