This talk, by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha, was delivered on the third day of the online “Global Bhagavad Gita Convention” 2022. This three-day online event was organized by the ‘Center for Inner Resources Development—NA’.
In this talk, Swamiji beautifully defines ‘Yoga’ as different from what it is popularly understood to be. Yoga means union or fusion where one gets dissolved in the other or unified with the other. The ultimate Yoga is when the small ‘I’ gets merged with the real, universal identity. Swamiji emphasizes that whatever practice or pursuits that help us to get to the universal identity is also Yoga.
Swamiji makes the subject very clear by showing slide presentations and lucidly explaining the two kinds of Yoga presented in Bhagavad Gita—Meditational and Interactional Sadhana. Swamiji says that in interactional Yoga, one does not miss the Truth or Atma anywhere. When we establish Atma in all objects and interactions, then we have great inner harmony or placidity.
Discussing Sri Krishna’s analysis of the human personality, Swamiji clarifies that the mind is more powerful than the senses and the intelligence is superior to the Mind. But the Universal Atma transcends the intelligence.
Highlighting the pursuit or sadhana of a spiritual aspirant, Swamiji concludes that a seeker needs to be stabilized/established in the Atma. He has to understand that happiness lies within. He has to look within and try to find out the Truth. By this, his whole being becomes harmonized. There would be no conflict between the senses, mind and intelligence and his whole being would be integrated.
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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.