In this Global Satsang, Ma continues to discuss the Nimi-Navayogi conversation in Srimad Bhagavatam. Yogi Prabuddha says that love for God can be developed by listening to his glories, by singing his praises, by meditating upon Him and by offering all the activities, one performs, to the
Shravanam (listening to the scriptures, to God’s glories or life stories of Mahatmas) is a very important aspect of a seeker’s Sadhana. He must listen with Shraddha, faith, wholesome attention, one-pointedness, humility and without ego (ahankara). There must be a feeling of blessedness and faith that the process of listening will bring him closer to the Lord/Soul.
Keertana (Singing God’s praises) is a joyful discipline which a seeker can cultivate, wherever he/she is. By singing with love and bhava, one can become one with the Lord. Ma emphasizes that one must sing without any shyness, reservation or any thought about others. One should sing for one’s own Antaratma. God does not get pleased by anything but his devotee’s Bhava (feeling) towards him.
When a seeker constantly hears or sings the glory of the infinite Lord with devotion and love, the Lord enters his heart and purifies his being and frees him from all misery, constrictions, and fear. By hearing about God’s glories, the mind starts developing love for Him and starts flowing towards the Lord, just like the river Ganges flows one-pointedly towards the ocean.
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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.