Swamiji, in this episode, discusses the value and significance of the beautiful poetic composition—Srimad Bhagavatam.
Listening to or reading Srimad Bhagavatam, a kind of a wholesome spiritual pursuit takes place. One purpose of the text is to penetrate the mind and intelligence of the listener and purify and sublimate it. It facilitates the transformation and liberation of those listening in a focused manner.
Quoting a verse which reveals the purport of the text, Swamiji clarifies that Bhagavatam is not a text of Bhakti or Devotion alone. Srimad Bhagavatam contains the supreme knowledge about the imperishable presence in the body, the Soul. It is a discussion and revelation of the inmost Presence in a human being.
Swamiji takes the listener by hand and guides him step by step to understand the importance of knowledge in human life.
Shloka Discussed: (12.13.18)
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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.
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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.