Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

181 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – Importance of Vichara in Bhakti

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Talk given by Nutan Swamiji during 22nd Sreemad Bhagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram, 29 December 2023.

In this Satsang, Swamiji emphasizes that there is no difference between the path of Jnana (knowledge) and Bhakti (devotion). In both the paths, the ultimate aim is the same—Union with the Self/ Lord. In that state one becomes dissolved in the self or the Lord, forgetting everything else, including one’s own body-mind personality. In Rasa Leela, the Gopikas were completely engulfed by the Leela of the Lord and forgot everything else.

In both the path of Knowledge and devotion, Vichara (introspection) is required to understand the path and reach the goal. By Vichara, the intelligence becomes sharpened, clear and subtle and it becomes capable of understanding the Truth.

It is believed that Srimad Bhagavatam is a devotional text but it sings the song of Jnana (knowledge) alone. The knowledge must lead to Vairagya (freedom from Raga-dvesha). When Vairagya arises, Bhakti starts blossoming in the being. In that state, the seeker withdraws from the world and he starts reveling in the Lord. Through this supreme devotion, he understands the oneness with the Lord. The devotee then understands that everything is Lord’s Leela and that he does nothing, he is only the witness of all.

Srimad Bhagavatam, time and again, highlights the role of Vichara. We may study the scriptures, we may listen to the words of knowers, but a seeker must take it forward by his own introspection. Nutan Swamiji asserts that a seeker/devotee must constantly introspect and assess his own progress and his measure of surrender.

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