This is a discourse series delivered by Swamini Ma Gurupriya ji at the ‘Centre for inner Resources Development’, Delhi.
Ma introduces the text Upadesha Panchakam by Adi Shankaracharya, giving a brief background of how this text was composed.
His disciples seeking to resolve their dilemma regarding the right path of liberation, humbly requested Adi Shankaracharya to guide them and show them the path. Adi Shankaracharya composed Upadesha Panchakam consisting of 5 Verses where he blends Jnana, Bhakti and Sadhana.
Ma mentions that these instructions are not only for renunciate seekers, but also for anyone who is yearning for Self-Realization. Chanting in Her characteristic melodious way, Ma fills the heart and mind with verses from Vivekachoodamani, Shivananda Lahiri and Shreemad Bhagavatam.
Explaining the 1st Verse of the text, Ma exhorts all seekers to have a very disciplined life. For this Ma prescribes that one has to be very sincere and committed to one’s pursuit. In order to cultivate sincerity, Ma recommends constant chanting of hymns, stotras and most importantly to nurture a pure mind, devoted to God and not to the world.
Verses Discussed: (Upadesha Panchakam—1)
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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.