This a talk by Swamini Ma Gurupriya ji at the “Global Bhagavad Gita Convention—2022” held from 19th to 21st of February.
Bhagavad Gita gives a solution to all the problems, torments and tensions of our life. If we can realize and be stabilized in the Self, then no affectation will be there, assures Ma. This Self-seatedness is the essence of Bhagavad Gita. The whole of Bhagavad Gita speaks about how to be unaffected, stable, universal and peaceful.
Ma lovingly exhorts the youth to remain equal towards happiness and misery. They should make it a regular pursuit in their own academic and professional pursuits. One should do all activities but with no attachment or expectation of any particular result. The mind has to become flexible and accept whatever result comes. In this, one may fail initially but slowly this equal vision will become assimilated in the system.
Ma emphasizes the need to understand the qualities mentioned in various chapters in Bhagavad Gita. By cultivating the qualities, one is able to have great clarity in the intelligence and strength of Mind. Self-Knowledge gives us the ability to deal with any situation without getting affected.
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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.